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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Notebook: Jackson played ‘best game’ of year; Svi starts 2nd half

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) delivers a thunderous dunk against UMKC during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) delivers a thunderous dunk against UMKC during the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will be the first to point out when one of his players is not playing up to his standards.

But it takes a little more for Self to flip the compliment-meter to high.

Tuesday night, after picking up the 600th victory of his 24-year coaching career with a 105-62 beating of UMKC at Allen Fieldhouse, Self did just that with freshman Josh Jackson.

“I thought it was Josh’s best game since he’s been here,” Self said of the young guard who finished with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added 12 rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal in 28 energy-filled minutes. “If guys could catch the ball and finish, you know, he’d have eight or nine assists instead of five. But he rebounded the ball better than anybody has at any point in time this year and inside the zone he makes the game so much easier for everybody else.”

In the zone is a special place for Self, often reserved for the players he trusts most with the best feel for the game.

“I told him he was good in there,” Self said. “But he’s got a long ways to go before he’s as good as Julian Wright inside the zone. He’s the best. But I tell you what, he’s not far off, if he’s not already there.”

What’s more, Self truly believes Jackson is still just scratching the surface on how good he can be.

“He’s just now starting to get it,” Self said. “I still think his best ball is down the road as he gets more comfortable. ... I mean, blocking shots, altering, pitching ahead, rebounding, pitching ahead in transition, making the game easier for others, he’s about as good as I’ve seen.”

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Svi starts 2nd half

Although he shot just 4-of-12 from the floor, including a sub-50 percent mark of 2-of-7 from three-point range for the first time in four games, junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk started the second half in place of sophomore Lagerald Vick.

“I just didn’t think Lagerald was into it,” Self said when asked why he went to Svi instead of Vick. “I also think that maybe guys don’t need to get comfortable, too.”

In 28 minutes — compared to just 22 for Vick — Mykahiliuk tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Vick finished 2-of-3 from the floor for five points, three assists, two blocks and a steal but had a few sluggish moments especially on the offensive end.

Despite the move, Self remained complimentary of Vick’s game.

“I’m real pleased with Lagerald,” Self said. “Don’t get me wrong. But I didn’t think he was as good in the first half as he had been.”

So unselfish

It’s a rite of passage of sorts for coaches of non-conference foes to walk into the Allen Fieldhouse and explain exactly what impressed them most after taking a loss at the hands of the Jayhawks.

UMKC coach Kareem Richardson, after congratulating Self on win No. 600, did just that Tuesday night.

And while he talked about three-point shooting, physicality and the Kansas defense, one thing stood out to Richardson above all else.

“They’re one of the most unselfish teams that I’ve seen play and they’re fun to watch,” he said. “I’m just really amazed at how unselfish they are.”

This and that....

KU’s 105-point game marked the 111th 100-point game in program history and 19th of the Bill Self era.... The win made KU 750-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse and extended the Jayhawks’ home-court winning streak to a nation’s best 47 games.... The Jayhawks set season highs for points (105), points in a half (54 in the second), field goals (39), three-point field goals (15), offensive rebounds (21) and total rebounds (53).... Devonte’ Graham’s six three-point makes moved him into 20th place all-time on KU’s three-point shooting list.

By the Numbers: Kansas 105, UMKC 62.

By the Numbers: Kansas 105, UMKC 62.

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Comments

Andy Godwin 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Who would have guessed at the beginning of the season that Jackson (recruited to take over Seldon's spot at the 3) would be KU's best post player. Glad he is so versatile and willing to mix it up inside, but it will be interested to see how Jackson holds up when KU starts playing teams with true bigs that like to bang inside.

Barry Weiss 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Pretty high praise and well deserved for Josh! Baylor is the team of bigs that will be a challenge.

7 months, 2 weeks ago

If we can hit 3s as we've been doing in the last several games, their bigs will have their hands full.

Caden Ford 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Very true. Our guards will be our bread and butter this season no doubt. I think we have been so used to having dominate inside play, but the transition to the 2-guard lineup (and now even the 4-guard lineup) have really been tough for teams to stop. If we can continue to hit outside shots and force teams to put more pressure on the guards, then the play for the bigs inside will start to develop and open up more. That would be crazy scary for opponents!

Steve Zimmerman 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Each year, I always see Baylor as a pretty darn good team that could crush KU. But each year, I see our team always has a good handle on them. Maybe 1 loss, I can't recall more than 2 in 10 years..

Dee Shaw 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yikes. Our field goal percentage (57%) and three point percentage (56%) were better than our free throw percentage (55%). That's hard to do. I'm not sure if I have ever seen that.

Humpy Helsel 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Julian Wright is the benchmark for playing inside the zone. He would get in the middle, catch the throw in, and just carve up defenses which surrounded him. I can see flashes, but I do not see him at Julian's level there. At least not yet.

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