Following a 10-point, six-rebound showing versus Oklahoma Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, previously seldom-used backup big man Silvio De Sousa said working alongside starter Udoka Azubuike prepared him for his breakout performance.
“Seeing him helps you with what you’re doing in the game,” freshman De Sousa said after KU’s 104-74 drubbing of the Sooners. “It’s just a great feeling. We both play the same position and just seeing him sharing with me is a big thing for me, means a lot to me.”
For the first time in a long time, the KU men’s basketball team put its collective foot down.
In the midst of a second-half run that saw KU’s lead over OU get pushed all the way out to 30, Graham made an observation on the court.
“You could just kind of see the air going out of them,” Graham said after the 104-74 KU win. “It made us go harder.”
Former Kansas All-American point guard Sherron Collins addressed the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
A two-time consensus All-American and one of the more beloved players of the Bill Self era, former Kansas guard Sherron Collins will see his name and number join those of various other KU legends in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters Monday night.
Collins is the fifth-leading scorer in program history (1,888 points) and ranks ninth all-time at Kansas in assists (552).
As a sophomore, Collins played a key role for KU’s 2008 national championship team.
Kansas guards Devonte' Graham and Marcus Garrett, along with center Udoka Azubuike, discuss the Jayhawks' come-from-behind 77-69 victory over West Virginia, Azubuike's free throws and the College GameDay atmosphere.
Following a 77-69 loss to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talked about the big free throw disparity between the two teams, the difference between last year's loss in Lawrence and his message to his team afterward: "It wasn't your fault."
Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike came through on both ends of the floor for the Jayhawks in a 77-69 victory over West Virginia Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
After providing 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting and blocking three WVU shots (two in the final three minutes), Azubuike explained how he approached what his coach Bill Self labeled a “big-boy game” for the sophomore 7-footer.
“You’ve got to match their intensity,” Azubuike said of the Mountaineers. “If not, they’re gonna blow you out. We came prepared. We came ready defensively, offensively, and thankfully was able to get a win.”
As for the rim protection?
“I just had to do whatever to make my team win,” Azubuike said. “It’s a big game, playing against West Virginia.”