Azubuike’s return keys Jayhawks in rout


December 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike’s return from injury couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for Kansas. It couldn’t have played out much better, either.

Azubuike scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds after an ankle sprain sidelined him for the last four games, leading No. 5 Kansas past Eastern Michigan 87-63 on Saturday in its final tune-up before Big 12 play.

His return comes just four days before the Jayhawks’ (11-1) conference opener against No. 25 Oklahoma, so for him to get a chance to play in live game action — let alone in the dominating fashion he did — was invaluable as the team enters the throes of one of the nation’s toughest conferences.

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