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Azubuike caps dominant season with 15th double-double in 66-62 win at Texas Tech

Texas Tech's TJ Holyfield (22) defends against Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Texas Tech's TJ Holyfield (22) defends against Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) by Associated Press

1 – Udoka Azubuike – Texas Tech made it hard for KU to get Azubuike the ball, but his numbers did not reflect that. He finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and helped KU dominate Tech, 38-16, in points in the paint. It wasn’t quite the monster showing that Azubuike has shown in recent weeks, but it was another double-double and another KU win.

2 – Devon Dotson – Shot just 5-of-16 from the floor, but hit four clutch free throws and grabbed 7 rebounds while dishing 5 assists. So many of those misses led to Azubuike points that they might as well have counted as assists, too.

3 – Marcus Garrett – His tough shot in the final minute was as big as any in the game. And his defense on Jah’mius Ramsey might have been the most impressive part of anybody’s game on Saturday. Oh, yeah, and Garrett did all of it while battling through that foot injury.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – Didn’t find much luck with his shot but also didn’t let that stop him from making an impact. Finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds on 5-of-13 shooting in 37 minutes.

5 – Christian Braun – Guaranteed himself a spot in the top five for the late steal and transition bucket alone. After the game, before talking with reporters outside the KU locker room, Kansas coach Bill Self joked, “Guy makes two shots and the media wants to talk to him.” One of those two shots was that big.

6 – David McCormack – The 7 rebounds (3 offensive) made up for the 1-of-5 shooting clip. Played incredibly hard in his 11 minutes on the floor and seems to have settled nicely into the role as Azubuike’s back-up.

7 – Isaiah Moss – Another off shooting day, Moss hit just 1-of-6 shots from the floor and grabbed 2 rebounds and 1 steal in 28 minutes. The looks are there and his teammates continue to find him. Moss Just needs to find his groove again.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Played just 3 minutes and did not record a statistic.

Final Regular Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 215

2 – Marcus Garrett – 206

3 – Devon Dotson – 192

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 158

5 – Isaiah Moss – 134

6 – Christian Braun – 119

7 – David McCormack – 118z

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 65

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is redshirting the season.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Azubuike bids farewell to Allen Fieldhouse with monster night

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) collides with TCU forward Jaedon LeDee (23) while competing for a ball during the first half, Wednesday, March 5, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) collides with TCU forward Jaedon LeDee (23) while competing for a ball during the first half, Wednesday, March 5, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Udoka Azubuike – It wasn’t just the fact that Azubuike put up a career-high 31 points in his last game at Allen Fieldhouse that opened eyes on Wednesday night. It was also the way he did it. Ferocious and aggressive from the start, Azubuike terrorized TCU for the second time this season to lead the Jayhawks to clinching at least a share of the Big 12 title.

2 – Devon Dotson – Turned up all night, Dotson played hard and in attack mode from the jump. He finished with 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but hit 2 of 3 from the outside and all six of his free throws while also grabbing six rebounds.

3 – Marcus Garrett – Nine points, five assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes, all with just one turnover. The perfect complementary game to Dok and Dotson’s dominance.

4 – Christian Braun – Played just 20 minutes, but kept finding himself in position to deliver. And he did. Scored a couple of key baskets and looked to attack the rim whenever his jumper wasn’t there. Probably could have pulled the trigger a time or two more, but he made up for not doing it with hustle plays.

5 – Isaiah Moss – Forget the rough shooting numbers – 2-of-9 from the floor and 1-of-7 from 3-point range – Moss made up for them with five rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. Some of those minutes were spent guarding TCU’s Desmond Bane, no easy task. Moss held his own, though, and got his first taste of a title during his college career.

6 – Ochai Agbaji – A rough night in so many ways, the sophomore guard salvage some of it with a mini-scoring flurry late in the game. Agbaji finished with 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 30 minutes, but also turned it over twice to go along with one assist and a handful of passes that flat-out missed the mark.

7 – David McCormack – Out of position a time or two on both ends of the floor, McCormack put up a bunch of zeroes on his stat line. But it didn’t matter. With Azubuike able to play 35 minutes in his Allen Fieldhouse finale, McCormack was only needed for 5.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Played just 3 minutes and did not record a statistic.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 207

2 – Marcus Garrett – 200

3 – Devon Dotson – 185

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 153

5 – Isaiah Moss – 132

6 – David McCormack – 115z

7 – Christian Braun – 115

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 64

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is redshirting the season.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Devon Dotson too much for Wildcats in 62-58 win in Manhattan

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) is fouled by Kansas State forward Makol Mawien, back, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) is fouled by Kansas State forward Makol Mawien, back, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) by Associated Press

1 – Devon Dotson – The one consistent and reliable option for Kansas throughout Saturday’s 62-58 victory in Manhattan, KU’s All-American and player of the year candidate finished with a game-high 25 points and shot 8-of-11 from the floor in 38 minutes.

2 – Christian Braun – A second consecutive solid outing against KU’s in-state rival came at just the right time for the Jayhawks. He wasn’t red-hot from 3-point range like in Lawrence, but he hit a couple, got on the glass and played tough defense while playing big minutes.

3 – Isaiah Moss – Like Braun, Moss played way better than his numbers would indicate. His willingness to stick his nose in there on defense and on the glass was a big part of this win and he came up with a couple of key baskets, as well.

4 – Udoka Azubuike – Was off to another strong start before injuring his ankle. Not only did that send him out of the game for a chunk of the first half, but it also impacted his aggressiveness when he returned. Finished with 6 points and 9 rebounds while playing just 10 minutes in the second half.

5 – Marcus Garrett – Garrett had his hands full defensive all day, guarding players at four of the five positions on the floor. That left him taxed and struggling to make plays on the offensive end.

6 – David McCormack – Finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes while giving KU a big body in Azubuike’s place, but he still shot just 2-of-7 from the floor and took some pretty bad shots throughout the game. Hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line, which was big in a sloppy game like this one.

7 – Ochai Agbaji – Just didn’t quite have it from the start. After two turnovers and a miss in the game’s first minute, Agbaji was pulled for a couple of minutes. He settled down after that and made a few plays. But he was not nearly as effective as he has been most of the season.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Kansas coach Bill Self has been waiting for Enaruna to give him more and reach the point where he can play 10-15 minutes per game. Self’s still waiting.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 199

2 – Marcus Garrett – 194

3 – Devon Dotson – 178

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 150

5 – Isaiah Moss – 128

6 – David McCormack – 113z

7 – Christian Braun – 110

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 63

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is redshirting the season.

  • = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Udoka Azubuike does it again for Kansas, nets monster double-double in win over Oklahoma State

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is doubled teamed by Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele (13) and Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters III (21) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is doubled teamed by Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele (13) and Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters III (21) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Udoka Azubuike – Another day another double-double for the KU senior who is making a hard charge at All-American honors. He finished Monday’s 83-58 win over Oklahoma State with 19 points and 16 rebounds, all with his older brother who he had not seen in 10 years in the crowd watching.

2 – Christian Braun – I can’t remember the last time I saw someone sprint as hard to the other end of the floor from a defensive position the way Braun did on Monday night. His energy was way up in this one and he was physical and aggressive on the glass and with his shot. Knocked in 3-of-4 from the outside and had the look of the Braun who started a stretch of games for KU this season.

3 – Marcus Garrett – Didn’t shoot it well, but finished the night with a 7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. That did more to help the Kansas offense than his six missed shots in eight attempts hurt KU.

4 – Isaiah Moss – Great on the glass early and 3-of-6 from 3-point range for 9 points and 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. He continues to look comfortable playing his role and is becoming less and less hesitant to pull the trigger with each game.

5 – Ochai Agbaji – Finally got his shot going again and finished with 15 points after 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Would have been ranked higher as a result, but the rest of his stat line was empty. One thing at a time with Agbaji. And him finding his scoring touch again on Monday was good news for the Jayhawks.

6 – Devon Dotson – Finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes, but shot just 3-of-12 from the floor and looked exhausted at times, a leftover effect from Saturday’s hard-fought win at Baylor. Some rest will do him and several of his teammates good this week.

7 – David McCormack – Shot 5-of-10 from the floor and finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. The minutes was the biggest thing because it represented McCormack playing a sizable portion of the game and allowing Azubuike to sit more than he did on Saturday.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Enaruna’s minutes were up, as well, to 16 for the game. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t do a whole lot with them, making just 1-of-4 shot attempts and grabbing a pair of rebounds. Again, like McCormack, Enaruna’s time on the floor meant as much as any of the numbers he put up on Monday.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 194

2 – Marcus Garrett – 190

3 – Devon Dotson – 170

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 148

5 – Isaiah Moss – 122

6 – David McCormack – 110z

7 – Christian Braun – 103

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 62

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is redshirting the season.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Dominant Dok tops ratings in 64-61 road win over No. 1 Baylor

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, center, is defended by Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, left, and guard Marcus Garrett, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, center, is defended by Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, left, and guard Marcus Garrett, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin) by Associated Press

1 – Udoka Azubuike – After limiting him to 6 points on 6 shots in the first meeting, the Bears got all they could want from Azubuike, and then some, in Saturday’s rematch. The KU senior finished with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a career-high 19 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks in a 64-61 Kansas victory in which he completely dominated.

2 – Marcus Garrett – So smart, calm and crafty, Garrett delivered exactly the kind of game you’d expect him to in a matchup with the No. 1 team in the nation — 9 points, 7 assists and 2 steals in 33 minutes. The 5 turnovers and 4 fouls were a bit uncharacteristic, but few players are as able to make up for their mistakes as Garrett.

3 – Devon Dotson – Didn’t have his best game shooting the ball, but he was relentless in getting to the rim and each trip was so tough. He didn’t always finish, but even his misses wound up working out, as Azubuike cleaned up a handful of them.

4 – Isaiah Moss – Played a huge role in a few different ways, none bigger than the two free throws he hit in the final seconds to put KU up 3, forcing the Bears into a 3-point attempt to tie it at the buzzer. Drove to the rim, hit a couple of 3s and even defended Jared Butler fairly well in spots. A solid all-around game.

5 – Christian Braun – The KU freshman was scrappy on D and opportunistic on offense throughout the game. Finished with 4 points and a steal on 2-of-3 shooting in 21 minutes.

6 – Ochai Agbaji – Scoreless in 39:15, Agbaji was 0-of-5 from the floor, 0-of-2 from 3-point range and turned it over three times to go along with three assists. His inbounds gaffe in the final seconds that allowed Baylor to cut the KU lead to one was almost catastrophic. But, again, this one always comes back to Self’s willingness to keep Agbaji on the floor, even on nights when he doesn’t have it. Self trusts him so much and Agbaji tries so hard — particularly on defense — that it’s tough for the KU coach to take him out.

7 – David McCormack – Fouled out in four minutes and scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting to go along with one turnovers during his short stint in the game.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 186

2 – Marcus Garrett – 184

3 – Devon Dotson – 167

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 144

5 – Isaiah Moss – 117

6 – David McCormack – 108z

7 – Christian Braun – 96

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 61

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and will redshirt the season.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Dotson dominant in KU’s 91-71 win over Iowa State

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) makes a move to the bucket against several Iowa State defenders during the second half on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) makes a move to the bucket against several Iowa State defenders during the second half on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Devon Dotson – Looked as fast and unstoppable as he has at any point in his Kansas career while exploding for 29 points in a 91-71 KU victory. The biggest reason Dotson threatened to eclipse his career-high of 31, however, came from the 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Added 3 steals and an assist during a remarkable night for KU’s lead guard.

2 – Marcus Garrett – Six assists and one turnover for the Big 12’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. Finished with 5 points and 8 rebounds while adding 3 steals to yet another stat-stuffer of a night.

3 – Ochai Agbaji – This was by far Agbaji’s best game in attacking the basket and he finished with 14 points in 30 minutes as a result. Hit 2-of-6 from 3-point range, which is good enough, while adding 3 assists and a steal to a productive line.

4 – Christian Braun – Broke out in a big way, scoring 13 points in the first half and adding to KU’s hot shooting from 3-point range. Didn’t do much in the second half, but KU did not need him to.

5 – Udoka Azubuike – So good and so aggressive early, Azubuike did everything he could to get to the rim. Finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds, but also turned it over 6 times.

6 – David McCormack – Had a couple of nice stretches where he looked productive and versatile on offense. Finished with 10 point in 18 minutes, but could have done even better if not for the 3-of-7 shooting.

7 – Isaiah Moss – If he was going to cool off from 3-point range, Moss picked a good night to do it. Finished 1-of-7 from the floor (0-for-4 from 3-point range), but tallied a season-high 6 rebounds to help make up for the off shooting night.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Missed both shots he attempted from the floor and turned it over twice in just under 10 minutes.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 179

2 – Marcus Garrett – 178

3 – Devon Dotson – 162

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 142

5 – Isaiah Moss – 113

6 – David McCormack – 107z

7 – Christian Braun – 93

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 61

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is expected to be out at least three months.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Garrett gone wild earns top spot in ratings after career day in 87-70 win over Oklahoma

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) comes away with a steal from Oklahoma during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) comes away with a steal from Oklahoma during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Marcus Garrett – He might’ve taken the top spot again on the strength of his defense alone. But when you throw in a career-high 6 3-point makes, it quickly becomes a no-brainer. Garrett was absolutely sensational again on both ends, leading KU’s offense, defense and intangibles throughout the victory.

2 – Udoka Azubuike – A monster double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds, Azubuike needed no reminder to wake up during KU’s most recent early tip. Added 4 blocks, some of them vicious, to his solid stat line.

3 – Devon Dotson – Had it been any other day, Dotson’s line would’ve been good enough for the top spot. 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and just 2 turnovers. But on Saturday, he shared the floor, and the spotlight, with Azubuike and Garrett, who bumped him to third after another strong showing.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – I love the way Agbaji has been playing lately. Confident at most spots on the floor and willing to crash the boards and mix it up with bigger bodies at all times. He finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 turnover while knocking in a couple of 3-pointers, as well.

5 – Isaiah Moss – Got the start over Christian Braun and showed some confidence as a result. Didn’t quite have the impact that he had in the win at West Virginia, but he also didn’t need to. Finished with 8 points in 33 minutes and hit 2 of 3 from 3-point range, both of them pure, no-hesitation jumpers.

6 – David McCormack – Wasn’t great in the first half, but improved tremendously in the second. His poise was evident and he put together a stretch of three straight baskets for Kansas early in the second half.

7 – Christian Braun – Three points, an assist and a block in 10 minutes in his return to the bench after starting the last handful of games. The triple was key at the time, giving KU the lead back after the Sooners had taken it with a 9-0 run.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Played 9 minutes of a pretty typical game for him, complete with mistakes and flashes of what he could do if he gets confidence and becomes more consistent.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 175

2 – Marcus Garrett – 171

3 – Devon Dotson – 154

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 136

5 – Isaiah Moss – 111

6 – David McCormack – 104z

7 – Christian Braun – 88

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 60

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is expected to be out at least three months.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Garrett steals the ball and the game, earns top spot in ratings after 58-49 win over West Virginia

West Virginia forward Gabe Osabuohien (3) looks to pass the ball as Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

West Virginia forward Gabe Osabuohien (3) looks to pass the ball as Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten) by Associated Press

1 – Marcus Garrett – Forget about the turnovers. In a game won by defense, your best defensive player is likely your hero. And that was exactly the case for Garrett on Wednesday night. His five steals, including three in a row late with the game on the line, were nothing short of spectacular and became just the latest chapter in the book of defense that Garrett is authoring.

2 – Isaiah Moss – His 10 second-half points and two late triples were absolutely huge. And the emotion he showed after hitting them was just as big. He still only made 3-of-7 from the floor, but when those three makes come from 3-point range and you’re able to count on him defensively, everything else just kind of fades into the background.

3 – Devon Dotson – Led the team with 15 points despite an off night shooting the ball. He hit just 1-of-5 from 3-point range, but the one was a huge shot from in front of the KU bench that kick-started KU’s 19-5 run to close the game.

4 – Udoka Azubuike – Spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, but was a monster factor down the stretch, picking up both of his blocks and several key rebounds in the game’s final 7 or 8 minutes.

5 – Ochai Agbaji – Despite not getting anything to fall from behind the arc, Agbaji was overall pretty solid on both ends of the floor. He could have been more aggressive on the offensive end, but what he lacked in that department he made up for by crashing the glass hard, particularly in the first half when Azubuike and David McCormack were battling foul trouble.

6 – David McCormack – Dished out a few careless fouls in the first half and did not play in the second half. Still, his four points were nice on a night when KU struggled to score.

7 – Christian Braun – Took just one shot and scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in 16 minutes. It’s not that he was bad, but a road game at WVU in mid-February is a whole different beast than anything Braun has seen to date.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Played just 3:20 in the first half and it came with McCormack sitting with three fouls and Azubuike sitting with two. His near follow tip late in the first half would have been a highlight moment and showed the kind of effort he is capable of playing with. But he followed it up by missing both free throws.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 168

2 – Marcus Garrett – 163

3 – Devon Dotson – 148

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 131

5 – Isaiah Moss – 107

6 – David McCormack – 101z

7 – Christian Braun – 86

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 59

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is redshirting the 2019-20 season

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Azubuike earns top spot with dominant effort in 60-46 win at TCU

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks against TCU defenders guard Edric Dennis (2), PJ Fuller (4,) Kevin Samuel (21) and Charles O'Bannon Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks against TCU defenders guard Edric Dennis (2), PJ Fuller (4,) Kevin Samuel (21) and Charles O'Bannon Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) by Associated Press

1 – Udoka Azubuike – Dominated stretches of this game, including early on after KU started very slow. Wasn’t his best game by any means, but his numbers were good and he competed throughout. 20 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks.

2 – Devon Dotson – The only other Jayhawk who could consistently score in this one, Dotson didn’t let his offensive burden take his mind off of his defense. Finished with 18 points and 11 assists, with 3 steals and 5 turnovers.

3 – David McCormack – He wasn’t great, but on a day when very few other players were, McCormack gave KU quality minutes in limited time. Nowhere was that more obvious than midway through the second half when he became the only Jayhawk not named Azubuike or Dotson to score a bucket to that point with a big jumper out of a timeout. Finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds in 8 minutes.

4 – Marcus Garrett – It wasn’t his typical fill-up-the-stat-sheet kind of game, but it also wasn’t a typical game. Still, Garrett played well defensively, making Desmond Bane work for everything he got, and also ran the offense at times.

5 – Ochai Agbaji – Didn’t shoot it well but did get one to fall late and also played hard defensively from start to finish. Was just 2-for-6 from the floor, but blocked a shot and picked up 2 steals as a result of his strong effort.

6 – Isaiah Moss – Knocked in a few 3-pointers, which came at key times, but made far too many mistakes and careless plays on defense to be ranked any higher. Shot 3-of-11 from the floor (3-of-8 from 3-point range) and fouled four times while turning it over twice.

7 – Tristan Enaruna – Got some legit minutes in the first half and looked good in them. Fell back into his more passive approach as the game went on, but that early stretch was a good sign, albeit a small one, for his continued development.

8 – Christian Braun – Didn’t do much on either end and caught the wrath of Bill Self on a couple of occasions. Beyond that, he started the second half on the bench instead of on the floor. Shot 0-of-2 from the floor with 2 turnovers in 20 minutes.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 163

2 – Marcus Garrett – 149

3 – Devon Dotson – 148

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 127

5 – Isaiah Moss – 100

6 – David McCormack – 98z

7 – Christian Braun – 84

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 58

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is expected to be out at least three months.

+ = suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Azubuike’s big second half delivers top spot in ratings after 69-58 win vs. Texas

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) battles for a rebound with Texas forward Jericho Sims during the second half on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) battles for a rebound with Texas forward Jericho Sims during the second half on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Udoka Azubuike – Fought and battled his way to another double-double on a night when he didn’t start because of a bad day in practice on Sunday. The 7-foot center completely took over the game during the decisive stretch of the second half, dunking everything he could and bringing energy to the crowd and his teammates. Finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes.

2 – Marcus Garrett – Gets the edge over Dotson for the No. 2 spot because of the ankle and foot ailments he’s been dealing with. Filled up the stat sheet once again to the tune of 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and just one turnover.

3 – Devon Dotson – Another player who was terrific in the second half after a sluggish first half, Dotson finished with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and hit the shot of the night, a 3-pointer from in front of the KU bench with the shot clock winding down that made its way all around the rim and kissed the glass gently before falling.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – Looked more sure of himself on offense, stepping into mid-range jumpers and knocking them down at key moments. Made just 3-of-8 overall and missed both 3-point tries, but there was enough there to think that his offense might be coming.

5 – Isaiah Moss – Hit a big triple when KU needed one to extend their second-half run. But missed the four others he shot and finished with 7 points and 2 rebounds in 24 minutes.

6 – David McCormack – Started but still played the role he’s destined to have the rest of the season — Azubuike’s backup. Still, the early energy and activity was good from a guy playing just his second game after a 2-game suspension. Finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes.

7 – Christian Braun – Braun was better tonight than in the 4 minutes he got the first time KU played Texas. And his 5 rebounds and tough mental approach were far more noteworthy than his 1-of-5 shooting.

8 – Tristan Enaruna – Played just 4 minutes and missed his only shot attempt. Still not all the way there, but he continues to look a little more comfortable each time out. There’s a game down the road where Enaruna will come up big.

Season Standings

1 – Udoka Azubuike – 155

2 – Marcus Garrett – 144

3 – Devon Dotson – 141

4 – Ochai Agbaji – 123

5 – Isaiah Moss – 97

6 – David McCormack – 92z

7 – Christian Braun – 83

8 – Tristan Enaruna – 56

9 – Silvio De Sousa – 47+

10 – Jalen Wilson – 2x

x = broke his ankle 20 seconds into the second game of the season and is expected to be out at least three months.

+ = was suspended for 12 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

z = was suspended for 2 games following KU’s 81-60 win over Kansas State on Jan. 21, 2020.

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