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KU sophomore Ochai Agbaji on top after tough day in Philly

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Kansas' Ochai Agbaji plays during an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kansas' Ochai Agbaji plays during an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Associated Press

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.

Season Standings

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.

Comments

Robert Brock 1 month ago

Marcus and Devon are the only two players who are good ball-handlers and good passers. When Marcus left the game KU’s offense stunk.

Matt Tait 1 month ago

I thought Christian Braun, especially for a freshman, did pretty well handling the ball in the second half today. Having the ball in his hands also appeared to get him more plugged into the offense and brought out a more aggressive player. KU's going to need more of that moving forward.

Steve Zimmerman 1 month ago

Yes! One thing we know: Braun >> Earl. Just sayin'. I love Braun's no-fear and killer instinct. He can be our silent assassin. He didn't even have a chance to show his 3s ability yet.

Joe Baker 1 month ago

I thought it was great to see both Christian and Tristan in this game.

Joe Baker 1 month ago

Stunk is an understatement. But this is a good early loss. I hope this is a learning loss.

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