As far as 109-56 games go, this one was about what you’d expect. Kansas built up momentum slowly through one half and ignited in the second half to obliterate Emporia State, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse in their final exhibition before the regular season begins Friday night.
Eight payers finished in double figures, led by forwards Perry Ellis and Landen Lucas, who each tallied 13 points and six and four rebounds, respectively. Overall, there was the improvement you’d expect to see from game one to game two.
“I thought we looked more cohesive. The ball moved pretty good,” head coach Bill Self said. “We looked semi-organized at times, not great, but pretty good. I thought everybody had a chance to play fairly significant minutes. I thought they all contributed well. I thought Landen (Lucas) and Hunter (Mickelson) may have been our two best bigs in the first half. Frank (Mason) and Wayne (Selden) and Perry (Ellis) didn't really plug themselves into the second half, but I thought Wayne played great both halves. We did some good things."
Freshman Cliff Alexander continued his growth, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds, including a three-minute stretch in the second half, where he scored on four consecutive possession including three dunks. He was also involved on the other end of floor during the period, as he blocked a shot and recorder a rebound.
Defensively, Kansas showed signs of what Self hopes to see this season, as they harass and bullied the Hornets to 29 percent shooting, as they only made 15 of their 51 attempts from the field.
"I thought it was pretty good. Obviously, they're not very big, but usually when they're not very big it usually creates some quickness and it's hard guarding a little guy,” Self said. “I thought we actually got out and defended them and our ball screen defense was a little better. It's nothing to be too excited about, but it's better than it was last week."
The Jayhawks will officially open up the regular season, Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse, when they host California-Santa Barbara.