Monday, June 5, 2023

No. 8 Kansas wins 84-62 over No. 14 Indiana

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Grady Dick led six Kansas players in double figures with 20 points, DaJuan Harris Jr. added 10 points and 10 assists as the eighth-ranked Jayhawks routed the No. 14 84-62 Recorded victory. Indiana on Saturday.

Kevin McCullers Jr. had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jalen Wilson and KJ Adams each scored 11 points each as the Jayhawks (10-1) beat fellow college basketball Bluebloods for the seventh time in their last nine meetings.

Indiana (8-3) played mostly without second-leading scorer Xavier Johnson, who injured his right ankle less than 10 minutes into the game. The senior guard, who averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 assists, was injured while scrambling for a loose ball. He returned on crutches wearing a walking boot to watch the second half from the bench.

By that point, Kansas had already jumped out to a large early lead, which eventually grew to 22 in the first half. And when the Hoosiers briefly got within 10 in the second half, the Jayhawks turned up the pressure and pulled away again.

Trace Jackson-Davis had 13 points and nine blocks for the Hoosiers, who could not overcome a 50–24 disparity on 23 turnovers and points in the paint. Race Thompson and Jalen Hood-Scifino each added 11 points.

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The Hoosiers, who had lost two of their last three, were fortunate to be within 44–29 at half time.

Like last week’s romp past Missouri, the Jayhawks made their first four shots, holding Indiana to a field goal in the first 5 minutes and building a 21–8 lead by the Under-12 media timeout. And as Dick heated up from outside the arc, the lead continued to grow, Wilson continued to drive toward the basket, and Adams provided a physical paint presence.

By the time Dick knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers, and Bobby Pettiford Jr. made a layup, the defending national champions had extended their advantage over the Hoosiers to 42–20—their largest of the half.

Indiana gained a bit of momentum in the closing minutes, however, then stormed out of the locker room and continued to cut their deficit. Jackson-Davis, who had been quiet in the first half, asserted himself in the paint, and it was his basket with 16 minutes remaining that got the Hoosiers within 48–38 and forced Kansas coach Bill Self to call a timeout. Did.

The Jayhawks scored the next six points to start a 10–2 run and regain control. And as Indiana’s turnovers began to mount, the lead again swelled to 20, allowing Kansas to coast through the final 8 minutes.

Indiana could be without Johnson for some time after his injury, and his ballhandling was sorely missed against the Jayhawks, finishing with 17 steals. This gave Kansas a 28–13 advantage in points on turnover.

Kansas went through malaise late in the first half and early in the second, but the veteran leadership of Harris and Wilson allowed the Jayhawks to overcome it. Harris had only three turnovers to go along with 10 assists.

The Hoosiers hosted Elon on Tuesday night.

The Jayhawks welcome Harvard on Thursday night.

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