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Monday, November 15, 2021

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji named Big 12 men’s hoops player of the week

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) pulls back for a bucket and a foul from Tarleton State guard Tahj Small (4) during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) pulls back for a bucket and a foul from Tarleton State guard Tahj Small (4) during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji has been named the men’s basketball Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

The award is selected by a media panel which covers the league and this is the first weekly honor of the 2021-22 season.

Agbaji opened the season with a career-high 29 points in the Jayhawks’ 87-74 win against Michigan State in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 9.

The Kansas City, Mo., native who has now started 79 consecutive games for the Jayhawks followed up that performance by scoring 25 points in KU's 88-62 win over Tarleton State in the home opener on Nov. 12.

Agbaji's 54 points were the most scored by a Jayhawk in the first two games of a season in the Bill Self era. He surpassed Frank Mason III’s 51 points, which came to open the 2016-17 campaign.

The two 20-point efforts marked the eighth and ninth 20-point efforts of Agbaji’s career.

Agbaji's most recent weekly Big 12 honor was the second of his career. He also was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 4, 2019, during his freshman season.

Agbaji will look to make it three straight 20-point outings and three straight KU victories on Thursday when the third-ranked Jayhawks (2-0) play host to Stony Brook (0-1) at Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves, who faced Agbaji and the Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year with Eastern Washington, was this week's Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

Comments

Rodney Crain 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Why are we playing Missouri? They just lost by 14 to the now 1-2 KC Roos at home?

Dirk Medema 2 weeks, 4 days ago

WRT mizzoo; $$$

When will opposing Ds start overloading to stop Ochai?

National awards? Timme maybe? Banchawhatever?

Rodney Crain 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Weak arguments.

This is not a ghostbusters reboot. Norm Stewart's grandson is not coaching them. This is a nothing team, that is dragged around their entire conference.

The Roos lost to two non-ranked power 5 conference teams by a combined 46 points. They lead for the last 37+ minutes, on the road, as they dropped kick Mizzu.

Can we just send the 3rd stringers to play? Do we still have a JV team? How about some Frats team?

I hate Missouri no less than any other KU fan. But they are not relevant anymore, they offer us nothing. We could make the same cash or more with a team that will give us some competition. Bring in a zone def. team, a full court press team. Someone ranked.

There is a taint about playing them anymore.

Jonathan Allison 2 weeks, 4 days ago

I don't think we should be playing mizzou, but does this meeting date back to 2017 when Mizzou had a certain NBA draft lottery candidate Michael Porter Jr and we played a pay per view exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief? Possibly it appeared that Mizzou could be a program on the rise because they had this highly talented freshman? Perhaps we thought that playing Mizzou would in fact provide KU with a worthy noncon opponent and a highly watched national spotlight game in addition to resuming the once nationally relevant border war rivalry. Whatever the case, Mizzou continues to be a loser, but they are losing in a conference that pays them more money than the Big 12 ever could.

Rodney Crain 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Perhaps yes.

Porter only played 3 games for the kittens and entered the draft. Miss-a-zuri is a hard pass for me.

Robert Robinson 2 weeks, 3 days ago

I guess I'm the only one happy they're playing. Big TV numbers, tradition , bragging rights... Asking why we are playing them is like asking why are we playing Stony Brook. I'll take kicking the sh*t out of Missoura over beating Stony Brook any day.

Rodney Crain 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Bragging? To who? Each other?

Stony Brook did not leave our conference

Who cares if we beat Missouri? Tradition, nope. Big TV numbers, nope There are still 2100 tickets still available.

Tim Orel 2 weeks, 2 days ago

I thought Misery had a top 20 team last year. I might be mistaken about that, but sometime recently they were relevant. I don't object to beating Misery by a bunch, but I just hope they don't bring their Covid with them to play. That state is pretty bad off with the disease.

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