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Garrett goes down swinging as KU’s best in lopsided NCAA Tournament loss

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) tries to shoot around a USC defender during the first half of a men's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) tries to shoot around a USC defender during the first half of a men's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) by Associated Press

1 – Marcus Garrett — In what might have been his last game as a Jayhawk, the KU senior led the Jayhawks with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and was one of the few players on the KU roster who was not overwhelmed by the size and stature of the USC roster. His poise didn’t always lead to good outcomes, but Garrett competed hard all night and did everything he could to keep KU in it.

2 – Dajuan Harris — Made the only shot he attempted — a 3-pointer that seemed big at the time — and also dished four assists with no turnovers in 28 minutes. The point guard position is his at Kansas for the next few seasons. He might get some help in the backcourt, but there’s no question that Harris will be a big part of KU’s future.

3 – Christian Braun — The numbers don’t do his effort justice. No, Braun didn’t shoot it very well (who did for KU?), but he attacked, tried to fight and looked unafraid throughout the first half as the Jayhawks desperately tried to stay in the game.

4 – Tyon Grant-Foster – He had absolutely nothing to lose when he came in in the second half, so his performance is graded on a bit of a curve. But still, he flashed a couple of good moments and showed why the coaching staff was so high on him in the first place earlier this season. Next up: Grant-Foster needs to become more consistent and learn the importance of defense — team and individual — so he can use his athleticism and offensive skills to help this team out.

5 – David McCormack — The KU big man still just two games into his return from COVID-19 tried to follow the game plan of using his bulk to bully the Mobley brothers. It just didn’t matter. They were too long and McCormack was a little too wild. He finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes.

6 – Ochai Agbaji — He started slow and disappeared at times in the first half. But then found a little bit of life early in the second. It was not nearly enough, though, and KU’s leading scorer and best shooter finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals but went 3-of-13 from the field (2-of-8 from 3-point range) to get it.

7 – Mitch Lightfoot — Lightfoot battled for the 11 minutes he was on the floor, and his rebound and put-back at the halftime buzzer that was waived off because of a travel was very nearly an important spark for struggling Kansas. It likely would not have mattered in the big picture, but it shows the kind of effort and attitude Lightfoot has at all times.

8 – Jalen Wilson – Whether because of his recent case of COVID or the matchup or both, Wilson just didn’t have it on Monday night and never really got much of an opportunity to find it. He played just eight minutes, missed all three shots he attempted and struggled with foul trouble, as well. Tough ending to what was a solid first season for the KU wing.

9 – Bryce Thompson – Played 15 minutes and missed five shots while recording 1 assist and 1 foul. You can see the desire and drive to be great all over Thompson, but he still has a ways to go before he gets there.

T10 – Gethro Muscadin – Grabbed a rebound late during mop-up time.

T10 – Latrell Jossell – Scored two points late during mop-up time.

Final Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 230

2 - Jalen Wilson – 210

3 - Marcus Garrett - 206

4 - David McCormack – 201

5 - Christian Braun – 194

6 - Dajuan Harris – 140

7 - Mitch Lightfoot – 139

8 - Bryce Thompson – 92 ~

9 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 83

10 - Tristan Enaruna – 75

11 - Latrell Jossell – 15

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 12

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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McCormack’s monster day earns top spot after 93-84 Kansas win over Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington forward Tanner Groves (35) is pressured by Kansas guard Christian Braun, left, and Kansas guard Bryce Thompson (24) as he goes up for a shot during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Eastern Washington forward Tanner Groves (35) is pressured by Kansas guard Christian Braun, left, and Kansas guard Bryce Thompson (24) as he goes up for a shot during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 20, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) by Associated Press

1 – David McCormack — There’s no way to overstate it: McCormack’s 22-point, 9-rebound effort in 25 minutes on Saturday saved KU’s season. After not starting, the big man played every minute that mattered and provided Kansas with both the needed scoring punch and some resistance to Eastern Washington big body Tanner Groves, who scored 35 in EWU’s 93-84 loss to third-seeded Kansas.

2 – Dajuan Harris — The redshirt freshman was sensational throughout this one, looking for his shot, attacking the rim and setting up teammates. His defensive intensity also played a huge role. As soon as he checked into the game, with the Jayhawks trailing 9-0, the entire tide turned for KU’s defense.

3 – Marcus Garrett — He’s not known for his outside shot, but he got red hot and, like Harris, was left wide open. The senior made EWU pay by knocking in three 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. Most importantly, after picking up 3 first-half fouls, he never fouled again.

4 – Ochai Agbaji — A slow start turned around quickly as Agbaji scored 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting and finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes. He hit a couple of timely 3-pointers that helped KU stay in it and then got hot at the rim, as well.

5 – Christian Braun — He hit a couple of big time 3-pointers and reached double figures, with 12 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists despite shooting just 2-of-11 from the floor. By far the most important part of his day was the 39 minutes he played to help anchor KU’s defense.

6 – Bryce Thompson – Made just one shot in six attempts during his first taste of the NCAA Tournament. But it was a big one that helped KU erase an 8-point halftime deficit.

7 – Mitch Lightfoot — Stated but played just 7 minutes and didn’t record much in the way of statistics. His bucket off a pick-and-roll and missed 3-pointer from the top of the key in the first half were the highlights.

8 – Tyon Grant-Foster – Played just two minutes at the end of the first half and grabbed 2 rebounds and dished an assist to go along with one turnover.

9 – Gethro Muscadin – Played a single minute late with the game already decided.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 224

2 - Jalen Wilson – 206

3 - Marcus Garrett - 195

4 - David McCormack – 194

5 - Christian Braun – 185

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 134

7 - Dajuan Harris – 130

8 - Bryce Thompson – 89 ~

T9 - Tristan Enaruna – 75

T9 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 75

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 11

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Ochai’s career high earns him top spot after 69-62 KU victory over Oklahoma

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji attempts a jumper during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championship at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2021.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji attempts a jumper during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championship at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2021.

1 – Ochai Agbaji — Shot lights out and flashed more emotion than we’re used to seeing from the junior from KCMO. A career-high 26 points in your hometown? Doesn’t get much cooler than that. And Agbaji was great in just about every way in this one.

2 – Dajuan Harris — It’s not hard to see Dajuan Harris’ confidence rounding into form. The redshirt freshman is more assertive on offense and his usual pest self on defense, and both traits were on full display in the win over Oklahoma on Thursday night.

3 – Marcus Garrett — There were a couple of moments in this one where Garrett reminded people why he was the reigning national defensive player of the year. His offense was also on point, as he used his strength and skills to muscle his way to 17 points while doing all of the other things we’re used to him doing.

4 – Mitch Lightfoot — Lightfoot told Bill Self that he was going to play a great game. And then he went out and did it. Confidence through the roof. Toughness. And more scoring punch than we normally see. A great game on a night when KU played without its best big man.

5 – Jalen Wilson — Shot just 2 of 10 from the floor and missed a few easy ones. But still managed to score nine points and grab nine boards, while hitting four clutch free throws late.

6 – Christian Braun — Braun missed the four shots he attempted (3 from 3-point range) and didn’t do much else on the stat sheet, but did play a role in KU’s strong start during his 28 minutes.

7 – Bryce Thompson – Made just one shot in four tries, but stuck his nose right in there and played some pretty tough defense in 19 minutes.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 218

2 - Jalen Wilson – 206

3 - David McCormack – 185

4 - Marcus Garrett - 187

5 - Christian Braun – 180

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 131

7 - Dajuan Harris – 122

8 - Bryce Thompson – 85 ~

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 75

10 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Garrett outstanding on both ends once again in KU’s 67-62 win over UTEP

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) and Kansas head coach Bill Self react after being called for a foul during the second half on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) and Kansas head coach Bill Self react after being called for a foul during the second half on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Marcus Garrett — Pick your poison: Garrett’s lockdown defense of the game’s best player down the stretch when KU had to have it or his huge offensive production late that gave KU its first lead and featured the game-winning shot with 22.4 seconds left. It’s a high bar that Garrett has set for himself, but he reached it on this night to help deliver a huge, grind-it-out, 67-62 win over UTEP.

2 – Dajuan Harris — Bill Self called him the best player in a Kansas uniform on Thursday night, and it’s hard to argue that claim. In a more-than-usual 25 minutes on the floor, Harris was a nightmare for UTEP defensively and also chipped in six points on a night when KU needed every last one it got. Big confidence game for the KU reserve. But it was the two-headed monster with him and Garrett that ultimately allowed Kansas to find a way to win this one, and the potential for that defensive pairing moving forward is awfully intriguing.

3 – Ochai Agbaji — Agbaji hit 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-6 from 3-point range, with so many of them coming in the first half to keep UTEP from building an even bigger halftime lead. The junior guard led Kansas with 19 points and chipped in 6 rebounds, as well. He should’ve had 20+ but was just 2-of-5 at the free throw line.

4 – David McCormack — It’s rare to see a player drop a big time double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds and be so far down in the rankings, but McCormack’s first half was abysmal. Luckily for KU, he flipped the switch in the second half and played at an all-Big 12 level to close the game. The energy and emotion on his face after he flipped the switch was a complete 180 from how he looked throughout his rough first half.

5 – Christian Braun — Braun had a pretty quiet night overall, but his effort was a big key in the second half and he scored two crucial buckets while pushing the pace and forcing UTEP to deal with him attacking the rim. He finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot — His numbers don’t show it, but Lightfoot played a big chunk of the second half while McCormack was on the bench trying to figure out what he needed to do to help Kansas get over the hump. Lightfoot’s 2 points, 2 boards and a couple of altered shots were bigger than those numbers suggest.

7 – Jalen Wilson — The redshirt freshman just couldn’t quite find anything that worked in this one. His energy was off, he shot just 1-of-7 from the floor (1-of-4 from 3-point range) and spent most of the second half on the bench. It’s not the way he would’ve wanted to get it, but the low-usage night won’t hurt now that Kansas found a way to win.

8 – Bryce Thompson – Played a little sped up at times and shot just 1-of-4 from the floor. As always, though, he competed and was willing to do whatever was necessary to help his team win.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 211

2 - Jalen Wilson – 203

3 - David McCormack – 185

4 - Marcus Garrett - 182

5 - Christian Braun – 178

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 127

7 - Dajuan Harris – 116

8 - Bryce Thompson – 84 ~

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 75

10 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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McCormack dominates down low to lead Kansas to a huge 71-58 win over No. 2 Baylor

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0), Kansas forward David McCormack (33) and Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) surround Baylor guard Jared Butler (12) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0), Kansas forward David McCormack (33) and Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) surround Baylor guard Jared Butler (12) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – David McCormack — Arguably the best game of Big Dave’s career — And it was clear it was going to be that way from the jump of Saturday's 71-58 win over No. 2 Baylor. McCormack scored KU’s first eight points and finished with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes. He also added 3 rebounds and a few emphatic blocks, not to mention the emotion he brought to the floor.

2 – Marcus Garrett — His senior night featured a classic line — 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. More important than any of that was the job he did on Baylor All-American Jared Butler, who finished with five points on 2-of-9 shooting in 30 minutes.

3 – Jalen Wilson — If he had hit his free throws, it would’ve been another double-double for Wilson — easily. Instead, he finished with just 7 points (1-for-4 at the FT line) but also added 14 rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes.

4 – Mitch Lightfoot — Lightfoot played just 13 minutes, but in terms of big-plays-per-minute, he may have led all of college basketball on Saturday night. A block, two huge buckets and four tough rebounds played a huge role in KU’s victory.

5 – Christian Braun — It took him a while to get going and he scored seven of his 11 points at the free throw line, but all seven of those free throws were huge, especially when you consider that his teammates combined to make just 11 of 17 without him. Braun also added 9 boards and 3 assists in 37 minutes.

6 – Ochai Agbaji — It wasn’t Agbaji’s night shooting the ball, so he found other ways to help Kansas win. He hit the glass, had a huge tip-in and also dished 4 assists while playing 37+ minutes.

7 – Dajuan Harris — His second-half 3-pointer was one of the biggest shots of the night because it helped Kansas maintain its cushion and was one of just 3 made 3-pointers all night for the Jayhawks. Harris finished with 5 points and 2 boards in 9 minutes.

8 – Bryce Thompson – Thompson did a good job of not forcing the issue. He shot just twice, hit one of them (a big first-half 3-pointer) and dished 1 assist to go with 3 turnovers.

9 – Tristan Enaruna – Played spot minutes late in the first half and finished 0-for-1 from the floor with one rebound.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 205

2 - Jalen Wilson – 200

3 - David McCormack – 180

4 - Marcus Garrett - 175

5 - Christian Braun – 174

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 124

7 - Dajuan Harris – 109

8 - Bryce Thompson – 83 ~

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 75

10 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Another hard-earned double-double for KU’s Jalen Wilson in 75-72 OT loss at Texas

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson is fouled by Texas forward Brock Cunningham, right, while driving to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson is fouled by Texas forward Brock Cunningham, right, while driving to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

1 – Jalen Wilson — I’m not interested in crushing Wilson for that fumble out of bounds on the late layup attempt that would have tied it in OT simply because I’m not sure he would’ve ever got the shot to the rim. Kai Jones was closing hard and had a good angle on Wilson, so it’s easy to see how his length could have erased the would-be game-tying shot. Either way, that was one of the only poor moments for the KU freshman in Tuesday's 75-72 OT loss at Texas. He picked up yet another double-double, rebounded like a monster and hit a few big shots inside and out.

2 – Ochai Agbaji — Red hot in the first half, Agbaji was equally as cold in the second half and that hurt KU’s offense. He missed three of four 3-pointers he tried in the second half, but his biggest miss was an off-balance shot near the paint that he probably never should’ve attempted. Still, without Agbaji’s hot hand in the first half, KU would’ve found things much tougher and his 5-of-11 showing from 3-point range came at a great time and helped end a mini-drought of sorts for the KU junior.

3 – Bryce Thompson – The freshman played arguably the best stretch of any player in this game during the first half, scoring at will on both mid-range jumpers and breakaway dunks. He still looked a little scattered at times and did not play nearly as well in the second half (see: 5 minutes), but if what he delivered in the first half is something he and Kansas can tap into more, he’s going to be a huge factor in the postseason.

4 – Christian Braun — Played 39 minutes and probably feels like he played 100. Braun was all over the place in this one, diving on the floor, hitting the glass and defending like his life depended on it. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and hit 2-of-4 from 3-point range while also adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals to go along with just 1 turnover.

5 – Marcus Garrett — His 2-of-12 shooting night will indicate that it was a rough night. But Garrett was good with the ball (1 turnover) and helped keep the Kansas offense on track even with his shot not falling. I’m sure he’s got a couple of shots in mind that he’d like to have back. And if even just one or two of those had fallen, Kansas may have got out of Austin with a win.

6 – David McCormack — Fouled out in just 24 minutes and also missed two free throws to go along with two turnovers. McCormack had a couple of key buckets — a tough one in OT and the game-tying basket at the end of regulation — but, overall, this was a pretty forgettable night for the KU big man, just like the last one he played against UT’s nightmare front line.

7 – Dajuan Harris — The final line says he didn’t do much, and his three misses and zero makes definitely underscored the issues with having him on the floor. But he was out there during that first-half run when KU played its best so the line does not tell the full story. Still, KU has to find a way to get more from Harris, even if it just means more assists to get easy baskets for his teammates.

8 – Mitch Lightfoot — Played just 5 minutes and had a nice tip-in and a block in the first half. But he offered next to no resistance to the dunk party the Longhorns waged throughout the game and the Jayhawks went small instead.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 201

2 - Jalen Wilson – 193

3 - David McCormack – 171

4 - Christian Braun – 169

5 - Marcus Garrett - 167

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 118

7 - Dajuan Harris – 106

8 - Bryce Thompson – 81 ~

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 74

10 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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David McCormack’s hot start, big day earn top spot after 67-61 win over Texas Tech

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) reacts after scoring against Texas Tech guard Mac McClung (0) and guard Kevin McCullar (15) during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 20, 2021. Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) reacts after scoring against Texas Tech guard Mac McClung (0) and guard Kevin McCullar (15) during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 20, 2021. Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports. by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

1 – David McCormack — Terrific from the start, McCormack made his first seven shots, set the tone for KU's 67-61 win over No. 15 Texas Tech on both ends of the floor and played both with passion and control throughout most of the game. It all resulted in a terrific start for the Jayhawks and 17 points for McCormack.

2 – Jalen Wilson — Another double-double for Wilson (11 points, 11 rebounds), who has fully found his game again and is playing even better today than he was during his hot start in December. A big reason for that is his willingness to compete defensively and attack on offense.

3 – Marcus Garrett — At one point during the second half, I was pretty sure that Garrett was the best player on the floor for the Jayhawks today. And at times he was. Most of what made it that way was his ability to do things that do not show up in the box score. More on that in a blog later this weekend. Garrett was great in so many aspects and is a calming influence with his experience and demeanor.

4 – Christian Braun — His game-clinching 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play is what people will remember, but he did so much more than that in his 38 minutes on the floor on Saturday. All of it came from his desire to out-compete the opponent. He battled on the glass, defended and kept pulling the trigger from 3-point range (2-of-10) even when his shot wasn’t falling. That led to the big make at the end, which made it much easier to see how important Braun was to this victory.

5 – Ochai Agbaji — Agbaji made 3-of-8 from outside and flushed a ridiculously difficult reverse lob to give the Kansas offense a spark. It wasn’t his best shooting day and he didn’t play his best defense either. But he made some plays in timely moments that helped KU maintain control and pick up a huge victory.

6 – Dajuan Harris — Dropped four assists against zero turnovers while taking on one of the toughest defenses in the country. Kansas coach Bill Self recently asked Harris to be more aggressive offensively and the redshirt freshman responded by doing just that.

7 – Bryce Thompson – His up-and-under reverse layup was spectacular and the big shot he hit from the top of the key put Kansas up nine late in the first half. He missed the six other shots he attempted, which hurt his offensive production numbers. But in terms of competing, defending and rebounding, this was another step forward for the freshman who’s still coming back from a pair of injuries that forced him out of the lineup for lengthy periods of time.

8 – Mitch Lightfoot — Played just five minutes and didn’t do a whole lot on the stat sheet. He was out there long enough to draw his team-leading 13th charge of the season, which is one of the stats — outside of winning — that Lightfoot cares most about.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 194

2 - Jalen Wilson – 185

3 - David McCormack – 168

4 - Christian Braun – 164

5 - Marcus Garrett - 163

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 117

7 - Dajuan Harris – 104

8 - Bryce Thompson – 75 ~

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 74

10 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Marcus Garrett leads Kansas on both ends in 59-41 win at K-State

KU senior Marcus Garrett attempts to make a move through defenders during a game against K-State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 17, 2021.

KU senior Marcus Garrett attempts to make a move through defenders during a game against K-State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 17, 2021. by Scott Weaver

1 – Marcus Garrett — Garrett’s defense was the key to this ranking. And it didn’t hurt that he led all scorers with 14 points. Even when he didn’t record a stat off his defensive prowess, his quick hands and relentless ball pressure made life miserable for the Wildcats’ guards. And, hey, he was one of the rare players who got a 3-pointer to go down in this one. In fact, he was the only player on either team to hit 2 triples.

2 – Jalen Wilson — Wilson again set the tone for the game by being the Jayhawks’ best player in the first half. He didn’t do much in the second half, but the rest of his teammates stepped in to fill the void. The redshirt freshman finished one rebound shy of his fifth consecutive double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

3 – Bryce Thompson – The freshman made a major impact in the second half, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting and dishing a sweet dime to David McCormack for an alley-oop that put the game on ice.

4 – Ochai Agbaji — Not his best night offensively, but he still managed to make an impact with the buckets he did get and finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes. The fact that he was out there that long in an 18-point win tells you everything you need to know about what Kansas coach Bill Self thought of his night.

5 – Mitch Lightfoot — Scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds while doing his typical junkyard dog dance. But Lightfoot’s 2 drawn charges — and Self said he should’ve had a third one — were big momentum plays. In 14 minutes, Lightfoot gave Kansas all it could want in terms of energy, effort and attitude. He even peeked into the crowd a couple of times to have some fun with the K-State students on hand.

6 – Dajuan Harris — Two assists and three steals in 10 minutes are numbers KU would not mind getting used to. Self said after the game that he thinks Harris should still look to score more. But he doesn’t need to do it so much that it takes him away from his strengths, which were on full display in this one.

7 – David McCormack — Finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds and had a couple of memorable baskets. But he also turned it over three times and took some ill-advised shots that bailed out the K-State defense. As always, his confidence and effort were worthy of high grades. But his execution and production lagged a little in this one. This was just the fifth time in Big 12 play this season that McCormack failed to reach double digits in scoring.

8 – Christian Braun — Missed three shots, including both of his 3-point attempts, and turned it over twice while also missing 50% of the free throws he attempted. He was aggressive at times, but also looked a little gunshy after a couple of bad turnovers early.

9 – Tristan Enaruna — Gets the nod here among a bunch of also-rans simply because he played 4 minutes and first checked in during the first half. Missed his only shot and was not a factor on either end.

T10 – Tyon Grant-Foster — Did not record any statistics in one minute of mop-up duty.

T10 – Gethro Muscadin – Did not record any statistics in one minute of mop-up duty.

T10 – Latrell Jossell – Did not record any statistics in one minute of mop-up duty.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 190

2 - Jalen Wilson – 177

3 - David McCormack – 160

4 - Christian Braun – 159

5 - Marcus Garrett - 158

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 116

7 - Dajuan Harris – 101

8 - Tristan Enaruna – 74

T9 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 73

T9 - Bryce Thompson – 73 ~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 14

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 10

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Another double-double earns Jalen Wilson top billing after 14-point win at Iowa State

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives past Iowa State guard Jaden Walker, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives past Iowa State guard Jaden Walker, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Associated Press

1 – Jalen Wilson — By far KU’s best player from start to finish, Wilson dropped 22 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. He hit 7 of 15 shots from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

2 – David McCormack — His performance matched the tone of the game, but his final numbers looked much better. McCormack finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds on 6-of-12 shooting before fouling out.

3 – Ochai Agbaji — Hit just 3 of 10 shots from the floor and finished with 9 points in 38 minutes. But his 3-pointer from the wing midway through the second half put Kansas up 10 and essentially put the game out of reach.

4 – Christian Braun — The numbers weren’t quite there and he played just 28 minutes, but even with a 1-of-5 showing from 3-point range, Braun finished 5 of 11 from the floor and tallied 11 points while playing an aggressive brand of ball on both ends.

5 – Marcus Garrett — Scored just four points on four shots, but dished five assists and played a key role in KU’s strong run to close the first half that flipped the game in the Jayhawks’ favor.

6 – Tristan Enaruna — Scored just 3 points on 1-of-3 shooting, but grabbed 3 rebounds in the limited time he was out there and was willing to pull the trigger on his 3-pointer when some of his teammates were gun shy.

7 – Bryce Thompson – Did not provide the same kind of spark that he showed on Thursday night against the Cyclones, but played hard and looked to assert himself. The shots just didn’t go in, and he added next to nothing to the rest of his line in 14 minutes.

8 – Mitch Lightfoot — Not his best game offensively. He missed hook after hook down low to finish 1-of-6 from the floor with 2 rebounds in 14 minutes.

9 – Tyon Grant-Foster – Missed his only shot attempt in 4 minutes of playing time, but did grab two rebounds.

10 – Dajuan Harris — Recorded no stats in 2 minutes of playing time.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 181

2 - Jalen Wilson – 166

T3 - Christian Braun – 154

T3 - David McCormack – 154

5 - Marcus Garrett - 146

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 108

7 - Dajuan Harris – 94

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 72

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 70

10 - Bryce Thompson – 63~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 13

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 9

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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Hot shooting from 3-point range moves Ochai Agbaji to the top of the list after 97-64 rout of Iowa State

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) delivers a dunk during the first half against Iowa State on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) delivers a dunk during the first half against Iowa State on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Ochai Agbaji — Any one of these top three could’ve claimed the No. 1 spot in this game. But I gave it to Ochai for the red-hot shooting display in the second half that blew the game open. And I put Braun third for that strange lob he threw high off the glass to no one. All three were terrific, though. And they reminded folks, if only for a night, just what KU can look like when they get rolling. Agbaji finished with 19 points, largely thanks to 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range.

2 – Jalen Wilson — His shot took another step forward, he continued to assert himself offensively and he was a beast on the boards again. The guy had a double-double with 18 minutes remaining in the game. He hit 7 of 10 shots to finish with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes.

3 – Christian Braun — You have to love his stat line — 18 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals — and you also have to love that he brought that street fight mentality to the floor for a third consecutive game. If the other two had not been so hot, Braun would’ve easily been considered Braun’s best all-around player in this one.

4 – Bryce Thompson – Played some really good minutes in the first half in his first game back from injury, looking more calm and comfortable than at any point during his first 10 games of the season. It’s likely he’ll only get better and more comfortable from here and that could be a big lift for Kansas. Tallied 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 19 minutes.

5 – Marcus Garrett — Because so many of his teammates played so well, Garrett didn’t have to do much in this one. So he didn’t. Finished with 8 points on 3-of-7 shooting to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assits and 4 steals.

6 – David McCormack — You had to like McCormack’s energy and effort early on. He just still has to find a way to finish in close early in the game. He had five rebounds in the game’s first five minutes (3 offensive) and got opportunity after opportunity. But he kept coming up short. Still, 12 points and 6 boards with 2 blocks in 18 minutes is not going to upset anyone on the KU bench.

7 – Mitch Lightfoot — Right place, right time all night long, and he probably could’ve even scored a little more than he did. Still, he was ready to calm things down inside after McCormack started a little sped up. And numbers don’t show the value of that type of contribution.

8 – Dajuan Harris — Took a back seat to Thompson as Garrett’s primary backup in this one and wound up looking a lot more comfortable when he was in there.

9 – Tyon Grant-Foster – Played mostly in mop-up time, but he 2 of 3 shots (including a 3-pointer) and scored 5 points in 5 minutes.

10 – Latrell Jossell – Drilled a late 3-pointer like he’s been doing it all year. Helped get walk-on Chris Teahan in the stat book with an assist on the play.

11 – Tristan Enaruna — Played 7 minutes and scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting. With Thompson back and everyone else playing so well, he did not get the opportunities he had been getting.

12 – Gethro Muscadin – Played 4 minutes and grabbed 1 rebound in mop-up time.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 173

2 - Jalen Wilson – 156

3 - Christian Braun – 147

4 - David McCormack – 145

5 - Marcus Garrett - 140

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 105

7 - Dajuan Harris – 93

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 70

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 65

10 - Bryce Thompson – 59~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 13

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 9

~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.

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