Kansas men's basketball vs. Tarleton State: Jayhawks win 88-62 at Allen Fieldhouse

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas men's basketball's 2021-22 regular season continued Friday with a home contest against Tarleton State.

The No. 3 Jayhawks (2-0) came in off of a win against Michigan State in their season opener. They looked to top a Tarleton State (0-2) squad that lost its season opener on the road against Stanford.

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Here's what happened, with the latest news first, at Allen Fieldhouse:

FINAL: Kansas 88, Tarleton State 62

Kansas put Tarleton State away late as it coasted to a sizable victory. Ochai Agbaji had another great night and finished with 25 points and six rebounds. Christian Braun potentially had the most complete performance of any of the Jayhawks who entered the game.

Even walk-ons Michael Jankovich and Chris Teahan were able to get some playing time tonight. There was a noticeable roar from the crowd when it became clear the two were readying to enter the contest. And Teahan hit a 3 to get another reaction from the crowd.

Kansas leads 72-54 against Tarleton State with 4:01 left in second half

The final deciding moment likely came in this stretch, as a Christian Braun block defensively led Kansas to a 3-pointer from Ochai Agbaji on the other end. Braun is having quite the night, and currently has 13 points, six rebounds, five blocks and five assists.

Kansas leads 63-47 against Tarleton State with 6:58 left in second half

Kansas is getting some more separation now, and is up 16 points with about seven minutes left. Ochai Agbaji (19), Remy Martin (11), Dajuan Harris Jr. (11) and Jalen Coleman-Lands (10) are all in double figures scoring for the Jayhawks. It hasn't been a very efficient night so far from the field for Martin, but he is 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Kansas leads 56-45 against Tarleton State with 10:03 left in second half

Kansas hasn't been able to put away Tarleton State just yet, and is a quick run by the visitors away from an end of the game stretch that could be quite dangerous. Tarleton State isn't even shooting the ball well anymore in the second half. Also, both teams have 28 points in the paint right now.

Jalen Coleman-Lands had a great effort play on one of the possessions. He saved a ball from going out of bounds, got up and then eventually hit a shot on that same possession.

Kansas leads 50-41 against Tarleton State with 15:28 left in second half

Christian Braun had one heck of a dunk during this stretch, which has Kansas up 50-41 against Tarleton State. There was also an alley-oop that Ochai Agbaji slammed home. Each team has hit its last three field goal attempts and is shooting better in the second half so far than it did in the first.

The second half begins

Kansas sent out the same five it started the game with.

Kansas leads 39-31 against Tarleton State at halftime

Tarleton State's offense is coming primarily from two guys, Shamir Bogues and Montre Gipson. They combine to have 29 of their team's 31 points. If Kansas can do a better job against even one of them, that'll significantly hamper what Tarleton State is attempting to do. Both have been very efficient when they're the ones taking the shots.

Ochai Agbaji is the only Jayhawks player in double figures scoring. He's at 13 points and six rebounds, and could be headed toward a double-double.

Kansas leads 29-22 against Tarleton State with 3:54 left in first half

The Jayhawks are actually losing the turnover battle right now, with seven committed compared to Tarleton State's five. However, each side is tied at eight points off of turnovers at this point.

Kansas is dominating the rebounding battle, as it was likely expected to. It hasn't, however, turned that into very many second chance points.

Kansas leads 25-21 against Tarleton State with 6:39 left in first half

Bill Self called a timeout for Kansas as Tarleton State went on a 9-0 run to bring the game to just a 25-21 lead for the Jayhawks. The timeout came immediately after a Tarleton State player hit an open 3. It looked like there was some sort of a miscommunication between David McCormack and Joseph Yesufu to allow that easy look to occur.

Kansas leads 25-16 against Tarleton State with 7:43 left in first half

Ochai Agbaji is having another great night, and is leading the way with nine points and four rebounds. He's been incredibly efficient as he's gone about taking his shots. No one likely thought he'd have a letdown performance in any way after Michigan State, but he's proving that's not going to be the case.

Kansas leads 23-12 against Tarleton State with 9:29 left in first half

The Jayhawks' depth is showcasing itself tonight, as nine different guys have played and seven of them have scored. It's forced Tarleton State to call a timeout. And that probably won't be the only time that Tarleton State is led to do that against Kansas.

Kansas leads 14-8 against Tarleton State with 11:46 left in first half

The Jayhawks have hit a couple 3s after missing their attempts from behind the arc early, and are leading 14-8 at the next break. Ochai Agbaji leads Kansas with five points, but Tarleton State's Shamir Bogues leads all scorers with six points.

Bobby Pettiford and Jalen Coleman-Lands were the first two substitutions for the Jayhawks in this one, coming in for Dajuan Harris Jr. and Christian Braun.

Kansas tied 4-4 with Tarleton State with 15:59 left in first half

The Jayhawks are tied 4-4 at the first timeout of the contest. They've been making a point to get the ball inside to David McCormack as they try to take advantage of his size advantage, but it hasn't led to many points just yet. McCormack even missed a pair of free throws. Defensively, Tarleton State is bringing a lot of pressure.

The game begins

Kansas wins the tip, and this one's underway.

The starters

Kyle Cuffe Jr. does not appear as if he'll play

Cuffe is a redshirt candidate for Kansas, and this could indicate that the freshman guard will redshirt this season.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at jmguskey@gannett.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.