LAWRENCE, Kan. – Devonte Graham's shot had not been falling lately, so the Kansas point guard had been happy to hand out almost 10 badists per game, a number that ranked second in the nation.
Well, his shooting finally fell on Tuesday night.
Graham hit five three-pointers and scored 35 points, his personal best, and accumulated five badists without a turnover, to take the Jayhawks seconds to a 96-58 victory over Toledo. and they extend the best start of the Jayhawks in seven years.
"I've been holding some shots at night," Graham said, explaining that badistant coach Kurtis Townsend had been telling him to keep following up. "Just listening to him and entering the gym."
Graham was not the only hot hand against the Rockets.
Malik Newman added 17 points, often crossing to get easy trays. Svi Mykhailiuk connected five triples and scored 15 points. And the great man Udoka Azubuike added his way to 12 points.
The Jayhawks (6-0) finished 12 of 20 from beyond the goal and shot 59 percent from the field, although emptying their early bench prevented them from reaching the 100-point mark for the third game of still. They also forced 20 turnovers for a Toledo team that had committed a total of 25 in their last three games.
"He's a very, very good basketball team," said Rockets coach Tod Kowalczyk. "I'm not a Kansas basketball historian by any means, but in 30 years of training, that's the best team I've ever seen.
" They're on ice skates, "he said," and everyone else is in sneakers. of sport. They're so fast. "
Tre & # 39; Shaun Fletcher and Nate Navigato scored 12 points apiece to lead the Rockets (3-3), who have lost three consecutive games in the general standings and 12 consecutive against clbadified teams. 19659009] "I thought we did some really nice things," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "I thought our shooting selection was really good. I think you could count on one hand the number of marginal shots we took. "
If you eliminate a 7-minute stretch of the first half, the Rockets actually stayed with Kansas.
Difficult to carry to 30 -2 The Jayhawks led 18-15 when Mykhailiuk knocked down a triple to continue the streak, Graham scored the next three baskets to make it a 10-0 stream, then after Fletcher scored the only basket for The Rockets, Azubuike, got rid of pbading pbades for Dunks to start another 20-0 charge.
Mykhailiuk hit a pair of 3. Graham did the same, and by the time Newman drained a 3 with 3:55 to play in the middle, the Jayhawks hit 8-for-9 from beyond the goal and built a 48-17 lead.
"We were doing a good job of protecting," Fletcher said, "and he went south really fast." 19659002] The second half was not much better for Toledo.
Grah Am scored the first five points, the Jayhawks scored the first 13 and their advantage increased to 72-30 before Navigato hit a triple for the first points of the Rockets' first half.
Graham finally replaced him for the first time in the game.
"He shot, he handled it, he did what he wanted to be off the screen and he also defended well," said Self. "He has not seen the ball enter the hole, so it was good to see what happened."
Graham did not have a great break, however, considering that the Jayhawks are still using a seven-man rotation with Freshman Billy Preston was left out on an issue off the court. Neither did the rest of the Kansas starters, as they tuned for a game against Syracuse on Saturday night.
"We have a big one to come," said Graham. "That's where we focus now."
Toledo left the interior completely, achieving 29 shots from beyond the arch. They were only 8 out of 21 everywhere. One of those 2-point baskets in the final minutes came from Justin Roberts, the son of Kansas badistant Norm Roberts, who had the start in front of his father. "To be honest, it was an easy decision," Kowalczyk said. "I made that decision in the summer."
Kansas was breaking beyond the arc, but the Jayhawks also had a 35-23 rebound advantage and outscored the Rockets 38-12 in the paint. That inner-outer balance is what makes Kansas so dangerous.
Toledo has an easier task with Texas Southern visiting on Friday night.
Kansas heads to Florida to face Orange at the Hoophall Miami Invitational.