LAWRENCE — The Kansas men’s basketball 2022-23 regular season continues on Saturday with the Big 12 Conference opener at home to Oklahoma State.
The No. 4 Jayhawks (11-1) qualified with a win at home to Harvard. The Cowboys came out from a home win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
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Oklahoma State leads 32-23 against Kansas with 3:01 remaining in the first half
With two free throws scheduled for KJ Adams Jr., Kansas have a chance to cut into the deficit before time expires, but the Jayhawks trail by nine points with about three minutes left until halftime. It is Points from turnovers continue to be an issue for Kansas. Oklahoma State scored 14 points on his 9 errors against the Jayhawks, while Kansas scored 2 points on his 5 errors against the Cowboys.
Former Jayhawks talent Bryce Thompson continues to shoot the ball well for Oklahoma State. He has already scored 14 points. He’s 4 to 6 from behind the arc.
Oklahoma State leads Kansas 21-13 with 9:14 remaining in the first half
Kansas tied the game 13-13 when Joseph Yesuf came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer, but Oklahoma State’s 8-0 run forced the Jayhawks into a timeout. The Cowboys have him 4-9 from behind the arc so far. Kansas can’t keep up.
Also, KJ Adams Jr. has already committed two fouls. That means Zach Clemens will be watching the first half. Adams is often a reliable big, albeit too small, for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma leads 13-10 against Kansas with 11:16 left in the first half
Zby Ejiofor and Bobby Pettiford Jr. were the first two replacements off the Kansas bench, and Ejiofor held up well for the Jayhawks. Did. And he played well defensively.
But Kansas are still trailing by three points with just over 11 minutes left in the first half. Former Jayhawks player Bryce Thompson leads Oklahoma State and all scorers with six points. Thompson he hit a pair of threes.
Oklahoma State leads Kansas 8-4 with 15:27 remaining in the first half
It took nearly two minutes for the game to see the first point when Jaren Wilson hit a Kansas jumper, and the Jayhawks’ offense didn’t get much better from there. They were four and a half minutes into the game and he was trailing by four. They flip the ball too much.
Forcing turnovers and initiating transitions could rectify that, but Kansas will have to make the most of those opportunities when they present themselves. Missed and already ruined one haste chance. The Jayhawks can’t afford them now.
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Jordan Guskey covers the University of Kansas Athletics for The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @JordanGuskey on Twitter.