The Kansas Jayhawks got a bit of help on Saturday afternoon when Ohio State Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger was declared out due to injury as he continues to suffer from back spasms. The Jayhawks have taken advantage of the Buckeyes' weakness, too, as they lead 35-29 heading into halftime.
The Jayhakwks surprisingly didn't have anyone standout in the first half as seven different players combined to score the team's 33 points in the first half. Senior big man Thomas Robinson, expected to be the beneficiary of Sullinger's being out, scored just seven points and was held without a rebound while picking up two fouls in the first half. Point guard Tyshawn Taylor assisted on eight shots in an impressive first half passing performance, though he also turned the ball over four times and scored just four points.
The Buckeyes were led by Deshaun Thomas in the first half as they look to continue on in their undefeated season. Thomas hit three of his five three-pointers to score 15 total points, but it wasn't enough as the team trails at the half for the first time all season.
It will be interesting to see if the Jayhawks continue to turn the ball over in the second half -- they had 12 in the first half -- as they attempt to bury the Buckeyes.