LAWRENCE, KAN — The 3-point shot is the great equalizer in basketball.
Dr. James Naismith’s Original Rules of “basket ball,” now housed in the DeBruce Center connected to Allen Fieldhouse on KU’s campus, didn’t mention anything about the 3-point shot as the line wasn’t introduced in college basketball until the 1986-87 season.
It was that 3-point shot that kept the Red Raiders’ hopes alive as they tried to end the nation’s longest home winning streaks.
But a season-high 28 attempts from the perimeter couldn’t keep up with the third-ranked team in the country as Kansas went on to a 85-68 victory Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
In the first half alone, Texas Tech attempted 13 of 32 shots from the perimeter and made only three of them.
Overall, nearly 50 percent of the Red Raiders’ shot attempts came from behind the 3-point line.
Even Zach Smith - a guy Texas Tech would rather have flying high at the rim - settled for the long range shot as the junior went 3-for-5 from deep to a team-high 17 points.
Senior forward Aaron Ross also finished with 17 points, while Keenan Evans added 15.
No other Red Raider had more than Anthony Livingston’s six.
Settling for that perimeter shot instead of turning the corner and attacking the basket let to Tech’s zero attempts from the free-throw line.
In fact, the Red Raiders didn’t get a shot at the charity stripe until just over 11 minutes to play in the second half when Kansas committed its seventh foul of the period.
In the first half, after trailing by as many as 11, the Red Raiders cut the Kansas lead to three off a dunk by Smith with 1:24 until halftime.
That’s not a bad deficit to enter the locker room at Allen Fieldhouse with.
But then Devon Thomas made a bad pass at the top of the key that Josh Jackson took all the way for a dunk.
Then Anthony Livingston was called for a technical foul which resulted in a five-point swing for the Jayhawks.
And in all of a minute, the Red Raiders made their way to the locker room down by 10.