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Ice-cold shooting dooms Jayhawks in 83-60 loss to Horned Frogs

Kansas suffers rare back-to-back losses as TCU controls the game from start to finish.
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For the second straight game, Jalen Wilson scored at least 30 points for the Kansas Jayhawks, but it wasn't enough to overcome the hot-shooting TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday. Shahada Wells led TCU with 17 points off the bench, Mike Miles added 15, and Damion Baugh scored 11 as the Horned Frogs used a balance attack to get their first win in Allen Fieldhouse by a commanding 83-60 margin.

The first five minutes hinted at a high scoring game on both ends of the court, as the teams raced out to a combined 27 points after Jalen Wilson hit a three-pointer. But the next 5 minutes were all TCU as they went on a 19-0 run to build a commanding 20 point lead just 10 minutes into the game.

The rest of the half was back and forth, as Kansas went on an 11-0 run that included two Jalen Wilson three-pointers, but a TCU 9-1 run stretched the lead again. Another big run from the Jayhawks shrunk the lead to 10 at the half, with most of that coming from Jalen Wilson. He ended the first half with 21 points.

As Bill Self said in the postgame press conference, with TCU playing so well, they needed to come out of the half and make shots, of which they had plenty. But aside from Wilson and Kevin McCullar, who went 5-6 from the field, the Jayhawks were an abysmal 7-32 from the field. TCU scored the first points of the half and the Jayhawks were never able to get it back to single digits the rest of the way.

KJ Adams finished the game with just 4 points, only playing 23 minutes due to early foul trouble in each half. Eddy Lampkin suffered an injury in this one that limited him to just 16 minutes, but Xavior Cork filled in admirably, He contributed 22 minutes, 9 points and a couple rebounds. And most importantly, he was able to control the paint similarly to Lampkin, even when Adams returned in the second half.

It was the second straight spectacular game from Wilson that was wasted by poor shooting from the rest of the team. While I'm assuming he would trade individual stats for the team success, he has a great case for Big 12 Player of the Week.

The Jayhawks have a quick turnaround this week, with a Big Monday showdown in Waco against the Baylor Bears on the schedule. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm.

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