Kansas began its Big 12 home schedule in grand fashion, as they rolled Texas Tech 86-54 at Allen Fieldhouse to secure the first two games of their league slate. Coupled with a win at Baylor last Wednesday, the Jayhawks can make it three for three Tuesday night against Oklahoma State.
Kansas (13-2, 2-0) was dominant from the start, as their starters led a blitzing of the short handed Red Raiders, who are still experiencing some growing pains.
"They were good, everybody played well today,” Self said of the starters. “We got off to a good start even though we turned the ball over the first two possessions. After that, we went about 18 minutes without turning it over. We shot the ball fairly well, especially in the second half, and the starters were good, but I thought our bench was solid too. I thought everybody played really well."
Perry Ellis enjoyed a solid game with 15 points, while freshman Kelly Oubre continued his recent hot streak, scoring 14 points and further cementing his place in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future, as Kansas built a commanding 42-25 halftime lead behind its energy and defensive pressure.
"We got out there defensively,” Ellis said. “We did a great job on both ends of the court; offensive was going good. It was one of our best games (both) first half and second half."
In the second half, Ellis, Oubre and freshman forward Cliff Alexander finished off the Red Raiders, as they buried them amidst a flurry of big plays, including dunks, lobs, three pointers and good perimeter shooting. Suddenly, Kansas led 65-35 and the competitive phase of the game has concluded.