Kansas Holds Off Oklahoma

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G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — The Kansas Jayhawks are making a case to be number one.

The third-ranked Jayhawks won their 17th straight game by defeating Oklahoma 67-54 on Saturday afternoon.

The winning streak is the longest in the nation.

The Jayhawks (18-1) were led by freshman Ben McLemore who had 18 points, while center Jeff Withey had 13 points and nine rebounds.

“He was terrific. Jeff played great,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of Withey. “The mistakes we made in the first half, he erased a lot of them, which led to points. We didn’t do much offensively at all, but we got easy baskets off his defense when we got out and ran.”

The Sooners (13-5) continued to struggle against Kansas, losing their 10th consecutive game in the series going back to 2006. They shot only 35 percent from the floor.

With the win, the Jayhawks also extended their fourth-longest home winning streak to 33 games in a row.

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