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.”
Former Kansas standout center Cole Aldrich addressed the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.
Former Kansas basketball star Cole Aldrich will see his No. 45 jersey go up in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters on Saturday.
A two-time All-Big 12 first-teamer and twice named the league’s top defender, Aldrich was named Academic All-American of the year in 2010.
Here's a look back at the impact Aldrich made for the Jayhawks during his three-year career.
Former Kansas basketball standout Sherron Collins talks about his upcoming jersey retirement ceremony (Monday vs. Oklahoma), what it means to him and his relationship with coach Bill Self.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self praised Devonte' Graham's leadership, Marcus Garrett's positive impact and his memories of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, who both will have their jerseys retired within the next week.
AMES, IOWA — After Kansas won, 83-77, at Iowa State, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham credited the Jayhawks for getting back on track, with the help of guards Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick.
“It was a good bounce-back win. It’s not easy to win here,” Graham said before leaving Hilton Coliseum. “And we had guys step up and make huge plays, and just contributing and doing the little things to help us win.”
The Jayhawks had all five starters in double figures versus the Cyclones, as they scored more than 80 points for the first time since Jan. 9 (also against ISU).
“Coach was on us at practice about guys passing up open shots and stuff like that,” Graham said. “So he just wanted everybody to be aggressive looking for their shot, and I felt like that’s what we did.”