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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in final game of stellar career

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) steals a ball from Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) steals a ball from Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. by Nick Krug

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)

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Malik Newman carries Kansas into Final Four with 32 points, tops ratings

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

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.

SEASON STANDINGS

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)

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Udoka Azubuike tops ratings, leads Kansas past Clemson

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a jam before Clemson forward Mark Donnal (5) during the first half, Friday, March 23, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a jam before Clemson forward Mark Donnal (5) during the first half, Friday, March 23, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

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.

SEASON STANDINGS

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)

By the Numbers: Kansas 80, Clemson 76.

By the Numbers: Kansas 80, Clemson 76.

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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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