For Kansas head coach Bill Self, Thursday night's game against an overmatched USC in late December was as close to a must-win game as he could say, after the Jayhwaks were stunned by Davidson 80-74 in Kansas City last weekend.
KU rolled Southern California at the Galen Center in Los Angeles Thursday night, 63-47. Four Jayhawks put up double-digits against the Trojans - the scoring was led by junior guard Elijah Johnson's 14 points (Johnson also had four steals, a career high). Junior forward Thomas Robinson and senior guard Tyshawn Taylor both had ten points. Senior Conner Teahan tied a career-best with four three-pointers and scored 13 points total.
Defense ruled the evening for the Jayhawks. Aaron Fuller led the USC in scoring with 19 points, but he was the only Trojan to break double figures in scoring.
The win was No. 12 Kansas' first technical road win of the year - the Jayhawks had only hit the road for neutral site tournaments thus far. KU moves to 8-3 and will return home to end 2011 hosting Howard on Dec. 29 and North Dakota on Dec. 31.