Ochai Agbaji Leads No.3 Kansas Jayhawks over Tarleton State

Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after hitting a three pointer November 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after hitting a three pointer November 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The Kansas Jayhawks hosted Tarleton State inside historic Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night. Coming off of a big win 87-74 against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Jayhawks were prepared for their first home game, and the fans were electric. Kansas would win 88-62 but, Tarleton played a physical basketball game.

Kansas Senior Ochai Agbaji Continued Where He Left Off

Senior Ochai Agbaji would continue where he left off against Michigan State. His leadership was on full display in this game, playing 35 minutes. He was 11-16 from the floor, finishing with 25 points. Agbaji would add six rebounds, one assist, and one block.  He was a factor in the victory setting an the example for the younger players.

Kansas Looks to Christian Braun in Victory

Junior Christian Braun also had a significant role in the win. Braun would play 31 minutes, shooting 6-10 and finishing with 15 points. Braun was crashing the boards all night with eight rebounds. He would add five assists and five blocked shots.

Kansas Got Big Minutes from Jalen Coleman-Lands

Senior Jalen Coleman-Lands shined tonight for the Jayhawks showing hustle and determination. At one point he ran down the floor to save the ball from going out of bounds crashing into the media table. Only to return to the floor knocking down a clutch 3-point shot. He would finish 4-4 and 2-2 from the 3-point line. Coleman-Lands posted 10 points in 12 minutes.

Bill Self on Jalen Coleman-Lands,

"“Yeah I asked our staff kind of what happened and they said well he didn’t run in transition so he threw it over his head so he didn’t hustle. Then he hustled his butt off and saved the play and made the three if I’m not mistaken in the corner, they may have counted it a two I can’t remember. But he really made three three’s because one of them I think was just a toe on the line so it’s good to see him shoot the ball like that and get some confidence.”"

49th Consecutive Home Opener Win for Kansas

Kansas came to play leading for 35:53 of the game and won their 49th straight home opener. The Jayhawks scored 26 points off the bench and 40 points in the paint. KU forced nine turnovers in which they would score 14 points off turnovers.

Bill Self on how the team played,

"“Yeah Och was great, I mean he’s really playing at a high level, CB had a much better game tonight especially in the second half, David his numbers aren’t going to jump off the charts because it’s only six points but you know that’s a hard game for him to play because he had to guard a guard the whole time so we went with KJ some in the first half but I thought David played extremely well and his attitude was just great. Dajuan and Remy were probably the two I thought that labored the most tonight. I didn’t think they had as good floor games as what they had on Tuesday but still did some good things and of course Bobby and Jo were solid off the bench.”"

Shamir Bogues Played Well against Kansas

Sophomore Shamir Bogues played a tremendous game for the Tarleton Texans. Bogues would score 20 points, add four steals, two rebounds, and a block. Before playing KU the Texans squared off against the Stanford Cardinals losing 62-50. The Texans are led by head coach Billy Gillispie and play in the WAC conference. Their next game is against the Wichita State Shockers on Tuesday, November 16th.

Head coach Billy Gillispie talking about playing Kansas,

"“We got beat by a very very good team. We are very appreciative of the administration at the University of Kansas for allowing us the opportunity to play, it will be a lifetime memory for a lot of our players. We had a great contingent of fans, I’m sure they enjoyed everything except the outcome of the game. We appreciate good basketball, appreciate the friendship we have with Coach Self because he is the one that allowed this game to happen and that’s not lost upon us. We don’t think that anyone owes us anything and we are definitely appreciative of the opportunity we had to come here. Our guys tried as hard as we could, they just beat us. They are an extremely good team, they played very well tonight. They shot the ball, they executed and we can learn from watching them play.”"

KU will play their next game against Stony Brook at Lawrence, Kansas inside Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday, November 18th. The game will be aired on Big 12 Now and ESPN+. The tipoff will be at 7:00 p.m. CT.