🏀 No. 14 TCU Defeats No. 2 Kansas 83-60
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jalen Wilson’s 30 points was not enough as No. 14 TCU beat No. 2 Kansas 83-60 on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak at home for Kansas. The Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2 Big 12), who lost 83-82 in overtime at Kansas State on Tuesday, had not lost consecutive games in the state since 1989, when it had home losses on Jan. 28 to K-State and on Feb. 1 to Missouri.
“The way they chewed gum. The way they tied their shoes. Everything they did was perfect today,” Self said of TCU. “They played great. They’re so fast. They’re so athletic off the bench. Their bench was unbelievable. … That was a beatdown.”
Kansas trailed by 10 at halftime and never closed the gap within single digits. TCU extended the lead to as many as 24 points. The Jayhawks shot only 32.1% in the second half.
“I thought we were playing like there was a 10-point play in our back pocket,” Self said. “That happens a lot when you get behind.”
TCU (15-4, 4-3 Big 12), which shot 54.4% (31-of-57) from the field, got 17 points from Shahada Wells, 15 from Mike Miles Jr. and 11 from Damion Baugh.
“Obviously it was a great win for our program,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “What I’m most proud of [was] how we responded. We didn’t play very well the other day (in a 74-65 loss at West Virginia). But we responded.
“I’m really proud of our bench. I don’t think I’ve done a great job of getting them ready. I knew they were good, and we had to get them in their groove.”
Wilson scored 30 on Saturday after coming off a career-high 38 on Tuesday against K-State. Kevin McCullar Jr. with 10 points was the only other Jayhawk in double figures.
TCU’s Eddie Lampkin was hobbled with a left ankle injury suffered late in the first half. An erroneous tweet at halftime said he had a ruptured Achilles but a school spokesman later said it was a high ankle sprain. He returned and finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds.
TCU used a 19-0 run early in the first half to open a 33-13 lead, forcing Self to use three of his four timeouts in the first 9:10 of the half. The Horned Frogs hit 13 of their first 15 shots. They finished the half shooting 58.6% (17-of-29).
“This team has done really well and caught some good fortune doing it well,” Self said. “This league is so good that if you can’t make other people play poorly, you’re not going to have a lot of success.”
Kansas trailed by as many as 22 points (37-15) before going on an 11-0 run. The Frogs led 48-38 at halftime, the closest Kansas had been since early in the big TCU run.