Quick recap: No. 3 Jayhawks top Tigers in exhibition opener

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) tosses a pass inside during the first half, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Over seven months after a lopsided loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas fans got their first look at this year’s No. 3-ranked squad.

Despite a shorthanded roster, which was much of the story of last year’s team, Kansas took care of business with a 86-56 victory over Fort Hays State University Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse. It was just an exhibition game, and a highly-anticipated matchup with Duke is still 12 days away, but there were some positive signs from KU’s first performance.

With starting point guard Devon Dotson sidelined, Marcus Garrett and Christian Braun filled in admirably at the position. Sophomore Ochai Agbaji, who didn’t appear in an official game until Big 12 play last year, looks poised to take a big leap. KU’s defense also made a number of plays in the win.

Agbaji poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting to kick off his second collegiate campaign. Garrett finished in double figures as well, scoring 15 points on a 5-for-10 effort from the floor. Garrett went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, including three 3-pointers in the first half.