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Takeaways from Kansas' Border Showdown win vs. visiting Missouri

Shreyas Laddha, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Before Kansas’ Border Showdown game against the visiting Missouri Tigers on Saturday, former Jayhawks standout Thomas Robinson had a message for the current KU men’s basketball players.

“It’s personal,” advised Robinson, whose jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse.

The second-ranked Jayhawks seemed to heed those words in beating the Tigers, 73-64.

Kevin McCullar and KJ Adams scored 17 points apiece as Kansas earned its fifth straight victory over Missouri. The Jayhawks (9-1) improved to 176-95 all time against the Tigers, who haven’t won in Lawrence since 1999, when Norm Steward was their head coach.

After a slow start, the Jayhawks trailed Missouri 20-12 midway through the first half. But KU found its footing, closing the half on a 20-2 run to lead 41-29 at halftime.

KU hung Robinson’s number — No. 0 — in the rafters at intermission. “I love you guys to death,” Robinson told the cheering Jayhawks faithful.

 

Once play resumed, Mizzou refused to go quietly. The Tigers cut KU’s lead to eight, 68-60, with 1 minute, 27 seconds remaining but could get no closer.

Kansas will have a little break in play before traveling to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers on Dec. 16.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday’s game:

Despite a hot MU start, KU defense holds strong

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