LAWRENCE, Kan. - No answers existed Saturday for TCU, including one to a question that has been asked for most of February.
How did the Horned Frogs ever beat Kansas?
The No. 9 Jayhawks made sure that inexplicable defeat would not be repeated, routing the Horned Frogs, 74-48, in Allen Fieldhouse.
The outcome avenged a 62-55 loss at TCU on Feb. 6.
And it did not take long for Kansas to establish superiority. It jumped to an 11-0 lead, as the Frogs needed five-plus minutes to score. The Jayhawks then closed the first half with an 18-0 run.
This time TCU looked like a last-place team. It made only 4-of-23 shots from the field in the first half, although that was one more first-half basket than Kansas managed in the earlier meeting.
Senior center Jeff Withey led the Jayhawks with 18 points, Ben McLemore added 14 and Travis Releford had 12. Perry Ellis came off the bench to score 12 as the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 in the Big 12) won their fourth straight game and remained atop the conference standings.
Kansas went 17-for-17 from the free throw line.
TCU (10-17, 1-13) finished 17-of-47 (36.2 percent) from the floor and was led by sophomore forward Devonta Abron with 18 points.
NOTES: Kansas observed its 115th year of basketball with a reunion of former players from every era. Players were divided into groups representative of the eight coaches in Kansas history during halftime introductions. ... In addition, the 1988 national championship team was recognized on the 25th anniversary of its title. ... TCU came into the game losing by 15.7 points on average in Big 12 play. ... The only conference game TCU reached the 60-point mark was its only win, against Kansas. ... TCU coach Trent Johnson came into the game 2-0 against Kansas after also leading Nevada to a win in 2003. ... A rarity in Allen Fieldhouse was empty seats in one of the upper corners. Attendance was still listed at 16,300, the building's capacity.