Absent from Kansas University’s first home game of the season was the raucous student section, the “who’s who” of former players sitting a few rows behind the KU bench and the rest of Jayhawk Nation cheering their squad on inside Allen Fieldhouse — arguably one of the best atmospheres in all of college basketball. Less than 100 select non-essential personal were permitted but despite the lack of crowd support, Kansas won their 48th consecutive home opener in convincing fashion with an 89-54 victory versus Division II Washburn on Thursday, December 3.

The No. 7 Jayhawks’ in-state foe put up a valiant effort, as the Ichabods kept things close for much of the first half, but Kansas was ahead 49-32 at the break and never trailed en route to the 35-point win.

KU junior forward David McCormack finally found himself more involved in the game plan after struggling to get things going over the first three games of the year. McCormack led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, going 7-8 from the field and 3-4 at the line. Fellow junior Ochai Agbaji added 16 points, while freshman Jalen Wilson continued his promising start to the season with 13 points and six boards. Freshman Bryce Thompson chipped in 11 off the bench in the winning effort.

Kansas will once again play to a mostly cardboard cutout crowd as they welcome North Dakota State to Lawrence this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod recently determined it best to have all home sporting events be fan-free through December 5 in response to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. Ideally, next Tuesday’s home matchup with No. 9 Creighton will have fans in the stands, however the school has decided to cap the capacity to between 1,500 and 2,500 until further notice.