The Bulldogs' Secret Weapon
Though Kansas came away with the victory large, the story of the game was the Bulldogs' Alex Kragel. This Bulldog had pyrotechnics of his own, as he lit up Kirk Hinrich and the Jayhawks, shooting 12 for 20 from the field, 7 for 10 from behind the arc, and finishing with 31 points. Hinrich obviously had a tough time defending Kragel, and an equally tough time offensively, as Hinrich finished with onl 7 points on 3 of 8 shooting from the field. Hinrich also spent some time on the bench, picking up his fourth foul with 9:16 left in the second half.
Jayhawks Team Defense
Though Hinrich may have struggled to stop Kragel from scoring, as a team the Jayhawks were formidable on the defensive end, holding UNC Asheville to just 31% from the field. Additionally, the Jayhawks picked up 19 steals in the game (Hinrich 5, Lee 3, Graves 3, Miles 2, Simien 2), leading to easy buckets in transition.
Scoring Inside and Out
Offensively, the big man combo of Collison and Simien continued their dominance in the post, posting 20 and 19 points, respectively. Keith Langford, who scored 14 points in the first half, finished the game with 18, Lee had 11 (on perfect shooting from the field) and Miles tossed in 7. Miles also co-led the Jayhawks in the assist column, adding 9 more to an already impressive tally this season. Hinrich also had 9 assists in this contest.
The Jayhawks improve to 8-3 overall, and look to improve upon that record Saturday with a game against UMKC in Kemper Arena. Gametime is 2:00 pm, Central.