1 - Pooka Williams: Rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, averaging 8.8 yards for the game and season. His third touchdown of the season went for 52 yards.
2 - Bryce Torneden: Has steadily improved since joining the program and has stood out three weeks in a row, this time with an interception return of 39 yards for a touchdown and a fumble recovery go go with three solo tackles and three assists.
3 - Khalil Herbert: Scored on a 59-yard touchdown run on his first carry and gained 5 yards on his only other one.
4 - Mike Lee: Did a great job of following blockers and cutting across the field on 31-yard touchdown return for a touchdown. Also had three solo tackles.
5 - Joe Dineen: Had six solo tackles, four assists and a fumble recovery.
6 - Deron Thompson: Entered late in the game and looked terrific. Had a 55-yard touchdown and gained 70 yards on three carries.
7 - Kyron Johnson: Speedy edge rusher had a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
8 - Shak Taylor: Had two tackles, one behind the line, one forced fumble and covered well.
9 - Miles Kendrick: Received most playing time of the season and rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.7 yards per rush. Completed 6 of 11 passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.
10 - Corione Harris: Picked up his first career interception, did well in coverage. Also was in on three tackles.
1 - Joe Dineen (25)
2 - Pooka Williams (20)
3 - Bryce Tornenden (15)
4t - Khalil Herbert (13)
4t - Kerr Johnson (13)
6 - Shak Taylor (11)
7 - Stephon Robinson (9)
8 - Daniel Wise (8)
9t - Mike Lee (7)
9t - Gabriel Rui (7)
11 - Keith Loneker (6)
12t - Kyron Johnson (4)
12t - Ricky Thomas (4)
12t - Dom Williams (4)
15t - Jeremiah McCullough (3)
15t - Kyle Thompson (3)
17t - Brian Lipscomb (2)
17t - Keith Loneker (2)
17t - Miles Kendrick (2)
20t - Corione Harris (1)
20t - Andru Tovi (1)
1 - Pooka Williams: He’s so fast and changes directions so sharply at full speed that he’s hard to put a hand on, much less slam to the turf. Pooka rushed for 125 yards and had touchdown runs of 20 yards, freeing himself up the middle with sharp cuts, and 41 yards down the left sideline after a wicked early cut. He averaged 8.9 yards per carry, and that included a 5-yard loss for which he wasn’t responsible.
2 - Joe Dineen: Had eight solo tackles, six assists, was in on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and had the first interception of his career. He also was credited with a quarterback hurry.
3 - Shakial Taylor: Returned an interception 55 yards for the touchdown that put Kansas up, 28-7, on the first play of the fourth quarter. he also forced a fumble.
4 - Kerr Johnson: Had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Appears to be developing a nice chemistry with Peyton Bender, a result, the quarterback said of Johnson running his routes in practice the exact same way he does in games.
5 - Keith Loneker: Had a sack and was in on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Had five solo tackles and four assists.
6 - Bryce Torneden: Hard hitter, made timely tackles to prevent first downs and had a fumble recovery. Had three solo tackles and two assists.
7 - Ricky Thomas: Starting safety in his first season in the program made four solo tackles and intercepted a pass.
8 - Jeremiah McCullough: Picked off a pass late in the game.
9 - Brian Lipscomb: Graduate transfer from VMI had three solo tackles and two assists.
10 - Andru Tovi: Moved from left guard, where he started last week, to center and made clean snaps all day.
1 - Joe Dineen: Had 12 solo tackles, several in big spots, and four assists. Was flagged for a face-masking penalty early in Nicholls drive that resulted in the field goal that sent the game into overtime, one blemish on an otherwise impressive night.
2 - Stephon Robinson: Blocked a punt early in the fourth quarter and caught four passes for 43 yards. Is super quick.
3 - Daniel Wise: Had six solo tackles, one for a loss, and two assists.
4 - Gabriel Rui: The ever-reliable kicker nailed a career-high 54-yard 3-pointer in the second quarter and hit a 41-yarder in overtime.
5 - Kerr Johnson: He knows how to get open and catches what’s thrown his way. Caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.
6 - Khalil Herbert: Rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries and broke free for a 23-yard gain.
7 - Dom Williams: On a play in which many backs would have been thrown for a loss, Williams shed a tackle in the backfield and gained 23 yards. He looked stronger and quicker than last season. Williams gained 35 yards on six carries.
8 - Kyle Thompson: Averaged 47 yards on eight punts with a long of 62 yards. Dropped three punts inside the 20, but had two touchbacks.
9 - Keith Loneker: He made his presence felt with seven solo tackles, one for a loss, and two assists.
10 - Bryce Torneden: Three tackles, four assists and one quarterback hurry. Steadily improves.
1 - Devonte’ Graham: As was the case two years ago in the Elite Eight, Graham was the team’s best player against Villanova. He scored 23 points, made 4 of 8 3-pointers and had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Graham ends his career ranked 13th in Kansas history in scoring (1,750 points), second in 3-pointers (296), fifth in assists (632) and seventh in steals (197). He set single-season school records in minutes (1,435) and played every minute in 17 of 39 games.
2 - Malik Newman: Had 21 points and eight rebounds. He reached the 20-point milestone in eight postseason games. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half.
3 - Udoka Azubuike: Stayed out of foul trouble but didn’t have the anticipated impact on the game. Finished with eight points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
4 - Silvio De Sousa: Had seven points and seven rebounds (six offensive) in 10 minutes off the bench. Made 3 of 4 free throws.
5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scoreless in the first half, he finished with 10 points, two rebounds and three assists. .
6 - Lagerald Vick: Finished with eight points and two rebounds on a quiet 32-minute night.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Outside shot needs complete overhaul. Went 0 for 4 from the field and 0 for 2 from 3. One of his 3-point attempts hit the side of the backboard. Had two rebounds and one assist in 18 scoreless minutes.
8 - Sam Cunliffe: Skied for defensive rebound during two-minute stint at end of game.
9 - Mitch Lightfoot: Two minutes without a stat. Projects as a possible redshirt next season.
FINAL SEASON STANDINGS
1 - Devonte' Graham (338)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (285)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (282)
4 - Malik Newman (261)
5 - Lagerald Vick (252)
6 - Marcus Garrett (204)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (170)
8 - Silvio De Sousa (85)
9 - Sam Cunliffe (46)
1 - Malik Newman: Had six points in the first half and finished with 32. Scored all of KU’s 13 points in overtime. Also made overtime possible by playing terrific defense on Grayson Allen on the final possession of regulation. Named outstanding player of Midwest Regional, adding to similar hardware he won the Big 12 tournament. Complemented his 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Missed three consecutive 3-pointers with less than 10 minutes left in regulation, but came through in clutch by hitting one to tie the game with 26 seconds left. Totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and did great job of guarding Marvin Bagley III with the help of trapping teammates.
3 - Devonte’ Graham: Played 45 minutes and turned it over just twice. Had 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and played some disruptive defense when dropping off his man to harass Bagley.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Terrific 19 minutes before fouling out with nine points, eight rebounds (five offensive), two assists and a blocked shot.
5 - Lagerald Vick: Shook off shaky start to finish with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
6 - Silvio De Sousa: Life-saver on the boards with 10 in 26 minutes. Also scored four points and blocked a shot. Had three turnovers.
7 - Marcus Garrett: A terrific offensive rebounder, he had two of them in eight minutes, scored four points and had two assists, playing in the middle of the Duke zone for part of his time on the floor.
1 - Devonte' Graham (328)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (279)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (274)
4 - Malik Newman (252)
5 - Lagerald Vick (247)
6 - Marcus Garrett (200)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)
8 - Silvio De Sousa (78)
9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Battled foul trouble and eventually fouled out, but made the most of his 25 minutes by dominating inside with dunks and rebounds. He also did a great job of passing out of the post. Finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
2 - Lagerald Vick: Has totally regained early season aggressiveness and seems to have developed a terrific on-court rapport with Azubuike. Totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists. Made 3 of 6 3-pointers. Is really playing well.
3 - Malik Newman: Maintained his strong late-season play with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 39 minutes.
4 - Devonte’ Graham: Telegraphed a bad pass that was intercepted and compounded mistake with a foul that enabled Gabe DeVoe to complete a 3-point play that cut KU’s lead to 15 points, an atypical, bang-bang stretch for the extremely smart player. Foul trouble limited him to 34 minutes. Even on an off night, he still contributed 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 6 of 7 free throws.
5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored 7 of his 9 points in the first half. Did not have a rebound but did have four assists and a steal.
6 - Silvio De Sousa: Put-back on which shot-clock buzzer sounded as ball kissed off the glass was huge, putting Clemson behind, 62-42, ensuring Kansas gained ground when Devonte’ Graham was on bench with three fouls. Was out of position at times on both ends but he’s so active that he makes up for it with positive plays. Produced nine points and six rebounds in 13 minutes.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Made 2 of 4 free throws, missed both shots from the field and had a steal in 14 minutes.
8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played two minutes and didn’t produce any stats.
1 - Devonte' Graham (320)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (270)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (267)
4 - Malik Newman (242)
5 - Lagerald Vick (241)
6 - Marcus Garrett (196)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)
8 - Silvio De Sousa (73)
9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)