LAWRENCE — Kansas men's basketball's 2021-22 regular season continued Monday with a Big 12 Conference matchup at home against Texas Tech.
The Jayhawks came in off of a win on the road against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders came in off of a win at home against West Virginia. It was a contest between two ranked squads, as in the latest coaches poll Kansas is fifth and Texas Tech 14th.
Did Jayhawks head coach Bill Self see his team get some revenge for a loss earlier this season against the Red Raiders? Did Texas Tech coach Mark Adams lead his team to a regular season sweep of Kansas? Which player was the star in this one?
Here's what happened, with the latest news first, at Allen Fieldhouse:
FINAL: Kansas 94, Texas Tech 91
Kansas was able to hit some free throws late to build a lead, with Jalen Wilson and Christian Braun delivering there. And after a defensive stop, the Jayhawks won 94-91.
Kansas and Texas Tech tied 91-91 with 1:39 left in 2nd OT
KJ Adams Jr. just had a put-back bucket to tie the score at 91-91 with a bit less than two minutes left in the second overtime. However, for many Kansas fans, what might also be on their mind right now is the fact that Remy Martin has not played since regulation ended. He's on the bench, seemingly healthy, but Bill Self has yet to put him back in the game.
END FIRST OVERTIME: Kansas 86, Texas Tech 86
After Texas Tech led for much of the first overtime, the Red Raiders weren't able to seal the game from the free-throw line. That gave Kansas a chance, down three points in the final seconds, to try to tie the score. And without much time remaining, Ochai Agbaji hit a 3-pointer to make it an 86-86 game.
Texas Tech then missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game.
Texas Tech leads 80-77 against Kansas with 3:24 left in 1st OT
The Red Raiders have the early lead in the first overtime, and are up three points with about three and a half minutes left. Again, Bryson Williams has continued to be an issue for Kansas defensively. He's now up to 30 points for Texas Tech.
END SECOND HALF: Kansas 75, Texas Tech 75
Ochai Agbaji missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and this one is going to overtime.
Kansas leads 74-72 against Texas Tech with 1:28 left in 2nd half
The Red Raiders have just made this a two-point game. Texas Tech is 3-for-3 on its last attempts from the field. While the Jayhawks have their fans behind them, it's unclear how much momentum they truly have at this point.
Kansas leads 70-64 against Texas Tech with 3:47 left in 2nd half
The Jayhawks have led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but only lead by six points with a little less than four minutes left. There's been some carelessness, especially on a turnover recently from Christian Braun, that's seemed to allow the Red Raiders to keep it close. The way the second half has gone at times, one would think more consistent play from Kansas would have it at a comfortable lead at this point.
The Jayhawks have three turnovers in the last 2:46 of play. They haven't scored in the last 2:46 of play. Texas Tech is on a 6-0 run.
Kansas leads 66-56 against Texas Tech with 8:26 left in 2nd half
The Jayhawks are on a run, and lead the Red Raiders by 10 points with about eight and a half minutes left. Ochai Agbaji is up to 24 points to lead all scorers. He's 9-for-17 from the field and 6-for-10 from behind the arc.
Remy Martin's line of four points, four rebounds and five assists don't show how valuable he's been so far. It was a curious move, that it took as long as it did for Bill Self to put him in the game in the second half. Kansas has performed much better with him in during the second half than Dajuan Harris Jr.
Kansas leads 55-52 against Texas Tech with 11:42 left in 2nd half
Texas Tech hasn't quite been able to pull the score back to a tie since the second half began. Kansas still has the lead. But the Red Raiders have come close, and appear to have plenty of time to come back in this one — especially so, considering they only trail by three points.
Bill Self hasn't exactly gotten consistent play out of either David McCormack or Mitch Lightfoot yet tonight, and has gone to KJ Adams Jr. at times. McCormack has produced at times offensively, but not succeeded as much on the other end. Lightfoot has been in foul trouble.
Kansas leads 46-43 against Texas Tech with 15:50 left in 2nd half
Shots aren't having much trouble falling for either side, as the Jayhawks hold a slim lead a little more than four minutes into the second half. Texas Tech is a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, with a made 3-pointer. Kansas is 4-for-7 from the field with a 2-for-3 mark from behind the arc.
Ochai Agbaji and Bryson Williams each have 19 points to lead their respective teams. Each has gotten inside and used perimeter shooting to get there. Whichever team can shot the other's leading scorer down, very well could win this one.
HALFTIME: Kansas 36, Texas Tech 30
— Jordan Guskey (@JordanGuskey) January 25, 2022
Kansas leads 36-28 against Texas Tech with 55 seconds left in 1st half
A Christian Braun layup on a fast-break opportunity has forced Texas Tech to call a timeout with just under a minute left before halftime. Kansas has held the Red Raiders to a scoring drought right now that's more than two minutes long. Texas Tech isn't out of this game, but Kansas has all the momentum.
Kansas leads 32-26 against Texas Tech with 3:29 left in 1st half
Remy Martin still has by no means been perfect, but his energy has been a pivotal reason why Kansas has the momentum it does right now. His ability to facilitate offensively has been important as well. And the Jayhawks hold a six-point lead with about three and a half minutes left before halftime.
There was one defensive possession for Kansas, which ultimately ended in a Texas Tech turnover, that started with Martin pumping up the crowd as the Red Raiders brought the ball up the floor. His man wasn't too far from him by the time Martin stopped to focus fully on the ball-handler. Martin's feeling the energy of the crowd tonight, and it'll be interesting to see what that leads to as the game progresses.
Kansas leads 20-16 against Texas Tech with 7:46 left in 1st half
The Jayhawks have already seen Jalen Wilson pull down six rebounds. It's a part of Wilson's game that Bill Self highlights often. And it's served Kansas well early on.
Something to watch, though, is Dajuan Harris Jr. is already up to two fouls for Kansas. That means, at least for now, more time for Remy Martin and more time without Harris . That doesn't have to be a bad thing, because of what Martin can bring when he's doing well, but it's something to watch.
Kansas leads 13-11 against Texas Tech with 11:05 left in 1st half
Remy Martin came in as one of Kansas' substitutions in this stretch, along with Mitch Lightfoot and Jalen Coleman-Lands. Martin, who entered for Dajuan Harris Jr., showed an aggressiveness that was welcome and needed offensively for the Jayhawks. However, on both ends of the floor, he's had his share of mistakes and one turnover that was at least partially his fault led to Bill Self visibly reacting disappointed near Kansas' bench.
So far, Ochai Agbaji leads Kansas and all scorers with five points. Bryson Williams leads Texas Tech with three points.
Kansas leads 7-5 against Texas Tech with 15:42 left in 1st half
The Jayhawks jumped out to a quick, 5-0 lead, and looked as if they may have the Red Raiders rattled. Texas Tech even made a couple early substitutions, well before this break. But the Red Raiders recovered to tie things up, and Kansas leads by just two points a little more than four minutes into the game.
Kansas has turned the ball over three times already, and that's led to all of Texas Tech's points. Two of those turnovers came as the Jayhawks tried to get the ball inside to David McCormack. After McCormack scored on an early dunk, he hasn't been as effective on the offensive end and that was an area Bill Self highlighted pregame as being important.
The tip was won by Kansas, and this one is underway.
Bill Self appears on a Kansas pregame show
Kansas' head coach spent time going over, again, how the Jayhawks were able to defeat the Wildcats. Self said, with the way that game had gone, he knew the only way Kansas was going to win was by dominating on the glass. And, over the course of the game and especially during the second half, that's exactly what the Jayhawks did. That, and see Ochai Agbaji take over late and help deliver the win.
Self also spent time reflecting on Kansas' loss earlier in the season against Texas Tech, in a game the Red Raiders didn't have two players who Self believes add size and more to what Texas Tech can do. Self didn't think Kansas played well that day, and Texas Tech did. In order to win this time around, Self highlighted the Jayhawks getting the ball inside to David McCormack, being aggressive and avoiding charges.
As he praised Texas Tech, Self said if the Red Raiders had a true shot blocker they would be the best defense in the nation.
David McCormack appears on a Kansas pregame show
McCormack is coming off of an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double in the Jayhawks' win against Kansas State. Ahead of this game against Texas Tech, he talked about he and Jalen Wilson were both challenged to be more effective rebounders for Kansas. He said the two of them took that personally, and it's clear that showed up on the floor with how the two played against the Wildcats.
McCormack felt Kansas scratched a bit of the surface of what it has the potential to be during the win against Kansas State. It's just a matter, now, of extending that over the course of 40 minutes.
Kansas fans show their support for Bill Self
This sign (a Bill Self Sr. quote) is in front of the KU student section tonight. Told KU had nothing to do with it but students got in touch with athletic department to make sure they could get it in and hang it. Pretty cool thing for students to do. pic.twitter.com/bleIcwmSqc
— CJ Moore (@CJMooreHoops) January 25, 2022
Looks like Kansas may have its full compliment of scholarship players
Cam Martin and Kyle Cuffe Jr. are, of course, slated to redshirt this season. But they and the rest of the Kansas players who are on scholarship are all out on the court warming up with their teammates. Among those who've been affected by injury who are warming up, are Bobby Pettiford and Zach Clemence.
Jayhawks getting some early work in
— Jordan Guskey (@JordanGuskey) January 25, 2022
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.
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