The Los Angeles Clippers may be known as “Lob City” and Florida Gulf Coast may have became “Dunk City” last year, but this year it is Kansas that can argue their case for such lofty titles. Friday night, it was more of the same, as the Jayhawks overwhelmed Towson 88-58 at Allen Fieldhouse.
At 4-0, Kansas will have a few days off before heading to the Bahamas for the “Battle For Atlantis,” which will present them the opportunity to play good competition over Thanksgiving weekend in a tropical paradise.
“It’s going to be a great tournament,” head coach Bill Self said. “From what I’m told, it’s first class all the way around and I think our fans will enjoy it, but, it’s a business trip.”
Against the Tigers, Kansas showed flashes of what could make them frightening to anyone in the nation, as they shared the ball and looked to run early and often, producing a series of showstopping scores and dunks.
“If there's a better team in the country, I'd like to find out who they are,” Towson coach Pat Skerry said. “I certainly don't want to play them.”
It was a night where Self was fairly pleased with what he saw from his highly touted and highly ranked team. For a half, Kansas played above the rim, led by freshman Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. He was one of four Jayhawks to finish in double figures. Andrew White, Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis all tallied 13, 12 and 10 points respectively.
As always, it was a balanced attack, where everyone contributed, while playing an unselfish brand of ball that by season’s end could make Kansas unbeatable. For the night, they dished out 19 assists on their 33 field goals.
Defense also started to emerge, as freshman center Joel Embiid came off the bench to block three shots, while totaling eight points and eight rebounds. Afterwards, Embiid said he’s been working hard to add a defensive presence, as at the urging of Self, the seven footer has been studying tape of former center Jeff Withey who made scoring inside nearly impossible.
It was a night where Kansas showed glimpses of what it could be, as they led by as much as 39 and held a lead of more than 20 points for almost the entirety of the game. Now, they’ll have the opportunity to let a road trip help them to become a team.
“I don’t think teams can become teams unless they go some place and do something,” Self said. “There’s no team in America right now that’s a team and they’re making strides to become a team and hopefully this will be a big stride for us to start putting some stuff together.”