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No. 2 Jayhawks dress for success, hold off upset-minded Mountaineers

Jan 28, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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MORGANTOWN, W.V. — New look, same old Jayhawks.

Kansas unveiled their new Adidas-designed “invisible” uniforms in their first visit to WVU Coliseum, but the result was the same we’ve seen again and again. Kansas won, 61 to 56. The only difference was the new look, and the new surroundings. It was their first trip to Morgantown to face new Big 12 member West Virginia.

The West Virginia pep band broke out a solid rendition of “The Time Warp” during  one timeout, and no doubt some in the crowd wished they could time-travel back to the days when the Mountaineers were in the Big East, where ranked teams fall like overripe fruit these days. But alas, they are in the Big 12 now, where Kansas has made winning the league title into an annual rite of spring.

There are plenty of games left, but the Jayhawks picked up a nice road win against a Bob Huggins-coached team tonight. The blueprint was easy to see – get the ball inside to Jeff Withey as often as possible – and it worked pretty well in the first half. Withey was 5-6 for 13 points in the first half, but his production dropped a bit in the second, when soft entry passes began to end up in the hands of streaking Mountaineers. Juwan Staten made four straight buckets for the Mountaineers during a seven-minute stretch, and ended up with 14 points on the night, but his efforts were ultimately in vain, as the Jayhawks buckled down and held on. Aaric Murray led West Virginia with 17 points on the night, including 3-4 from deep.

Asked about the 6’10” Murray’s deep shooting prowess, Travis Releford chuckeld and said “That’s not something we game-planned for.”

Kansas extended their winning streak to 19 games, and remained undefeated in Big 12 play thanks in part to 15 points apiece from seniors Jeff Withey and Travis Releford. Freshman Ben McLemore chipped in 13.

Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on February 2, while West Virginia and Texas Tech – currently both 2-5 in league play – will rumble in Lubbock the same day.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. juliath83 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Can we please end these “invisible” jerseys? The only time you should have difficulty seeing a player’s number is if he’s covered head to toe in mud.

  2. schmittydidit - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Totally agree. Leave the ugly uniforms to nike

  3. beelza - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I respect th NBC Sports brand, it is a global and Iconic brand built by decades of hard work. To say that the Kansas Jay Hawks looked sharp in the win over WV is flatly wrong, unless one didn’t watch the entire game. The article’s author and this post’s author share one fact, we present our own POVs. Not going to spew box score or interprative stats, but Kansas looked lost and certainly did their rpi zero justice. They couldn’t hit FT’s, and turned the ball over in shocking fashion. No.1 team in the country, absolutely not.

    • Rob Dauster - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I have no idea what this comment is referring to, but I’d imagine that whatever “looking sharp” quote you’re upset about, it had to do with their jerseys, not their play.

      Although, those jerseys are hideous. So yes, the opinion that Kansas, in anyway, looked sharp last night is “flatly wrong”, but it still doesn’t chance the fact that your comment is equally untrue.

      It’s too bad you don’t have the “NBC Sports brand” backing you.

      • beelza - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I’ll give ya a little help robbie. No. 2 team went 18 for 34 Free Throw line. KU turned the ball over 17 times. They start what 4 or 5 seniors. That’s a botched abortion stat line homeboy. It gets worse, WV is unranked, but they went 80% 12/15 from the Free Throw line and had only 9 turnovers. That KU FG% of 54, was padded by several fast breaks, and many, many points in the paint. Your cheap sarcasm, reveals your lips all over Jim Rome’s phallus. If you can’t bring your own creative material, then don’t bring any. Now flag me and go run to the mods.

  4. Eric Angevine - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    So, beelza, it sounds like you may not be familiar with Bob Huggins. He’s one of the top defensive coaches in the business, so that might account for a few of those turnovers. But I will grant you the free throw problems. Obviously something you want to work on if you’re Bill Self.

  5. Rob Dauster - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Beelza, there’s not a single person here who is saying that Kansas played well last night. You do realize that, right? Your first comment took issue with a “looking sharp” comment that was made in the link on the front page of NBCSports.com that led to this post. The “looking sharp” comment was referring to the new jerseys that Kansas was wearing. As in, you know, those jerseys look good. They are pretty snazzy. They “look sharp”.

    So, essentially, you’re over here flipping out about something where no one is disagreeing with you because you can’t comprehend what was written in a link leading to this post that none of the writers for CBT had any control over.

    I’m not flagging anybody for anything. You’re more than welcome to spew your nonsense here all you want. It’s hilarious. In fact, I just liked your last comment.

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