Saturday, November 15, 2014

Night Court: First day of college basketball season full of blowouts
#5 Kansas defeats plucky UC-Santa Barbara team by 10 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse
In a physical, ugly game, Kansas came away with a 69-59 win against a tough mid-major in UC-Santa Barbara. The Jayhawks got a well-rounded performance with five guys scoring between 14 and nine points. They probably would have liked to see a stronger performance though, given that their next matchup is Kentucky on Tuesday. UCSB's 2-3 zone forced Bill Self's team into 16 turnovers, and repeated failed defensive rotations led to open Gaucho looks. Alan Williams of UCSB was a dominant force inside as usual, scoring 22 points and adding 13 rebounds with four blocks, but the Kansas bigs availed themselves well in making life extremely difficult for him. UCSB faces a pretty tough schedule with five high-major out-of-conference opponents, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them pull an upset or two based on their performance tonight.

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