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Kansas brought in 70s rocker Eddie Money for an enthusiastic rendition of the national anthem and the fans had Allen Fieldhouse roaring like a jet hanger just before tipoff, creating shifting walls of blue as they jumped up and down.
Unlike Baylor, which left during the pregame video and player introductions the last game at Allen Fieldhouse, the Tigers stood around and took it, then went right at the Jayhawks.
Missouri took Kansas' initial hit, even opened the game with an 8-3 run in The Phog.
Then it went dark for the Tigers.
Kansas started hitting shots and swarmed Missouri inside and out, holding the Tigers scoreless for over 5 minutes during a 15-3 run.
The Jayhawks never gave Missouri a chance after that.
Aldrich combined with Markieff Morris for 22 rebounds in the first half -- seven more than Missouri -- and Kansas had a 28-6 advantage inside to build a 50-30 lead.
Brady Morningstar capped the half with an off-balance, pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer that banked off the glass, hovered above the rim for a second then dropped in as the crowd followed along with "ooh-ahh-yeah!"
It was that kind of night for Kansas.
"The first 10 minutes we kind of had the game going the way we wanted," Safford said. "Then they gave us one punch, we folded and guys just went separate ways."
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