No. 3 Kansas defeats Oklahoma 82-70

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: February 26, 2011

NORMAN — Oklahoma played one of its best offensive games of the season Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

The problem was the Sooners were playing arguably the best offensive team in the country.

No. 3 Kansas shot lights out for more than a half to build a comfortable lead en route to an 82-70 win in front of 8,700 fans, nearly half wearing KU blue.

"Kansas is a great basketball team, incredibly efficient on the offensive end," said OU coach Jeff Capel. "We tried as much as we could that first half to stop them. It was kind of pick your poison... They were in great rhythm."

Kansas leads the nation in field goal percentage (52.1) and is fourth in scoring (83.8).

But for more than a half the Jayhawks were on fire even by their lofty standards.

The Jayhawks hit 17 of their first 22 shots, a blistering 77.3 percent, to build a double-digit lead late in the first half. Kansas led by double digits the entire second half.

"Offensively the first 16 to 17 minutes we were terrific," said KU coach Bill Self. "We only missed two shots inside the arc the first half. I look up and we're only up 12. We obviously didn't guard well but they're so unselfish."

So are the Jayhawks.

Led by the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, who combined for 42 points and 19 rebounds, the Jayhawks took advantage of an inside mismatch.

"Those guys can shoot it. They're skilled," Capel said. "They can play with their backs to the basket. They can pass it. They're very good... I'm just impressed with everything about their game."

Saturday's box score

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