4:00 PM ET, February 23, 2013
Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
Jeff Withey, who had 18 points to lead the Jayhawks."We kind of had a quick start and kept rolling from there."Kansas built a 38-9 lead by halftime and never looked back, giving Self career win No. 499.Ben McLemore finished with 14 points, and Perry Ellis and Travis Releford had 12 each as Kansas put on a show for about 200 former players, coaches and staff -- among them former coach Ted Owens -- who were on hand to celebrate the program's 115th anniversary."Obviously they were upset. I don't know for what," TCU coach Trent Johnson said jokingly.The nine points scored in the first half by TCU were the fewest in any half in the last 15 years of Big 12 games -- the fewest the Jayhawks had ever allowed in a Big 12 game. And they were the fewest allowed in a half by Kansas since Cornell scored nine on Jan. 2, 1996.Devonta Abron had 18 points to lead the Horned Frogs, who have lost five straight by an average of nearly 22 since their victory over the Jayhawks. They have also lost 13-of-14 overall, their most recent win against anybody else coming Dec. 30 against Mississippi Valley State."We started out kind of rough all we could have done was keep our heads up and play through it," Abron said. "We had open shots. We just weren't making them."Wearing throwback uniforms to honor its 1988 national championship team, Kansas rolled off the first 11 points and built an 18-5 lead with just more than 10 minutes left in the half.The Jayhawks mostly did it with defense, forcing the Horned Frogs into dribbling and passing around the perimeter for most of the shot clock before forcing up off-balanced shot. TCU wound up shooting 4 of 27 from the field and was 0 for 7 from beyond the arc in the first half."We played as a team today," McLemore said. "We got a lot of stops."The Horned Frogs didn't fare well when Johnson called timeouts, either. Twice they committed turnovers on the ensuing inbounds play, keeping the Jayhawks' momentum going.Self did far better with his timeouts.After the Horned Frogs scored consecutive baskets, he called a quick one to get his team back on track. Kevin Young responded with a basket underneath, Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and the Jayhawks ripped off an 18-0 run to end the half.Trent Johnson left the court shaking his head at halftime, and it was hard to tell why: His team trailing 38-9 against a team it recently beat, or the soaring dunk along the base line that McLemore threw down in the closing seconds to punctuate the Jayhawks' big first half.McLemore had 10 points at the break -- one more than TCU had as a team.The Horned Frogs' starters were shut out in the first half, combining to shoot 0 for 14 from the field. They committed eight turnovers and missed both of their free throws."I've never seen that before," Self said. "But they also missed some open looks, too. It's not all defense. They helped us by missing shots."Things didn't go much better in the second half for the Horned Frogs, who couldn't string together enough baskets to make much of a dent in the Jayhawks' lead.By the time the closing minutes wound down, the only question was whether Kansas would miss a foul shot. The Jayhawks didn't attempt one in the first half, but made their first 17 tries in the second. Andrew White III finally missed one with 2:26 left in the game.Naturally, he made his second attempt.It was that kind of day for Kansas.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-47 (.362)||26-53 (.491)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-14 (.286)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-16 (.625)||18-19 (.947)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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TCU scored 9 points in the first half vs Kansas, the fewest points scored by a Big 12 team in any half in the last 15 seasons.
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