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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 90, Stanford 84 (OT)

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Stanford forward Kodye Pugh (5) gets up for a shot against Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Stanford forward Kodye Pugh (5) gets up for a shot against Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-84 overtime win over Stanford on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Offense: B-

KU spent much of the first half failing to find a flow on offense.

Twenty minutes into the game that showed in the assist column, where the Jayhawks had only tallied one by intermission.

Only 16 minutes were left in the second half when KU recorded its second assist, a pass out from Udoka Azubuike to Lagerald Vick for a 3-pointer.

The Jayhawks took a turn from the better down the stretch with the help of Vick, Devon Dotson and Dedric Lawson, though.

KU hit 50 percent from the field and knocked down 7 of 16 3-pointers. But the Jayhawks still tallied only 12 assists, compared to 11 turnovers.

Defense: C

Stanford missed a lot of 3-pointers early, but it wasn’t necessarily because of KU’s defense. The Cardinal couldn’t get many open looks to drop as the visitors went 1-for-8 in the first eight minutes.

By halftime Stanford had connected on 5 of 15 from behind the arc and led 35-29.

KU’s issues on the glass often cost the home team. In the final minute Daejon Davis secured an offensive rebound with Stanford up 73-72. That allowed the Cardinal to work the game clock down to 13.3 seconds before Davis (19 points) drove in to draw a foul and make two free throws.

Stanford shot 44.4 percent from the floor, was 12-for-34 on 3-pointers and finished with 36 rebounds to KU’s 37.

Frontcourt: B

KU come out intent on getting their biggest of big men, Azubuike involved on offense. He scored the team’s first basket by shoving home an alley-oop pass from Vick and gave KU an early 6-5 lead on a layup inside.

However, making the junior center a focal point wasn’t perfect. Although he was able to draw fouls inside versus Stanford defenders, the 7-footer’s well-documents free throw woes were on display in the game’s opening minutes, as Azubuike missed all three of his attempts at the foul line before subbing out for the first time, about five minutes into the nonconference matchup.

Lawson first asserted himself shortly after Azubuike subbed out, by gathering an offensive rebound inside and scoring through contact for an and-one.

Before long, Lawson had put up double-digit scoring numbers, looking smoother than ever while doing so. One board shy of a double-double by halftime, Lawson put up 13 points and nine rebounds and carried KU offensively before the break.

Conversely, Azubuike, as has been the trend of late, picked up a foul on offense while posting up once he re-entered in the first half, so he went right back to the bench. He played eight minutes in the half, producing four points and three rebounds.

Incredibly, Azubuike recovered to produce 18 points and nine rebounds with a much more effective second half.

Lawson easily got his double-double, finishing with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The versatile big also made sure KU got some easy points at the foul line, where he went 10-for-11.

No other KU bigs were a factor.

Backcourt: B-

With the 3-point shot not even qualifying as a weapon for the Jayhawks for the first 24 minutes of the game, KU’s guards did little to help the offense get going against Stanford in the first half.

The Jayhawks missed all six of their 3-point attempts in the first half. They finally got one to drop at the 16:00 mark of the second half, when Vick drained one to get a subdued fieldhouse crowd out of its collective seats. That made KU 1 of 8 on 3-pointers and cut Stanford’s lead to 43-34.

KU would have been buried by the well-coached, tough-minded Cardinal if it hadn’t been for the second half emergence of Vick and freshman point guard Devon Dotson.

Vick’s 7-for-11 3-point shooting gave KU the spark it needed and a couple of his most timely long-range bombs came off Dotson drives to the paint, when the freshman created the space Vick needed for a high-percentage look.

Vick’s clutch 3-pointer forced overtime in a game Stanford had a chance to steal in hostile Allen Fieldhouse. His 3 to open OT gave KU a lead. In full-on takeover mode, Vick followed that with a baseline jam that doubled as a dagger before nailing yet another 3-pointer to make it 83-75.

Incredible show.

Vick finished with 27 points and five rebounds, while Dotson had 10points and four assists.

Freshman guard Quentin Grimes played 16 minutes and shot 1-for-6, scoring only two points.

Bench: C-

Back healthy after missing KU’s win over Tennessee with concussion-like symptoms, sophomore guard Marcus Garrett returned to the lineup and his defense was the best attribute the bench provided.

Garrett finished with four steals and turned one of them into a fast-break dunk for himself. He also broke a 62-all tie with a drive and jam with less than five minutes to play.

Charlie Moore drove into the paint and handed the falloff to Lawson for a layup to give KU an easy basket in crunch time.

With 59.9 seconds on the clock, and KU down 73-71, Moore drove into the paint, drawing a foul and getting to the free throw line. The sophomore point guard missed the first and made the second.

Stanford out-scored KU 14-9 in bench points.

Comments

Joe Ross 1 week, 5 days ago

Good news. Kansas won.

Bad news. We have a LOOOOONG way to go as a team before any discussion of Final Four hopes can begin.

Michael Maris 1 week, 5 days ago

I agree. 1st half, the team looked lazy and undisciplined.

Sam Meyer 1 week, 4 days ago

Good news, this team seems to have the ability to improve dramatically. Last season I felt we had a cap on our potential. This team is beating quality teams and demonstrating room for improvement.

That said, this is only a good thing if you actually show improvement on a game-by-game week-by-week basis...especially on defense.

Joe Ross 1 week, 4 days ago

Saying that they have the ability to improve dramatically is a different thing than saying they have the potential to improve dramatically. Given that we are actually behind where many pundits--including our own head coach--thought we'd be at this point in the season, I wouldn't call any improvement an ability that's been demonstrated.

Potential to improve is a better characterization, but the wide potential to get better is a dubious distinction: for it means that we are not living up to where we thought we'd be.

Dane Pratt 1 week, 4 days ago

Bad news. We are carrying a GPA of about 2.5.

Good news. At 6-0 we are on the Dean's list.

Barry Weiss 1 week, 4 days ago

I think our defense is what is still hurting us. We scored enough to win, its our 3 ball defense that still needs more work.

Steve Zimmerman 1 week, 4 days ago

Needs lots of work on offense plays, too...a lot of them. We've got 3-4 guards on the court, there's just not enough cutting, pick-n-rolling, lobbing... can't just use one or two after a timeout. Garrett is great on D, but booooy... he really doesn't get it on O, except that one DUNK!!!! I'm happy with Dedric, Vick, Dotson, Dok, too. They've been pretty consistent each game..

Bj Cassady 1 week, 4 days ago

I would grade the offense as pretty offensive a C- or D considering the talent we have and the defense the same. Far too many turnovers again considering the talent. We were lucky to win, Stanford deserved to win.

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