After a slow start, No. 2 Kansas did enough in the second half to finish off a 84-68 win over Vermont in the home opener.
No, Quentin Grimes didn’t go through an out-of-body experience behind the 3-point line or manhandle would-be defenders on his way to powerful slams inside the way two other Jayhawks did Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. But the 6-foot-5 freshman guard proved to be the perfect catalyst for Kansas teammates Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike in an 84-68 victory against Vermont.
A five-point win over the No. 10 team in the country on one of the nation’s biggest college basketball stages was not enough for the Kansas men’s basketball team to hold on to its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25. But don’t blame the Jayhawks.
If it’s an identity the second-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team is seeking, the Jayhawks may have found it Monday night. Their veterans will lead them. Six days after watching an all-freshman backcourt lead the team to victory on the bright lights, big city stage at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, a couple of old heads helped Kansas survive a legitimate scare from a good Vermont team, 84-68, at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Udoka Azubuike, Lagerald Vick and Quentin Grimes speak to reporters following KU's win over Vermont in the home opener.
Bill Self press conference after win over Vermont