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Saturday / December 15.
  • Kansas’ Azubuike Out Indefinitely With High Ankle Sprain

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    By JORDAN WOLF

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 20 points and eight rebounds, and No. 2 Kansas beat Wofford 72-47 on Tuesday night after center Udoka Azubuike left with a right high-ankle sprain.

    Azubuike was injured after landing awkwardly on a block attempt midway through the first half, and coach Bill Self said the 7-footer will be out indefinitely.

    The Jayhawks (7-0) once again started sluggish and led by three at halftime. A second-half push kept their undefeated season alive, as they outscored the Terriers 43-21 after the break and 26-6 in the final 10 minutes.

    Devon Dotson had 16 points for Kansas.

    With Azubuike out, Wofford (6-3) won the rebounding battle 45-36, including 19 on the offensive glass. Cameron Jackson led Wofford with 15 points and 10 boards.

    Leading scorer and star senior Fletcher Magee had just seven points and was an uncharacteristic 0 for 9 from behind the arc.

    Neither team shot the 3-ball well, as they connected on just a combined 8 for 49. Wofford entered tied for No. 12 in the nation in 3-pointers per game with 11.

    This was the first time Kansas and Wofford have ever played. The Jayhawks are now 12-0 all-time against opponents from the Southern Conference.

    BIG PICTURE

    Wofford dropped its third of four games against Power Five schools. The Terriers beat South Carolina and hung with No. 14 North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Kansas stays undefeated, but the Jayhawks are still chasing that first consistent, convincing victory while playing one of the country’s toughest nonconference schedules.

    UP NEXT

    Wofford returns home to an easier test as it hosts Kentucky Christian on Thursday.

    Kansas faces New Mexico State on Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., an arena where the Jayhawks have struggled in.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.