Recap: Kansas 97 Kansas St 70

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KSU 43.5 19.4 19.7 65.2 73.2 0.99
KU 59.6 50.0 15.2 23.5 66.7 1.34

Some superlatives...

Most efficient offensive game of the year? Check. 1.34 points per possession. Kansas State couldn't match the defensive performance delivered by Winston-Salem State, Dartmouth, or Tennessee State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Best rebounding performance? Check, though it takes a bit of argument. Last night Kansas got half (50%!) of the possible offensive rebounds and 80.6% of the possible defensive rebounds. The Jayhawks had a higher percentage of defensive rebounds two games ago in Lincoln but, unlike the Cornhuskers, Kansas State was attempting to get offensive rebounds. (Though, in Young Mr. Bennett's case, any basketball-related effort appears to be nothing more than a petulance delivery system.)

Fewest turnovers? Close enough for me. The Jayhawks turned it over on just 15.2% of their possessions. Again, this performance puts Kansas State in amusing company: Winston-Salem State (Kansas TO% against: 13.8) and Rhode Island (Kansas TO% against: 14.9).

I don't think there's anything not to like about last night's performance. True, Kansas State shot and made a bunch of free throws, but that had quite a bit to do with Jermaine Maybank and Cartier Martin realizing that Kansas State's only hope to score against the KU defense was to draw contact and get to the free throw line. My well of pessimism has, for now, run dry.

Let's hope to witness something similar in Columbia.

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