Kansas keeps pace, Vick returns to form in win over Iowa State

Kansas fans can keep their fingers off the panic button for at least one more game.

The Jayhawks, who entered the week trailing Texas Tech by a game in the Big 12 standings, beat Iowa State in Ames 83-77.

No. 13 Kansas improved to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in Big 12 play with the win, while Iowa State dropped to 13-12 and 4-9 respectively.

With Texas Tech beating Oklahoma 88-78 on Tuesday night, Kansas still sits a game back in the Big 12 race.

3 Who Mattered

Lagerald Vick: Returning to the Jayhawks’ starting lineup in place of Mitch Lightfoot, Vick dropped 16 points — the most in over a month for the guard. Vick was efficient in the game, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-10 from the field.

Cameron Lard: Going 7-of-11 from the field, Lard led the Cyclones in scoring with 19 points. He also registered a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Udoka Azubuike: The anchor inside for Kansas was once again extremely efficient from the floor, scoring a game-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Azubuike only had three rebounds but also had three blocks in the game.

Observations

Kansas took care of the ball: For the first time in five games, the Jayhawks limited their turnovers to single digits. Kansas coughed up the ball just X times, the lowest since it committed eight against Texas A&M. Ball security is job security on the road, and the senior-led Jayhawks showed how valuable maintaining possession is in conference play.

LaGerald Vick might finally be back: The last time Vick scored more than 11 points, it was Dec. 29 and Kansas beat Texas in its Big 12 opener. He had 21 points in that game. Vick’s lack of production — he’s reached double figures four times since that game against Texas — has crippled Kansas’ depth in the backcourt. An injection of energy from Vick, who was reinserted into the starting lineup against Iowa State, could give Kansas a much-needed reinforcement.

The Jayhawks continue to win at tough places on the road: Here’s a quick snapshot of road wins Kansas has on the season:

  • Texas
  • TCU
  • West Virginia
  • Kansas State
  • Iowa State

Road wins are at a premium in Big 12 play, yet Kansas already has five wins away from Allen Fieldhouse since league action began. That’s a solid resume for a Big 12 title contender.

Keep in mind, Iowa State has taken down Texas Tech, West Virginia and Oklahoma in Ames. Hilton Coliseum hasn’t been an easy place to play, so Tuesday night’s win was critical for Kansas.

The Number: 9

While plenty of great things happened for Kansas — its offense returned to form after two off-nights in a row — Iowa State still won the rebounding battle by 40-31.

What’s Next for Kansas Basketball

Kansas returns home on Saturday to face No. 20 West Virginia at 5 p.m. CT. That game will be televised on ESPN.

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