No. 2 Kansas rolls in first true road game, beats San Diego State 70-57

Two years ago, San Diego State went into Phog Allen Fieldhouse and pulled a stunning upset over a Kansas team that had two of the top three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Jayhawks have now returned the favor, although this San Diego State team is certainly nowhere near as competitive as it was in 2014.

Kansas defeated the Aztecs 70-57 on Tuesday behind a terrific performance from Perry Ellis. Ellis scored 20, and generally got the better of whatever athlete Steve Fisher and company put in front of him. Wayne Selden added 10 second-half points, and the two-headed point guard monster of Devonte Graham and Frank Mason also each added 10. Defensively, the Jayhawks held a downtrodden Aztecs offense to .9 points per possession. It was a nice all-around performance.

Given that this was Kansas’ first true road game of the season, things could have gone differently rather easily. However, the Jayhawks jumped out early and never looked back, as they never trailed. Viejas Arena can be a pretty tough place to play, so they deserve some credit for going out and taking care of business as they needed to.

However, let’s not go crazy and call it a high-quality win either. After all, San Diego State is 7-6 with losses to Grand Canyon, San Diego and Arkansas Little Rock. The Aztecs offense has precious few playmakers, as Jeremy Hemsley is a freshman, Malik Pope has not stepped up in any way and Winston Shepard has never taken the leap. Beyond those three, you’re talking mostly athletes and energy guys, and that’s not quite enough to get it done. The Aztecs entered nonconference play as the favorite in the Mountain West, but they’ll leave it as what seems to be the fourth favorite at best.

Kansas did what it was expected to Tuesday, and did it with ease. That says as much about where San Diego State is right now as it does the Jayhawks.

Kansas had a relatively easy time defeating San Diego State. (USATSI)
Kansas had a relatively easy time defeating San Diego State. (USATSI)

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