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Friday, November 16, 2018

Quick recap: Vick leads KU past Louisiana with another strong showing

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) puts up a three over Louisiana forward Malik Marquetti (1) during the first half, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) puts up a three over Louisiana forward Malik Marquetti (1) during the first half, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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After a flawless effort from deep on Monday, Kansas senior wing Lagerald Vick put together an impressive encore.

Earlier this week, Vick hit all eight of his 3-pointers to lead No. 2 Kansas over Vermont in the home opener. He followed that up with another strong outing to lift KU to a 89-76 win over Louisiana Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Vick wasn’t perfect from long range, though, he was just as effective in helping the Jayhawks survive another slow start. Vick went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc, finishing with a game-high 33 points in the win. Vick, who scored 32 points against Vermont, played all 40 minutes for the Jayhawks.

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

• The game turned when: Kansas went on a run following Bill Self’s technical.

With 9:18 left in the first half, Self was called for technical after running out on the court to argue with an official. Louisiana proceeded to knock down both free throws to take a 12-point advantage.

The Jayhawks responded with a 10-0 run, starting with a 3-pointer by freshman Quentin Grimes. Vick added a triple from the corner, as he was falling to the floor in front of the opposition’s bench. Late in the first half, KU eventually took the lead for good even though both Udoka Azubuike and Dedric Lawson were on the bench with foul trouble.

• Offensive highlight: The best offensive play — perhaps of the young season — came 90 seconds into Friday’s contest.

Lawson drove through the lane to attempt a tough shot near the rim, falling to the ground as he did. The ball bounced back to Lawson, who immediately fired up the shot and made it from his position on the floor.

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As ridiculous as it was, the early bucket was critical for Lawson after Monday’s outing. Lawson did not score, missing all six of his shots in 19 minutes against Vermont in the home opener. The performance came after a strong showing against Michigan State, in which Lawson finished with 20 points for the Jayhawks.

• Heat check: For the second consecutive game, Vick was feeling it and appeared to have a ton of fun on the court.

Vick had animated reactions after most of his 3-pointers, and was feeding off the crowd’s energy throughout the game. With a Louisiana defender all over him, Vick drilled his first 3-pointer within the first minute of the game to set the tone.

But Vick’s most absurd triple came with 44 seconds left in the first half, as he launched a shot from well beyond the arc. He hit consecutive 3-pointers down the stretch to give the Jayhawks a 44-41 lead at the half.

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• Up next: Kansas plays Marquette at 6 p.m. Wednesday during the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Kansas won by 13 against an opponent it was supposed to beat by 22...and was down by 12 at one point to this opponent.

Combine that with nearly blowing a 17-point lead to Michigan State and playing footsie with Vermont in the first half of that game, I'm picking up some warning signs that all is not right with Kansas. Yes, I know it's early; yes, I know you can't judge a team on three games. But there are some troubling trends here that must be addressed.

Shout out to Joe Ross - earlier this week, you and I were arguing whether or not Kansas deserved to be #1 over Duke. I don't know or care about Duke, but I am willing to concede that, right now, KU isn't worthy to be #1. In fact, I'm not even sure that the Jayhawks deserve to be in the Top 5 right now.

Shannon Gustafson 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hey look, Debby Downer is already making an appearance this year. I wonder how long it will take before it's a full on meltdown?

Steve Zimmerman 3 weeks, 6 days ago

How are you supposed to win 20-30 pts if teams these days shooting the lights out like that? Their big can shoot from downtown. That's how they keep the scoring close. Our FT and TO need to improve so we can have more cushion. Besides, it's too early in the season. 20 assists per game show these kids play well together. As season goes, we will see better KU team. Rock Chalk!

Bryce Landon 3 weeks, 6 days ago

I wondered how long it would take before you came along to start your usual PMS-ing whenever I point out inconvenient truths. What's the matter, are you having trouble getting your tampon out?

James Miller 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Our defensive performances are a legitimate concern. However, these guys haven't played together much. I think they will improve dramatically by conference. If Silvio does get cleared to play, I think we will be best in the country.

Craig Carson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

ah, the Bandwagon jumper known as Bryce is making an unwanted appearence...guess FB is about done huh....go support the Hawkeyes..we no longer need you around here..poof be gone peasant

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank the Lord for Coach Self and LaGerald Vick working out their differences this past summer.

Joseph Bullock 3 weeks, 6 days ago

You are right, Michael Maris! I remember all of the people (fair weather fans) last season, who actually wanted Lagerald Vick to transfer or leave, when he went on his slump and him and Coach Self were having challenges! Heck, I even remember people wanting Perry Ellis to leave after he missed a shot at the end of a West Virginia game! Seriously! 😡 Anyway, I said many times that Vick would be back, and I would welcome that. I don’t care about a ranking this early in the season. We have some young players, and 3 players who did not play in a real game for a year! Does anyone remember how long it took Malik to get his game back after sitting out a year? I also believe Silvio will play this season. It isn’t a Josh’s mom situation! If his Gaurdian took money, it will have to be paid back and Silvio will have a certain number of games he has to sit out (which he is already doing), and then he will play. He changes our team, on the inside. Also, this team has not played together a lot so they are still learning each other. Relax! We will be fine!

Craig Carson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

even Duke looked average vs Army..give this team time to gel..yes we all want to see 30 point wins against teams like Vermont and ULA..but that doesnt always happen

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