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Dandy starting debut by Ochai Agbaji claims top spot in ratings

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Texas forward Jericho Sims, looks to shoot as Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) defends during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Texas won 73-63. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas forward Jericho Sims, looks to shoot as Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) defends during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Texas won 73-63. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Associated Press

1 – Ochai Agbaji – Showed why he earned the first start of his career by playing hard, attacking on both ends and leading the team in scoring with 24 points in 35 minutes.

2 – Devon Dotson – Did some good things going to the rim, but never really looked comfortable running the show. Credit UT’s defense and intensity for that.

3 – Dedric Lawson – Didn’t score his first point until the 3:09 mark of the first half. Not all of that was his fault, but his off night, offensively, only underscored how much this team needs monster nights from him every time out to have a chance. Give him credit for refusing to let the slow/rough start take him out of the game completely.

4 – Marcus Garrett – Another ice cold night from the floor left Garrett with 18 fewer points this time against UT than he had the last time.

5 – Lagerald Vick – Came off the bench and never really looked into it. Knocked in a couple of 3-pointers, just like he did against Kentucky, but didn’t do much in the way of leadership or being a go-to option on offense during a night when Kansas needed both.

6 – Quentin Grimes – Made just 1 of 5 shots — and that came very early — and finished with 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 1 rebound in 20 minutes. Not what KU needs from a talented player who continues to struggle.

7 – David McCormack – Gave some decent minutes and delivered a couple of crucial hustle plays. Still not quite polished enough to be counted on. Might not get there this season.

8 – Mitch Lightfoot – Minutes were way up and his effort was there, too. Unfortunately he didn’t translate either of those into production. Finished with three fouls, one block and one missed shot in 14 minutes.

9 – K.J. Lawson – One first-half travel is the only thing I remember seeing from K.J. in this one. Played just 3 minutes, though, so the opportunity to do much wasn’t really there.

10 – Charlie Moore – Dribble. Dribble. Dribble. Dribble. Too much of that and not enough movement and defensive effort during the 5 first-half minutes he got. A clear sign of a player struggling.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 162

2 - Devon Dotson – 156

3 - Marcus Garrett – 125

4 - Lagerald Vick – 124

5 - Quentin Grimes – 94

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 67

7 - Charlie Moore – 58

8 - David McCormack – 57

9 - K.J. Lawson – 53

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 44

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

Robert Brock 10 months, 1 week ago

When Lawson and Vick are shut down, the Jayhawks are not going to score much.

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