Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: 10 biggest takeaways from Saturday’s historic action-packed slate

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Kansas’ torrid shooting shows the Big 12 runs through Lawrence

In just the second game that a Bill Self-led Jayhawk team was an underdog in Lawrence, Kansas answered the bell -- shooting an incredibly efficient 31 for 45 from the field (68.9%) against the nation’s top defensive team en route to a 78-65 victory over Houston.

Hunter Dickinson posted his “usual” stat line, leading the Jayhawks in scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds but it was the continued emergence of freshman Johnny Furphy that provided the Jayhawks a spark offensively. 

Ever since moving into the starting five in mid-January, Furphy has averaged double figures and has given Bill Self the true “fifth man” in the starting lineup -- something that is crucial for a team with limited depth.

Furphy totaled 17 points last night on 6 of 7 shooting, showing that the Big 12 still runs through Lawrence despite the road struggles displayed by Bill Self’s group this year.

Winning in Lawrence seemed like an impossible task, and Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars were seemingly overwhelmed from start to finish. 

This may not be Bill Self’s best team but it has enough to stay atop in the Big 12.