Ball movement, 3-point shooting at top of Kansas basketball strengths so far
Kansas ranks 17th in the nation with a 43-percent accuracy rate on 3-point shots.
The hot shooting in part can be attributed to tremendous ball movement, rare for November basketball.
When asked to assess his team thus far, 15th year Kansas coach Bill Self pointed to that strength first.
“I can tell you I’m pleased the majority of the time with how the ball moves,” Self said. “I’m pleased that for the most part, other than Kentucky, we’ve gotten the ball to the open man and we’ve also played through (center Udoka Azubuike) more, so I think that’s a positive offensively. But when you play that small you need to shoot the ball well and for the most part other than one game we’ve done that.”
KU’s top 3-point-percentage shooters so far: Mitch Lightfoot .667 (4 of 6), Lagerald Vick .542 (13 of 24), Svi Mykhailiuk .515 (17 of 33), Malik Newman .468 (22 of 47).
Devonte’ Graham hasn’t found his touch yet and is shooting .286 (8 of 28) from long distance.
“Defensively we’ve just been average at best and we don’t rebound like we’re capable of,” Self said. “The key to us rebounding well is going to be Lagerald and Udoka. They’ve got to do better than what they’ve been doing.”
Vick and Garrett share the team rebounding lead with 7.2 per game and Azubuike is third with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Vick and Garrett share the team lead in defensive rebounds (27) and Azubuike has the most offensive rebounds (15).