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Kansas Offense Carries Them Over Kansas State

Second half surge, bench support powers Kansas past K-State 

Andrew Lind | @lind_andrew

After coming off a barn burner matchup in Manhattan, Kansas, in late January, the outcome of Tuesday night’s game was much different. 

Things began in familiar fashion as one team scored and then the other, going back-and-forth pretty much the entire first half. In the second though, junior guard Christian Braun emerged with nine of the Jayhawks’ first 14 points. 

“I don’t think any team in the country can play that fast with us,” Braun said. “I mean we are a good team in transition, so if teams want to play like that, then we’ll score 100 points.” 

And a third of those points came from the bench – a point of emphasis that coach Bill Self has been harping for some time now. Both sophomore guard Joseph Yesufu and super-senior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands added nine points apiece. 

“Me getting acclimated and playing with these guys, just getting better as I progress, it’s just really being consistent – having an opportunity and making the most out of it,” Coleman-Lands said.

But Self knows that this game isn’t a good representation of what his team will face this weekend in Waco. 

“This is just one game and the Baylor game will not be like this game,” Self said. “They are going to try to play fast but it will be more opportunistic playing fast. We’re not going to be able to go down there and have this many possessions.”