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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Quick recap: No. 13 Kansas takes down Oklahoma State for 84-72 win

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) and Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) congratulate Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) after Dotson's steal and a bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) and Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) congratulate Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) after Dotson's steal and a bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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With a depleted roster, No. 13 Kansas took care of business when it returned to Allen Fieldhouse.

Following a loss to its in-state rival, KU got back on track in a big way with a 84-72 win over Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks, who were without starters Marcus Garrett (injury) and Lagerald Vick (leave of absence), led by double digits for the final 10-plus minutes of the contest.

Kansas (18-6, 7-4) remains unbeaten at home in 14 games, while OSU (9-14, 2-8) failed to become the first Big 12 school to win back-to-back games in Allen Fieldhouse since Iowa State did it in 2000 and 2001.

The Jayhawks were led by the tandem of Dedric Lawson and Ochai Agbaji in the win. Agbaji scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Lawson went 10-for-17 from the field to finish with 25 points. Devon Dotson was the only other KU player to notch double figures, as he registered 18 points.

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

• The game turned when: A pair of freshman players hit three consecutive triples midway through the second half.

Freshman Quentin Grimes, who has struggled over the last few games, finally got his first points midway through the second half. Grimes hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and then Agabi drilled a triple to stretch KU’s lead to 65-51.

The Jayhawks were in control from the moment on, walking away with a lopsided victory.

• Offensive highlight: Agbaji was a walking highlight on the offensive and for Kansas.

The sensational freshman, who did not make his debut until Jan. 9, had brought a much-needed spark to a depleted roster. That was never more evident in the win against the Cowboys, as Agabji filled in for the absence of sharpshooting senior Lagerald Vick.

Agbaji drilled three triples during a 15-point first half, finishing the game with five 3-pointers for KU.

• Defensive highlight: It didn’t take long for freshman Devon Dotson to make an impact against Oklahoma State.

Dotson was aggressive early, getting in the passing lanes, and it led to highlight-worthy sequence early in the first half. Dotson, who has had success at making timely steals, did so to give KU a 4-0 advantage.

With the ball on the left wing, Dotson stayed within striking distance of his man. Just before the pass came his way, Dotson jumped in the way to snatch the ball. He spun away from the lone OSU player, flushing down a dunk in transition on the other end.

None by Shane Jackson

•Up next: Kansas travels to TCU at 8 p.m. Monday.

Comments

David Howell 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure what was promised to any of KU's recruits, but it blows my mind that the coaches were willing to REDSHIRT Ochai Agbaji for the current year. It can't be that he finally turned his game on high. Dotson aside, Ochai is our next best guard hands down in my opinion.

RJ King 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The story's been told a dozen times by now. The plan was to go back to Self's style of 3 small, 2 bigs. Four or five bigs to share 80 minutes a game. Seven guards to share 120 (17 minutes each).

Five bigs - Dok, Dedric, Silvio, Mac & Mitch Seven guards - Dotson, Grimes, Garrett, Vick, Moore, KJ, Ochai

Dedric, Moore & KJ had already sat out a year each. Not gonna redshirt the Mickey D's. (They would've ripped McCormacks' off of him by now if they had.)

Abagi played soccer until his junior year in HS. Scored a lot at Oak Park, but hard to judge talent against HS competition. Self has stated that Ochai has progressed way faster than anyone could've imagined.

With Dok injured, and Silvio sitting, Self went with four guards. Grimes has underperformed. Vick disappeared. The red shirt is actually completely understandable.

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The SIMPLE truth: Ochai was red-shirted so Self could give more minutes to Vick and KJ.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I like this line up. Great game. The first half, you could tell these guys were learning each other, not great ball movement. Even the second half was a bit iffy tie the 3's starting falling. I think this group could gel by year end. It takes some time for each line up to work. Big Monday could be tough.

Brad Watson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Great game...love this team now....get focused...huge game in Ft. Worth.......play every game like an elimination game....every game is critical...play smart....HUSTLE....HUSTLE....HUSTLE!!!!!!

Tony Bandle 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Random Thoughts:

1] Well, I think it's safe to assume we aren't going to lose a game in Allen this year and that includes the Kitties and Clones.

2] Kind of nice seeing all five guys playing defense the entire game!

3] Great having Mitch and Mac on the floor for significant minutes.

4] Interesting that the commentator said that maybe the entire team comes back next year. Well, that is, if Silvio's appeal is successful of course and Dedric decides to go for one more year.

5] Kansas currently seeded 10 in the preliminary calcs which translates into a middle 3rd seed. A strong finish could boost that even more.

6] The "what ifs" for this year's team are staggering. Just maybe we should be happy where we are because it looks like a 7 and 1 finish is not out of the realm of possibility!!!

Roger Ortega 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I know this was against a lesser team, in fact one of the lesser teams in the league, but this had to feel good for the team. I look at it as a practice game. A chance for us to figure out how to play without Vick. We need a few things to go in our favor to win the league. For instance we need TCU to beat ISU because they are a game up on us and we don't have the opportunity to hang an L on them. If ISU loses we go from 4th to 3rd. But either way the KSU Baylor loser will automatically put us in second place. Big win as far as the race is concerned. Right now TCU is up on ISU 17 with just under 7 min to play. It was really good to see our guys playing with confidence. But we also saw this last week. Now we gotta carry it on the road. Rock Chalk

Dane Pratt 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I think we should be rooting for Baylor. Otherwise K-State will be up two games in the loss column against everyone.

Brad Watson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Cannibalization is occurring...who will survive......I love our team and our Coach.....I like the way this is starting to set up...but Mondays' game is really huge....it will help our confidence so much if we can go down there and emerge victorious ...Look forward to it

Brian Wilson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, that was nice. Should I say "ITYS!", Naysayers Suck!

Agbaji is awesome! Way to go Lightfoot! I was wondering if he would ever "happen" again. Lightfoot and McCormack combined for 34 minutes. Yeah! McCormack finally got some minutes, 4rbs and a blk, and no Pts!. Great to see him play defense until he puts it all together. Play careful, try not to make any mistakes. If DM continues to get minutes by March he'll start alongside Lawson. It's Lightfoot and McCormack that will free up Lawson to play his game. .

Only 8 TO's verses the 23 we had at KSU. And we had 15 Offensive Rbs to OSU's 8. That's more like it. However, it's one thing to do it with OSU.....let's see if this works on Monday

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Why would Mac keep starting? He grabbed a couple of rebounds but did little else.

Are there two Brian Wilsons? The one who was sure KU couldn't win unless HCBS changed up the game plan, Mac played a big role and the group who played most of today's minutes was shaken up...and another taking credit here for predicting the opposite...

Or is there just one with a screw loose?

Brian Wilson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey it's Jay Dud! Butt hurt are ya! lol

Mac played 14 minutes when he has averaged 5 per game. So sure Mac played little, but HCBS did change his game plan, he had no choice, he had to. HCBS played big. He gave Mac more minutes. Together, Lightfoot and Mac combined for 34 minutes. That is pretty much the most KU has played with two bigs since Dok got hurt this season. If HCBS had Vick and Garret I doubt that McCormack would have seen more than 2 or 3 minutes this game. If Mac keeps getting 14 minutes a game, it won't be long before he can't keep him off the court, just watch. Some say you can't keep beating a dead horse, but sometimes, when you keep beating a dead horse you resuscitate him. So Dud, you have hope!

Dane Pratt 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I gave a great deal of thought before I posted that comment. Glad someone appreciates it.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

When we don't weave and weave, the ball doesn't stick, our offense is fluorishing, TO is minimized, kids shooting 3s at ease and confident. 3pt defense is still lacking, but hey, with 4 freshmen, 0 senior? I'll take any wins any days against any teams. Our team played with high level of intensity, gutsy performance, sometimes our offense looks like that of NBA's. Seriously. They shared the ball a lot more - expect 15 assists per game from this team. Keep it up, team! We're soooo proud of you guys!!!

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 2 weeks ago

If KU can run, they win. If TCU can slow down the pace, a tougher win.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm hoping Dedric inside-outside double threat will be consistent the rest of season. He knows how to get open and he's a threat from the corner 3. He's definitely expanding his coverage offensively, which is soooo good!!

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 2 weeks ago

FOUR McDonald's All Americans in the above picture and only ONE plays like he deserved the honor.

David McNickle 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Are you discounting Dotson or Lawson? Either way you're wrong.

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