LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- In a practice that may be discontinued, Kansas administered its annual beating of a in-state Division II opponent.
Freshman David Padgett scored 19 points as the seventh-ranked Jayhawks bounced back from their first loss of the season with an 80-40 rout of overmatched Fort Hayes State.
Since 1992, Kansas has played a game every season against a Division II team from the state, but new Jayhawks coach Bill Self would prefer only playing Division II schools in preseason exhibitions.
"In the future, we will continue to play Division II programs but I don't know that we will continue to play two of them if we can't play both of them as exhibitions," Self said before a 103-73 rout of Pittsburgh State on November 11.
The Jayhawks (4-1) fell from the top of the rankings after Saturday's 64-58 loss against Stanford, but they cruised against Fort Hayes State (4-1), which shot under 33 percent (16-of-49) from the floor.
"Tonight, we played a good defensive game and that was good to see," Kansas guard Keith Langford said. "I hope we will continue to do that on Saturday (against Oregon)."
Even without starting forward Wayne Simien, who did not play after suffering a slight muscle pull during the shootaround earlier in the day, Kansas dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Tigers, 59-25. Langford and freshman J.R. Giddens each had 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
"Nothing against Fort Hays State, but when you are playing a lower talent level, you are able to compete without some marquee players," Langford said.
Ryan Shriver scored 12 points for Fort Hays State, which opened its season with wins over Bethany, Mid-American Nazarene, Central Christian and Panhandle State. No other player scored more than six points for the Tigers.
"I think the big thing was the size difference," Fort Hays State coach Mark Johnson said. "Anytime we got the ball inside with a nice drive, we just couldn't finish."
Kansas doubled the score despite shooting under 43 percent (32-of-75). The Jayhawks had a 25-4 edge in points in the paint and converted 18 turnovers into 24 points. They never trailed after scoring the game's first 12 points.
"I think we started the game excellent," Self said. "It wasn't just 12-0. We had good ball and body movement."
Giddens and Langford added 12 points apiece for the Jayhawks. All 14 players saw action for Kansas with no one playing more than 28 minutes.