Kansas coach Bill Self wasn’t too pleased with how the final seconds of his team’s game at West Virginia played out on Saturday.
Using words such as awful to describe the No. 7 Jayhawks’ final possession of a 65-64 loss, Self said during his postgame press conference that he should have called a timeout.
Waco, Texas — Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick discuss the Jayhawks’ 73-68 win over Baylor, which happened to come on Vick’s 22nd birthday.
A senior guard from Memphis, Vick scored a game-best 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting, with all six of his baskets coming from 3-point range.
Lawson added 17 points, and aided KU defensively with five steals and five blocks.
Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji and senior Lagerald Vick answer questions from reporters following Late Night in the Phog, on Friday.
Agbaji describes his first Allen Fieldhouse experience in front of fans, the Jayhawks’ depth and 2 Chainz.
Vick discusses being back at the fieldhouse as a senior after leaving the program following his junior season with intentions of playing professionally.
Following his team’s annual Late Night in the Phog event Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses the show-closing scrimmage, which featured 10 points form senior guard Lagerald Vick for the losing Blue team and 11 by sophomore guard K.J. Lawson for the winning Crimson team.
The Crimson group, which also featured junior center Udoka Azubuike and freshman guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson, won 46-37 in the 20-minute scrimmage with a running clock.
Self gets into how he handles captains, Vick returning for his senior season, the pre-scrimmage performance by 2 Chainz, “bad ball” by his players and much more.
Omaha, Neb. — To advance to the Final Four, KU needed several big performances from several key players.
"It was just a team effort," said guard Lagerald Vick. "We left it all out there."
Vick, now a junior, had reached the Elite Eight in his first two seasons.
This time, though, Vick and the Jayhawks were able to advance, as the junior scored in double-figures for the seventh straight time in the overtime win.
"We was able to get through that hump," Vick said. "It was just a huge game for us. We just got it done."
Omaha, Neb. — Averaging more than 13 points during the NCAA Tournament, Kansas junior guard Lagerald Vick believes the Jayhawks are playing with more confidence entering Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke.
Vick said he thought Duke was the best team the Jayhawks will play at this point in the season, but his recent strong play has been led by an "aggressive mindset."
"I feel like everybody is on the same page and we're just out there playing," Vick said.
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.”
AMES, Iowa — Devonte' Graham has been an iron man for KU basketball, playing 40 minutes in more than half of the Big 12 contests.
On a day he went just 3 for 16 from the floor, though, Malik Newman (17 points) and the Jayhawks were able to pick him up.
"We rely on him to do a lot of things," Newman said. "We were able to put him on our backs for a change."
While Graham eventually reached double-figures in scoring, it was Udoka Azubuike (19 points), Newman and Lagerald Vick (16) who led the team in points.
Asked about the last member of that list — Vick, who had been in a slump since the start of Big 12 play — Newman praised the junior's energy level in the win.
“I think his attitude has always been good,” Newman said. “The last week or so, I think it’s just been outstanding.”
After an 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State last weekend, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday that he was going to change the starting lineup going forward with Mitch Lightfoot replacing Lagerald Vick.
"Mitch certainly deserves the opportunity to play," Self said. "He, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Devonte' (Graham) try harder than anybody else so we're going to get him out there."
MIAMI — While Devonte’ Graham called Clay Young the MVP of the game, the senior point guard had a pretty good case for that himself.
On a night the KU offense struggled, Graham poured in a career-high-tying 35 points, adding five assists and helping KU break down the Syracuse zone in key moments.
“Coach kept telling me to be aggressive,” Graham said. “Just trying to give us a spark.”
KU, normally known for its balance, had only two other players in double-figures. Svi Mykhailiuk chipped in 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting while Lagerald Vick added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, often playing the role of set-up man in the middle of the zone.
“It just felt good making plays for others,” Vick said. "Just sticking to what Kansas do"
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- Graham, walk-on Young spark KU past ’Cuse