1 - Devonte' Graham: Started his climb back from rough start with a 3-pointer for the first half's final points, trimming a 16-point deficit to 13. Scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and drove aggressively late in the game for big buckets. Had six assists, three turnovers and two steals.
2 - Udoka Azubuike: Limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble, Azubuike produced 10 points and nine rebounds. Kansas outscored West Virginia by 20 points when he was in the game and was 15 points in arrears when he sat. He's steadily improving and KU isn't the same team when he's not on the floor.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Played a terrific second half, scoring 12 of his team-high 17 points and picking up all five of his assists. Played huge role in the comeback from a 12-point deficit with eight-and-a-half minutes remaining. Had five turnovers, three in the first half.
4 - Lagerald Vick: KU coach Bill Self didn't like his practice performance so he didn't start him. Self said he liked how Vick responded to that as opposed to how he would have in past years. Still in something of a funk and isn't the reliable scorer he was early in the season. Made just 1 of 6 3-pointers and totaled nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and two steals. Averaging 7.4 points in past five games, 14.6 for the season.
5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Hung tough to produce six points, five rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes.
6 - Silvio De Sousa: Played well in seven first-half minutes. Made a nice lefty bank shot over shot-blocker Sagaba Konate had three rebounds, two off the offensive glass.
7 - Malik Newman: Second consecutive quiet game in the wake of his 27-point explosion vs. Iowa State. Made just 2 of 9 shots and 1 of 4 3-pointers and had three turnovers and some defensive lapses. Continues to rebound well and had six during this nine-point effort.
8 - Marcus Garrett: Missed a 3-pointer and is shooting .192, which begs the question: Why does he keep shooting them. Started, played 22 minutes and didn't turn it over, but made just 1 of 4 shots, didn't have a rebound and had two points and one assist.
1 - Devonte' Graham (163)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (145)
3 (tie) - Lagerald Vick (141)
3 (tie) - Udoka Azubuike (141)
5 - Malik Newman (108)
6 - Marcus Garrett (96)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (81)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (28)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (7)
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Showed better footwork than he ever has in a game and made a couple of nice passes on a day he totaled 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. He also was team's most effective defender against versatile Kansas State big man Dean Wade.
2 - Devonte' Graham: Picked up two quick fouls in the first half and a third with 12:38 left. K-State freshman point guard Cartier Diarra immediately pounced, repeatedly taking Graham all the way to the hoop for buckets on his way to 18 points. Graham never fouled out, but had a rough day defensively. He also scored a game-high 23 points and contributed five assists and two steals to go with five turnovers. He made 4 of 8 3-point shots.
3 - Lagerald Vick: Awakened with a strong second half in which he scored all but two of his 10 points. Had six defensive rebounds and made 2 of 3 3-pointers. KU needed a big half in a tight game to win the game and restore the junior's aggressiveness, which had been on hiatus for a few games. Broke streak of three consecutive games with single-figure points.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Had a tough time defending the taller Wade (22 points) and had trouble finishing (1 of 5 2-point shots) but continued to shoot well from beyond the arc (3 of 6).
5 - Malik Newman: Returned to starting lineup with a so-so performance that ended well. Totaled seven points, four rebounds and two steals and scored the winning points from the free-throw line, where he made both with 15.2 seconds remaining.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Had a quiet 22 minutes that included two points, two rebounds and an assist.
7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Didn't have a rebound, but contributed two points and one blocked shot in four minutes.
8 - Sam Cunliffe: Played four minutes and produced just one statistic, a missed 3-point shot.
9 - Silvio De Sousa: Played four minutes and committed one foul and one turnover. Teammates shared that he commented about the vast difference in the speed of the game as compared to at IMG Academy, where he played for three-and-a-half seasons. Learned of being cleared by the NCAA roughly 90 minutes before tipoff, according to KU coach Bill Self.
1 - Devonte' Graham (153)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (137)
3 - Lagerald Vick (134)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (132)
5 - Malik Newman (104)
6 - Marcus Garrett (93)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (75)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (28)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (2)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: His shots were hitting the front of the rim, which can be a symptom of fatigue, but he still brought great energy at both ends, did a terrific job of feeding the hot hand in each half and had four steals. Sat for 49 seconds in the second half and KU's lead went from seven points to one. Made just 1 of 11 shots until making three in a row at the end of the game, a 3-pointer, wild reverse layup and a mid-range, pull-up jumper. Graham played even better than his totals of 11 points, nine assists and four steals.
2 - Malik Newman: Iowa State guarded him with a big man and dared him to shoot from the outside. He took the dare and in the second half caught fire, scoring 19 of his season-high 27 points in the second half. Also contributed eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench. Started the second half and nobody should be surprised if he starts Saturday against Kansas State.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored nine points in the game's first 88 seconds on a trio of 3-pointers and had 15 by halftime. Made 8 of 13 shots, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, in a strong 36-minute effort.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Punished the rim with four dunks and continued to beat the iron by making just 1 of 4 free throws. Made his presence felt defensively with four blocked shots in 29 minutes. Needed to use size advantage to get more than six rebounds.
5 - Lagerald Vick: Failed to reach double figures in scoring for the third game in a row, but did other things well. Had a huge put-back late in the game, one of his team-high eight rebounds, three off the offensive glass. Had four assists, three turnovers and two steals to go with eight points.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Surrendered two early 3-pointers to Donovan Jackson, a rough start for a defensive specialist. Totaled five points, two rebounds and one assist in a quiet 15 minutes.
7 - Mitch Lightfoot:Played 11 scoreless minutes with one rebound and one blocked shot.
8 - Sam Cunliffe: In his two scoreless minutes, he missed a shot, committed two personal fouls and one turnover and Kansas was outscored by seven points.
1 - Devonte' Graham (144)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (130)
3 - Lagerald Vick (126)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (122)
5 - Malik Newman (98)
6 - Marcus Garrett (88)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (71)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (25)
1 - Devonte' Graham: Never looks tired, despite consistently logging huge minutes and playing at such a fast pace. Made sure Kansas never lapsed into passive mode and won the game at the free-throw line, where he made 13 of 15 shots, and beyond the 3-point arc, where made 3 of 6. Totaled 28 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals and turned it over three times.
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Played aggressively, shot and passed well and finished with 20 points, four rebounds and six assists and turned it over just once. Made 5 of 7 3-pointers and played well in both halves.
3 - Mitch Lightfoot: Had a huge block of a Jaylen Fisher 3-point attempt with 32 seconds left, his sixth block of the night to go with nine points and seven rebounds. Made 1 of 2 3-pointers and made his career-high 26 minutes count.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Had more points (14) than minutes played (13). TCU was happy to see him foul out because the Horned Frogs didn't have anyone who could keep him from scoring.
5 - Marcus Garrett: Had a strong first half, particularly defensively, and totaled four points, six rebounds and two assists.
6 - Lagerald Vick: Played better than he did against Texas Tech, but not up to the standards he set with strong early season play. It was neither his most tidy nor most aggressive performance. He did make 3 of 4 field goals and both 3-point attempts, but also had three turnovers and just three rebounds on a night he didn't have a single assist. Limited by foul trouble to 26 minutes.
7 - Sam Cunliffe: Scored four points and committed three fouls in 11 minutes.
8 - Malik Newman: Scored in double figures in each of his first six games and only 3 of 9 since. Was not playing well in the starting lineup and has been less effective since coming off the bench. Played 15 minutes, scored one point and didn't contribute a rebound or an assist and had one turnover and four personal fouls.
1 - Devonte' Graham (134)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (122)
3 - Lagerald Vick (120)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (115)
5 - Malik Newman (89)
6 - Marcus Garrett (83)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (67)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (22)
More news and notes from Kansas vs. TCU
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- Tom Keegan: Backup Mitch Lightfoot saves Jayhawks at TCU
- Notebook: TCU fanbase enjoys chance to watch KU; Jayhawks avoid back-to-back losses
- The Keegan Ratings: Devonte' Graham tops ratings again in big road victory vs. TCU
- Matt Tait's Postgame Report Card
- KU rebounds from home loss, survives test at TCU
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Gave tremendous effort for 40 minutes, but didn’t have enough help at either end to pull off the victory. Scored 27 points on 6 of 13 shooting (2 of 8 from 3), dished six assists and turned it over five times.
2 - Marcus Garrett: Put himself in position to get six rebounds and two steals and was 3 of 3 from the field. His man can cheat off him to help out when he’s on the perimeter because he’s shooting .190 from 3-point range.
3 - Udoka Azubuike: Blocked just one shot and made just 3 of 7 free throws to go with 11 points and seven rebounds. Back still isn’t 100 percent.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Had some nice drives to the hoop and just as many out-of-control ones that contributed to putting him in foul trouble. Fouled out with 3:35 left after totaling 11 points, six rebounds, five turnovers and three steals. Is much more aggressive this season, which is a good thing, except when it’s a bad thing.
5 - Sam Cunliffe: Lowered his shoulder and drove to the hoop for a bucket that cut Texas Tech’s lead to eight points with two minutes and change left. Drove left and put back his miss for a bucket to cut deficit to seven with a minute and change left. He played and produced nine points and two offensive rebounds.
6 - Malik Newman: Played better late than early but still hasn’t shot particularly well (.350 from 3-point range) and sometimes seems too determined to get up a shot and at other times, not eager enough to drive to the hoop. Scored all nine of his points in 13 second-half minutes. Had no assists on the night and had two turnovers without a steal.
7 - Lagerald Vick: Two points, two rebounds and zero assists all were season lows. Made 1 of 9 shots and missed all six 3-pointers. Didn’t look like the same player.
8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played eight scoreless minutes with one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot. Totals for past three games: 31 minutes, zero points, four rebounds, one assist, three turnovers, three blocked shots, two steals, six personal fouls. Paging Billy Preston, Billy Preston, paging Billy Preston. Please report to the team ASAP.
1 - Devonte' Graham (124)
2 - Lagerald Vick (115)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (113)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (108)
5 - Malik Newman (83)
6 - Marcus Garrett (78)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (59)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (18)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Did a terrific job of leading the team and putting the ball in hot hands for shots, including his own hands. Made 6 of 12 3-point shots and totaled 23 points, five rebounds, eight assists, and committed one turnover in 39 minutes.
2 - Lagerald Vick: Played terrific defense, scored 21 points, made 5 of 8 3-pointers and added four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half on five 3-pointers, including one on which he was nearly out of bounds. Made guarded shots with that beautiful rotation of his.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Played with a sore back and although he didn’t block any shots, did a nice job on the boards at both ends and finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Had three of his shots, including two hooks, blocked by Mohamed Bamba. Did a better job of going right at him in the second half.
5 - Malik Newman: Had a solid defensive game and totaled 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Started in place of Newman and made some important defensive plays. Played 18 minutes and totaled two points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. His bucket was an impressive one, an up-and-under reverse layin that denied Mohamed Bamba another blocked shot.
7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Scoreless with one rebound, one blocked shot and one steal in 10 minutes.
1 - Devonte' Graham (114)
2 - Lagerald Vick (111)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (106)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (100)
5 - Malik Newman (78)
6 - Marcus Garrett (69)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (56)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (12)
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Huge talent making big strides of late. Made 12 of 15 field goals on a 24-point, seven-rebound, two-block night. Looking better in every area except the free-throw line, where he went 0 for 2. Can and will become better rebounder.
2 - Devonte’ Graham: Had 10 points, five assists and no turnovers in a first half that included perfect lobs to three different teammates. Didn’t play as well in the second half and finished with 14 points, six assists, two steals and two turnovers. Made 3 of 6 3-pointers and just 1 of 6 2-pointers.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Left-handed drive becoming a nice weapon for the 3-point shooter who went 0 for 5 from 3 in this one. He still scored 14 points, an indication of how much more aggressively he’s playing as a senior, and had seven rebounds.
4 - Lagerald Vick: Committed three first-half fouls or he would have had an even bigger first half. Scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half. Made 5 of 7 shots from the field and both 3-point attempts.
5 - Malik Newman: Who knew rebounding would be what he would do best? He’ll develop into a scorer, but it hasn’t happened yet for him. Totaled seven points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Did a nice job defensively, swarming to Reid Travis to help make life difficult for the constantly crowded big man. Garrett continues to struggle offensively. Scored one point in 23 minutes on a night he contributed two steals.
7 - Sam Cunliffe: Badly telegraphed a pass for a late turnover. Also had two points, a rebound, an assist and two personals in nine minutes.
8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Committed four fouls and three turnovers in 13 scoreless minutes.
1 - Devonte' Graham (104)
2 - Lagerald Vick (102)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (98)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (93)
5 - Malik Newman (72)
6 - Marcus Garrett (64)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (52)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (12)
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Bill Self made him the focal point of practice all week, rode him hard, urged teammates to get him the ball and, presto, the sophomore center from Nigeria responded with a career night. He totaled 26 points and 10 rebounds and had the game-saving blocked shot. Five of his boards came on the offensive end.
2 - Devonte’ Graham: Made 4 of 7 3-point shots and the rest of the team shot 3 of 15 from long distance. Did a nice job of feeding Azubuike, threw a high-velocity lob to Lagerald Vick for one of his eight assists. Scored 18 points.
3 - Lagerald Vick: Played the sort of alert defense Self wants out of him, delivering on-time help and using his quickness and long reach to disrupt the Cornhuskers with three steals and a blocked shot. Also had nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Shook a rough first half and scored 10 of his 14 points in the final 9:56, including the game-winning 3-point shot from deep in the left corner with 23.2 seconds left. Went on his scoring spurt right after taking a charge.
5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Contributed six points and four rebounds in 14 minutes and made 4 of 4 free throws. Strong effort.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Played 16 scoreless minutes and had there rebounds and two steals. Has played 79 minutes in the past five games and has scored two points, shooting 1 of 10 from the field and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.
7 - Malik Newman: Coming off a concussion, Newman was scoreless in 31 minutes, Newman went 0 for 6 from the field, 0 for 3 from 3 and had six rebounds and a steal.
8 - Sam Cunliffe: Played two minutes in the first half and never came back in.
1 - Lagerald Vick (87)
2 - Devonte' Graham (86)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (80)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (76)
5 - Malik Newman (59)
6 - Marcus Garrett (55)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (46)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (3)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Had his finger prints on pretty much every good play to deliver Kansas a 15-2 lead, but in the end, Arizona State’s guards ruled the day. Graham had 19 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals and made 5 of 11 3-point shots.
2 - Lagerald Vick: Made 11 of 15 field goals and 3 of 6 3-pointers on way to team-high 25 points. Also had seven rebounds in 39-minute effort.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Played two completely different halves, doing good and not-so-good things in both halves. Missed all five shots, including a trio of treys, in the first half, but also had six assists without turning it over. Scored 14 second-half points, but turned it over four times, killing chances at a comeback. Teams will follows ASU's scouting report on Svi: Crowd him when he has the ball to pick his dribble.
4 - Malik Newman: Graham did terrific job of setting him up for 3-pointers and he made 3 of 8 to finish with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals.
5 - Udoka Azubuike: Had many opportunities for blocked shots but came away with only two. Had 13 points and nine rebounds.
6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Hit the boards hard with five in 18 minutes and blocked two shots, but committed three turnovers in one-point effort.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Scoreless with one rebound and no assists in 15 minutes. Missed a pair of 3-pointers, his only two shots.
1 - Lagerald Vick (79)
2 - Devonte' Graham (77)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (73)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (66)
5 - Malik Newman (55)
6 - Marcus Garrett (50)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (40)
1 - Lagerald Vick: Syracuse coach Mike Hopkins picked his poison and the poison he picked was Vick. He gave him the breathing room to operate inside the lane and extended the Washington zone to take away 3-pointers. Vick missed enough shots to make it work. He made 12 of 23 shots, scored 28 points and had five rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers.
2 - Udoka Azubuike: Totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, but limited himself to seven first-half minutes by picking up two fouls. Had a brief stretch where he brought Kansas back to within one point, but for the most part didn't put his stamp on the game, wasn't aggressive enough on a night that he had opportunities to clean up inside.
3 - Devonte' Graham: Washington lost sight of him just once, when he picked up a loose ball and buried a 3-pointer in the first half, his only points. Made 1 of 8 shots and 1 of 5 3-pointers. He had five assists and could have had more had teammates made shots. He had just one turnover and picked up two steals.
4 - Marcus Garrett: Used his super quick hands to steal the ball and prevent Washington from getting up a shot on its final first-half possession. It was one of his three steals to go with two points, five rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.
5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Set up nicely by Vick for easy buckets early, Lightfoot picked up two fouls in five first-half minutes, denying himself more easy opportunities. Finished with four points and six rebounds in eight minutes.
6 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made just 2 of 8 3-pointers and finished with eight points, four assists and three turnovers. Not a good rebounder for his size, he had just two boards.
7 - Malik Newman: Not fitting in yet. Looks to make scoring plays when the right play is to keep the ball moving by passing it. Had just two points heading into game's final minute and finished with eight by hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
1 - Lagerald Vick (70)
2 - Devonte' Graham (67)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (65)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (60)
5 - Malik Newman (48)
6 - Marcus Garrett (46)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (35)