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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Quick recap: Vick lifts No. 2 KU past Stanford in overtime

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) looks for an outlet while defended by Stanford forward KZ Okpala (0) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) looks for an outlet while defended by Stanford forward KZ Okpala (0) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Year of Lagerald Vick continued Saturday afternoon.

The senior guard poured in a team-high 27 points to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 90-84 overtime win over Stanford Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Vick drilled a game-tying triple in the closing seconds to force overtime.

Vick, who had been averaging 19.6 points per game entering the weekend, scored the first eight points over the free period to help propel the Jayhawks to a 6-0 record. The Cardinal (4-4) led for much of the game, including a 12-point advantage during the second half.

Kansas is now 6-0 for the second consecutive season and sixth time in the 16 seasons under head coach Bill Self. KU has now won 11 of its 15 meetings with Stanford, a team coached by former KU guard Jerod Haase.

Vick finished with a 10-for-17 effort from the floor, including a 7 of 11 clip from beyond the arc.

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Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Vick hit a 3-pointer to bring the fans in Allen Fieldhouse to their feet.

Freshman Devon Dotson drove through the Stanford defense before kicking the ball out to the right wing to Vick, who fired up a long ball with no hesitation. Vick’s 3-pointer gave Kansas its first lead since midway through the first half.

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Earlier this season, Stanford lost by 18 to North Carolina and was also handed a 16-point defeat by Wisconsin.

• Offensive highlight: With 16 minutes remaining, Udoka Azubuike elected to kick the ball out from the post.

Azubuike hit Vick on the left wing, as he buried the triple. It marked the team’s first 3-pointer of the contest, but it was also just the team’s second assist in the game and first since Vick lobbed it up to Azubuike on the second possession of the contest.

The sequence was important, as KU coach Bill Self said earlier in the week that he wanted Azubuike to find the guards whenever he faced trouble in the paint.

• Defensive highlight: Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett had a remarkable sequence midway through the first half.

Stanford saved the ball from going out of bounds and kicked it around the perimeter. Garrett leaked out from the backside, making the correct read to intercept a pass between the two wings.

Garrett , who missed the previous game with concussion-like symptoms, caught the ball in stride before sprinting to the other end to finish things off with a flush in transition.

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•Up next: Kansas plays host to Wofford at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Comments

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Would like to see us put in 2 complete halfs including FT shooting.

David Kemp 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Our backcourt is really struggling. If Grimes doesn’t start playing better a deep run will be tough. Just doesn’t seem like the chemistry is there.

Brian Mellor 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Consistent chemistry takes time. Most of these guys have played 8 games together. Several of them are freshman.

Grimes should come around. So should the rest of the team.

Barry Weiss 2 weeks, 2 days ago

well, its good to learn how to come back and pull it out.

Dane Pratt 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Agree. Good teams find a way to win even when they are not playing great basketball.

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 1 day ago

There's a "Pee-wee Herman" joke in there somewhere...

Dane Pratt 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I may be the only one laughing but that was hilarious

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Not gonna say much about this team (& coaching), but winning even with high asst/TO ratio shows heart of a champion. Even trailing in 1st half has been regulars, too. Good win, otherwise. Stanford is in great coaching hands!

Barry Weiss 2 weeks, 2 days ago

I actually thought the same, if coach Self ever leaves, we may have been watching the next Jayhawks coach.

Dane Pratt 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Have to give Jerod Credit. Didn't think it would go to OT. Heartbreaking loss for them in a game they could have won

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 1 day ago

You think so? He isn't that popular among his own fan base. Two seasons in (33-33) and not off to a good start this seasons.

Two years ago I would have agreed.

Matt Stone 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Barry, he is definitely not on my top 5 list of potential replacement coaches. My top 6 Jay Wright Gregg Marshall Tony Bennett Mark Turgeon Mark Few Dana Altman

Barry Weiss 2 weeks, 1 day ago

fair enough, your pics are all legit. I know many schools try to pick an alum as they tend to stay, but let's face it, Kansas is one of the top jobs in all of basketball as Coach Self has shown. Big money from Boone could not even get coach to return to his alma mater.

Shannon Gustafson 2 weeks, 1 day ago

If Greggggg ever becomes the HC for KU (which will never happen) then I'm out. He's NOT a good fit here for a number of reasons.

Turgeon hasn't proven himself IMO.

The others are fine options.

Jonathan Allison 2 weeks ago

In no particular order; I like Tony Bennett, Brad Stevens, Jay Wright, Chris Beard, and not sure if I'd take a flyer on him for health reasons but Fred Hoiberg is available.

Turg is good, but he hasn't elevated himself like I had expected at Maryland. Few and Altman are excellent choices with exceptional resumes, interestingly Mark Few shares the exact same age and birthday of Bill Self. Altman is 5 years senior to HCBS. Jay Wight is also older than Bill Self (one year), but he's too good to pass up if he's interested.

Shannon Gustafson 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Vick is a BAD MAN this year, it's insane. I don't think I've ever seen anybody that consistently flips a switch when he sees the ball go in and all the sudden he's unable to miss.

I mentioned to my family midway through the first half that Vick wouldn't get 30 and would be lucky to get double digits tonight unless he went on one of those runs where he scores 8-9 points in a couple minutes. Next thing you know he comes out after halftime on fire and goes 7-7 from 3 after the half. Vick now has streaks of 11 (or was it 12) straight 3's between two games earlier this year (and it could have been 13 or 14 straight as his toe was on the line for two long 2's) and now another streak of 7 straight which he may extend in the next game. I can't imagine there are too many players who've had multiple 3 point streaks like that in the same season, let alone within a handful of games.

Adam Bengtson 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I would rather watch 2 point guards in Dotson and Moore then watch Grimes play basketball at this moment. Wow he is hard to watch.

Shannon Gustafson 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Let me guess, it's Self's fault Grimes is playing bad but it's somehow not Self's fault that Dotson is playing great under the same circumstances? Was it Self's fault when Grimes was leading Team USA and was the MVP?

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks ago

It's a combination of those, Shannon. It's not merely Grimes' fault. If you watch team USA played, they didn't play like KU normally plays. Take a look at those games. There's hardly hi-low, weaving. None of those. Those kids would've bailed out or gone to Hawaii if they had to do those plays.. no offense.

Now, Grimes has to 'fit' in KU system. He simply looks lost.

Matt Stone 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I mainly put Turgeon on that list because he is the best alumni option currently. He can recruit and has coached for big programs at a pretty high level. Brought back Wichita St to prominence, Made Texas A&M respectable and Maryland is doing fine. He is 407-239. He would be my last choice of the 6.

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