As gruesome as the beating was, it could have been much worse. Head Coach Bill Self elected to rest Aaron Miles, Michael Lee, Wayne Simien, J.R. Giddens for the entire game and Keith Langford only clocked six and a half minutes. Instead, Self chose to start three freshmen, a junior, and a walk-on as Russell Robinson, Alex Galindo, C.J. Giles, Moulaye Niang and Stephen Vinson took the court.
Leading the way to victory was a freshman who didn’t start as Alexander Kaun dominated on the interior. After a disappointing start on Saturday, Kaun looked much more comfortable as he scored on several bank shots and jump hooks with either hand to lead the team with 20 points on 8-12 shooting.
“The first game you know I was probably a little bit nervous and I think I was a little bit more relaxed today than I was yesterday,” said Kaun who also added nine rebounds. “I think that was the main difference, I probably feel a little more comfortable on the floor.”
Kaun’s day also featured a rare open court opportunity after he made a steal and found himself with nothing but 45 feet of hardwood between him and the basket. After a few awkward dribbles the big Siberian made sure he delivered with a monster two handed dunk.
Also coming up big -- and getting a few wide open breakaways including one that he capped off with a two handed 360 jam -- was six-foot-eight freshman Darnell Jackson. The Oklahoma City, OK native used his athleticism, strength and non stop motor to score 19 points on 8-10 shooting. For good measure he added five rebounds and five steals in a solid 22 and a half minute outing.
Despite the blowout nature, Jackson said he wasn’t concerned about losing his focus.
“I don’t worry about it, we weren’t playing against anybody,” said Jackson. “We’re going out thinking that their making us better and we’re making them better and you just try to keep your head.
The Jayhawks take the court again this evening when they square off with Fraser Valley All-Stars in Abbotsford.
SCORING- Kaun 20, Jackson 19, Galindo 16, Robinson 12, Moody 11, Giles 10, Vinson 9, Niang 4.