Sporting a starting lineup that did not include Tyshawn Taylor or Marcus Morris the #7 ranked Kansas Jayhawks dominated as expected in their second and final exhibition contest of the 2010-2011 season. The final score ended up being 90-59 but in reality the game was never in doubt after KU jumped to an early 7-0 lead.
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The Jayhawks were as expected simply overwhelming in every area against the Hornets, especially in the post where Thomas Robinson flashed his potential early with a couple of put back slams to ignite the packed crowd in Allen Fieldhouse. One play highlighted Robinson's athleticism when he received and flushed home an alley oop pass from Tyrel Reed. Although after a missed defensive rotation Bill Self pulled Robinson and gave him somewhat of a tongue lashing on the bench. Robinson ended up with a double double in the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets stayed in the contest early on by hitting some three pointers, pulling within 5 points of the Jayhawks mid-way through the first half before KU went on a run to open up a 44-26 lead at intermission.
Once again without an NCAA ruling on his status Josh Selby watched from the bench in street clothes. One player who did make an appearance was Jeff Withey, a player KU hopes will add solid depth in the post this year if he can stay healthy.
About the only negative on the evening for KU was an alley oop attempt from Tyshawn Taylor to Tyrel Reed who couldn't quite get high enough to slam it home (I think there is a movie title about this with Woody Harrelson & Wesley Snipes).
Besides the missed alley oop, there were plenty of positives in Lawrence tonight. Everyone stayed healthy, Bill Self got to see some different lineup combinations & two players who redshirted last year, Mario Little & Travis Releford, got to work themselves back into some live game action for the 2nd time this year.
The Jayhawks open their regular season this Friday against Longwood in Allen Fieldhouse with a opening tip time of 7 P.M.