Kansas basketball came out victorious in its final preparation game ahead of the highly anticipated Champions Classic, but a fellow blue-blood suffered its first defeat.
In an array of dunks by KJ Adams and Hunter Dickinson, the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks steamrolled the Manhattan Jaspers 99-61 in their final tuneup of the regular season. The duo combined for 32 points as KU won in dominant fashion. Other players like Elmarko Jackson (10 assists), Kevin McCullar (15 points), and Parker Braun (10 points, three blocks) showed out last night.
Kansas basketball was unable to eclipse the century mark by just one point for the second consecutive contest, but the team looks cohesive and players seem to know their role. They look far more impressive than Kentucky, who they’ll play this Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the Champions Classic. Coach Cal’s Wildcats only led Texas A&M-Commerce by eight points through 20 minutes before pulling away in the second half.
And speaking of other blue blood schools, Duke — widely regarded as the next best team after Kansas — fell to No. 12 Arizona at home. The inexperienced Blue Devils weren’t motivated enough by the Cameron Crazies and Jon Scheyer’s squad failed to back up the preseason hype.
No. 4 Michigan State was recently upset by James Madison, so the Jayhawks should hold their No. 1 spot firmly if they defeat UK. It doesn’t get easier for Bill Self and Co., though, as they’ll compete in the Maui Invitational the following week.
Make sure you click ahead to read the team’s box score from the win.