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February 24, 2013

Kansas exacts revenge

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bill Self didn’t show Kansas any extra video from its previous game against TCU.

His guys could probably recall every play anyway.

It was just over two weeks ago that the mighty Jayhawks, eight-time defending Big 12 champs, were waylaid on the road by a team that hasn’t won another conference game all season.

So it made sense that the ninth-ranked Jayhawks would bring a bit of feistiness to the return game Saturday, and they didn’t disappoint: They rolled to a 74-48 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

“We just showed them their plays, how they run things and guard, and how we were inept doing both things against them,” Self said of that 62-55 loss on Feb. 6.

“Hopefully it won’t be discussed much moving forward. We need to think positive thoughts.”

The Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12) are certainly moving in a positive direction. They have won three straight since an uncharacteristic three-game skid, and assured themselves of no worse than a tie for first place in the league race heading to Iowa State on Monday night.

“They came out and kind of hit us in the mouth over there, and today, we came out with a lot of energy,” said Jeff Withey, who had 18 points to lead the Jayhawks.

“We kind of had a quick start and kept rolling from there.”

Kansas built a 38-9 lead by halftime and never looked back, giving Self career win No. 499.

Ben McLemore finished with 14 points, and Perry Ellis and Travis Releford had 12 each as Kansas put on a show for about 200 former players, coaches and staff — among them former coach Ted Owens — who were on hand to celebrate the program’s 115th anniversary.

No. 14 Oklahoma St. 73, West Virgina 57: Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown scored 16 points apiece to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures.

Marcus Smart added 14 points, Brian Williams scored 13 and Michael Cobbins had 10 for Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4), which shook off a double-overtime loss to No. 9 Kansas on Wednesday.

Oklahoma State overcame an early six-point deficit and never trailed after halftime, using its defense to stifle any comeback attempt by the Mountaineers (13-14, 6-8).

Aaric Murray led West Virginia with 11 points.

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