Saturday’s box score
No. 4 Kansas 64, Texas 59
Percentages: FG .392, FT .840. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (McLemore 2-3, Tharpe 1-3, White III 0-1, Releford 0-2, Johnson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 6 (Withey 3, Young, McLemore, Releford). Turnovers: 15 (McLemore 4, Johnson 3, Young 2, Withey 2, Releford 2, Ellis, Tharpe). Steals: 10 (McLemore 2, Young 2, Releford 2, Tharpe, Ellis, Withey, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .446, FT .250. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Papapetrou 2-3, McClellan 2-5, Felix 1-1, Holmes 1-2, Lewis 1-4, Lammert 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Holmes). Turnovers: 14 (Felix 3, Holmes 2, Papapetrou 2, Holland 2, Ibeh 2, Lewis 2, McClellan). Steals: 9 (Holmes 3, Holland 3, Lammert, McClellan, Lewis). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–14,312. Officials–Mike Stuart, David Hall, Rick Crawford.
Senior guard Elijah Johnson preferred not to talk about his own personal struggles and shooting woes on Saturday.
“It’s irrelevant,” Johnson said.
But when asked about center Jeff Withey’s impact on the game, he was able to confront his nightmarish day from the field. Johnson scored six points on 1-of-11 shooting, accounting for nearly a third of the Jayhawks 31 missed field goals.
“I took 11 layups tonight,” Johnson said. “I didn’t make nothing, but one.”
Johnson’s off game came against a Texas defense that ranks among the nation’s best at making teams miss. But after 17 games, Johnson has yet to be the offensive weapon he was during KU’s run to the Final Four last season. He is shooting 40.5 percent overall and 34.7 percent from three-point range.
“It wasn’t close,” Self said. “The ball didn’t have much of a chance to go in. It was one of those nights for him. Elijah has played pretty well. He just hasn’t made shots, like he did at the end of last year. And certainly, that will help us when he starts doing it.”
Kansas nearly buried itself with an awful stretch of play in the opening minutes of the second half. After trailing 28-26 at halftime, KU committed five turnovers in a five-minute stretch as Texas took a 42-31 lead.
“That was as bad as you could start a second half,” Self said.
— Rustin Dodd