Kansas entered Tuesday’s showdown with West Virginia only averaging 21.4 3-point attempts per game. So there was no real reason to think the Jayhawks would bomb Bob Huggins’ team from the perimeter.
But they did.
The Jayhawks took 37 3-pointers, sank 16 of them and made West Virginia pay for a sagging defense en route to a 79-65 victory inside Allen Fieldhouse that extended their winning streak to eight games. Christian Braun was the star. The sophomore guard was 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. He finished with 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes, then expressed his surprise at the way West Virginia guarded.
“To be honest, we didn’t think they’d let us catch; that’s how they normally guard,” Braun said after the game. “We didn’t think we’d get shots up — but they came out with a different game plan, and we let them fly.”
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The double-digit victory improved the Jayhawks to 8-1 with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Gonzaga in the season opener. They now own wins over three top-15 teams — specifically West Virginia, Texas Tech and Creighton. So while it’s true that Baylor is considered the favorite in the Big 12, what’s also true is that Kansas remains a real threat to win what would be a 16th league title in a 17-season span.
Kansas is No. 4 in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Jayhawks will not play again until 2021. Their next scheduled game is vs. Texas on Jan. 2.
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