Neither team shot over 40 percent on the night, but the Wildcats out-rebounded the Jayhawks, 49-36, to help them overcome an early eight-point deficit. They trailed by three at halftime, but found a way to snap their three-game skid against Kansas. Johnson was clutch down the stretch with three field goals made from beyond the arc in the second half, where the Wildcats outscored the Jayhawks, 41-30, at Rupp Arena. The win was the Wildcats' sixth in a row, with the last three coming against team that were ranked in the top 25.
Dedric Lawson led Kansas with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Quentin Grimes had 13 points, but the Jayhawks suffered their second loss in the past three games. Kansas finished at just 37 percent from the floor, thanks to second half struggles, which sent them to their fourth loss of the season, despite Lawson's 14th double-double of the year.
The Wildcats will look to bounce off this victory when they visit the an upset-minded Vanderbilt team on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks will visit the Texas Longhorns in a Big-12 matchup that same night.