Recap: Kansas 64 Oklahoma 47

Oklahoma points per possession for the game: 0.77. Oklahoma points per possession in the second half: 0.65. (Field goals made: 4. Offensive rebounds: 1.)

Oklahoma points per possession in the second half minus Beau Gerber's domination of Matt Kleinmann in garbage time: 0.54.

It was a mediocre offensive performance from Kansas, but mostly due to (gasp!) poor free throw shooting and impotent offensive rebounding. The Jayhawks shot 51 eFG% and only turned the ball over on 16% of their possessions (and two of their ten turnovers were committed by Case and Stewart in the final two minutes.

Recap: Kansas 67 Oklahoma 65

I'm not sure there's much to be drawn from the box score that wasn't visible to the eye last night. It was, as they say, a game of two halves.

1st HALF

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 48.4 23.5 12.2 6.3 100 1.00
OU 25.9 21.7 20.8 20.7 66.7 0.56

Unable to get the ball in the basket during the first half, Oklahoma made a concerted effort to attack the rim in the second half. This was a sound tactical decision (they can't guard you if you're shooting free throws and all) and happily (for Oklahoma, who tend to make free throws) coincided with the officials' decision to call fouls on any and all contact. At least until the last two minutes when a couple of Jayhawks knocked a driving Nate Carter to the floor without repercussion and Sasha kaun got smacked across the face while laying the ball in the basket. No blood, no foul transmuted in the latter case into, Blood, no foul.

The officials turned a free-flowing if not especially well-played game into a free throw shooting contest and a free throw shooting contest chills the blood of any Kansas fan.

2nd HALF

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 41.2 40.0 32.4 117.6 62.5 0.92
OU 50.0 40.9 18.7 61.3 78.9 1.23

Perhaps the officials were carrying out a subversive mission to undermine tempo-free stats. Each team had four more possessions in the stop-and-start second half but I don't think anyone watching would be comfortable describing the second twenty minutes as the game's "faster" half.

Kansas managed but five more field goal attempts than turnovers in the second half, and, aided by Oklahoma's intentional fouling in the final minute, shot almost twice as many free throws as field goals in the second half.

GAME

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 45.9 31.3 22.9 44.9 64.7 0.96
OU 38.3 31.1 19.7 31.7 76.0 0.92

That's five games in a row that opponents have failed to shoot even 39 eFG% against Kansas. Preventing the other team from making shots covers up a lot of ills, especially when you rebound the vast majority of those missed shots. Oklahoma had a good night on the offensive glass relative to Kansas's opponents, but were still 16% off their own offensive rebounding average in conference play.

On a night when Sherron Collins and Darrell Arthur post a double ziggy and Brandon Rush appeared not to want to have the basketball in his hands for any length of time, I'm not convinced that Jeff Capel found a formula for slowing down Kansas. Then again, it'll only take one bad night against some team's collection of junk defenses for us to ask ourselves all over again why Kansas can't win in mid-March.

As unpleasant as it was to watch, either one or two more made shots in the first half, or a couple more made free throws or a couple fewer turnovers in the second half and the Jayhawks would have won by a similar margin as in Manhattan.

Recap: Kansas 71 Kansas State 62

It was a sad night for Kansas State fans, all of whom suffered the 24th consecutive loss to the Jayhawks in Manhattan came at the end. For at least three of those fans, that sadness bracketed the emptiness that engulfed them during the player introductions at the instant necessity dicatated removing the live chicken from their pants and throwing it on the floor.

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 56.1 40.7 24.3 32.7 59.3 1.08
KSU 38.7 32.6 13.7 22.6 70.0 0.94

I was right to predict that Kansas couldn't shoot 60% from the field and grab 50% of their offensive rebound opportunities. Shooting 56% from the field and grabbing 40% of possible offensive rebounds is a lovely consolation prize. Shooting 56% from the field while missing more than three-quarters of their three-point attempts and scoring 1.08 points per possession while missing more than three-quarters of their three-point attempts and turning the ball over on almost a quarter of their possessions is the latest example that this may, in fact, be a pretty good offensive team.

The Jayhawks didn't force many turnovers but unlike earlier in the year (@Iowa State, Missouri), they appeared content to let Kansas State dribble from sideline to sideline behind the three-point line before attempting a contested shot. They were few dumb fouls and very little dribble penetration allowed until the final minute when Clent Stewart's running one-handers were considered a lesser evil than letting anyone throw up a three-pointer.

Having spent the morning enlightening strangers about the glories of Sherron Collins (I contend he resembles no recent Kansas player more than Paul Pierce shrunk down to a square, 5' 9" frame.), I'll allow myself one final marvel: Last night was Sherron Collins having a good half.

Recap: Kansas 75 Colorado 46

I haven't watched the game yet, so I'll just provide the numbers and a hearty congratulations to Chalmersfan for correctly predicting that Rodrick Stewart would score in a game for the third time this year.

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 52.4 42.1 19.1 14.3 50.0 1.10
CU 30.0 34.7 27.2 23.6 56.5 0.70

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.

Recap: Kansas 76 Nebraska 56

Due to some poor planning, I didn't get to watch last night's game live. Due to an unexpectedly great concert (and, perhaps, a bit too much pre- and post-show conviviality), I haven't watched the tape yet, either. Thus, no analysis from me. It's probably for the best. As I mentioned yesterday, it was less than a month ago that I predicted Nebraska would finish 9-7 in conference play and make the NCAA Tournament. I guess that's still mathematically possible.

Team eFG% OR% TO% FT Rate FT% PPP
KU 50.8 44.4 19.9 23.0 82.4 1.16
NU 51.1 3.1 21.5 19.6 64.3 0.86
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