February 10, 2007

Border War Blowout

Sophomore Julian Wright simply refused to let the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (22-4; 8-2) stumble on the road against the Missouri Tigers (14-9; 3-7) on Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound sophomore forward scored a career high 33-points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Border War Showdown turned into a route, 92-74. Since losing to Texas A&M (20-3; 8-1) last Saturday night, Kansas has defeated its two biggest rivals, Kansas State (17-7; 6-3) and Missouri by an average of 22.5-points. It was certainly a memorable performance for Bill Self, as he collected win No. 300 for his career.

For all intents and purposes, Saturdays Border War Showdown between Kansas and Missouri was a "must win" for Self and the Jayhawks. With just six regular season games remaining, a loss to the Tigers would have severely damaged their hopes of winning another regular season Big 12 Championship.

However, a win on the road in an extremely hostile environment would keep Kansas right in the think of the conference race. The deck was clearly stacked against the Jayhawks, as they'd never beaten the Tigers inside Mizzou Arena. That streak came to an end on Saturday, as Wright and Brandon Rush, who scored 21-points and grabbed seven rebounds, set the tone for KU.

It should come as no surprise that Self was extremely pleased with how his team performed on the road.

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