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Kansas Rolls Iowa State, Oklahoma Upends Texas on Wednesday Night

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Iowa State

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma Sooners claimed victories Wednesday night over the Iowa State Cyclones and the Texas Longhorns, respectively. Our Matthew Postins broke it all down in our Big 12 Postgame Periscope after Wednesday’s last game. The Postgame Periscope is our instant review of each weeknight’s games, with analysis and context for that night’s action and beyond.

 

Kansas (12-2, 2-0 in Big 12) blew out Iowa State (7-7, 0-2), 79-53, in Ames, Iowa. The evening started promising for the Cyclones, as they shot red-hot from the floor and at one point the game was tied 17-17. But it didn’t end that way. 

Kansas took control of the game in the first half, finishing with a 46-26 lead at the break. That came thanks to a 21-3 run in the final eight minutes of the first half. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks were 6-of-8 from the 3-point line and held Iowa State star Tyrese Halliburton to no points in the first 20 minutes. Halliburton had averaged 22 points in his last three games.

 

For Kansas, Devon Doston finished with 20 points and 6 assists. Udoka Azubuike had 10 points, while David McCormack scored 16 points and had 7 rebounds and Ochai Agbaji had 16 points. 

 

Rasir Bolton led Iowa State with 12 points, while Michael Jacobson added 10. Halliburton finally scored his first basket at the 15:27 mark of the second half and finished with 5 points. 

The two teams have now split their last six meetings at Hilton Coliseum.

The Jayhawks briefly lost their best defender, Marcus Garrett, for part of the first half with a left ankle injury. But he returned late in the first half. 

Oklahoma (11-3, 2-0) won its first game in Austin since 2015 by beating Texas, 72-62. The Sooners did so on the back of forward Kristian Doolittle, who scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory, while also hitting two 3-pointers. Jamal Bieniemy scored 11 points, Austin Reaves, added 10 and freshman De’Vion Harmon scored nine off the bench, who of which helped put the game out of reach.

 

Texas had not lost to OU at home under Shaka Smart, and the loss also became Texas’ first home loss of the 2019-20 season. Jericho Sims had another fine game inside, with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Courtney Ramey came off the bench to score 14 points. Matt Coleman III and Jase Febres each had 10 points. But the Longhorns were well off the mark from the 3-point line, despite a good start, finishing 8-of-29.

 

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