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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick begins crawling out of his funk

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) throws a pass across the baseline beyond TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) during the second half on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) throws a pass across the baseline beyond TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) during the second half on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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TCU wasn’t about to let the Big 12’s most prolific 3-point shooter not named Trae Young shoot them out of the gym.

Everywhere Svi Mykhailiuk went, underrated Horned Frogs senior Kenrich Williams shadowed him, determined not to let him get the ball, much less a good look at the rim. Teammates were on time switching on every screen.

Svi came into the game with 1,003 career points and came out of the 71-64 Kansas victory in Allen Fieldhouse with 1,004.

Somebody had to take on some of Svi’s scoring load and it couldn’t all come from Devonte’ Graham on the perimeter and Udoka Azubuike punishing the rim with dunks, though they both answered those calls impressively.

Malik Newman tried, but couldn’t get anything to drop. He set up teammates well with four of his five assists in the first half. Not bad for a player who had just nine assists in his previous 10 conference games. But Newman made just 1 of 9 shots and clanked all five 3-point attempts.

Someone had to lend Graham (24 points) and Azubuike (16 points) a hand.

Slowly, Lagerald Vick crept out of his hole, not all the way out — not yet — but just enough to at least make TCU pay a little for sending extra attention the way of Azubuike and for not leaving Svi.

Benched by coach Bill Self, who had grown weary of wasting valuable practice time coaching his effort, Vick was the first player off the bench for Kansas.

During 13 first-half minutes, Vick’s confidence remained in hiding, his focus not a great deal better. He failed to keep his man off of the offensive glass a couple of times and shot the ball tentatively, missing all three of his first-half 3-point attempts.

Vick brought his game closer to the hoop in the second half, cutting and driving to try to score. He didn’t have a game or even a half that reminded anybody of his early season contributions, but he did pitch in with eight second-half points in 16 minutes and made it to the line for four free throws, all of which went in.

He didn’t start, but his night amounted to a possible start toward better days. Vick totaled 10 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal and shot 3 of 9 in 29 minutes, nothing about which to boast, but he put together a decent half and joined teammates in playing well defensively.

“He tried hard tonight,” Self said. “His energy level was a lot better. Certainly we need him to play with a higher energy level and play with some personality. I actually thought it was one of his better outings in recent memory. Even though he didn’t make shots. I thought he played pretty well.”


More news and notes from Kansas vs. TCU


By the Numbers: Kansas 71, TCU 64.

By the Numbers: Kansas 71, TCU 64.

Comments

Allan Olson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW, what a gut wrenching game! Just could not believe how both Svi and Malik disappeared on offense. Kudos to Devonte for 40 minutes of absolute effort and guts. Well done Marcus, you made TCU ultimately realize you needed to be defended. Dok played well except for the stupid fouls he is so prone to committing, which were absolutely not necessary, and certainly deflated our offense by his absence in the first half. Pretty much shoots down the two-big lineup approach, which seemed to be working early, when one of the bigs takes himself out of the game for a long sit on the bench. Somebody tell him he can't try to block every shot or get rebounds over an opponent's back. Geeeez, he so frustrating, keeps making the same defensive cheap fouls over and over. I know there is a top notch basketball BIG in there somewhere. Man, you got to practice hours and hours alone in the gym.

David McNickle 4 months, 2 weeks ago

TCU did a great job of switching on Svi last night. Basically said, he's not going to score 20 tonite. Malik had an off shooting night but the rest of the team picked those two up. I love to win with points coming from Dok, Vick, Garrett, and Graham instead of Graham, Malik, and Svi every game. I would guess other teams will try to do the same thing defensively.

Steve Johnson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

No one is more critical than me on the Hawks but Big Dok is doing great. Its how he plays and he is getting better every game. He already is a top notch big and will be the X factor next year. He has so much pressure on him because he is the only big we have surrounded by little guards. If Garret can play at that level moving forward this team can beat anyone. Svi and Newman will not have off shooting games like they did again. this game was not pretty but they played with intensity and emotion.

Allan Olson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, I'm definitely pro Dok and damn glad we have him. But he;s still pretty raw and needs to improve on both ends with just better fundamentals. I know that he lost last year and up to last summer with the wrist injury. He will be a junior next season and needs to get himself closer to the finished product. Watch Purdue's big man Haas for comparison.

Joe Baker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'll give TCU some credit. I don't think they focused, solely, intentionally, or directly on Svi. He didn't play quite the same physically. He seemed a bit out of sorts. I don't think TCU had much to do with it either. My guess it may have been sickness. Svi wasn't too aggressive. Even Self coughed several times during the game too.

I think there's something going around, but Self will never admit or say there's some sickness touching the team. Unlike WVU that claimed "half" of the team was sick. I think it's huge that we beat TCU and we did it with only 1 pt from Svi. Highlight that point.

How about Marcus Garrett? Number ZERO (0) on his jersey, but came up huge. I hope this raises his confidence in the coming games.

Chris Bulgren 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Another Lagerald Vick story...

Maybe your readers would like the story behind the departure of Billy Preston.

Gerry Butler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Ya , another Lagerald Vick story - - -AND ? - - you don't like that? - - -hmmmm , tell me - was there someone that made you open this article up about Lagerald Vick? - -Your a real bundle of sunshine aren't ya? - -They have every right to run as many articles on Vick as they deem necessary. - -Vick is an issue right now - -they just relaying information and continued facts on the situation , - I have a feeling that there was not a gun to your head forcing you to read the article.

Billy Preston is not a member of this KU roster, - it doesn't matter what the story was with him - -he has no influence on this team any longer that ship has sailed. - Are you a person who loves living in the past? - Time to move on sparky , you can't change the past - you live today for today - -not yesterday. Sure would of been great to have Billy - but that's over, there is no need to keep drudging things up that has no effect with this team now presently - -Wish Billy the best and move on - -DAMN

Edward Daub 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The Butler just did it to Bulgren.

An Anger Management Class is suggested.

Suffice to say that Vick is the "Teflon Man" of KU Basketball.

An Article on Billy's Pro Career Start in Bosnia would be interesting.

Tom Jones 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Billy Preston hit a curb driving a car that was gifted to him by a source that KU didn't feel would pass NCAA muster so they benched him. When they had that feeling confirmed by the NCAA, he left. Not much of a story.

Chris Bulgren 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Gerry Butler. Why are you so angry? If there is someone tampering with our players, the local press should lead the way in exposing it. I will respond to your ad hominem attack by pointing out your misspelling of “you’re.”

Shannon Gustafson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

There would have to be information available before there is any more to report about the Billy Preston "story". Journalists can't just pull information out of thin air. If KU isn't saying anything and the NCAA has thrown out the file since he's no longer a D1 athlete then there is nothing to report.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I read a former KU player was involved in getting the car to Billy. I have no clue if that is true, and if so, if that player has any connections to NBA agents, etc. I still think some basics could have been disclosed, even by the Prestons, such as when they bought the car, who they bought it from and why they feel the NCAA or KU's administration was wrong to sit him.

Harlan Hobbs 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The master psychologist, Bill Self, at work. Give the effort, and he gives the kudos. Outstanding!

Craig Carson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Vick didnt shoot the ball all that good but he was much more active, which resulted in several basket at the goal..he even shot some FT's..how rare has that been for him so far this year..They said during the game that KU is only winning its conference games by an average of 1.4 points per game..I think if we had more blowouts then Self would give DeSousa a much longer leash and allow him to make mistakes..but in close games that they need to win, its hard to get him minutes knowing he might turn it over or commit silly fouls

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