LAWRENCE — Kansas men’s basketball’s season opener is getting closer and closer, and with Wednesday comes an exhibition matchup against Emporia State.
The Jayhawks are playing in front of fans for the first time, after holding a closed scrimmage against Tulsa this past weekend. It’ll be another chance for Kansas head coach Bill Self to see his team in action prior to the opener next week against Michigan State. And with preseason Big 12 Conference player of the year Remy Martin available, alongside returners like David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji, there are plenty of high-profile Jayhawks to keep an eye on tonight.
Follow along for updates, with the latest information first, from Allen Fieldhouse:
Kansas leads 80-51 with 6:42 left in 2nd half
Emporia State had the better of Kansas for that stretch of play, but the Jayhawks still hold a commanding lead. Kansas is shooting better than 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc. And the Jayhawks haven’t missed a free throw. They’re up 80-51 with 6:42 remaining.
Kansas leads 71-39 with 11:15 left in 2nd half
Mitch Lightfoot showed out during this stretch on both ends of the floor, disrupting shots and grabbing offensive rebounds. As the Jayhawks continued to build their lead, he played a key reason why. Kansas is up 71-39 with 11:15 left in the game.
Ochai Agbaji is now the game’s leading scorer with 17 points.
Kansas leads 63-33 with 14:52 left in 2nd half
While Emporia State started off getting the better of Kansas this half, the Jayhawks found their way and especially did so once Remy Martin subbed in. Martin’s presence is unavoidable and he definitely brings energy that Kansas needs. David McCormack is up to 16 points and eight rebounds.
Kansas started the second half with the lineup of Chris Teahan, McCormack, Christian Braun, Dajuan Harris Jr. and Ochai Agbaji.
Kansas leads 51-25 at halftime
The Jayhawks are led by Ochai Agbaji’s 14 points and Remy Martin’s 13 points. David McCormack has done very well inside on both ends of the floor, although the shots haven’t always been falling offensively. Contested shots are keeping Emporia State from doing much on the offensive end.
It seemed, over the course of the half, Bill Self grew more and more pleased with the style of play his team was going with.
Kansas leads 39-22 with 3:29 left in 1st half
David McCormack imposed his will inside at times during this stretch, with an alley-oop dunk and an impressive block as part of his quality play. Emporia State is really struggling to hit shots at this point and hasn’t scored in nearly three minutes.
KJ Adams Jr. saw his first action during this stretch as well.
Kansas leads 30-20 with 7:30 left in 1st half
Remy Martin is up to 11 points now to lead Kansas and all scorers, as the Jayhawks are up 30-20 with 7:30 left in the first half. Kansas is enjoying success offensively, but at times don’t appear to be making the plays that Bill Self is looking for. The Jayhawks have been quick defensively and been able to get out in transition.
Zach Clemence, Cam Martin and Bobby Pettiford all got in for the first time during this stretch.
Kansas leads 19-13 with 11:56 left in 1st half
Remy Martin got his first minutes for the Jayhawks during this stretch of play and hit a jumper and got a layup during it. Kansas was hit or miss on both ends of the floor, with Bill Self seemingly frustrated at times. It’s a 19-13 game with 11:56 left before the half.
Joseph Yesufu and Mitch Lightfoot were the first substitutions for Kansas out of the first timeout. They came in for David McCormack and Chris Teahan, giving the Jayhawks a smaller lineup to work with out of the break.
Kansas leads 8-5 with 15:59 left in 1st half
Kansas leads 8-5 at the first timeout with 15:59 left in the first half. Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun each have a three for the Jayhawks so far. There was a concerted effort on the offensive end by Kansas to get David McCormack the ball, if not for a shot at least to move the ball through him. Defensively, the Jayhawks did well to stymie the visitors.
The tip goes to …
Tipoff inches closer
Emporia State’s starting five
The Hornets are going with Mayuom Buom, Tray Buchanan, Kaden Evans, Jumah’ri Turner and Mason Thiessen.
Kansas’ starting five
The Jayhawks are going with Christian Braun, Dajuan Harris Jr., Chris Teahan, Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack.
Jalen Coleman-Lands won’t participate
Kansas’ Jalen Coleman-Lands is in sweats just like Jalen Wilson. Self said Tuesday that Coleman-Lands was dealing with a toe injury that could hinder Coleman-Lands for two or three weeks.
Jalen Wilson in attendance
Jalen Wilson, who’s suspended for the exhibition matchup and first three games of the regular season, is at Allen Fieldhouse. Wilson is on the floor with his teammates during warmups, helping rebound shots and more. The Jayhawks talent is in sweats, though.
Jayhawks, Hornets warming up
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.
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