All three of the Kansas City area college basketball teams played on Tuesday night and just two of them walked away victorious. The Kansas State Wildcats fell to the Duke Blue Devils, 82-68, while the Kansas Jayhawks beat Texas A&M-CC, 82-41, and the Missouri Tigers held off the Wyoming Cowboys, 72-62.
No. 4 Kansas State 68 No. 1 Duke Blue Devils 82
Kansas State had nothing going in Tuesday night's loss to the Duke Blue Devils in Tuesday night's CBE Classic finale. The Wildcats were beaten in nearly every phase of the game as they dropped their first game of the year.
The story lines coming from this game are the disappearance of Jacob Pullen who was 1-of-12 from the field and had just four points. What a disappointing night for Pullen when the college basketball world was watching. Curtis Kelly had a big night for Kansas State in the loss as he connected on 8-of-11 shots for a team-high 17 points.
Duke shot better from the three point and free throw line, which was ultimately two of the key factors in the game.
No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks 82 Texas A&M-CC Islanders 41
Kansas rolled without any problems on Tuesday night notching their 63rd consecutive home victory, which sets a new school-record. The Jayhawks set the record in style with three bench players scoring in double digits in the 41-point blowout.
Thomas Robinson led the way with 15 points while Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kansas has been playing very well as a team and the Texas A&M-CC head coach commented after the game that Kansas is one of the most intelligent teams he's seen. That's a nod to Bill Self and his coach.
Kansas dominated but the story line from this game is the new school-record for consecutive home victories. Kansas hasn't lost at home since 2007.
The Missouri Tigers once again let an inferior opponent come back into the game late. The Tigers had just two-point lead with about four minutes left in the game but they were able to outlast the Wyoming Cowboys in a 10-point victory.
Guard Michael Didxon was the star of the night for Mizzou setting career high in points (17) and rebounds (6). Ricardo Ratliffe also continues to impress as he set a career-high with 12 rebounds.
Mizzou now moves into the finals of the Cancun Challenge where they'll face LaSalle on Wednesday night.