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Dotson’s big time bounce-back earns top spot in KUsports.com ratings

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) reacts to a shot during the second half, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) reacts to a shot during the second half, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Devon Dotson – Clearly driven by a sub-par performance against Duke, Dotson was lights out in this one, putting up numbers that threatened triple-double status and setting the tone early with his tenacity.

2 – Tristan Enaruna – A second straight solid game included a little more juice and a lot more production. Enaruna finished with nine points, five rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

3 – Udoka Azubuike – The big fella dropped a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes and appeared to have much more room to work — and success — when KU went to its smaller lineups.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – It took him a minute to find his stroke from the outside, but he knocked in 3-of-8 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minute. He still had three turnovers, but at least one wasn’t his fault.

5 – Isaiah Moss – The senior grad transfer made his KU debut count, dropping in eight points and three rebounds in 25 minutes. Much better in the second half than in the first, Moss already appears to have the look of a player who is never going to be afraid to let it fly when he has space.

6 – Marcus Garrett – Not his best night in any one area, but KU didn’t need it to be. Still finished 4-of-8 from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and dished five assists with two turnovers. His poise and presence early on was his biggest contribution in this one.

7 – David McCormack – Made his second consecutive start but played just 10 minutes. The matchup just wasn’t conducive to playing KU’s big bodies. He did hit a deep jumper early in the game when KU needed someone to score, but only tallied those two points and four rebounds on the night.

8 – Silvio De Sousa – Self said after the game that De Sousa was much better in this one than he was against Duke. The numbers don’t really show that, but he did move with more purpose and freedom and did not appear to be quite as bogged down by the mental side of the game. Still has some work to do to get all the way out of the hole, but he’s at least trending in the right direction ever so slightly.

9 – Christian Braun – Played just two minutes and missed his only shot and a pair of free throws. The free throws were the result of a strong take to the rim on the baseline, but he was not out there enough to make a real impact.

10 – Jalen Wilson – Played just 27 seconds before breaking his left ankle, an injury that will cost him at least the next three months.

Season Standings

T1 – Devon Dotson – 15

T1 – Udoka Azubuike – 15

3 – Marcus Garrett – 14

T4 – Ochai Agbaji – 13

T4 – Tristan Enaruna – 13

6 – David McCormack – 12

T7 – Silvio De Sousa – 6

T7 – Isaiah Moss – 6

9 – Christian Braun – 4

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2

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Marcus Garrett takes top spot in KUsports.com ratings after tough loss to Duke

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) in action against the Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) in action against the Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) by Associated Press

1 – Marcus Garrett – Easily KU’s best player in this one, Garrett was efficient on offense — five assists and two turnovers — and his usual lockdown self on defense. His 5-of-13 shooting night wasn’t the prettiest, but even that was the product of a player who was forcing the action and trying to attack the Duke defense.

2 – David McCormack – Another ugly shooting line (2-of-7) did not erase an otherwise solid night. Starting in the 4 spot for the second game in a row, McCormack added 13 rebounds and six points to go along with two steals and a blocked shot. He misfired on a few jumpers, turned it over three times himself and still looked a little overmatched defending the perimeter. But all in all it was a decent first step in his sophomore season.

3 – Udoka Azubuike – He has to get more than four shots, but some of that is on his teammates. Azubuike was active all night and grabbed eight points and eight rebounds. His four turnovers were a problem, but he dished four assists and even hit two of the three free throws he attempted.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – He started out great and was a key part of the Jayhawks’ 14-0 second-half run that put them up by nine. But, strangely, Agbaji was at his worst in transition, where he suffered many of his five turnovers and missed a few opportunities to get Kansas easy points.

5 – Devon Dotson – One assist and six turnovers isn’t what you want to see from your point guard. Still, Dotson’s ability to drive to the rim at will helped keep KU in this one. In 38 minutes, he hit five of nine shots but missed his first three 3-pointers. The only one that went in was the bank shot at the buzzer that did not matter.

6 – Tristan Enaruna – The lone freshman who played double digit minutes had a solid debut for the Jayhawks. Enaruna tallied five points and grabbed two rebounds on 2-of-3 shooting, but impacted the game much more than those numbers suggest. The Jayhawks have something here and it would not be a surprise to see his minutes increase from 16 to much higher sooner rather than later.

7 – Silvio De Sousa – De Sousa’s junior debut was one to forget. He struggled at the 4, did only marginally better when playing the 5 and played just eight minutes, grabbing four rebounds and scoring three points, all on free throws.

8 – Christian Braun – Missed his only shot and fouled twice. Tough night — and place — to break into college basketball. He’ll get better from here.

9 – Jalen Wilson – Logged just two minutes and had a foul, a turnover and a quick-trigger missed jumper.

Season Standings

1 – Marcus Garrett – 9

2 – David McCormack – 8

3 – Udoka Azubuike – 7

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 6

5 – Devon Dotson – 5

6 – Tristan Enaruna – 4

7 – Silvio De Sousa – 3

8 – Christian Braun – 2

9 – Jalen Wilson – 1

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Devon Dotson tops ratings after being too much for Northeastern in easy NCAA Tournament victory

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) gets up to the bucket against Northeastern guard Donnell Gresham Jr. (22) during the first half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) gets up to the bucket against Northeastern guard Donnell Gresham Jr. (22) during the first half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. by Nick Krug

1 – Devon Dotson – Easily the best player on the court in this one, Northeastern never found an answer for Dotson’s quickness and ability to attack the rim. Finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in KU's 87-53 victory, but was so aggressive and so good to the rim that the numbers don't do it justice.

2 – Dedric Lawson – Scored early and often and did a great job of getting good position down low and giving the KU guards a good target to throw into the post and over the top of the Northeastern D. Finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes and got his first NCAA Tournament off to a great start by topping both of his averages with ease.

3 – K.J. Lawson – Big time effort off the bench for the Jayhawks, putting in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes. His length, ability to play inside and out and confident demeanor was just what KU needed in its Round 1 win.

4 – Marcus Garrett – His quick impact on back-to-back possessions in the first half was key, getting a bucket and then a steal and an even-easier bucket in back to back trips. That set the tone and served as proof that KU’s athleticism would be too much for the Huskies.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Didn’t shoot it well but played with poise and intelligence throughout the game. Helped make his teammates better and that was important in this one.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Mitch did what Mitch does – played big, tried to block shots and was a good teammate and ball mover on offense. Not great numbers, but not a bad night. Started the second half after a solid first half.

7 – Ochai Agbaji – Looked timid and unable to just let it go. That was on offense, defense and as a passer. Hit the glass for a couple big rebounds and buckets, but can still play so much better.

8 – Charlie Moore – A pretty classic Charlie Moore type of game. Had some good moments leading the break and handling the ball when Dotson sat, but also tried to do too much and tried to play above his ability. If he just did what he was capable of night in and night out, he’d help KU way more than he does.

9 – David McCormack – Hit the glass for a couple of offensive rebounds — one early that was big — but didn’t play enough during real game time to make much of an impact.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 260

2 - Dedric Lawson – 255

3 - Marcus Garrett – 172

4 - Quentin Grimes – 163

5 - Mitch Lightfoot – 133

6 - Lagerald Vick – 132

7 - Ochai Agbaji – 107

8 - David McCormack – 104

9 - K.J. Lawson – 94

10 - Charlie Moore – 84

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence two days before Game 24 and is finished for the season.

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Grimes tops ratings after hot night that put KU into the Big 12 tourney title game

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) signals three after being fouled on a made three-point attempt during the first half, Friday, March 15, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) signals three after being fouled on a made three-point attempt during the first half, Friday, March 15, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 – Quentin Grimes – His 5-of-5 shooting clip from 3-point range in the first half was the story and his confidence in other aspects of his game only grew from there. Finished with 18 points after a quiet first half, but added 8 rebounds and 3 assists to his point total during what was easily his best game since KU’s win over Michigan State in the season opener.

2 – Devon Dotson – Dropped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and had complete command of the game, on both ends, from start to finish. His dimes got others going all night and he turned it over just once, bringing his totals for the tournament to 10 assists and 1 turnover.

3 – Dedric Lawson – How about dropping in 24 points and 8 rebounds on 75 percent shooting and falling to third in the ratings? Lawson was great and he found creative ways to score. The fact that two guys on his team played even better is great news for this group.

4 – Marcus Garrett – Grimes’ 4-point play no doubt got this team going, but before that Garrett’s willingness to drive it hard to the rim played a huge role in helping Kansas find its flow. Finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes.

5 – Mitch Lightfoot – Tallied as many blocks (4) as points and is really starting to be an every-game enforcer for these Jayhawks, with his total number of blocks for the tournament now sitting at 7... and counting.

6 – David McCormack – He wasn’t as good on Friday as he was on Thursday night, but, still, 7 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes will be a line KU coach Bill Self takes just about every time. The most important thing about his seven points was the fact that they came as a result of his work on the offensive glass, where he grabbed 5 of his 8 boards.

7 – Ochai Agbaji – Wound up with 9 points on 4-of-9 shooting and finished on a high note after another tough first half. The arrow is starting to point back up for Agbaji, though, and a big game in the final against Iowa State could send him soaring.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Tallied 2 rebounds and 2 fouls in just 10 minutes while splitting his time between the post and the perimeter in what was a classic whatever-the-team-needs type of night.

9 – Charlie Moore – Hit just 1 of 3 shots and turned it over twice in 10 minutes.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 241

2 - Dedric Lawson – 240

3 - Marcus Garrett – 157

4 - Quentin Grimes – 150

5 - Lagerald Vick – 132

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 124

7 - Ochai Agbaji – 100

7 - David McCormack – 100

9 - K.J. Lawson – 85

10 - Charlie Moore – 81

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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Big Dave McCormack powers way to top spot in ratings vs. Texas

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) pulls a rebound from Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during the first half, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) pulls a rebound from Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) during the first half, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 – David McCormack – Should’ve had a double-double in his postseason debut, but mishandled a late rebound attempt. That gaffe did nothing to spoil his effort, though, as the KU freshman poured in 13 points and 9 rebounds to help power KU past Texas.

2 – Devon Dotson – Made 6 of 11 shots, hit 4 of 5 from the free throw line and added four assists and zero turnovers to lead Kansas with 17 points. More games like that will take this team far.

3 – Dedric Lawson – Not his best game efficiency-wise, but Lawson had moments where he looked so smooth and so unstoppable, finishing with 16 points and 6 rebounds to go along with a block, two steals and six turnovers.

4 – Marcus Garrett – Five point and eight rebounds in 20 minutes and nearly all of them were big.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Hit 7 of 8 from the free throw line and grinded his way to 12 points and three assists in 33 minutes.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Three rebounds, three blocks and two outstanding defensive slides to force UT shot-clock violations. Lightfoot played just 12 minutes, but he made every second of those count.

7 – Ochai Agbaji – The Kansas City kid wasn’t terrible in this one, but he looked a little skittish at times. Made just 1 of 5 field goals and finished with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 minutes.

8 – Charlie Moore – Did a little more — get it?!? — than his stat line of one rebound and one steal in 7 minutes suggests. Not much, but a little.

9 – K.J. Lawson – Played just 2 minutes and grabbed one rebound and nothing else.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 233

1 - Devon Dotson – 233

3 - Marcus Garrett – 151

4 - Quentin Grimes – 141

5 - Lagerald Vick – 132

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 119

7 - Ochai Agbaji – 97

8 - David McCormack – 96

9 - K.J. Lawson – 83

10 - Charlie Moore – 80

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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Another double-double for Dedric Lawson earns top spot in regular-season finale

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts in a bucket over Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) during the first half, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts in a bucket over Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) during the first half, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Dedric Lawson – Filled up the stat sheet for his 20th double-double of the season and carried the Kansas offense for big chunks of this one. Finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes while going 11 of 12 from the free throw line.

2 – David McCormack – Delivered a monster first half and played an important role in KU building a lead at the break. Finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting in 18 minutes.

3 – Quentin Grimes – Made 3 of 6 from the floor, 3 of 4 from 3-point range and also dished 5 assists.

4 – Devon Dotson – As he has been all season long, Dotson was absolutely fearless in this game, attacking the rim and finishing with 15 points. The total would’ve been higher had he hit his free throws and his turnover total (3) was higher than his assist total (0). But in so many important ways, he has been the heartbeat of this team all season long.

5 – Ochai Agbaji – Only scored 6 points, but got on the glass with aggression for 8 rebounds and also dished 4 assists in 30 minutes.

6 – Marcus Garrett – Seven points, three assists and 2 steals in 27 minutes. Made 2 of 3 from 3-point range but just 1 of 4 from the free throw line.

7 – Mitch Lightfoot – Drew one charge, should’ve been given another and scored 4 points and grabbed 4 boards while playing tough in the paint.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Had a nice tip-in for his only bucket and played just 7 minutes.

9 – Charlie Moore – Missed 2 shots, including one that just clanged off the rim from half-court to beat the halftime buzzer, and recorded 3 fouls.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 226

2 - Devon Dotson – 225

3 - Marcus Garrett – 145

4 - Quentin Grimes – 136

5 - Lagerald Vick – 132

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 115

7 - Ochai Agbaji – 94

8 - David McCormack – 87

9 - K.J. Lawson – 82

10 - Charlie Moore – 77

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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Dedric Lawson double-double good enough to top ratings during rough night at OU

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, center, tries to get to the basket between Oklahoma guard Christian James, left, and forward Kristian Doolittle, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Oklahoma won 81-68. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, center, tries to get to the basket between Oklahoma guard Christian James, left, and forward Kristian Doolittle, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Oklahoma won 81-68. (AP Photo/Nate Billings) by Associated Press

1 – Dedric Lawson – Another double-double, his 19th of the season, was notable on the box score, but still did little to impact KU’s chances in this one. Lawson hit 6 of 11 shots from the floor, including 3 3-pointers and was a stat producer on a night where very little went right for Kansas.

2 – David McCormack – Easily the KU player who played with the most consistent effort and energy in this one, McCormack finished with a career-high 18 points, an impressive feat, even if some of it came in garbage time.

3 – Marcus Garrett – 8 points and 5 rebounds to go along with 3 turnovers in 26 minutes won’t land you in the third spot in these ratings very often. But it did tonight for Garrett, who had one stretch where he hit a couple of jumpers and proved to be the kind of assertive offensive player KU needed.

4 – Devon Dotson – Speaking of assertive, Dotson was in attack mode for much of the night, as per usual. Unfortunately for the freshman point guard and the Jayhawks, though, very few of his shots fell through (2-of-7) and Dotson also turned it over 3 times to go along with his 4 assists in 26 minutes.

5 – Ochai Agbaji – I give Agbaji a lot of credit for having the confidence and conviction to keep taking open jumpers. He just missed 8 of the 12 he attempted. Self said after the game that Oklahoma’s defensive game plan was smart and contributed to KU’s struggles to score. They basically turned the Jayhawks into a jump shooting team and told Kansas it was going to have to make jumpers to hang. The Jayhawks couldn’t. And so they didn’t.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Four fouls and four rebounds along with 2 turnovers in 17 minutes did little to bring the kind of edge and energy KU has counted on from Lightfoot of late.

7 – K.J. Lawson – Hit the glass hard all night for 5 rebounds and dished an assist in 13 scoreless minutes.

8 – Quentin Grimes – After back-to-back strong outings, the KU freshman came crashing back to the form that has plagued him all season — that of a second-guessing, inconsistent, unsure offensive player. Finished 1-of-6 from the floor for 3 points and 3 turnovers in 26 minutes.

9 – Charlie Moore – Made 1 of 3 shots for 3 points and 2 assists but played just 9 minutes and fared no better than any of his teammates.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 219

2 - Dedric Lawson – 217

3 - Marcus Garrett – 141

4 - Lagerald Vick – 132

5 - Quentin Grimes – 129

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 112

7 - Ochai Agbaji – 89

8 - K.J. Lawson – 80

9 - David McCormack – 79

10 - Charlie Moore – 76

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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Aggressive Quentin Grimes tops ratings in 72-67 KU win at OSU

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, left, holds the ball while under pressure from Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 3, 2019. Grimes scored 17 points in the 72-67 win over Oklahoma State.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, left, holds the ball while under pressure from Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 3, 2019. Grimes scored 17 points in the 72-67 win over Oklahoma State. by Brody Schmidt/AP Photo

1 – Quentin Grimes – Played one of his best games as a Jayhawk and it finally wasn’t just because he made shots. Grimes was in attack mode all afternoon — on both ends of the floor — and flashed some of those play-making abilities that made him such a highly sought after 5-star prospect.

2 – Dedric Lawson – Masterful against the double and triple teams he saw all day, Lawson battled in the post for 30-plus minutes and came away with 20 points and 15 rebounds to show for it on a day when KU needed every one.

3 – Ochai Agbaji – Didn’t look great out of the gate and made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but still knocked in a couple of big 3-pointers and brought the kind of heart and athleticism that can compete with anybody.

4 – Mitch Lightfoot – Although it wasn’t quite as impactful as on Monday night in a home win over K-State, Lightfoot made it clear, once again, that this team plays better and things flow easier when he’s out there. Tallied 7 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists in 17 minutes.

5 – David McCormack – A great start by a man possessed gave way to experience and a little more poise. Still, in the game’s first 9 or so minutes, McCormack scored 5 points and made his physical presence felt near the rim.

6 – Marcus Garrett – None of it was spectacular, but Garrett managed 6 points, 6 rebounds and one crucial steal in helping KU survive.

7 – Devon Dotson – Not anywhere close to the KU point guard’s best day, but, even with that, he still played 32 minutes, had the ball in his hands almost the entire time and hit a clutch reverse layup late to keep Kansas alive. Beyond that, he played the final 7:00-plus minutes with 4 fouls and did not pull back one bit.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Wasn’t afraid to shoot in the 6 minutes he was out there, which has become a staple of Lawson’s game and a big reason he’s been ready to contribute of late. But only one of the four shots he attempted went in.

9 – Charlie Moore – Scoreless in 8 minutes with 2 fouls, 1 assist and 1 turnover.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 213

2 - Dedric Lawson – 208

3 - Marcus Garrett – 134

4 - Lagerald Vick – 132

5 - Quentin Grimes – 127

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 108

7 – Ochai Agbaji – 84

7 - K.J. Lawson – 77

9 - Charlie Moore – 75

10 - David McCormack – 71

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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It was Mitch Lightfoot Night at Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) gets up to block a shot from Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) during the first half, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) gets up to block a shot from Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) during the first half, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Mitch Lightfoot – The heart and soul of the Kansas bounce-back, Lightfoot did what experienced players know how to do when their team needs a monster effort and faces a must-win. His numbers were good. His attitude was immaculate.

2 – Dedric Lawson – Twenty-one shots be damned, Lawson’s final numbers — 18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists — were huge and were a direct reflection of his desire to find redemption after a subpar game in Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend.

3 – Devon Dotson – His defense on K-State guard Barry Brown Jr., (4 points and 2 turnovers on 1-of-8 shooting) was good enough to earn him consideration for the top spot. He added 16 points and 3 assists on top of it.

4 – Quentin Grimes – A lot of nights, Grimes’ game would’ve been top-three worthy. But on this night, when his teammates did so much to help KU’s cause, Grimes’ 4-of-8 shooting performance and willingness to dive all over the floor and play with an aggressive edge, was merely the latest in an example of what the freshman guard can be when things are clicking. He had more bounce and played with better poise than in most games this season and the stat sheet showed it.

5 – Marcus Garrett – Even if he did bank one of them in, Garrett’s 2-for-4 showing from 3-point range was huge and his 4 rebounds and 2 steals came at just the right time. It was the second solid game in a row for the sophomore guard who missed five games with an ankle injury.

6 – Ochai Agbaji – Took just one shot and missed it, while adding 3 rebounds and 1 turnover in 16 minutes. Never looked overmatched, just didn’t look like he was in the form we’ve come to expect.

7 – Charlie Moore – Drained a 3-pointer — that was set up by an offensive rebound and an assist from Lightfoot — and also dished 2 assists in 8 minutes. Still had a couple of head-scratcher moments, but none of them hurt KU’s bottom line.

8 – K.J. Lawson – After an uptick in minutes and importance during recent weeks, Lawson played just 9 minutes and finished with 3 rebounds, 2 fouls and a turnover.

9 – David McCormack – Started his fifth consecutive game but played just 7 minutes because of the big night by Mitch Lightfoot.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 210

2 - Dedric Lawson – 200

3 - Lagerald Vick – 132

4 - Marcus Garrett – 130

5 - Quentin Grimes – 118

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 102

7 – Ochai Agbaji – 77

7 - K.J. Lawson – 75

9 - Charlie Moore – 74

10 - David McCormack – 66

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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Marcus Garrett tops ratings in return to court during 91-62 loss at Texas Tech

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) shoots next to Texas Tech's Tariq Owens (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) shoots next to Texas Tech's Tariq Owens (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) by Associated Press

1 – Marcus Garrett – Scored his first bucket in three weeks just 8 seconds into his return from a 5-game absence and was one of the few Jayhawks who looked aggressive and actually shot the ball well in this one.

2 – David McCormack – Played hard all game and was a presence in the post on a night when the Jayhawks needed one but didn’t get it from the rest of the lineup. Finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds.

3 – Dedric Lawson – Far from his best night, but he did hit 7 of 8 free throws and led KU in scoring. Someone had to be ranked up here at the top.

4 – K.J. Lawson – Bill Self praised K.J. For doing some good things after the loss. One of those was shooting the ball. Lawson hit 3 of 6 overall and 2 of 5 from 3-point range.

5 – Devon Dotson – Foul trouble and the environment caused problems for Dotson, who finished with just 7 points and 1 assist in 25 minutes. But he did enough to show that, when he was out there, he was still a tough matchup for his defender. He just did nothing to help lead his team through a rough night.

6 – Charlie Moore – Made a few shots but took a bunch, as well. Tied with Dedric Lawson for the team lead in field goal attempts. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that that stat was not in the KU game plan.

7 – Quentin Grimes – Made just 1 shot in 27 minutes and even missed a pair of free throws. Did finish with 3 assists, but was passive once again for much of the night.

8 – Ochai Agbaji – Missed 5 of the 6 shots he took, including an airball 3-pointer and had as many turnovers (2) as points (2) and rebounds (2) in 30 minutes.

9 – Mitch Lightfoot – On a day when Kansas had no energy, its energetic leader had to be responsible for at least some of that. Beyond that Lightfoot had far too many plays where he tried to play hero ball, going for a big block or uncharacteristic home run instead of using his normally solid fundamentals.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 208

2 - Dedric Lawson – 199

3 - Marcus Garrett – 134

4 - Lagerald Vick – 132

5 - Quentin Grimes – 115

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 94

7 - K.J. Lawson – 79

8 – Ochai Agbaji – 75

8 - Charlie Moore – 75

10 - David McCormack – 73

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. Senior Lagerald Vick left the team to take a leave of absence with no timetable two days before Game 24.

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