Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Saturday as the Jayhawks beat Lafayette to win their eighth straight game, the 6-foot-10 transfer from Arkansas finished with eight points and seven rebounds in a season-high 18 minutes. Two of those baskets came during the Jayhawks’ decisive run in the second half, and the emergence of Mickelson has caused coach Bill Self to rethink his frontcourt rotation.
The Wildcats took the court in front of a big, vocal crowd and played better than it had all season, playing with energy, diving for loose balls, making 82 percent of its shots in the first half and racing to a 14-point lead it never relinquished.
Kansas State came close to setting a program record by making 82 percent of its shots in the first half. The Wildcats’ best shooting percentage for a half is 85.7 percent, which they accomplished in 1982.
The 10th-ranked Jayhawks beat up Lafayette 96-69 on Saturday, and for the most part, this was not unexpected. Kansas was rested after a six-day break for final exams, and motivated to run their winning streak to eight games after surviving brutal nonconference stretch in late November and early December. But perhaps this was not exactly the expected method of dominance.