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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Quick recap: No. 1 KU knocks off Villanova in rematch of last season’s Final Four

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) pulls up for a three from the wing over Villanova guard Collin Gillespie (2) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) pulls up for a three from the wing over Villanova guard Collin Gillespie (2) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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No. 1 Kansas avenged last year’s season-ending loss to stay undefeated on the 2018-19 season.

The much-anticipated rematch between KU and Villanova came down to the wire Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks made enough key plays down the stretch to claim a 74-71 victory over the defending national champion.

Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick served as the one-two punch to lift Kansas to another hard-fought victory. The tandem combined for 57 of the team’s 74 points in the win. Lawson scored 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while Vick went 9-for-15 to finish with 29 points.

With a win, KU (9-0) snapped a three-game skid against Villanova (8-4) and notched its fourth win in eight meetings in the all-time series. The Wildcats are the third ranked team that the Jayhawks have defeated to start the season.

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

• The game turned when: Lagerald Vick displayed some sorcery midway through the second half.

Vick has already made a number of ridiculous shots in Allen Fieldhouse this year. In a stretch during the second half, VIck took it to a whole new level with a trio of buckets. The first of which came on a drive when Vick wanted to pass the ball out, but changed his mind in the air.

Vick netted the floater in transition, which was just the start of an impressive sequence by him.

None by Shane Jackson

• Offensive highlight: The offense continued to run through Dedric Lawson Saturday.

Lawson’s high usage rate leads to a greater chance of making significant plays in each game. After Villanova took the lead early in the second half, Lawson answered with a tremendous play to pull the Jayhawks within two points.

After getting the ball on the high post, Lawson started to go left before spinning back to net a layup with his right hand. Even by Lawson’s standards, the spin was especially smooth during a strong season by the transfer from Memphis.

None by Shane Jackson

• Defensive highlight: Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett was just as important as Lawson and Vick for the Jayhawks.

On two different occasions, Garrett swiped the ball away from a Villanova player and forced the ball to go off the opponent’s leg. Garrett was also essential as the team’s four, as his versatility helped when Villanova tried to run some ball-screen action with forwards on the perimeter.

• Up next: Kansas will play host to South Dakota at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Comments

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

I’ve worried about the ft shooting all season long. Today they won it on the line. By my count 11 of 12 in clutch time.

Robert Brock 5 months ago

The Hawks hauled down some important rebounds down the stretch too.

Bryce Landon 5 months ago

And Marcus Garrett came up with some critical defensive plays - I think he had all four of our steals.

Chris DeWeese 5 months ago

It's nice to atone for the last few losses to Nova. I also like that we keep winning against AP top 25 teams. Still a work in progress, but still talented enough to hang with anyone. I just hope that Grimes finds another gear come B12 play. I'd also like to see our bench be more productive in terms of scoring.

Craig Carson 5 months ago

What had been the issue with Grimes? The kid is super talented but seems lost on the court..hopefully he turns it on in conference play like Newman did last year..we are gonna need to to make any type of run

Mallory Briggans 5 months ago

chris yes it was nice to win today …….but I would trade a loss today for a victory in last years final 4 .

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

KU-Michigan would have been a much better title game. The OAD format of the tournament makes it a crapshoot and IMO does not always produce the best team but last year was not the case. Villanova was way better than the competition and deserved the title. Jay Wright is an exceptional coach. I'm hoping he gets an NBA offer he can't turn down.

David Robinett 5 months ago

We don’t box out at all = 2 dunks

Steve Zimmerman 5 months ago

Again, Dedric, Vick and Dotson carry our offense load, but our defense was not that bad, especially Garrett. I was worried they knocked those 3s down. I also notice, our offense was not that stagnant - there weren't a lot of those weaves by guards, it's nice to see some pick and rolls - even Lightfoot can benefit from them. Now, let's revenge another loss vs ASU!! Rock Chalk!!!

Bryce Landon 5 months ago

First we need to handle our business against South Dakota on Tuesday night.

Kit Duncan 5 months ago

The game shouldn’t have been that close. Though he’s a good player, the refs put Booth on the free throw line three or four times and at least one of those times after a made basket. This officiating team overlooked several offensive fouls by Booth. The guy puts his shoulder into defenders or extends his forearm to gain separation, both of which should be called “offensive” fouls, yet Kansas players were called for making the contact each time. Take away a half dozen or more points and give the ball to KU on those plays and it could easily have been a ten or twelve point difference!

The reason I bring this up is that a game earlier in the season saw an officiating crew call both Kansas and the opposing team for offensive fouls of this nature, with one opposing player whistled twice for extending his forearm and gaining separation on a KU defender. It had the effect of disrupting his ability to drive, stop, and shoot after that and made him easier to guard.

Craig Carson 5 months ago

even though im glad they won, this wasnt exactly a "revenge" game..a revenge game would be to beat Nova in the NCAA when they are a high seed and end their season...this was simply a regular season game..as a fan it felt good to see KU come out on top vs Nova, but the game shouldnt have been as close as it was

Steve Zimmerman 5 months ago

What impresses me about Nova is not only they're well-coached team, but they always seem together, cohesive; one guy fell, 4 others will surely come and pick him up. Compared that to KU: Dotson fell, everybody else went to the other side of the court. It may be nothing, but I think that really shows how tight of a brotherhood a team is.

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