Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Kansas, No. 5 Florida stunned

Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Kansas, No. 5 Florida stunned

Throw in foul trouble that sent the Jayhawks two big men, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, to the bench well before halftime and it was no surprise the Huskies took a 36-34 lead into the break.

Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation's slowest-paced teams face off. CT ranks 316th in possessions per game (66.4) and Syracuse is 281st (67.6) since the 2016-17 season.

The Huskies frustrated the Jayhawks unsafe lineup of deep threats, Matisse Thybulle hit five-pointers and scored 19 points, and Washington kept its poise down the stretch for a 74-65 victory that knocked No. 2 Kansas from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Connecticut Huskies (6-2) clash with the Syracuse Orange (6-1) at Madison Square Garden.

The Huskies responded to the stoppage and came out of the timeout with a 7-0 run of their own to push the lead back to eight at 60-52 with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation. Kanter, who had a career-high 17 points Saturday against Cincinnati, scored in double figures for the fourth time in six games.

The Jayhawks intentions were clear from the tip as they dominated in the paint in the early minutes, a sign of things to come for the remainder of the game. Devonte Graham is coming off a 35 point outing for the Jayhawks.

While it remains to be seen what more he has in store for the rest of the 2017-18 season, Graham can rest easy knowing he already has made his mark on the KU record books.

Not only are the Jayhawks scoring points on a frantic pace, they are also one of the top 20 defensive teams in America as well.

Syracuse ranks 121st in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while CT ranks 268th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4). The Jayhawks have games against Arizona State, Nebraska, Omaha and Stanford before starting Big 12 play on December 29th.

Gonzaga 64, Washington State 56: Zykera Rice scored 19 points and Jill Barta added 15 to lead the Bulldogs to the victory over the Cougars.

That player was former KU center and 14-year National Basketball Association player Dave Robisch, who scored 39 points against Iowa State and 38 points against Colorado during conference play in the 1969-1970 season.

Jaylen Nowell added 17 points for the Huskies (7-2), Noah Dickerson had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, along with five assists, while David Crisp finished with 10 points and seven assists in the win.

Wednesday's loss dropped KU to 221-83 all-time in games played in Kansas City.

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