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Dominant Udoka Azubuike tops ratings in comeback victory vs. West Virginia

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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) reaches for a ball above West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) reaches for a ball above West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Blocked shots, dunks, a lefty hook shot, free throws. That’s right, free throws. He made 7 of 10 from the line and 7 of 8 from the field. Azubuike totaled 21 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots (a big one late) and two steals (a big one late).

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Took just six shots from the field and scored 15 points to go with seven assists and just two turnovers in, you guessed it, 40 minutes. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Steal that he took in for a dunk was huge, cutting a lead that had been 10 points to six, 50-44. It was one of his three steals and he also had four assists and just one turnover.

4 - Malik Newman: Came on strong late and hit what was biggest shot of the game, a 3 from the right corner in transition that tied it, 66-66, with 2:13 left.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Strong first half, when he scored 10 of his 13 points to go with five rebounds. Didn’t have an assist, steal or blocked shot, but also didn’t turn it over.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Gave team huge boost first half, when he scored seven of his eight points in 15 minutes. Drove aggressively to the hoop and made a 3-point shot. Played just four second-half minutes because coach Bill Self wanted his best scorers on the floor to come back from a double-digit deficit.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Didn’t score a point or get a rebound or blocked shot in nine minutes. it was a good day for Azubuike to log 31 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (241)

2 (tie) - Svi Mykhailiuk (212)

2 (tie) - Udoka Azubuike (212)

4 - Lagerald Vick (194)

5 - Malik Newman (182)

6 - Marcus Garrett (148)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (128)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (37)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (27)

Comments

Darrel Stice 3 months ago

8 - The Crowd: Started off loud and raucous, and never let up. Even when KU trailed by double digits late in the second half, the crowd was energized and played a huge part in keeping the Jayhawks motivated. Was especially loud during the crucial last three minutes. By far the best crowd this season.

Shannon Gustafson 3 months ago

My ears were ringing for quite a while after the game, crazy loud!

Mike Greer 3 months ago

I think it was after Dok's big block near the end of the game, ESPN showed a close up of Dok, he had his fingers in his ears. I haven't been in Allen in a few years, but wouldn't go without hearing protection, it can be deafening, as it appeared last evening.

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