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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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Garrett’s strong first half edges out McCormack’s strong second for top spot in KU’s 78-66 win over Oklahoma State

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) erupts after being called for a foul as Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) tries to settle him down during the second half on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) erupts after being called for a foul as Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) tries to settle him down during the second half on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Marcus Garrett — Kansas coach Bill Self said the Jayhawks would’ve been in a world of hurt had Garrett not delivered offensively and led the charge defensively in the first half. For that, he lands on top tonight. The senior guard finished with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting and hit 7 of 8 free throws. He also played a major role in making OSU freshman Cade Cunningham shoot just 7-of-18 from the floor.

2 – David McCormack — The junior big man who played with a significant size advantage all night, made up for a poor first half with a monster second half. In short, McCormack did exactly what Kansas needed him to do and seemed to get better as the game went along. He finished with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting (6-of-9 in the second half) and added 10 rebounds a couple of blocks.

3 – Christian Braun — Few shots were bigger than his three second-half 3-pointers that helped KU maintain its lead and came in timely moments. For the second straight game, Braun let it all go and played every possession with the kind of fire that he’s always been known for. The result was a 15-point, 10-rebound night that also included 3 steals.

4 – Jalen Wilson — The third member of KU’s double-double party (11 points and 11 rebounds) missed all three 3-pointers he shot and was still just 4-of-12. But he has now put together a couple of offensive games in a row that have looked like they’ve come from a more confident and comfortable player. It appears as if it may only be a matter of time before the lid finally comes off again for Wilson. Until it does, he still finds ways to make an impact by playing hard and hitting the glass.

5 – Ochai Agbaji — Agbaji was the only thing other than Garrett that even resembled offense in the first half. He hit two early 3-pointers that were big in keeping KU in it after another rough start and finished with 4 steals and 2 assists to help offset his 4 turnovers.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot — Didn’t get much in the way of a sustained opportunity, even in the first half with McCormack struggling. He had a couple of post-ups that led to shots, but he missed the both and finished with 1 point and 2 boards in just under 9 minutes.

7 – Tristan Enaruna — Take the good with the bad with Enaruna, who still hasn’t quite turned the corner, but continues to have moments where he looks like he could really help this team. His two steals were big. His one turnover was worth forgetting.

8 – Dajuan Harris — Played just three minutes — when KU went to five guards in the first half — and recorded no other stats than one turnover.

9 – Tyon Grant-Foster – The best thing about Grant-Foster’s night was that he was out there at all. After an ankle injury kept him out of the West Virginia loss, the KU junior played three minutes and did not record a single statistic.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 161

2 - Jalen Wilson – 145

3 - Marcus Garrett - 142

4 - David McCormack – 138

5 - Christian Braun – 137

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 99

7 - Dajuan Harris – 88

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 66

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 63

10 - Bryce Thompson – 50~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 9

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 8

~ missed 3 games with a back injury in early January and is now out another couple of games with a broken finger

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McCormack’s near double-double good for top spot on another tough day for 23rd-ranked Kansas

West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) shoots while defended by Kansas forward David McCormack (33) and guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) shoots while defended by Kansas forward David McCormack (33) and guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten) by Associated Press

No. 23 KU falls at No. 17 West Virginia, 91-79, in Morgantown, W.Va. Here's a quick look back at who did what.

1 – David McCormack — His defensive production was hit and miss, but McCormack’s effort and energy on the glass and as an offensive threat were both pretty good. He missed a couple of close ones early that helped set the tone for the rough first half. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. McCormacked finished one rebound shy of another double-double and recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds, six of them on the offensive end.

2 – Jalen Wilson — Finally looked more like the player we saw in the first couple of months of the season and had the stats to back it up. Finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds (5 offensive) and hit 6 of 13 shots while aggressively driving to the rim and either scoring, getting fouled or kicking to open shooters. KU needs this type of game to be the norm for Wilson the rest of the way. And he still needs to find a way to become a better defender.

3 – Ochai Agbaji — Hit some crucial shots and played 39 minutes while trying to guard WVU’s Miles McBride for a good chunk of the time. Outside of his 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3-of-6 3-pointers) Agbaji didn’t do much else on the stat sheet. And he did have a careless turnover in the first half that contributed to KU’s 10-point halftime hole. But he did what he has done also season and did it well. He just needs more help.

4 – Christian Braun — Nobody embodied the kind of effort KU was willing to give on Saturday better than Braun, who was all over the floor for loose balls and attacked whenever possible. He missed a couple of shots that were way off the mark and also missed a couple of close ones. West Virginia’s D and style had something to do with that, though. The Jayhawks would be in much better shape if everyone decided to play with the kind of intensity and effort Braun gave in this one.

5 – Marcus Garrett — Missed a breakaway layup and turned it over three times, but still finished with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 33 minutes. Hard to argue with those numbers. Garrett needs help defensively and he’s just not getting enough of it.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot — No real flashy numbers to report, but the charge he drew on WVU’s Derek Culver, which took a basket away from the Mountaineers and put Culver on the bench with 3 fouls was huge at the time. KU just couldn’t do enough to capitalize.

7 – Tristan Enaruna — Played a part in KU going to a five-guard lineup for 7 or so minutes in the first half and actually looked pretty active in it. But he played just 9 minutes total and finished with 2 rebounds and 4 points, two of which came on a meaningless basket in the final 20 seconds.

8 – Dajuan Harris — Finished with 2 turnovers in nine minutes and wasn’t quite ready for this type of game. The official book says no assists, but he should’ve been given one for the lob he threw to McCormack that cut the WVU lead to 57-55. McCormack missed the free throw on the would-be three-point play.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 156

2 - Jalen Wilson – 139

3 - Marcus Garrett - 133

T4 - Christian Braun – 130

T4 - David McCormack – 130

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 95

7 - Dajuan Harris – 86

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 65

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 60

10 - Bryce Thompson – 50~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 9

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 8

~ missed 3 games with a back injury in early January and is now out another couple of weeks weeks with a broken finger

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Braun breaks through to lead Kansas past Kansas State, 74-51

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) pulls a rebound away from Kansas State forward Antonio Gordon (11) during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) pulls a rebound away from Kansas State forward Antonio Gordon (11) during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Christian Braun — There’s just something about the Wildcats that Braun seems to like. After struggling for the past couple of weeks, Braun found his scoring touch again and did it early, knocking in 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 6-of-11 overall for 18 points in 31 minutes to help Kansas knock off Kansas State, 74-51 at Allen Fieldhouse.

2 – David McCormack — McCormack was a man possessed in the second half. And he did a good job of getting going early, too. He finished with his fourth double-double of the season and showed why so many on his team expected him to be so good this season.

3 – Ochai Agbaji — Agbaji was back to being the steady but unspectacular leading scorer on Tuesday night. He finished with 15 points, hit a couple of 3-pointers and played a big role in getting KU off to a good start. From there, he let his teammates bring it home.

4 – Tristan Enaruna — His activity level was terrific, especially on the glass and on defense. He didn’t do much offensively, but his defense definitely helped him stand out.

5 – Jalen Wilson — He was better. And his hot start to the second half was what Kansas fans — and likely Wilson — have been waiting to see. He still shot a rough percentage and played a bit too sped up — trying too hard at times — to consider this a great night.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot — Worked hard for every rebound he could even get close to and also appeared to be aggressive on offense, looking to score when he could and attacking the glass looking for tip-ins, as well.

7 – Marcus Garrett — Garrett didn’t do anything on offense, but KU didn’t need him to. He did chip in with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes, but, much to his liking, several of his teammates had better nights.

8 – Dajuan Harris — Tallied 5 assists and 2 rebounds in 21 minutes, playing solid at times and a little crazy at others.

9 – Tyon Grant-Foster – His lack of defensive effort and intensity cost him minutes and he never really got a chance to make an impact as result.

10 – Latrell Josseell – Grabbed 1 rebound and missed his only shot attempt in 2 minutes of mop-up time at the end.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 150

2 - Jalen Wilson – 132

3 - Marcus Garrett - 129

4 - Christian Braun – 125

5 - David McCormack – 122

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 92

7 - Dajuan Harris – 85

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 65

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 58

10 - Bryce Thompson – 50~

11 - Latrell Jossell – 9

12 - Gethro Muscadin - 8

~ missed 3 games with a back injury and is out another 2-3 weeks with a broken finger

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Garrett takes top spot in ratings after blowout loss at Tennessee because, hey, someone had to

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) shoots as Tennessee guard Jaden Springer (11) defends during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kansas Jayhawks at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) shoots as Tennessee guard Jaden Springer (11) defends during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kansas Jayhawks at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, January 30, 2021. by Tennessee Athletics

1 – Marcus Garrett — Tough to give anyone the top spot after a game like this one, but someone has to get it. Garrett was one of the few Jayhawks who found any kind of success on the offensive end of the first half — even if it wasn’t pretty — and he finished with 15 points, 4 assists and just one turnover.

2 – Tyon Grant-Foster – He’s still a work in progress, but he’s not afraid to attack and showed that he can make plays for himself and his teammates off the bounce. He’ll play more in the weeks ahead, and he should.

3 – David McCormack — Led Kansas with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but grabbed just 2 rebounds in 33 minutes and did nothing to keep the Vols from attacking the rim.

4 – Jalen Wilson — Give him credit for getting on the glass (9 rebounds) and trying to get his teammates going (6 assists). Still can’t find it offensively, though, and he played just 21 minutes off the bench.

5 – Ochai Agbaji — Played hard throughout despite the off shooting night. Finished 1-of-9 from 3-point range and 3-of-12 overall for nine points.

6 – Dajuan Harris — Earned the start and had next to nothing to show for it in 21 minutes. Didn’t shoot, dished one assist and swiped one steal and finished with 3 fouls. As much as we’ve seen games where Harris has made his presence on the floor felt and seen, this was the polar opposite.

7 – Mitch Lightfoot — Scored a bucket and swiped a steal in nine minutes, but not even he seemed to have much energy or tenacity today.

8 – Christian Braun — Missed all four shots he attempted and looked slow and sluggish throughout the game, especially with the ball in his hands on offense. Another rough night that ended with 2 points in 22 minutes.

9 – Tristan Enaruna — Played 11 minutes off the bench but, again, was hard to spot until the final two, when the game was long finished.

10 – Latrell Josseell – Did not record a stat in mop-up time.

10 – Gethro Muscadin – Did not record a stat in mop-up time.

Season Standings

1 - Ochai Agbaji – 142

2 - Jalen Wilson – 126

3 - Marcus Garrett - 125

4 - Christian Braun – 115

5 - David McCormack – 113

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 87

7 - Dajuan Harris – 82

8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 63

9 - Tristan Enaruna – 51

10 - Bryce Thompson – 50~

T11 - Latrell Jossell – 8

T11 - Gethro Muscadin - 8

~ missed 3 games with a back injury and is out another 3-6 weeks with a broken finger

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