No. 5 Kansas units up offensive clinic towards Omaha
Ochai Agbaji scored 18 points in 7v10 with four 3-pointers on Friday when No. 5 Kansas sped to an early pillow and crushed Omaha 95-50 in Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks (6-1) used 6v9 shooting to create a 17-0 cushion that allowed Kansas coach Bill Self to be generously replaced, often with multiple reserves being used at the same time.
One of those backups, Mitch Lightfoot, scored 14 points after playing an average of just 6.2 minutes in the first six games. David McCormack recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Garrett handed out eight templates.
Kansas won their sixth straight straight after losing to Gonzaga No. 1 while increasing their winning streak to 12 on the home seat.
Omaha’s top scorer Marlon Ruffin missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Ruffin, the reigning defensive player of the Summit League of the year, averages 13.4 points. Another starter, Zach Thornhill, was also sitting there with a bad hip.
Without that pair, the Mavericks (2-5) missed their first 10 tries before scoring a goal after a shot from Matt Pile five minutes before the game started. Wanjang Tut scored 14 points and led the Mavs who shot just 27.4 percent.
Omaha, who made the leap to Division I 10 years ago, never really solved the Jayhawks’ athleticism. Kansas took advantage of drives on the tire while also crashing the offensive boards to get a 54-34 edge on the glass and a 42-16 edge on the paint dots.
After their hot start, the Jayhawks opted for a 45:22 lead at halftime behind 12 points from Lightfoot, who played a red shirt last year because of the minutes McCormack provided alongside the later draft pick Udoka Azubuike in the first round . Agbaji added 11 points in the first half.
Tut scored eight points in the first half and led Omaha, who shot just 25 percent, scored 7 of 28 and only got a 3-pointer on nine attempts in the first half.
Kansas announced ahead of the notice that a home game against Tarleton State on Sunday would have to be canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test under the Texans program. Next up on the Jayhawks’ program is the Big 12 Opener Thursday at Texas Tech.
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