So in case you missed it last night, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Iowa State Cyclones met up in what proved to be one of the best games of the 2012-2013 college basketball season. It was complete with milestones, late-game heroics, controversial calls, unnecessary showboating, and racist death threats. To summarize it simply, there was some motherfucking excitement up in Ames, Iowa yesterday.
Oh, did I mention it featured the most incredible single-game performance we have seen in college basketball this season? Shit, that was best individual performance we’ve seen in college hoops in a long fucking time. I mean, Elijah Johnson absolutely took over that game. The kid finished with 30 POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF. 30 FREAKING POINTS!!! Everything, literally everything was falling for Elijah. It was an unprecedented shooting display, something he couldn’t duplicate if he tried.
And it comes as somewhat of a surprise because Johnson had struggled mightily this season with his shot and had also been playing second fiddle to freshman Ben McLemore, one of the top players in the country. Johnson, a senior, was shooting less than 40 percent coming into Monday’s contest against the Cyclones, while also averaging less than 10 points a game.
He changed that last night with a ridiculous 39 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the floor, 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc, and a 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Not to mention he added seven assists and five rebounds. That is about as good as it gets.
After stumbling through much of the season, Elijah Johnson has come to life. Just a week ago, he came up with some big baskets for the Jayhawks in their thrilling, double-overtime road win over a very good Oklahoma State team. He also put Marcus Smart, one of the best point guards in the country, on his ass with this filthy crossover…
Broken. Ankles. Amen.
(Ignore the fact that he got stuffed at the end of this GIF)
Last night, Elijah Johnson single-handedly propelled Kansas to a victory over a tough Iowa State team that had won 21 straight home games. He led Head Coach Bill Self to his 500th win. He led Kansas to its fifth straight win. And he led all of us to wonder how dangerous this Kansas team can really be if he plays to his full potential. McLemore gets a lot of the attention, but it’s Johnson who’ll be the most important for Kansas if the Jayhawks want to return to the Final Four.