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Devonte' Graham after loss to Arizona State: 'Their guards were just better than us'

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Moments after KU’s 95-85 loss to Arizona State — just the 11th at Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self-era — senior guard Devonte’ Graham made his thoughts on the performance clear.

“I don’t like losing, period,” said the downtrodden Graham. “At the end of the day, their guards were just better than us.”

Graham finished the game with 19 points, outdone in that area only by junior Lagerald Vick (25 points, 7 rebounds). Still, it was far from a perfect game from the senior, who missed nine shots and committed three of his team’s 16 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the Sun Devils.

Defense was also an issue for the Jayhawks, who allowed the visitors to shoot 57.6 percent from the field in a 58-point second half. After the game, Self called the KU team the softest he'd had since taking over at KU. Graham used similar wording in discussing what KU needs to do moving forward.

"We’ve just got to man up to it," Graham said, "look at ourselves in the mirror, each and every one of us."

Comments

Pius Waldman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

When teams shoot and make especially 3's hard to beat them. Arizona State simply was a hot shooting team. Yes defense was lacking but their offense made that a challenge.

Layne Pierce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Pius Offense is better when you don't guard it. We also let them drive to the basket at will. At the very least, we need to be more physical. We don't take charges, we don't body up.

We are as coach said, SOFT.

Everybody will jump a little higher, shoot a little better, drive a little harder when they play us. We're the big dog. Winning at Allen Field House, is a monumental thing.

If we don't improve, that may change.

Rock Chalk

Doug Clark 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Trae Young from Oklahoma might get 50 on our guards, and west Virginia's guards will chew ours up and spit them out. It amazes me to hear all this talk about all these ku players who will go pro next year, do any of these guys look like they can play at the next level? Sorry Svi and Devonte, I don't think either of you are good enough, and all the others would stay in school if they really want to go pro because they all need to get better, and if they go early they will get lost just like the other 75% of underclassmen who have gone pro recently have done.

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