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Freshman point guard sets tone, leads ratings for Kansas in win over Marquette

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Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) drives past Marquette's Joey Hauser (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in New York.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) drives past Marquette's Joey Hauser (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in New York.

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.

Season Standings:

  1. Lagerald Vick - 26
  2. Udoka Azubuike - 23
  3. Devon Dotson - 23
  4. Quentin Grimes - 19
  5. Marcus Garrett - 16
  6. Dedric Lawson - 16
  7. Charlie Moore - 10
  8. David McCormack - 9
  9. Mitch Lightfoot - 8
  10. K.J. Lawson - 4

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Couldn't agree more with Dotson's ranking. This team needs to be trained on how to finish strong. Our dunk stat has diminished drastically compared to previous seasons. So far, we're only seeing most from Dok and a couple from Vick. It's pathetic. Seriously. And please, please, would coaches tell Lightfoot to learn how to do pick and roll. He always rolls the other way after setting a pick. That's pretty basic. SMH..

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