Kansas vs. Richmond recap: Jayhawks jump on Spiders early, never look back

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Bill Self's squad stays perfect at home before a big-time road test in Columbus against the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend.

The Kansas Jayhawks hammered the Richmond Spiders, 87-59, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse in the final tuneup for Kansas before they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.

Kansas (9-1) made a talented Richmond Spiders (9-3) team look more like the hapless 1899 Cleveland Spiders, completely dominating in all facets and controlling a powerful edge on the glass. The Jayhawks out-rebounded Richmond by a tremendous 43-24 margin, holding the Spiders to just 32.8 percent shooting from the field. Kansas stayed undefeated at home, running their record at Allen Fieldhouse to 6-0 on the 2012-13 campaign.

Jayhawks senior center Jeff Withey notched his fourth double-double of the year in fine fashion, rolling up 17 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas; he also blocked four shots. Freshman guard Ben McLemore chipped in 14 points of his own for Kansas en route to the victory.

Kansas now has a few days to prepare for their Top Ten skirmish against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus on Saturday. Like Kansas, the Buckeyes have only one loss, that coming by just five points against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Richmond will take on its regional rival George Mason Patriots in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic in Richmond.


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