All this talk about a 2-for-1 deal with Wichita State must have rubbed off on Kansas' basketball players Wednesday night.
The Jayhawks just about doubled the score on the Shockers, 103-54, at Allen Fieldhouse.
Now, perhaps mercifully KU has beaten WSU by 30, 34, 27, 20 and 49 points the past five years the series has come to an end. The Shockers aren't on the Jayhawks' future schedules.
Kansas was willing, if WSU would agree to two games here for one in Wichita. WSU wanted a one-for-one.
"I'm starting to get a little perturbed. Everybody's acting like I'm the bad guy," KU coach Roy Williams said. "I'm not changing anything. I said we'll play the same way (2-for-1) we've been playing, yet from the dadgum mail I'm getting, I'm the bad guy. I'm getting the blame about not continuing the series.
"Right now, we've got one game left for next season on the schedule. I've been holding it, but today we've gotten an opportunity to play a national-type game on ESPN. I've got to make a decision on it pretty soon."
THAT GAME, it has been learned, is against Arizona.
Who knows? After Wednesday, the Shockers may not be anxious to play KU for at least a few years.
Each Kansas starter scored in double figures and the defense accounted for 14 steals and forced the Shocks into 23 turnovers. Led by Eric Pauley, who scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting went on a 16-4 run and turned a 10-9 lead into a 26-13 advantage with 9:26 left in the first half.
KU led 48-29 at halftime, then blitzed WSU, 55-25, in the second half.
It was the Shockers' worst defeat against a Division One opponent. It was their worst overall loss since 1917, when Emporia State prevailed, 71-13.
"We tried to pressure them as much as we could and get the tempo to our liking," Williams said. "We tried to take them out of their offense. Early in the game, we were not taking 'em out of it as much as we liked, but we were effective on the offensive end. When we missed a shot, two or three times we'd get the rebound and put it back.
"We ended up shooting 62 percent (to WSU's 36.2 percent) and missed five of our last six shots. I'm very, very pleased."
PAULEY'S 10 straight buckets fell one short of the single-game Big Eight record set by two K-State players Joe Wright and Eddie Elder in 1985.
"Eric does have great touch," Williams said. "One (shot) tonight hit the front of the rim. It had to crawl over, and it did. Somebody told me that (the league record) with 3 minutes to go. I told him I gave him something to shoot for Saturday."
Kansas will meet Iowa State in its first conference game at 1:10 p.m. Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Actually, Pauley has a long way to go to set the league record for consecutive goals. That's 24 straight set by Missouri's Jeff Warren last season.
Rex Walters, who entered as a 38.8 percent shooter, hit six of eight shots and scored 16 points. Not bad, considering he hurt his back before practice Tuesday and answered the call only after receiving heat treatments twice on Wednesday.
"Rex made a couple of unbelievable underhanded scoops from eight-to-10 feet tonight," Williams said."I think Rex is coming back. Even during the so-called slump of his shot, he's not been slumping as a basketball player."
ADONIS JORDAN scored 14 on five-of-eight shooting. He also had eight assists. Richard Scott had 13 points and seven boards, while Darrin Hancock contributed 12 points and three boards. KU outrebounded WSU, 34-24.
"It's the kind of game we needed," Williams said. "We lost the last game we played (against Michigan in Hawaii) and I like to get that taste out of my mouth as soon as we possibly can. With conference play coming up Saturday, we needed a game like this where we really come out and play."