Svi surpasses 20 points for third consecutive game to top ratings vs. Kansas State
1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: So many times when Kansas needed a big bucket Svi was there with that perfect follow-through of his, swishing another 3-pointer from the corner. He produced his third consecutive 20-plus scoring effort. He made 5 of 9 3-pointers on the way to 22 points and added seven rebounds. Still needs to get better at finishing, but he will. It’s good that he’s driving more and once they start dropping with more regularity, he’ll do it even more often, becoming even harder to guard.
2 - Devonte’ Graham: Willed his way to 16 points and 11 assists with three rebounds and three turnovers. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 1 of 5 from inside the arc. Made all eight free throws.
3 - Malik Newman: He is responsible for getting back on defense or there is no telling how many rebounds he could get. As it is he’ll have to settle for being a surprisingly terrific defensive rebounder. In his career first double-double, Newman totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds. No other player in the game totaled more than eight rebounds. Is averaging 18 points, 7.3 rebounds and 37.3 minutes in the past four games.
4 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played awfully well for a guy who didn’t score a point. Dennis Rodman would be proud of the game he played. He didn’t take a shot, blocked three shots, took a big charge and picked up five rebounds, three on the offensive glass.
5 - Lagerald Vick: Made 1 of 2 3-pointers, 3 of 5 inside the arc and just 2 of 4 from the line. Had 11 points and four rebounds.
6 - Udoka Azubuike: A non-factor in a game that figured to be one in which he could dominate down low. Totaled six points, three rebounds, three turnovers and three fouls in 18 minutes. Missed his first three free throws and made his last two.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Committed three fouls in two first-half minutes and played four minutes on the night, turning it over once.
8 - Sam Cunliffe: Foul trouble for Vick and Garrett enabled Cunliffe to play six first-half minutes. He didn’t look comfortable. He spaced out with the ball near the right corner, forgetting he already had dribbled and dribbled again. A referee was standing right next to him. Turnover. He also air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer from the left corner. He did make a shot inside to punctuate a 1-on-3 drive to the hoop.
9 - Silvio De Sousa: Azubuike and Lightfoot both picked up two first-half fouls, which created an opportunity for him. After watching De Sousa set a pick, roll to the hoop and forget to look for the pass from Graham as the ball trickled out of bounds, and then losing Dean Wade for a 3-pointer, coach Bill Self had seen enough in two minutes to know that he had to put Lightfoot back in the game.
1 - Devonte' Graham (195)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (182)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (167)
4 - Lagerald Vick (163)
5 - Malik Newman (143)
6 - Marcus Garrett (119)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (103)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (17)