For a half Thursday afternoon, Kansas looked the part of a team that thought it would toy with the opponent. In the second half, they looked the part of a team that knew it.
The Jayhawks 91-63 over Texas Tech in Thursday's Big 12 Championship quarterfinal just added fuel to the fire that will come to symbolize Friday's highly anticipated rematch with Iowa State, who rallied to beat Oklahoma 73-66, earlier in the day.
"I think it'll be a terrific basketball game," Kansas coach Bill Self said. " They're good, they can stretch it from all five spots and that's a hard matchup for us in a lot of ways because it gets Jeff away from the basket, defensively and he's so good at protecting the rim. We've played two exacting games against them this year and the two games may have been the two best in our league this year."
As for the game with the Red Raiders, Kansas jumped in front 15-2, before allowing Tech back into the game. The lead would be cut to as little as four, before Kansas stretched it to 34-25 with a quick 5-0 run to close the half.
After a 14 point half, guard Ben McLemore took matters into his own hands and with that, the competing phase of the contest was over.
McLemore finished with 24 points behind 8-12 shooting from the field. As a team, Kansas shot a staggering 66 percent on 31-47 shooting.
In fact, Texas Tech had more players in double figures (three) than Kansas had (two) and the other Jayhawk in double figures was guard Rio Adams, who added 11 points off the bench.
The game was a solid start for Kansas, who hopes to reclaim the Big 12 Championship crown, but the attention of all fans in Kansas City, will be on the much anticipated rematch with the Cyclones.
"I can't wait for the opportunity," Iowa State guard Will Clyburn said. "I want some payback. They beat us twice during the year. Probably games we shouldn't have lost, but hey, I'm ready for payback."