Posts tagged with Big 12 Tournament

Devonte’ Graham: Malik Newman and Silvio De Sousa couldn’t have emerged at better time

According to Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham, his teammates Malik Newman and Silvio De Sousa couldn’t have picked a better time than this weekend to experience breakthroughs.

Following the Jayhawks’ 81-70 victory over West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament championship game, during which Newman scored 20 points and De Sousa provided 16 points and 10 rebounds, Graham said they give the Jayhawks a new element just in time for the NCAA Tournament.

“Now on the scouting report it’s not just going to be me, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Udoka (Azubuike),” Graham said of the preparation awaiting KU’s upcoming postseason opponents. “When you’ve got five guys out there that can be in attack mode it’s hard to guard that. It’s perfect timing and the perfect time for them to get hot.”


Silvio De Sousa finally comfortable and confident at college level

Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa, who didn’t join the team until late December, scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks in the Big 12 tournament championship game against West Virginia.

Following his career evening and an 81-70 KU win, De Sousa said he made sure to keep plugging away, even while most of his first couple of months with KU involved watching from the bench.

“When I came here out of high school I knew it was going to be hard,” De Sousa said. “And I just believed in myself and just tried hard during practices. Now, months later, I’ve actually got my confidence up. Today I finally could play a lot better than I used to.”

Against WVU in particular, De Sousa said his early work on the glass set him up for a productive outing.

“When I got my first five rebounds, that’s when I said, ‘Oh, I’m gonna play hard tonight and make sure we win the game,’” the freshman backup said.


Devonte’ Graham: In Udoka Azubuike’s absence Malik Newman sparking KU offense

Kansas City, Mo. — In two games playing without injured center Udoka Azubuike, Kansas starting shooting guard Malik Newman has experienced an offensive uptick.

Newman followed a 30-point game against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals with 22 more versus Kansas State in the semis.

Fellow starting guard Devonte’ Graham said Newman has given the Jayhawks a much-needed offensive boost.

“I really don’t think it got nothing to do with Dok being out,” Graham said, “but I think it’s just him making shots. We’re putting him in a position just to make plays and he’s having that confidence and letting it fly.”

Newman shot 8 for 14 against K-State in an 83-67 win, after making 11 of 15 versus the Cowboys.


Devonte’ Graham: Jayhawks preparing to get by without Udoka Azubuike at Big 12 tournament

Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham says while the Jayhawks feel bad for starting center Udoka Azubuike, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Tuesday, they are prepared to tackle this weekend’s Big 12 tournament without the 7-footer.

Azubuike’s setback, which is expected to keep him sidelined at least until next week, opens the door for Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa to see more playing time in Kansas City, Mo., before Azubuike’s knee is reevaluated on Sunday.

“It should increase his confidence,” Graham said of the unexpected opportunity for De Sousa, “because he knows he’s gonna get in and he’s not worried about if he’s gonna play or not. He’s just got to go out and be aggressive — him and Mitch (Lightfoot).”

KU coach Bill Self said Lightfoot will start inside for KU Thursday afternoon in the Big 12 quarterfinals.


Jayhawks discuss what went wrong in Big 12 loss to TCU

Kansas basketball players Frank Mason III, Landen Lucas, Svi Mykhailiuk and Carlton Bragg Jr. get into what went wrong for the Jayhawks in a Big 12 quarterfinal loss to TCU at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.

The KU players discuss the impact of playing without freshman star Josh Jackson, and Mykhailiuk shares the explanation he received following his foul in the final seconds, which led to TCU’s 85-82 upset.


Devonte’ Graham talks Big 12 tourney, playing without Josh Jackson

Kansas junior guard Devonte’ Graham discusses the Jayhawks’ approach to the Big 12 tournament and playing in the quarterfinals without starting guard Josh Jackson.


Bill Self speaks further on Josh Jackson suspension

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self speaks with reporters in Kansas City, Mo., regarding Josh Jackson’s suspension for the Jayhawks’ quarterfinal game on Thursday at the Big 12 tournament.


Highlight reel: Jayhawks defeat WVU in Big 12 final


KU celebrates 2016 Big 12 postseason title

The Kansas Jayhawks celebrate after defeating West Virginia, 81-71, in the Big 12 championship game, at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas sophomore guard Devonté Graham was named the tournament’s most valuable player after scoring 27 points in the final.

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