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Dedric Lawson’s double-double delivers huge win for Kansas

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts up a shot over Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens (11) and Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts up a shot over Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens (11) and Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Dedric Lawson – Finally got it going from 3-point range and added another workmanlike double-double to a season full of them. Recorded 25 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.

2 – Devon Dotson – Not only did Dotson harass the Texas Tech ball handlers all night, flat-out picking the pocket of a couple of Red Raiders for easy, lightning-fast buckets on the other end, but he also knocked in 3 triples on a night when KU had everything working offensively. Finished with 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

3 – Ochai Agbaji – He continues to flash his leadership muscles. He also is not afraid to fly high and bring all kinds of emotion and energy to the court.

4 – Lagerald Vick – Had it going with the jump shot early on and his icy glare and signature snarl helped set the tone for this Kansas effort.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Had just 6 points — on 2-of-5 from 3-point range — but also added 4 assists and did his part to help KU defend Tech star Jarrett Culver.

6 – Charlie Moore – Logged 6 assists in 15 minutes — 2 of them to Agbaji for lobs — and took advantage of the minutes he got because of Marcus Garrett’s injury.

7 – K.J. Lawson – Hit a 3-pointer early and showed he could be a reliable option Saturday afternoon if the short-handed Jayhawks needed him.

8 – Mitch Lightfoot – 6 minutes, 1 rebound and 1 turnover.

9 – David McCormack – 5 minutes, 1 rebound and 2 turnovers.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 171

2 - Devon Dotson – 164

3 - Lagerald Vick – 130

4 - Marcus Garrett – 125

5 - Quentin Grimes – 99

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 69

7 - Charlie Moore – 62

8 - David McCormack – 58

9 - K.J. Lawson – 56

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 51

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.

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Dandy starting debut by Ochai Agbaji claims top spot in ratings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 162

2 - Devon Dotson – 156

3 - Marcus Garrett – 125

4 - Lagerald Vick – 124

5 - Quentin Grimes – 94

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 67

7 - Charlie Moore – 58

8 - David McCormack – 57

9 - K.J. Lawson – 53

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 44

Note: Injured center Udoka Azubuike had recorded 50 points through KU’s first 13 games of the season and freshman Ochai Agbaji did not start playing until Game 15.

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Dedric Lawson snags another double-double, but can’t guide KU past Kentucky in 71-63 road loss

Kansas' Dedric Lawson, left, and Kentucky's Reid Travis (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson, left, and Kentucky's Reid Travis (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. by James Crisp/AP Photo

1 – Dedric Lawson – Easily KU’s best player in this one and it was almost enough. Finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds after recording 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half alone.

2 – Devon Dotson – So good going to the rim and competitive all night. KU needed a little more from him to get by the Wildcats, though. Some early fouls hurt his effectiveness.

3 – Marcus Garrett – It wasn’t his night shooting the ball — just 1-of-9 from the floor — but he was his usual self in every other way. Foul trouble might have factored into his struggles offensively.

4 – Ochai Agbaji – Gave great minutes early and showed, once again, that he’s not afraid of the big moments. Didn’t do much in the second half, but finished with 7 points and 2 rebounds in 21 minutes.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Hit a couple of big 3-pointers, both early and late, but did little else in the game or on the stat sheet on a night when KU needed him to do a lot.

6 – Lagerald Vick – Had a couple of moments early, but was borderline nonexistent in the second half until the very end. Not what you want to see from your senior who has been in a bunch of games like this before. Scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting.

7 – David McCormack – Gave great effort and energy but that didn’t make up for his poor decision making and sped up play.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Didn’t see much action and didn’t do anything of note when he was out there. The fact that he was, though, says all you need to know about Charlie Moore’s status.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 154

2 - Devon Dotson – 147

3 - Lagerald Vick – 118

3 - Marcus Garrett – 118

5 - Quentin Grimes – 89

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 64

7 - Charlie Moore – 57

8 - David McCormack – 53

9 - K.J. Lawson – 51

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 34

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.

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Lawson’s huge game leads Kansas, ratings in 80-76 win over Iowa State

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts up a shot over Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) puts up a shot over Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Dedric Lawson - So good when Kansas had nothing going and so good when Kansas got going. His monster night was exactly the kind Kansas is going to need if it wants to be a true contender. And Lawson appears to be poised to deliver. Finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds on 13-of-17 shooting.

2 - Marcus Garrett - Finished with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting and is becoming a bona fide two-way player who still suffocates opponents with his defense first.

3 - Devon Dotson - Completely flipped the script from his disastrous 7-turnover West Virginia game by tallying 8 assists and 0 turnovers in this one.

4 - Lagerald Vick - Hit a couple of HUGE 3-pointers and did just enough everywhere else to justify his 37 minutes.

5 - Ochai Agbaji - Sparked the Jayhawks in the first half and started the second while returning to his reliable sixth man role.

6 - K.J. Lawson - Played some big minutes and hit a key bucket in the run that turned the game in Kansas' favor.

7 - Charlie Moore - Recorded 1 steal in 2 minutes.

8 - Quentin Grimes - Recorded 1 steal in 19 minutes.

9 - David McCormack - Didn't do anything other than grab one rebound in 2 minutes and look a little out of sorts in terms of understanding what he was supposed to be doing.

Season Standings:

1 - Dedric Lawson – 146

2 - Devon Dotson – 140

3 - Lagerald Vick – 115

4 - Marcus Garrett – 112

5 - Quentin Grimes – 85

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 64

7 - Charlie Moore – 57

8 - David McCormack – 51

9 - K.J. Lawson – 50

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 29

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.

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Another double-double by Dedric Lawson earns top spot after 89-53 win over South Dakota

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) squeezes in for a bucket past South Dakota forward Dan Jech (31) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) squeezes in for a bucket past South Dakota forward Dan Jech (31) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 – Dedric Lawson – Another night, another double-double for KU’s leading scorer, this time 16 points and 14 rebounds. His seventh such outing of the year was one of his least memorable, but the three steals he contributed illustrate his effort all over the floor.

2 – Mitch Lightfoot – Easily KU’s best player in the first half after converting a pair of offensive rebounds into old-fashioned three-point plays. Finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and a block in 13 minutes and further cement his role as a steady hand when KU needs one.

3 – Devon Dotson – So strong and quick getting to the rim. Not his best night everywhere, but South Dakota did not have anyone who could handle his drive and the freshman’s 6 assists — after just six in his last three games combined — were a great sign of him refocusing his efforts on getting others involved.

4 – Charlie Moore – Hit a couple of 3-pointers on a night when Kansas couldn’t buy one and overcame a terrible start to score 18 points on 6-of-9 3-point shooting in 21 minutes.

5 – Marcus Garrett – Hit the glass, grabbed a couple of steals and hounded South Dakota’s most effective perimeter player when his teammates could not. 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes.

6 – David McCormack – Played a few more minutes than in recent games and showed flashes of what he can do. Still never looked fully settled in and finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.

7 – Lagerald Vick – Not his best game offensively but he played hard throughout and followed his own miss on two separate occasions for second-chance opportunities.

8 – Quentin Grimes – Aggressive offensively to open both halves, but the quick starts never materialized into much more. Had he not been in a slump entering the game, this would’ve looked like little more than a so-so night.

9 – K.J. Lawson – Came in firing and didn’t hit. Played too little to factor into things that much.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 70

2 - Dedric Lawson – 69

3 - Lagerald Vick – 61

4 - Marcus Garrett – 46

5 - Quentin Grimes – 40

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 40

7 - Charlie Moore – 37

8 - Udoka Azubuike – 34

9 - K.J. Lawson – 26

10 - David McCormack – 22

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Freshman point guard sets tone, leads ratings for Kansas in win over Marquette

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) drives past Marquette's Joey Hauser (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in New York.

Kansas' Dedric Lawson (1) drives past Marquette's Joey Hauser (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in New York.

1 – Devon Dotson – So good in so many ways. Pushed the pace, drove hard to the rim and found teammates for open shots. He also played a little D and was as active as any player on the floor. Tallied 10 points, four assists and three steals, but was much, much better than any of those numbers indicate.

2 – Dedric Lawson – Another slow start — especially at the rim — quickly gave way to a pretty solid night. Finished 9-of-16 from the floor for 26 points and added 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.

3 – Lagerald Vick – Was hot early, making his first three 3-point attempts to push his incredible streak to 18 of his last 23, and finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

4 – Marcus Garrett – Played with more confidence and was more assertive throughout the game. Experience likely played a big role in that. Started the second half in place of Grimes and appeared to help aid better overall flow for KU’s offense.

5 – Udoka Azubuike – Far from his best night. Foul trouble played a big part in that. Azubuike did have a couple of dunks early in the second half that helped bring the building to life, but he’ll have to play much better — and smarter — on Friday for Kansas to have success against Tennessee.

6 – Mitch Lightfoot – Gave good minutes and played hard (stop me if you’ve heard that before) during the time he was on the floor. Picked up a couple of rebounds but will be remembered for the three-point play for points 16, 17 and 18 during KU’s 22-0 run to open the second half.

7 – Quentin Grimes – Attacked early but then disappeared and was benched to start the second half. A couple of first-half turnovers illustrated perfectly what an off night it was for the KU freshman.

8 – David McCormack – His rim-rattler in the first half while filling in for Azubuike was reminiscent of the punishment Azubuike put on the rims in Italy last summer. No major stats but good minutes nonetheless.

9 – Charlie Moore – Never got into the flow of this one and, as a result, didn’t play much. Tallied just one rebound and a bunch of zeroes in 14 minutes.

10 – K.J. Lawson – Another short night for the older Lawson brother, who grabbed two rebounds in the victory.

Season Standings:

  1. Lagerald Vick - 26
  2. Udoka Azubuike - 23
  3. Devon Dotson - 23
  4. Quentin Grimes - 19
  5. Marcus Garrett - 16
  6. Dedric Lawson - 16
  7. Charlie Moore - 10
  8. David McCormack - 9
  9. Mitch Lightfoot - 8
  10. K.J. Lawson - 4

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