KU sophomore Ochai Agbaji on top after tough day in Philly
1 – Ochai Agbaji – Played all but 49 seconds and was good defensively and also in transition. Didn’t shoot it well from the outside, but did anybody? Finished 5-of-8 from the floor with 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
2 – Christian Braun – The freshman played some huge minutes in place of the injured Marcus Garrett. Scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting (all on drives to the rim) and added a couple of rebounds and a key block in 16 minutes.
3 – Udoka Azubuike – Not his best day by any means, but he was a load when he was clicking. Finished 6-of-10 from the floor and missed his only two free throw attempts to tally 12 points and 11 rebounds.
4 – Devon Dotson – Dotson struggled from the floor to the tune of 5-of-15 shooting and also turned it over three times. But added four assists, led Kansas with 15 points and picked up a key steal late that gave the Jayhawks a chance to save the game. He also missed a key free throw late, had the ball stolen from him in the same sequence and was a step slow on Villanova’s game-winning 3-point shot. KU wouldn’t have been in the game without him, but, at the same time, he has to be better in clutch moments.
4 – David McCormack – Great early and a much better option than Silvio De Sousa in the game’s opening minutes, but e still make just 3 of 7 field goal attempts and turned it over twice. Still, 6 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes was a decent outing on a low-scoring day.
6 – Tristan Enaruna – Contributed three points, three rebounds and two assists during an active day. Still needs to find more fire, but showed glimpses of it during this one.
7 – Marcus Garrett – Played just 13 minutes and missed three of the four shots he took, including the one he was injured on. Still, there’s little doubt that his absence was devastating for the Jayhawks on a day they needed a calm, veteran presence to get them to the finish line.
8 – Isaiah Moss – Missed all five shot attempts and turned it over twice in a forgettable 15 minutes.
9 – Silvio De Sousa – Played just 3:19 early on and had no energy or confidence during that stretch. That was enough for KU coach Bill Self to leave him on the bench the rest of the day.
1 – Devon Dotson – 84
2 – Udoka Azubuike – 82
3 – Ochai Agbaji – 71
4 – Marcus Garrett – 67
5 – David McCormack – 57
6 – Isaiah Moss – 45
7 – Tristan Enaruna – 39
8 – Silvio De Sousa – 31
9 – Christian Braun – 28
10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x
x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is expected to be out at least three months.