1 – Lagerald Vick – Earns the top spot because of the degree of difficulty of so many of his shots. Bounced back from a bad week in a big way with 29 points and 7 rebounds in 39 minutes, including 9-of-15 from the floor. Also flashed that killer confidence and mean streak that this team needs.
2 – Dedric Lawson – So good in the first half and so solid with his positioning. Villanova had no one who could guard him and Lawson took full advantage of that for yet another double-double, 28 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes.
3 – Devon Dotson – Hounded Villanova’s Collin Gillespie all game and came up with a couple of huge buckets and free throws down the stretch to ice the tough victory.
4 – Marcus Garrett – Forget his offense, which came in doses. It was Garrett’s defense, both making life miserable for Eric Paschall and by hounding opposing ball-handlers with his quick hands. Four steals, four rebounds and three assists more than made up for scoring just one point.
5 – Mitch Lightfoot - Numbers weren’t as good today as they were against New Mexico State, but his impact was. KU had some of their best stretches with Lightfoot on the floor and the junior could quietly be carving out that young Landen Lucas role.
6 – K.J. Lawson – Played 14 minutes because of Grimes’ struggled but didn’t do anything spectacular. Does have a knack for getting his brother the ball in good scoring position.
7 – Charlie Moore – Not his best day. Missed his only shot, turned it over three times and fouled three times in 18 minutes.
8 – Quentin Grimes – Another rough, rough day for Grimes, who attacked a couple of times but spent most of the day a step slow and turning the ball over.
9 – David McCormack – Only action came at the end of the first half, when he didn’t have time or opportunity to do much.
1 - Devon Dotson – 63
2 - Dedric Lawson – 60
3 - Lagerald Vick – 58
4 - Marcus Garrett – 41
5 - Quentin Grimes – 38
6 - Udoka Azubuike – 34
7 - Mitch Lightfoot – 32
8 - Charlie Moore – 31
9 - K.J. Lawson – 25
10 - David McCormack – 18
1 – Mitch Lightfoot – So good in so many ways. Aggressively attacked the rim, competed on the glass, brought energy and effort and even took a couple of his signature charges. No chance KU wins this game without him. The guess here is that Self will call him “our best big in the game” during his postgame comments. Seven points, six rebounds and a block in 18 high-quality minutes.
2 – Dedric Lawson – Had every opportunity in the world to own this game and got bumped, pushed or poked too often to take full advantage of it. Scored KU’s final 14 to save his night and the Jayhawks, and, you guessed it, wound up with another double-double... 20 points and 10 rebounds.
3 – Devon Dotson – Not his best game by any means, but he attacked all night and played 39 minutes. Finished with eight points and four rebounds with two assists and three turnovers.
4 – Marcus Garrett – The sophomore was the only Jayhawk who could — or would — score for a good chunk of this game. And Garrett played his typically solid defense, as well.
5 – Charlie Moore – Terrific start, in a starting role no less, and was thrown out there as an answer to sluggish guard play throughout the game.
6 – Lagerald Vick – Didn’t start for a second consecutive game and struggled to get into the game from there. Had some positive moments in the second half — a couple of assists and a couple of important shots — but overall struggled for the second game this week.
7 – Quentin Grimes – After a terrific and aggressive start that netted five of KU's first 10 points, Grimes melted into the floor and disappeared the rest of the way. The freshman did not score another point and also grabbed just one rebound while committing four turnovers.
8 – K.J. Lawson – Had a couple of good moments early, including a 3-pointer in rhythm and an assist to his brother, but played just 4 minutes.
9 – David McCormack – Got his crack but couldn’t do much with it. Still too sped up in a game where KU needed every bit of poise it could muster.
1 - Devon Dotson – 56
2 - Dedric Lawson – 52
3 - Lagerald Vick – 49
4 - Quentin Grimes – 36
5 - Marcus Garrett – 35
6 - Udoka Azubuike – 34
7 - Charlie Moore – 28
8 - Mitch Lightfoot – 27
9 - K.J. Lawson – 21
10 - David McCormack - 17
1 – Dedric Lawson – Was rock solid when the rest of the Jayhawks were still finding their footing and once again flashed that inside-outside game that makes him so deadly. Finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds, coming two boards shy of his fifth double-double in seven games.
2 – Devon Dotson – So many steals, so much speed. His three second-half steals set the stage for KU’s knockout punch. 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.
3 – Quentin Grimes – Broke out of his slump in a big way with a 9-0 individual run in the second half and played with a smile the rest of the way. Finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 32 minutes.
4 – Marcus Garrett – Started in place of Lagerald Vick and brought the kind of defensive focus that Kansas needed to frustrate Wofford. Finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
5 – K.J. Lawson – One of the better players in the first half, particularly as a passer. Tallied five points and three assists in 16 minutes, which included a start in the second half.
6 – David McCormack – Gave key minutes when Azubuike went down and was rewarded with a couple of minutes at the end, as well.
7 – Mitch Lightfoot – Took a charge and hit the glass to try to keep plays alive.
8 – Charlie Moore – Took a couple of bad shots, but helped KU push the pace and made a couple of runners, as well.
9 – Lagerald Vick – Scoreless in 22 minutes, including 0-for-2 from 3-point range on a night he didn’t start.
10 – Udoka Azubuike – A bit of an incomplete grade here given the ankle injury, but Azubuike wasn’t off to a great start to begin with. Missed his only shot — and hit the ground after the block — and had four rebounds in four minutes.
1 - Devon Dotson – 49
2 - Lagerald Vick – 45
3 - Dedric Lawson – 44
4 - Udoka Azubuike – 34
5 - Quentin Grimes – 33
6 - Marcus Garrett – 29
7 - Charlie Moore – 23
8 - K.J. Lawson – 19
9 - Mitch Lightfoot – 18
10 - David McCormack - 16
1 – Lagerald Vick – It took him a few minutes (or maybe it was a whole half) to get going, but once he did, the sweet shooting stroke returned and the defensive intensity picked up. And then he just absolutely took over in OT. Vick finished with 27 points on 7-of-11 from 3-point range in 43 minutes and kept his red-hot season rolling along.
2 – Dedric Lawson – This double-double was much more noticeable and hardly quiet. Carried the Jayhawks at stretches and was his old steady self at the free throw line, hitting
3 – Devon Dotson – Was so good to keep KU in it — on both ends of the floor — and played yet another wildly consistent contest while running the show for Kansas.
4 – Udoka Azubuike – Got it going for a stretch in the second half with a bunch of his signature slams. But played just eight minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
5 – Marcus Garrett – Returned from a one-game absence because of concussion-like symptoms and showed, at times, what KU missed by not having him against Tennessee.
6 – Charlie Moore – Not his day shooting the ball, but was on the floor to close the game out and helped take some of the pressure off of Dotson on the ball. His drive and dish to Dedric Lawson late for an easy two was among the prettiest plays all day.
7 – Quentin Grimes – Another rough outing for the five-star freshman.
8 – K.J. Lawson – With Vick off to a slow start, the opportunity was there for Lawson to steal some more meaningful minutes. But Vick came back to life and Lawson didn’t do much when he was out there. Two points, two rebounds and a turnover in four minutes.
9 – Mitch Lightfoot – Stop me if you’ve heard this before... Lightfoot did was he was asked to do in the minutes he was on the floor. One rebound and all-out hustle in five minutes.
10 – David McCormack – Limited minutes again for the freshman forward, who did come in during the first half with KU trying to avoid foul trouble and in need of a spark. Played just one minute and grabbed a rebound in that 60 seconds.
- Lagerald Vick - 43
- Devon Dotson - 40
- Dedric Lawson – 34
- Udoka Azubuike - 33
- Quentin Grimes - 25
- Marcus Garrett - 22
- Charlie Moore - 20
- Mitch Lightfoot – 14
- K.J. Lawson - 13
- David McCormack - 11
1 – Devon Dotson – Once again set the tone for Kansas as an attacking, tough team. And this time he scored, too. Others had numbers that were more or just as impressive, but Dotson had moments where he was the only Jayhawk on the floor playing to his potential. Without that, Kansas loses.
2 – Dedric Lawson – Another double-double (24 points and 13 rebounds) and a fairly dominant overtime period. He still stumbles at times and it’s not all smooth all the time, but it looks as if the junior from Memphis is starting to get comfortable.
3 – Lagerald Vick – Started with a 3-pointer, got red hot during a personal 8-0 run late and showed up big as a veteran with some grit to him. Shot 6-of-12 for the night and added 15 points and four assists in a game-high 43 minutes.
4 – K.J. Lawson – There’s no two ways about it. Kansas does not win this game without K.J. Lawson. Scored eight points, grabbed six tough rebounds and swiped two steals in 19 minutes. That’s pretty good for anybody, but it’s real good for a guy who has struggled to even get in most games.
5 – Charlie Moore – Got to the rim and played big minutes with Marcus Garrett out with a concussion. Didn’t shoot it great, but helped the offense find its flow and loosened up the Tennessee D with his fearless drives to the rim, none bigger than the one that fouled out Tennessee’s Grant Williams late.
6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Three tough rebounds and a block in eight minutes. Nothing that’s going to lead SportsCenter, but absolutely what Kansas needed in those eight minutes.
7 – Udoka Azubuike – Talk about an off night. Five fouls. Four turnovers. And just 17 minutes. Azubuike just never got going and rarely looked right.
8 – Quentin Grimes – The rough stretch continues for the Kansas freshman, who played just 21 minutes and scored five points and grabbed four rebounds. Shot just 1-of-4 from the floor and no doubt wants to perform better. The upcoming week off could do him well. But he was all smiles as the Jayhawks collected their hardware after the game.
9 – David McCormack – Two turnovers in four minutes with one foul and one rebound. He’s still just not quite game ready.
- Lagerald Vick - 33
- Devon Dotson - 32
- Udoka Azubuike - 26
- Dedric Lawson - 24
- Quentin Grimes - 21
- Marcus Garrett - 16
- Charlie Moore - 15
- Mitch Lightfoot - 12
- David McCormack - 10
- K.J. Lawson - 10
1 – Devon Dotson – So good in so many ways. Pushed the pace, drove hard to the rim and found teammates for open shots. He also played a little D and was as active as any player on the floor. Tallied 10 points, four assists and three steals, but was much, much better than any of those numbers indicate.
2 – Dedric Lawson – Another slow start — especially at the rim — quickly gave way to a pretty solid night. Finished 9-of-16 from the floor for 26 points and added 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.
3 – Lagerald Vick – Was hot early, making his first three 3-point attempts to push his incredible streak to 18 of his last 23, and finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
4 – Marcus Garrett – Played with more confidence and was more assertive throughout the game. Experience likely played a big role in that. Started the second half in place of Grimes and appeared to help aid better overall flow for KU’s offense.
5 – Udoka Azubuike – Far from his best night. Foul trouble played a big part in that. Azubuike did have a couple of dunks early in the second half that helped bring the building to life, but he’ll have to play much better — and smarter — on Friday for Kansas to have success against Tennessee.
6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Gave good minutes and played hard (stop me if you’ve heard that before) during the time he was on the floor. Picked up a couple of rebounds but will be remembered for the three-point play for points 16, 17 and 18 during KU’s 22-0 run to open the second half.
7 – Quentin Grimes – Attacked early but then disappeared and was benched to start the second half. A couple of first-half turnovers illustrated perfectly what an off night it was for the KU freshman.
8 – David McCormack – His rim-rattler in the first half while filling in for Azubuike was reminiscent of the punishment Azubuike put on the rims in Italy last summer. No major stats but good minutes nonetheless.
9 – Charlie Moore – Never got into the flow of this one and, as a result, didn’t play much. Tallied just one rebound and a bunch of zeroes in 14 minutes.
10 – K.J. Lawson – Another short night for the older Lawson brother, who grabbed two rebounds in the victory.
- Lagerald Vick - 26
- Udoka Azubuike - 23
- Devon Dotson - 23
- Quentin Grimes - 19
- Marcus Garrett - 16
- Dedric Lawson - 16
- Charlie Moore - 10
- David McCormack - 9
- Mitch Lightfoot - 8
- K.J. Lawson - 4
1 – Lagerald Vick – Think Vick likes being back in Allen Fieldhouse? Back-to-back games with 30-plus points and without question the heartbeat of the team on Friday night. There’s no telling how these past two games would have gone if Vick had not returned.
2 – Udoka Azubuike – Two first-half fouls took him out of the game for the first 20 minutes, but he responded with a strong second half and let the early mistakes roll off his back. Finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
3 – Quentin Grimes – Wasn’t his night shooting the ball, but played good D — read: got back in transition consistently — and got the ball to the right spots and helped KU’s chemistry throughout the game.
4 – Devon Dotson – Jet fast every time he touched it and smart throughout the night. His shot didn’t look great and he only played 20 minutes, but they were high-quality minutes and he appears to be more and more comfortable with every possession.
5 – David McCormack – Gave great energy off the bench in the first half and helped KU avoid serious trouble after falling behind by 12. Missed three of the four shots he took and looked a little sped up on offense, but grabbed six rebounds — four offensive — and brought the exact spark KU needed when he came in.
6 – Marcus Garrett – Nothing special (6 points, 5 assists) but found himself in the right place a lot and played key minutes with a lineup that got KU back in the game in the first half and might not be used again — Moore, Garrett, Vick, Grimes and McCormack.
7 – Dedric Lawson – Lawson did score in this one — two of his points coming from a seated position in the paint after getting his own miss — but he still seemed a bit off and looked to be in his own head. Had to feel good to see the ball go in the basket again, though. Added five rebounds but turned it over four times and was called for three fouls.
8 – Charlie Moore – Played better than his final numbers show, but still missed far too many shots and had a couple defensive lapses. Did provide a veteran presence at the point when KU needed it.
9 – K.J. Lawson – Played just 2 minutes and hit his only shot attempt on a soft jumper from the free throw line. Also added a steal.
10 – Mitch Lightfoot – Had a chance to play big minutes with Azubuike saddled with two first-half fouls, but picked up an odd flagrant foul on a first-half rebound attempt and did not play the rest of the way.
- Lagerald Vick - 19
- Udoka Azubuike - 17
- Quentin Grimes - 15
- Devon Dotson - 13
- Marcus Garrett - 9
- Charlie Moore - 8
- Dedric Lawson - 7
- David McCormack - 6
- Mitch Lightfoot - 3
- K.J. Lawson - 3
1 – Lagerald Vick – Lights out from the jump, Vick did it all on Monday night, setting a career high with 32 points and knocking in 8-of-8 from 3-point range.
2 – Udoka Azubuike – His energy and effort were so much better than against Michigan State and his stats backed that up. The big fella finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds while, most importantly, managing to play 34 minutes.
3 – Quentin Grimes – Ten assists — many of them to Vick — turned what began as a pretty sloppy start into a stellar performance for the freshman guard who proved he’s more than just a scorer. Added 10 points for good measure.
4 – Devon Dotson – Nothing special but nothing concerning either. Pushed the pace, brought defensive pressure and finished with four points, five rebounds and a couple of steals.
5 – Charlie Moore – Was ready when Dotson got off to a slow start and played the backup point guard role well. Was far from perfect, but did what he needed to do.
6 – Marcus Garrett – He still looks a step off so far this season, like he hasn’t fully figured out what his role on this team is. It’ll come.
7 – Dedric Lawson – As off in this one as he was good in the opener. Only finished ahead of Lightfoot because of his seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 19 minutes. Otherwise, 0-for-6 from the floor and three turnovers would have landed him by his brother.
8 – Mitch Lightfoot – Ready to fill his role early off the bench but didn’t quite bring anything that stood out. One rebound, one foul, one point, one assist in six minutes.
9 – K.J. Lawson – Played just three minutes and had a charge and a turnover to show for it.
- Lagerald Vick - 9
- Udoka Azubuike - 8
- Quentin Grimes - 7
- Devon Dotson - 6
- Charlie Moore - 5
- Marcus Garrett - 4
- Dedric Lawson - 3
- Mitch Lightfoot - 2
- K.J. Lawson - 1
1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Came out of aggressive from the tip and never let up. Made 6 of 7 3-pointers, scored 26 points and had four rebounds and four assists to go with one turnover.
2 - Devonte’ Graham: Kept team moving at fast pace, made 5 of 7 3-pointers and had eight assists, four rebounds and just two turnovers. Scored 17 points on a night he attempted just seven shots from the field.
3 - Lagerald Vick: Too quick for Omaha to handle, Vick delivered 15 points and nine rebounds.
4 - Udoka Azubuike: Posted second double-double in a row and third of his career with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes.
5 - Malik Newman: Grew hot late and scored 9 of 14 points in the second half. Also had four rebounds and four assists.
6 - Sam Cunliffe: Skied to throw down two lobs, hit a 3-pointer, hustled and showed he will help bring team scoring punch off the bench. Scored nine points in 20 minutes and had two rebounds and two assists.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Stayed closer to the basket and came away with four pints, five rebounds and two assists without turning it over.
8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played well for the second game in a row, totaling six points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.
1 (tie) - Devonte' Graham (95)
2 (tie) - Lagerald Vick (95)
3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (90)
4 - Udoka Azubuike (83)
5 - Malik Newman (65)
6 - Marcus Garrett (59)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (49)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (8)
1. Travis Releford: KU's best player in the NCAA Tournament fittingly was the Jayhawks' best player against Michigan. The senior was excellent in transition, locked down on Trey Burke when given that assignment and was aggressive attacking the rim. In his final game, the senior posted 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting with five rebounds, six assists and one steal to go with one turnover in 42 minutes. He finished with 965 career points.
2. Jeff Withey: Had to defend two players most of the game, as KU's guards consistently were stuck on ball screens, leaving Withey to play the role of Superman. He did his best while also scoring at will early against Michigan's Mitch McGary. Withey finished with 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five blocks to go with one turnover in 39 minutes. His 49 NCAA Tournament career blocked shots were one behind Tim Duncan's NCAA record of 50.
3. Ben McLemore: The freshman made up for a cold start with hot shooting late, finishing with a team-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, which included 4-for-8 accuracy from three. Had a defensive rebound hit him in the hands with 32 seconds that would have iced the game with KU leading by five, though. He dropped it, Michigan put in a layup, and the miracle comeback continued.
4. Kevin Young: Young scored 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, but he didn't seem to give KU the energy plays he normally does. Young also failed to get out to Trey Burke on the game-tying three with four seconds left in regulation. After the double-screen, that was his man. Young added seven rebounds and an assist to go with a turnover in 29 minutes.
5. Perry Ellis: Shook off a slow start, as two early traveling calls didn't keep him from being aggressive later. The freshman attacked Michigan's undersized four men, scoring eight points on 4-for-7 shooting with five rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes.
6. Jamari Traylor: Made his only shot and had an assist and two blocks in five minutes.
7. Naadir Tharpe: Though Tharpe played well enough in the first half after Elijah Johnson picked up three fouls, his final shooting line wasn't pretty. The sophomore made just one of eight field goals, including two (tough) three-pointers that would have won the game at separate buzzers for KU. Tharpe finished with two points, seven assists and one steal to go with two turnovers in 32 minutes and too often left Withey on an island when he got stuck to McGary screens.
8. Elijah Johnson: When Johnson was struggling mid-season, KU coach Bill Self stuck with him in the starting lineup. At that point, the coach had to know he was hitching his postseason hopes on the belief that the senior could snap out of his funk in the NCAA Tournament. It never happened. Johnson had three critical turnovers in the final 3:27 of regulation that allowed Michigan the chance to come back from a 10-point deficit. In overtime, he hitched up ill-advised shots and had another turnover that led to a runout for UM. Then on the game's final possession, he passed up on what looked to be an open layup in favor of a kickout to Tharpe. It was no secret that KU's glaring weakness was guard play this season, and it finally caught up to KU on Friday. Johnson had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting with no assists and five turnovers in 24 minutes. He also picked up a flagrant foul in the first half after a low hit on Michigan's McGary.
Final KUsports.com Season Standings
1. Jeff Withey (303 points)
2. Ben McLemore (276 points)
3. Travis Releford (272 points)
4. Kevin Young (230 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (204 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (190 points)
7. Perry Ellis (180 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (122 points)
9. Andrew White III (55 points)
10. Rio Adams (39 points)
11. Justin Wesley (24 points)
Final Big 12/Postseason Standings
1. Jeff Withey (212 points)
2. Ben McLemore (188 points)
3. Travis Releford (187 points)
4. Kevin Young (171 points)
5. Naadir Tharpe (129 points)
T6. Elijah Johnson (128 points)
T6. Perry Ellis (128 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (81 points)
9. Andrew White III (32 points)
10. Rio Adams (24 points)
11. Justin Wesley (17 points)
Final NCAA Tournament Standings
1. Travis Releford (29 points)
2. Jeff Withey (28 points)
3. Kevin Young (20 points)
T4. Perry Ellis (19 points)
T4. Ben McLemore (19 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (17 points)
7. Elijah Johnson (12 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (9 points)
9. Andrew White III: (3 points)
10. Rio Adams (1 point)