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Malik Newman shoots Kansas into Sweet 16, tops ratings

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts a three over Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) during the second half, Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kan.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts a three over Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) during the second half, Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kan. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Scoreless the first 12 minutes, he finished with 28 points. He had two assists, one big one on a pass from the post to wide-open Svi Mykhailiuk on the perimeter for a huge 3 late. Newman made 4 of 8 3-pointers and 8 of 8 free throws. He has reached 20 points in four the past five games, all victories.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Contributed 10 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes and was the only one capable of keeping Angel Delgado (24 points, 23 rebounds) from completing dominating the game. Not moving the same as before his knee injury, but still makes Kansas a completely different team when he’s on the floor.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made biggest shot of game, a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to give KU a seven-point lead. Missed all three 3-point attempts in first half and made both in second half. Drove aggressively, finishing with left hand. Had 16 points, three assists, three steals and didn’t have any turnovers.

4 - Lagerald Vick: Looked good driving to the hoop and shooting (3 of 4 3-pointers). Had 13 points and four rebounds.

5 - Devonte’ Graham: On a night his free-throw shooting looked better in the box score (6 of 8) than live, his shot was off. He made just 1 of 7 shots and missed all four 3-point attempts. Finished with eight points, nine assists and five turnovers.

6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Great blocked shot to open the game, but didn’t have the heft to keep the clever, strong Delgado off the boards. Produced four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Made just 2 of 5 free throws and had two turnovers, but also played well defensively and had three rebounds.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Didn’t have any rebounds and committed two fouls in four minutes. Scored on dunk from the right side of the basket on a highlight of a hot-potato lob from Devonte’ Graham deep in the left corner.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (313)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (264)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (257)

4 - Malik Newman (234)

5 - Lagerald Vick (232)

6 - Marcus Garrett (192)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (165)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (68)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

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Devonte’ Graham scores 29 points, tops ratings vs. Penn

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) slaps hands with fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' first-round win over Penn, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) slaps hands with fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' first-round win over Penn, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte Graham: Was spectacular defensively, shooting from outside, driving too hoop and hitting the boards in leading Kansas back from 21-11 deficit to six-point halftime lead. Scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the first half. Also had six assists, just two turnovers and three steals.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Penn couldn’t stop him when he drove to the hoop. He should have done so more often, but still contributed 14 points, making 5 of 7 shots overall and 2 of 4 3-pointers. Also had two steals, but just two rebounds.

3 - Mitch Lightfoot: Shook a sluggish and scoreless first half to finish with nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 3 3-pointers, but just 1 of 5 shots from inside the arc and had just two rebounds. Finished with 10 points, three assists, didn’t turn it over and had two blocked shots and two steals.

5 - Malik Newman: Missed both of his 3-point attempts but still was able to contribute 10 points and six rebounds.

6 - Marcus Garrett: When he makes a mistake he’s good at making up for it immediately. He threw a pass under the Penn hoop that was intercepted for an easy bucket. He responded with an aggressive drive to the hoop for a bucket. Had five rebounds and scored two points in 22 minutes.

7 - Silvio De Sousa: Two points, four rebounds and one turnover in 10 minutes.

8 - Udoka Azubuike: Check into game with 8:32 left in first half and ran the floor hard.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Played in the final minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (317)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (263)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (251)

4 - Lagerald Vick (234)

5 - Malik Newman (230)

6 - Marcus Garrett (193)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (69)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in Big 12 title game vs. West Virginia

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) smiles as he watches highlights from the Big 12 Tournament following the JayhawksÕ 81-70 win over the Mountaineers in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) smiles as he watches highlights from the Big 12 Tournament following the JayhawksÕ 81-70 win over the Mountaineers in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and finished and made 6 of 7 field goals and 3 of 4 3-pointers in the second half. Finished with career-high 13 assists and just two turnovers.

2 - Silvio De Sousa: Made 8 of 8 field goals and logged the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, finishing an amazing three-day run in which he produced 30 points and 29 rebounds. He came into the tournament having totaled 25 and 18 in 12 games.

3 - Malik Newman: Made 15 of 22 3-pointers during the tournament to win Most Outstanding Player honors. Scored 20 points in title game, making 6 of 8 3-pointers and had six defensive rebounds.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 4 of 8 3-pointers for second game in a row and scored 16 points.

5 - Lagerald Vick: In keeping with a recent trend, he played better in second half than first, scoring 8 of his 10 points after intermission.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Had one point and one rebound in 20 minutes.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Totaled two points, two rebounds, a block and a steal in 14 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (307)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (256)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

4 - Lagerald Vick (225)

5 - Malik Newman (224)

6 - Marcus Garrett (188)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (160)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (65)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

By the Numbers: Kansas 81, West Virginia 70

By the Numbers: Kansas 81, West Virginia 70

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Malik Newman tops ratings for second night in a row, eliminates Kansas State

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) signals the ball going the Jayhawks' way after a turnover by Kansas State during the first half, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) signals the ball going the Jayhawks' way after a turnover by Kansas State during the first half, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Well, what did you expect from a McDonald’s All-American? He certainly looked the part for the second night in a row, following a 30-point performance with a 22-point beauty that also featured six rebounds, four assists and three steals. He made 5 of 8 3-pointers and turned back three Kansas State second-half rallies with swished 3-pointers.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Even with his shooting seemingly hindered by tired legs, Graham put his winning stamp on the game. He had a game-high eight assists and two steals and made all eight of his free throws to compensate for a 3-for-11 shooting night that included him missing all but one of his six 3-pointers.

3 - Silvio De Sousa: The team’s best rebounder played 19 minutes and totaled eight points and 11 rebounds. Has a long way to go as a defender and won’t get there this season, but really knows how to soar to get his hands on missed shots. Graham set him up with a beautiful lob from close range but he wasn’t ready for it and had to earn the two points at the free-throw line.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Defenses are working hard at trying to deny him the ball, but he still managed to make 4 of 8 3-pointers to account for all of his points. Picked up just two rebounds and didn’t have an assist.

5 - Marcus Garrett: Turned a clever steal into a bucket and contributed eight points and five boards.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, three turnovers and two steals.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Struggled defensively against the stronger Makol Mawien (29 points in 34 minutes) and committed four fouls, but also had eight points, two offensive rebounds and two blocked shots.

8 - Sam Cunliffe: Played two minutes and committed a foul and a turnover.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (297)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (249)

4 - Lagerald Vick (219)

5 - Malik Newman (216)

6 - Marcus Garrett (183)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (156)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (56)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, K-State 67

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, K-State 67

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Malik Newman tops ratings with 30 points against Oklahoma State

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) gets to the bucket past Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the first half, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) gets to the bucket past Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the first half, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the first half. Made 4 of 6 3-pointers and 11 of 15 field goals. Had just one rebound, but also did not commit a single turnover.

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Solid all-around effort for the senior. Totaled 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

3 - Devonte’ Graham: Defended Kendall Smith well and overcame a first-half that included four turnovers. Didn’t shoot well, but finished with 10 points, four rebounds and nine assists to go with six turnovers and two steals. Made 1 of 5 3-pointers.

4 - Mitch Lightfoot: Fouled out in 23 minutes and many of them were not good fouls. Two came on illegal screens, one when he grabbed a player at the high post, another on a 3-point shooter. Battled hard inside, though, ran the floor hard and finished with eight points and six rebounds.

5 - Silvio De Sousa: He’s still too easy to score on, but he's also the team’s best rebounder. Totaled six points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.

6 - Lagerald Vick: During a strong second half, he picked up all 11 of his points, both steals and 4 of 5 rebounds. No surprise then that with the X factor engaged the team played much better in the second half.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Contributed four points and sound defense to the cause in 17 minutes on the floor.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (288)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (249)

4 - Lagerald Vick (219)

5 - Malik Newman (216)

6 - Marcus Garrett (177)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (152)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (48)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (41)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in road loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three against Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three against Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte' Graham: Made 3 of 7 3-pointers, but just 1 of 7 2-pointers on his way to 15 points. Also had eight assists, two steals and three turnovers. Hit big shots in first half to keep Cowboys from running away with it early.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Had eight points and seven rebounds, but also turned it over four times.

3 - Marcus Garrett: Had seven points and five rebounds and gave team a first-half defensive boost.

4 - Silvio De Sousa: Hustled and showed his athleticism on a Graham pitch-ahead that he turned into a throw-back dunk in transition. Has to do a better job of preventing passes to his man in the post, but showed nice knack for the ball in picking up 2 of 3 rebounds on the offensive end. Scored seven points in 13 points.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Another quiet day for the puzzling junior. Made just 1 fo 5 3-pointers and totaled eight points and five rebounds. Averaging 4.7 points in past three games.

6 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Rough day. Bothered by the Cowboys' pressure in the half court, Svi turned it over four times and had trouble finishing (2 of 7 field goals, 1 of 2 3-pointers) and defending. Did have two steals, but scored just five points.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Five points and three rebounds in seven minutes. Not his best defensive performance.

8 - Malik Newman: Not the assertive performance team looking for from him. Didn't have an assist and had three turnovers. Totaled seven points and three rebounds on a day team needed more of both from him.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Produced two points and a rebound in three minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (280)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (240)

4 - Lagerald Vick (215)

5 - Malik Newman (206)

6 - Marcus Garrett (173)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (145)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (42)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (41)

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Sophomore Udoka Azubuike tops ratings on Senior Night in victory vs. Texas

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) hammers in a dunk before Texas forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) hammers in a dunk before Texas forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Mo Bamba was a scratch because of a sprained toe, which created the opportunity for Azubuike to dominate the paint. He did, producing 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, numbers that could have been better but for a rough night at the free-throw line (0 for 4) and a questionable traveling call that nullified a dunk. As it was, the sophomore center from Nigeria punished the rim with six dunks and made 10 of 11 shots from the field.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Had seven assists in the first half and finished with 11 to go with 10 points. Made 2 of 4 3-pointers.

3 - Marcus Garrett: He has a nose for the ball and he used it to pick up three steals and four rebounds. Also had 11 points, three assists and a blocked shot and turned it over just once. Made 2 of 4 3-point shots and had a terrific night in every phase of the game.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Finished a couple of drives early in the game with nifty scoop shots, one with each hand. Had the hot hand, making 7 of 11 from the field and 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Produced 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

5 - Malik Newman: Not his best night and not his worst. Made 4 of 9 shots and 1 of 4 3-pointers on a night he totaled nine points and four rebounds.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Made a couple of strange passes on what wasn’t a great night for him, but he did snare six rebounds and had four assists and four points in 28 minutes.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Had four defensive rebounds, matching his Big 12 season-best total, and scored six points.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Produced two offensive rebounds and three points in four minutes..

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (270)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (239)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (235)

4 - Lagerald Vick (209)

5 - Malik Newman (203)

6 - Marcus Garrett (165)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (141)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (35)

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Devonte’ Graham takes over, tops ratings in Lubbock

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pumps his fist after the Jayhawks locked up the win against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pumps his fist after the Jayhawks locked up the win against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Scored a game-high 26 points in his usual 40 minutes and completely took over the game late, turning back challenge after challenge with spectacular plays. Scored 18 of KU’s final 29 points in the last 13:59. Also had four assists, one on a spectacular bounce-pass to Malik Newman in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Showed that without a doubt he deserves to be named Big 12 Player of the Year.

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 4 of 10 3-point shots and had 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Scored 15 first-half points.

3 - Uodoka Azubuike: Did a nice job of protecting the rim. Was credited with three blocked shots, but actually had four, two coming within seconds of each other. Norense Odiase did a nice job of keeping him from getting position down low and Azubuike did the same to Odiase at the other end. Azubuike totaled six points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.

4 - Malik Newman: Totaled 12 points and five rebounds and made 3 of 4 3-point shots.

5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Had trouble keeping Tech off offensive boards, as did teammates, but did produce four points, three rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 10 minutes.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Was able to get free in the lane and took it in for uncontested dunk. Made 1 of 2 free throws and had two assists and one rebound in 15 minutes.

7 - Lagerald Vick: Not his day. Made 1 of 5 shots from the field and missed all three 3-point attempts. Picked up just one rebound in 39 minutes. Didn’t have an assist, but had two steals and just one turnover. Statisticians gave him credit for one of Azubuike's blocked shots.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (261)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (229)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (228)

4 - Lagerald Vick (204)

5 - Malik Newman (197)

6 - Marcus Garrett (157)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (137)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (32)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in blowout of Oklahoma

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Outplayed Oklahoma’s Trae Young in more ways than simply outscoring him, 23-13. Graham made 5 of 11 3-pointers and had seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two turnovers. In leading KU to a 20-4 advantage, Graham totaled nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Has just one game left in Allen Fieldhouse and is going out in style.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Drew big praise from coach Bill Self for the way he guarded ball screens. Totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. He’s turning into a huge force at both ends.

3 - Malik Newman: Had 20 points, five assists and two steals and looked good handling the ball in transition. Made 4 of 6 3-pointers and 7 of 11 field goals. He’s played with more intensity of late.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Broke his shooting slump in a big way, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, even rebounds, four assists and a steal and didn’t have any turnovers.

5 - Lagerald Vick: He’s back. Made 3 of 4 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

6 - Silvio De Sousa: In nine games before tonight: 22 minutes, five points, seven rebounds, eight personal fouls, six turnovers, zero assists. In 13 minutes in this game: 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one turnover. Kansas not only won a game, it added a player to the rotation.

7 - Marcus Garrett: His two points came on a put-back, which is a real strength of his. Also had two rebounds and played well defensively in 14 minutes.

8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Blocked three shots in a first-half span of 47 seconds. Other than that, found himself out of position and allowed offensive rebounds and struggled some defensively. Scored four points in seven minutes, but did not get a rebound.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Showed his athleticism by driving and open lane and throwing down a dunk. Also had a turnover and steal in two minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (251)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (221)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (219)

4 - Lagerald Vick (200)

5 - Malik Newman (190)

6 - Marcus Garrett (152)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (131)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (32)


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By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

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

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)

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