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No. 3 Jayhawks cruise to 89-72 victory over Nebraska

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self and Nebraska coach Tim Miles exchanged a few humorous words after the third-ranked Jayhawks rolled to an 89-72 victory over their former Big 12 foe on Saturday.

Turns out Miles was giving him a little jab.

''Come on, what do you have to complain about? Nothing,'' Miles said, recalling their light-hearted conversation. ''Sorry, the cheerleaders' little thing on their pompom fell on the floor. You got it tough.''

Indeed, Self had just spent most of the afternoon riding the officials and riding his players.

Basically, spoiling for a fight.

But from Miles' perspective, there wasn't much reason: The Jayhawks made it look easy.

''I thought the first half we were really good, we were really solid. The second half we weren't,'' Self said. ''We didn't guard anybody, but the first half was good, so we'll dwell on the positive.

''That's what I always choose to do,'' he added with a wry grin, ''dwell on the positive.''

Frank Mason III had 18 points and seven assists without a turnover. Josh Jackson had 17 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15. Devonte Graham scored 14 and kept everybody calm. Landen Lucas was 5 for 5 from the field and finished with 12 points to give Kansas (9-1) an inside presence.

The result was a blowout despite the absence of forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who is suspended following his arrest Friday for misdemeanor battery. The part-time starter spent the game in street clothes.

''I don't know anything more than I knew yesterday, which is very little,'' Self said. ''It's not anything that's worth commenting on because there's no decisions to be made as far as finality goes until you hear what transpired, and certainly I'm sure people are trying to figure it out.''

Tai Webster led Nebraska (5-5) with 22 points. Ed Morrow Jr. finished with 16.

''Yeah, it was rough,'' Webster said, ''a tough environment to come into. The crowd is nothing like we've seen before, but they're good at what they do. They pressure you full-court, every time you take it out, and they're relentless. They're tough.''

The Jayhawks rolled to a 54-34 halftime lead, but things started to go haywire after the break. They missed eight of their first 11 free throws in the second half, allowing Nebraska to claw back into the game.

What really set Self off, though, came with about 12 minutes left, when Mykhailiuk tracked down a loose ball and tried to throw an alley-oop pass to Jackson off the glass. Jackson's dunk hit the rim and sprung into the air - and sent Self springing from his seat with an R-rated roar.

Asked who earned the brunt for it, Jackson or Mykhailiuk, Lucas chimed in: ''Everybody on the court.''

It was Jackson who responded, though. He scored the next two baskets, then converted an emphatic jam, as the Jayhawks pushed their lead back to 20 and coasted the rest of the way.

''That's a fast team, a skilled team, a powerful team. They can get you a lot of ways,'' Miles said. ''I was really proud of our guys. I thought the second half we showed some toughness, some resiliency to at least claw back and make it uneasy on them.''

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska has lost five of six, including a blowout loss to No. 10 Creighton. The only win for Miles' struggling team during that stretch came against South Dakota.

Kansas finished 14 of 25 from the free throw line, continuing a troubling trend. Jackson was 3 of 8, while Udoka Azubuike clanked three of his four attempts off the rim.

BRAGG BENCHED

The Jayhawks' sophomore forward pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. Bragg had appeared in their first nine games, starting five of them, and is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16 minutes.

''I think one reason why in the first half we were more focused was because of it. I don't know,'' Self said. ''But they seemed to be pretty focused in the first half, but it was a distraction, and with teams and throughout seasons, there's going to be different things come up.''

UP NEXT

Nebraska returns home to play Gardner-Webb on Dec. 18.

Kansas plays Davidson on Dec. 17 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Frank Mason III 19.0
  Jeriah Horne missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Lost ball turnover on Dwight Coleby 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Tyler Self 31.0
  Tyler Self missed jump shot 33.0
  Offensive rebound by Dwight Coleby 37.0
  Dwight Coleby missed jump shot 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Kansas 58.0
  Jordy Tshimanga missed jump shot 1:00
  30-second timeout called 1:14
+ 2 Josh Jackson made dunk, assist by Devonte Graham 1:23
Team Stats
Points 72 89
Field Goals 27-69 (39.1%) 34-57 (59.6%)
3-Pointers 3-7 (42.9%) 7-15 (46.7%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 14-25 (56.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 36
Offensive 16 8
Defensive 19 23
Team 0 5
Assists 12 14
Steals 8 8
Blocks 3 12
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 17 19
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
18 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
12T
away team logo Nebraska 5-5 343872
home team logo 3 Kansas 9-1 543589
Team Stats
away team logo Nebraska 5-5 71.9 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 3 Kansas 9-1 76.9 PPG 40.4 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
00
T. Webster G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
F. Mason III G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Webster G 22 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
F. Mason III G 18 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
39.1 FG% 59.6
42.9 3PT FG% 46.7
83.3 FT% 56.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Webster 22 2 5 9/20 1/2 3/3 1 36 1 0 3 0 2
E. Morrow 16 7 2 7/10 0/0 2/2 1 24 0 0 1 3 4
G. Watson Jr. 5 4 1 2/6 1/1 0/0 5 29 2 0 3 2 2
M. Jacobson 4 7 0 1/8 0/1 2/2 4 19 1 0 3 4 3
J. McVeigh 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Webster 22 2 5 9/20 1/2 3/3 1 36 1 0 3 0 2
E. Morrow 16 7 2 7/10 0/0 2/2 1 24 0 0 1 3 4
G. Watson Jr. 5 4 1 2/6 1/1 0/0 5 29 2 0 3 2 2
M. Jacobson 4 7 0 1/8 0/1 2/2 4 19 1 0 3 4 3
J. McVeigh 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Tshimanga 10 8 0 3/7 0/0 4/7 4 19 1 2 1 3 5
E. Taylor 8 1 2 3/6 0/0 2/2 0 19 1 0 0 1 0
A. Gill 7 1 0 2/6 1/2 2/2 0 22 1 0 0 1 0
N. Fuller 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 1
J. Horne 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 1
I. Roby 0 3 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 1 0 2 1
M. Laws - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Shultis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Elradi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 35 12 27/69 3/7 15/18 17 200 8 3 12 16 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Mason III 18 4 7 5/9 2/4 6/8 3 37 1 0 0 0 4
J. Jackson 17 6 2 7/12 0/2 3/8 3 35 2 5 4 1 5
D. Graham 14 3 1 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 34 1 0 2 0 3
U. Azubuike 7 6 0 3/4 0/0 1/4 4 16 0 4 2 0 6
L. Vick 3 1 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Mason III 18 4 7 5/9 2/4 6/8 3 37 1 0 0 0 4
J. Jackson 17 6 2 7/12 0/2 3/8 3 35 2 5 4 1 5
D. Graham 14 3 1 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 34 1 0 2 0 3
U. Azubuike 7 6 0 3/4 0/0 1/4 4 16 0 4 2 0 6
L. Vick 3 1 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 3 25 0 1 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mykhailiuk 15 2 2 6/11 2/4 1/2 1 27 2 1 0 2 0
L. Lucas 12 7 2 5/5 0/0 2/2 2 19 2 1 2 3 4
M. Lightfoot 3 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 5 0 0 1 0 0
T. Self 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Coleby 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
C. Bragg Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Vang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 31 14 34/57 7/15 14/25 19 200 8 12 13 8 23