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Dedric Lawson snags another double-double, but can't guide KU past Kentucky in 71-63 road loss

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Kansas' Dedric Lawson, left, and Kentucky's Reid Travis (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson, left, and Kentucky's Reid Travis (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. by James Crisp/AP Photo

1 – Dedric Lawson – Easily KU’s best player in this one and it was almost enough. Finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds after recording 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half alone.

2 – Devon Dotson – So good going to the rim and competitive all night. KU needed a little more from him to get by the Wildcats, though. Some early fouls hurt his effectiveness.

3 – Marcus Garrett – It wasn’t his night shooting the ball — just 1-of-9 from the floor — but he was his usual self in every other way. Foul trouble might have factored into his struggles offensively.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – Gave great minutes early and showed, once again, that he’s not afraid of the big moments. Didn’t do much in the second half, but finished with 7 points and 2 rebounds in 21 minutes.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Hit a couple of big 3-pointers, both early and late, but did little else in the game or on the stat sheet on a night when KU needed him to do a lot.

6 – Lagerald Vick – Had a couple of moments early, but was borderline nonexistent in the second half until the very end. Not what you want to see from your senior who has been in a bunch of games like this before. Scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting.

7 – David McCormack – Gave great effort and energy but that didn’t make up for his poor decision making and sped up play.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Didn’t see much action and didn’t do anything of note when he was out there. The fact that he was, though, says all you need to know about Charlie Moore’s status.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 154

2 - Devon Dotson – 147

3 - Lagerald Vick – 118

3 - Marcus Garrett – 118

5 - Quentin Grimes – 89

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 64

7 - Charlie Moore – 57

8 - David McCormack – 53

9 - K.J. Lawson – 51

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 34

Note: Injured center Udoka Azubuike had recorded 50 points through KU’s first 13 games of the season and freshman Ochai Agbaji did not start playing until Game 15.

Comments

Glen Miller 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It's time to start Agbaji and let Grimes be our 6th. Blind faith is what we continued to do with Selden and it never seemed to work out. Don't make the same mistake with Grimes. Potential is one thing, results are another. This is a top 10 program that is playing big games every night from here out. The best 5 should be on the floor, regardless of how many stars you had coming out of high school. Grimes shouldn't be coddled and continuing to start the kid seems to me to be putting out a bad message to the team and recruits. All I hear about is how great he is in practice....... well, that's not gameday. Until he can prove he's not a head case on a nightly basis, let's roll with Agbaji. If Grimes can't handle the adversity then it becomes even more apparent that he just doesn't have "it". We've got to do something different or we will just keep getting the same results.

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