Kansas vs Kansas State
Quick start for Kansas
Kansas rushed to a quick lead in the opening minutes of the game and never looked back, defeating rival Kansas State 70-56 on Monday night in Manhattan. The turnover bug bit the Jayhawks, but they were able to overcome 16 turnovers to come up with a key Big 12 road victory. KU has had trouble putting games away this season, but it fended off a second-half comeback from K-State.
Starters come up big
Four of KU’s starters finished with double figures. Svi Mykhailiuk led the way with 22 points. Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman each put up a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists and 13 points and 10 rebounds, respectively. For K-State, Dean Wade posted his sixth straight game with at least 20 points. Collectively, the Wildcats struggled from the field, though, shooting only 32.3 percent.
Race for 14
The Jayhawks are striving to win their 14th straight Big 12 championship. With its victory against K-State Monday night, KU extended its lead in the Big 12. KU sits a game-and-one-half ahead of Texas Tech, West Virginia and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks (18-4 overall, 7-2 Big 12) host Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Wildcats (16-6, 5-4) travel to Morgantown on Saturday to face No. 15 West Virginia.