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.
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)
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Picked up third foul 21 seconds into second half but coach Bill Self left him on the court and the center rewarded the coach for that decision. He did a terrific job of establishing position down low and teammates did a great job of looking for him. Scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and all of his rebounds (three) and blocked shots (three) in the second half. Made 9 of 10 shots from the field, hitting hook shots and an up-and-under to go with the lobs he threw down late in the game. Also made a nifty pass to Devonte' Graham cutting toward the hoop.
2 - Malik Newman: Played with the sort of fire in his eyes that sometimes seems lacking and used it to fuel him to 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
3 - Lagerald Vick: Left unguarded on the perimeter at times the way Newman was in the first game vs. the Cyclones, Vick made them pay with a big second half, scoring 13 of 16 points. He made a trio of wide-open 3-pointers early in the second half to extend KU’s lead. Made some disruptive defensive plays and had four rebounds and two assists with just one turnover.
4 - Devonte’ Graham: Contributed 13 points, six rebounds and five assists without turning it over, but continued to miss an excessive number of layups. Made 3 f 16 shots from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Made Made his first five free throws but then missed 3 of 4 down the stretch.
5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, just one rebound, two assists and two turnovers.
6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Two points, two rebounds, one block, two steals and three fouls in 15 minutes off the bench.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Played well defensively in 19 minutes and totaled three points, one assists, one rebound, one steal and one turnover.
8 - Silvio De Sousa: Played final 2:44 of first half, scored three points, two coming after he got away with a travel and scored on a put-back. Had three rebounds and gave up one bucket down low. Held his own during stretch that ensured neither Azubuike nor Lightfoot would head into second half with three fouls.
9 - Sam Cunliffe: Played final 1:12 of first half to prevent Newman from risking a third foul.
1 - Devonte' Graham (232)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (204)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (202)
4 - Lagerald Vick (188)
5 - Malik Newman (175)
6 - Marcus Garrett (143)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (124)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (37)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (27)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Played the usual 40 minutes and was the reason Kansas didn’t get blown right out of the gym. Led Kansas with 23 points, made 8 of 17 field goals, 4 of 10 3-pointers, and all three free throws. Had four assists and three turnovers. Easily KU's most consistent performer.
2 - Malik Newman: Scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. Shared team rebounding lead with three teammates with four. Benched in favor of Marcus Garrett, a decision coach Bill Self said was based on practice attitude, Newman made 5 of 16 shots and 2 of 10 3-pointers.
3: Lagerald Vick: Played 32 minutes off the bench, including all 20 in the second half, which went much better for him than the first half. At one point, Vick scored six consecutive points. Unfortunately for him and the Jayhawks, two of those were for Baylor. He went up for a defensive rebound and accidentally knocked the ball in the basket. All nine of his points and all four of his rebounds came in the second half. Played 12 first-half minutes and all he had to show for it was a pair of missed shots, two personal fouls, an assist and two turnovers.
4: Udoka Azubuike: Had a couple of careless fouls, which limited his minutes to 19 on a day he was the only suited to matching up with Baylor’s size. He didn’t defend well when in the game and had trouble holding onto the ball. Made all four field-goal attempts and turned it over three times. Totaled eight points and four rebounds with one blocked shot.
5 - Marcus Garrett: He started, but Kansas needed more offensive punch in the second half, so he didn’t start the second half and didn’t get in until the final three minutes. Totaled six points, three rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes. Teams don’t guard him on the perimeter.
6: Mitch Lightfoot: Fouled out in 22 minutes after producing two points, three rebounds (all offensive), two assists and two blocked shots. Made just 1 of 6 shots and struggled against Baylor’s size.
7: Svi Mykhailiuk: Garrett’s hand swung back on a missed dunk in warmups and accidentally smacked Svi in the face, his right eye catching the brunt of it. At one point in the layup line, Svi’s eye was partially swollen shut. Ice treatments opened it back up. He said his vision was fine, but it appeared hindered based on how he shot. Made 1 of 8 shots and missed all six 3-pointers. Totaled two points, four rebounds, two assists and one turnover. Has made 2 of 13 3-pointers in past three games.
8: Silvio De Sousa: He checked into the game, King McLure shot a lane jumper over him for an easy bucket, then De Sousa went to the other end, tried to make a move in the post and was whistled for a charge. He checked back out of the game, never to return. He played 28 seconds.
1 - Devonte' Graham (225)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (198)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (192)
4 - Lagerald Vick (180)
5 - Malik Newman (166)
6 - Marcus Garrett (139)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (119)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (23)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Led team to victory with terrific 40-minute effort. Defended well, made 5 of 9 3-pointers, and totaled 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Plays with an enthusiasm that ignites teammates and the home crowd. His positive aura will be difficult to replace once he uses up his eligibility. He has just three remaining home games, which is another way of saying he’ll play another 120 minutes in Allen Fieldhouse because to put him on the bench is to risk losing the game for making that decision. West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas are his final three home opponents. He has had terrific games against all three opponents during his career.
2 - Udoka Azubuike: Worked hard to establish position and teammates did a nice job of setting him up for his five dunks on his way to 16 points to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks shots. It can’t be any fun guarding him. He made 4 of 7 free throws for the second game in a row.
3 - Marcus Garrett: Had a big tip for a bucket at end of the first half and finished with 10 points and two offensive boards in 15 minutes. Didn’t miss a shot, making 2 of 2 inside the arc and 2 of 2 3-pointers.
4 - Malik Newman: Made just 1 of 9 shots and missed all five of his 3-point attempts, but had one of his better play-making games. Had four of his five assists in the first half. He entered with just nine assists in 10 games. Didn’t turn it over and picked up six defensive rebounds.
5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Hustled his way to six points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in first start of his career.
6 - Lagerald Vick: Shook off bad first half at both ends off the bench to contribute 8 of 10 points in second half. Made just 3 of 9 shots and misfired on all three 3-pointers, but played aggressively enough in second half to go to the line four times and cashed in on each one. Had just one rebound.
7 - Svi Mykahiliuk: His man never left him to help out on others and Svi attempted just two shots in 36 minutes and missed them both. Score one point, and three rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one steal.
1 - Devonte'aham (215)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (194)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (185)
4 - Lagerald Vick (172)
5 - Malik Newman (157)
6 - Marcus Garrett (133)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (114)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (20)
1 - Devonte’ Graham: Practiced very little during the week because of knee bone bruise, but still gave a solid 40-minute effort that included 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Made 5 of 8 field goals and 2 of 3 3-pointers.
2 - Udoka Azubuike: Made his first four free throws and missed next three. Had stretches of offensive dominance but had rough day on the boards, picking up just two defensive rebounds and five total.
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Late in the game forced a really bad pass into the lane that was intended for Marcus Garrett and intercepted and his 3-point shots weren’t dropping (2 of 9), but was very active, as always. Showed athleticism on two blocked shots off the board. Finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Coach Bill Self mentioned that Graham and Svi are two players who consistently play hard. Had three dunks.
4 - Malik Newman: Awakened in second half to score 14 of his 16 points. Made all three second-half 3-point attempts, but picked up all five of his rebounds in the first half. Only player in seven-man rotation who didn’t have at least one floor burn.
5 - Marcus Garrett: Played 14 minutes, made some nice defensive plays and finished with two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
6 - Mitch Lighftoot: Had just one rebound, off the offensive glass, in 18 minutes to go with a blocked shot. Also took another big charge.
7 - Lagerald Vick: His second-half-of-the-season swoon remains a mystery. Contributed five points and three rebounds in 34 minutes and shot 1 of 5 inside the arc and 1 of 5 beyond it.
8 - Silvio De Sousa: In 48 seconds of action, picked up a nice offensive rebound and it’s a miracle his put-back shot didn’t shatter the backboard. Instead the line drive shot hard off the backboard with no chance at going in.
1 - Devonte'aham (205)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (190)
3 - Udoka Azzubuike (176)
4 - Lagerald Vick (167)
5 - Malik Newman (150)
6 - Marcus Garrett (125)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (108)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (20)
1— Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Also had six rebounds and three assists without a turnover. Made 4 of 8 3-pointers and all four free throws.
2 — Marcus Garrett: Stood out defensively supplying on-time help and had two steals and several deflections. Made all four of his field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer from the right corner in the second half. Scored nine points.
3— Malik Newman: Had 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals to continue his recent trend of strong play.
4 — Udoka Azubuike: Received a technical foul after slamming and looking down at an opponent on the ground beneath him. “I think he might have said something, too,” KU coach Bill Self said of the third foul that put his center on the bench for a long stretch. Azubuike had a terrific first half with six rebounds and four blocked shots. Didn’t get any of either in the second half, when he scored six of his eight points. Didn’t shoot any free throws after spending time working one-on-one with Self on his form.
5 —Devonte’ Graham: Totaled eight points, six rebounds and seven assists but made just 2 of 11 and missed all six shots from inside the arc. On drives to the hoop he sometimes looks as if he’s trying to draw a foul at the expense of giving himself the best chance at making the shot by keeping his eyes up and on the target.
6 — Lagerald Vick: Played a bit more aggressively, but still didn’t match early season form on his way to 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes.
7 — Mitch Lightfoot: Scored five points and had two rebounds.
8 — Silvio De Sousa: Played two first-half minutes and received a huge ovation for his blocked shot. Self said he was hoping to play him more, but Kansas was unable to maintain its big lead in the second half.
1 - Devonte' Graham (186)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (172)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (162)
4 - Lagerald Vick (157)
5 - Malik Newman (135)
6 - Marcus Garrett (115)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (96)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (31)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (15)
1 - Malik Newman: Completely took over game at end and is reason Kansas was able to maintain solo first-place standing in Big 12. Baylor took 67-61 lead and Newman scored game’s next seven points to give Kansas lead it never surrendered. Scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in a span that started with 4:20 left and ended with 1:09 on the clock. With no time to think about what to do, he drove hard to the hoop, finished strong and made his free throws.
2 - Devonte’ Graham: Played 40 minutes and looked tired at times, which might have been factor in his subpar shooting (3 for 10, 2 for 6 from 3), but still contributed in myriad ways to the victory. Had 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals to go with three turnovers.
3 - Udoka Azubuike: Did a beautiful job of helping out on Manu Lecomte with three seconds left and KU leading by one, altering his driving shot so that it came high off the glass and glanced off the front of the rim. Steadily is becoming more of a defensive presence and his footwork is improving in the post. Totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, but made just 4 of 11 free throws to drop to .411 on the season from the line, an alarming number. Was only KU player to score a field goal for a stretch that lasted longer than 20 minutes.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Dunked with left hand off dribble over Mark Vital and then skied high to throw down a lob from Devonte’ Graham early in the game. Also missed three shots on drives to the hoop. Finished with seven points, three rebounds and four assists. Had rough second half, going scoreless and shooting 0 for 3 from 3.
5 - Lagerald Vick: Another passive performance from the junior who started the season on fire. Had five points and five rebounds.
6 - Marcus Garrett: Made just 3 of 8 free throws as his season percentage from the line dipped to .480. Missed only 3-point attempt to drop to .185 on season. Totaled five points and three rebounds in 21 minutes.
7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played six scoreless minutes with one block and one rebound.
8 - Silvio De Sousa: Played two minutes without a point, rebound, or assist, but did manage to get whistled for three personal fouls.
1 - Devonte' Graham (172)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (152)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (149)
4 - Lagerald Vick (148)
5 - Malik Newman (118)
6 - Marcus Garrett (101)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (85)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (28)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (10)
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: 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: 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)