LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 29: Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after the Jayhawks scored on the initial tip-off during the game against the Howard Bison on December 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Vs. Kansas State Basketball: Jayhawks Run Away With 67-49 Win

Thomas Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Kansas Jayhawks defeated Kansas State 67-49.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State Final Score: Thomas Robinson Leads Jayhawks Past Wildcats 67-49

Thomas Robinson and Travis Releford combined for 31 points as the Kansas Jayhawks captured their first conference victory 67-49 over Kansas State. The Jayhawks jumped out to a big 23-5 lead in front of a loud crowd at the Phog and cruised to the win.

Both Thomas Robinson and Travis Releford logged double-doubles for the Jayhawks. Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Releford finished with 16 points and 11 boards. Tyshawn Taylor added 13 points and three assists.

Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats with 15 points and Jamar Samuels finished with 12. The Wildcats struggled with shot selection in the first half which helped lead them to less than 30 percent shooting in the first half. Kansas State shot just 31 percent overall and didn't help themselves at the free throw line where they made just 8-16 in the game.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State Score: Jayhawks Off To Fast Start Leading Wildcats 35-20 At Halftime

The Kansas Jayhawks got off to a fast start in their rivalry matchup with the Wildcats of Kansas State and take a 35-20 lead into halftime. Kansas jumped out to a 23-5 lead to start the game behind a stingy defense and the strong play of Thomas Robinson.

Robinson finished the half with nine points and 10 rebounds on 4-6 shooting from the floor. Travis Relaford added seven points while Tyshawn Taylor and Kevin Young each chipped in six points. Kansas hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts and have a commanding 23-12 rebounding lead over the Wildcats.

Kansas State couldn't buy a shot in the first half against the Jayhawks defense and finished the half shooting under 30 percent. Rodney McGruder leads the Wildcats with six points while Martavious Irving added five points.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: Odds On The 2012 Sunflower Showdown Favors Jayhawks

Courtesy of Bovada, the Kansas Jayhawks step into Wednesday's rivalry matchup between the Kansas St. Wildcats as 9 1/2 point favorites as they kick off the Big 12 conference schedule in Manhattan.

With an 11-1 record and a strength of schedule ranked 156th in the country, this will be the toughest test for Frank Martin's Wildcats thus far. The atmosphere will be crazy, and its something the head coach will have to get his team prepared for.

"There’s three major challenges," Martin said. "Bill Self and his coaching staff, their players and the culture they built, and then obviously the 16,000 sitting in the stands just don’t let you communicate with your players. That’s what you face every time you go in there.

"I don’t want to make it sound simplistic, but it is what it is," Martin said. "Their crowd is amazing, and it makes it an incredible challenge for us and everybody else that goes in there."

Kansas faces off versus Kansas State at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State: Thomas Robinson Scouts The Wildcats

Who needs a studio analyst? For a breakdown of Kansas State's strengths going into Wednesday night's Big 12 conference tip-off against rival Kansas, The Lawrence Journal-World's KU Sports page got a scouting report from the Jayhawks' leading scorer Thomas Robinson on what K State brings to the court:

"They’re more dangerous. They’re not dependent on one person scoring for them. Now it’s more of an equal opportunity thing," Robinson said, noting he left Sprint Center especially impressed with Thomas Gipson (7.1 rebounds per game), Jamar Samuels (7.2 rpg) and Jordan Henriquez (5.7 rpg). "It’s easier to stop one player than 11."

Robinson predicts a highly physical match-up, although he's not intoning that the game will be chippy, just that the key to beating K State will come under the boards:

"They are a good 50/50 team," he added of securing the basketball when it is up for grabs. "It’s going to be a man’s game. Whoever wins most of the 50-50 balls has a lot better chance of winning.

"Me personally, it’s definitely a side I bring," he added of being willing to scrap for rebounds. "That’s what I live off of, coming down and rebounding. I’ll take the challenge."

For more on the Kansas Jayhawks, be sure to visit Rock Chalk Talk. For Kansas State info and updates, check out Bring On The Cats. For news on everything in college hoops, visit SB Nation's college basketball page.

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Kansas Vs. Kansas State Basketball: Game Preview, TV Schedule

After two high profile non-conference slates, KU and K State tip off Big 12 conference play tonight in Lawrence.

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