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Postgame Report Card: K-State 74, Kansas 67

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) is defended by Kansas State forward Dean Wade (32) along the baseline during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) is defended by Kansas State forward Dean Wade (32) along the baseline during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 74-67 loss on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Offense: D

The Jayhawks’ 23 turnovers destroyed their chances of winning on their rival’s home court.

Dedric Lawson, Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson and Ochai Agbaji combined to commit 17 between them.

K-State’s defense repeatedly kept KU off balance, leading to KU’s fourth loss in a row on the road.

Defense: C-

K-State, not known for its offense or 3-point accuracy, drained 10 of 24 from deep.

KU played competent defense for stretches in the half court, but a lack of consistency on that end against one of the Big 12’s worst offensive teams caught up with the visitors.

Frontcourt: C

While KU would be lost without Lawson, the Wildcats harassed him and kept long defenders on him, making for a long night for the leading scorer.

Lawson shot 6 for 15 from the floor and only made 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Backcourt: C-

Boy, did the Jayhawks’ guards look uncomfortable versus the defensive-minded Wildcats.

Quality shots were rare at best, impossible to find at other junctures. The same issues that have plagued KU on the road haven’t gone anywhere.

Bench: B-

Charlie Moore was a surprising bright spot, providing KU with 8 points and a pair of assists.

Mitch Lightfoot looked like someone who had experienced the Sunflower Showdown before, and his characteristic go-hard approach led to 6 points and 5 boards.

KU’s bench was outscored by K-State’s subs, 20-17.

Comments

Robert Brock 2 months, 2 weeks ago

When your team has to be bailed out by Charlie Moore...you know that you are having a rough night.

Armen Kurdian 2 months, 2 weeks ago

With three big time starters on the bench, more focus is put on Lawson, making it a lot harder for him. It's hard to win on the road when three of your best 4 players are sitting. Fans have got to be really supportive this year.

Bj Cassady 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The game at Baylor could be really embarrassing. Their frontcourt puts ours to shame as does the bench and frontcourt. We could easily lose by 20 or more. Unless we play and develop McC this is a doomed situation.

Noel Backwards 2 months, 2 weeks ago

We have already won at Baylor. Our only true road win of the season. Wasn't easy and who knew it would mean so much to the Big 12 race at the time.

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