The No. 25 ranked K-State Wildcats saw its 10-game win streak come to a screeching halt as freshman Andrew Wiggins and the No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks steamrolled their way through Allen Fieldhouse with an 86-60 win.
The Jayhawks (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) owned the game from tip-off and were relentless, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first half, 56 percent overall. Never allowing the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) a lead, a first for K-State this season, the Jayhawks came away with their seventh straight home victory over their in-state rivals, their 48th win out of their last 51 match-ups.
For a team that dominated in the pre-season, K-State looked out of sync and out of control with 10 careless turnovers. Their field goal shooting was an abysmal 44 percent, made worse by only nine percent (1-11) in 3-point attempts. The only thing going for the Wildcats was its 71.4 percent (15-21) in free throws.
Contributing to Kansas’s command of the court was Wiggins who shone with 22 points and junior guard Wayne Seldon who had 20. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Wildcats both offensively and defensively, 33 to 25 and 24 to 18 respectively.
Though freshman Marcus Foster led his team in rebounds (five) and assists (three), he did not bring the customary shooting contribution that the Wildcats have grown to rely on this season, having only seven points to his name at the game’s end.
Despite an ugly 26 point gap in the final score and an average 20 point lead held by the Jayhawks most of the second half, the Wildcats actually kept close pace during the first 10 minutes of the first half. It would be around the 11 minute mark that Kansas would step on the gas, leaving the Wildcats to scramble unsuccessfully for the remainder of the game.
With only seven turnovers and 73 percent from the free throw line, the Jayhawks played a tight, seamless game. Their only major mishap came near the end of the fourth quarter when freshman Joel Embiid threw a flagrant elbow into the face of Wildcat Neno Williams between plays. Embiid’s actions resulted in a technical foul and an ejection from the game. Embiid is expected to return for the Jayhawks game against Iowa State on Monday.
The two rivals will face off again at Bramlage on Feb. 10 and the Wildcats will play the Oklahoma Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.