What the hell was that?
In the building named for Henry Iba, KU and Oklahoma State took turns sending basketball back to the Stone Age Tuesday.
OSU was awful in the first 10 minutes. KU was even worse in the next 10, at one point missing 19 straight shots. And both teams looked like fifth graders in the closing minutes of the contest. In the final 2:24 there were seven turnovers, five fouls, four missed field goals, two missed free throws, and zero points scored by either team. It was a fucking mess.
Dave McCormack got benched and responded with one of the best games of his career, going for 17 and 15. Jalen Wilson still can’t hit a jump shot and seems to have the yips around the rim, but is just a rebounding monster, grabbing 15 rebounds of his own. Remy was hobbled and ineffective much of the night, but hit two-straight shots late that pretty much put the game on ice. Ochai and Christian weren’t nearly as effective as they have been. Anyone who had positive moments countered those with a few terrible plays. The entire team looked sped up and uncomfortable with OSU’s athleticism. Their end-game poise was awful.
Ah, but for KU, a road conference win is a road conference win, no matter how much angst it caused or how many pillows I flung across the room in anger. You are thankful for every Big 12 win that is banked away. And hope that the next game the team will play more like nearly grown men than middle schoolers.