Kansas No.8 passes Mizzou, 102-65
The Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It took nearly a decade for Kansas and Missouri to renew the border war.
It took the Jayhawks about 10 minutes to rout it to the border.
Ochai Agbaji scored 21 points, Christian Braun and Dajuan Harris each have 13, and the eighth Jayhawks earned a 102-65 victory over the Tigers on Saturday in the first meeting of the longtime rivals of the Big 12 as opponents out of conference.
David McCormack added 11 points and Remy Martin 10 for the Jayhawks (8-1). season.
“Was it any different walking there? Absolutely,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “There’s something about Mizzou and a few others in our program, only these guys can bring in the kind of energy that is there today.”
Javon Pickett led Missouri in poor, sloppy shooting (5-5) with 19 points. DaJuan Gordon was 11 and leading scorer Kobe Brown, stalked all afternoon by the Jayhawks man-to-man defense, finished with five points and six rebounds.
“I used to watch this game on TV but never really got it,” Pickett said. “I knew it was a big game, but it was just another game for me when I was younger. It was still a great atmosphere. Super strong.”
Hundreds of students representing groups of up to 20 each began camping almost a week before the game, all seeking the best seat for the revival of a rivalry that traces its bitter beginnings to the days before the game. civil war.
But as the era of pro-slavery Missouri raiders arguing with Kansas anti-slavery “Jayhawkers” fades into the history books, the animosity fueled by fans of the Tigers and Jayhawks is still very real – though the two programs hadn’t played for nearly a decade, since Missouri decided to chase soccer riches from the SEC.
His move left the Big 12 on such a volatile basis that Self simply refused to program the Tigers.
However, its stance softened over time and schools held an exhibition in 2017 to raise money for hurricane relief. They then agreed to a six-game streak that was delayed for a year by the pandemic. But it wasn’t until Saturday, with the winter sun shining through Allen Fieldhouse’s skylight windows, that they finally spoke together.
Dozens of former players showed up to watch, giving the game a sense of nostalgia.
“There is a level of unspoken pride. They played in these games, watched other teams play in these games,” Agbaji said. “We didn’t say much to them, but we just gave each other that kind of look, like, ‘Go take care of business.'”
CREIGHTON 83, NO. 24 BYU 71
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Ryan Hawkins scored 19 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and Creighton beat BYU.
Creighton (9-2) increased his lead to 20 before the break, helped by four 3 points from Hawkins.
Hawkins finished 10 for 18 on the field, including 4 for 8 of 3, and had eight rebounds for the Bluejays.
Alex Barcello scored 28 points for BYU (8-2), shooting 5 of 7 on 3 points. Gideon George played 20 minutes off the bench and led the Cougars with 11 rebounds.
NO. 21 STATE OF OHIO 73, NO. 22 WISCONSIN 55
COLUMBUS, Ohio – EJ Liddell scored 28 points and the Ohio State No. 21 shot 50% to defeat Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes (8-2) led the Badgers by 13 points in the second half, running away with the game after leading by five points at halftime.
Johnny Davis led Wisconsin (8-2) with 24 points and Brad Davison added 13.
NO. 13 TENNESSEE 76, UNC GREENSBORO 36
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Josiah-Jordan James and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield each scored 12 points to lead Tennessee against UNC Greensboro.
James made his first start since injuring a finger on his left hand in Game 3 of the season.
Santiago Vescovi scored 10 to help the Volunteers (7-2) clear the memory of Tuesday’s loss to Texas Tech.
De’Monte Buckingham scored 10 points to dominate the Spartans (7-3).
NO. 15 CONNECTICUT 74, ST. BONAVENTURE 64
NEWARK, NJ – RJ Cole scored 15 points and Connecticut surged midway through the second half to beat St. Bonaventure.
Akok Akok added 12 points and Jordan Hawkins had 11 for UConn (9-2).
Saint-Bonaventure (8-2) took a 39-36 lead on Jalen Adaway’s two free throws before the Huskies scored 13 straight points to take control.
The Bonnies have cut the deficit five times on two occasions, most notably in Osun Osunniyi’s layup to bring the score to 64-59 with just under two minutes to go.
NO. 18 AUBURN 99, NEBRASKA 68
ATLANTA – Playing without suspended coach Bruce Pearl, Auburn made 16 interceptions and routed Nebraska.
Pearl began his two-game NCAA suspension on Friday. Auburn was placed on probation for four years for unethical conduct involving former associate head coach Chuck Person. Pearl was penalized for failing to monitor her assistant and adequately promote compliance.
Assistant coach Wes Flanigan served as interim coach.
Center Walker Kessler and goaltender Zep Jasper each had five interceptions and Auburn scored 30 points on 20 turnovers. Jabari Smith had 21 points to lead the Tigers (8-1).