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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in final game of stellar career

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) steals a ball from Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) steals a ball from Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: As was the case two years ago in the Elite Eight, Graham was the team’s best player against Villanova. He scored 23 points, made 4 of 8 3-pointers and had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Graham ends his career ranked 13th in Kansas history in scoring (1,750 points), second in 3-pointers (296), fifth in assists (632) and seventh in steals (197). He set single-season school records in minutes (1,435) and played every minute in 17 of 39 games.

2 - Malik Newman: Had 21 points and eight rebounds. He reached the 20-point milestone in eight postseason games. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half.

3 - Udoka Azubuike: Stayed out of foul trouble but didn’t have the anticipated impact on the game. Finished with eight points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

4 - Silvio De Sousa: Had seven points and seven rebounds (six offensive) in 10 minutes off the bench. Made 3 of 4 free throws.

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scoreless in the first half, he finished with 10 points, two rebounds and three assists. .

6 - Lagerald Vick: Finished with eight points and two rebounds on a quiet 32-minute night.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Outside shot needs complete overhaul. Went 0 for 4 from the field and 0 for 2 from 3. One of his 3-point attempts hit the side of the backboard. Had two rebounds and one assist in 18 scoreless minutes.

8 - Sam Cunliffe: Skied for defensive rebound during two-minute stint at end of game.

9 - Mitch Lightfoot: Two minutes without a stat. Projects as a possible redshirt next season.

FINAL SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (338)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (285)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (282)

4 - Malik Newman (261)

5 - Lagerald Vick (252)

6 - Marcus Garrett (204)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (170)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (85)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (46)

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Malik Newman carries Kansas into Final Four with 32 points, tops ratings

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14), the MVP for the Midwest Regional, hoists the remainder of the net as the Jayhawks celebrate a trip to the Final Four following their 85-81 overtime victory over Duke on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Had six points in the first half and finished with 32. Scored all of KU’s 13 points in overtime. Also made overtime possible by playing terrific defense on Grayson Allen on the final possession of regulation. Named outstanding player of Midwest Regional, adding to similar hardware he won the Big 12 tournament. Complemented his 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Missed three consecutive 3-pointers with less than 10 minutes left in regulation, but came through in clutch by hitting one to tie the game with 26 seconds left. Totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and did great job of guarding Marvin Bagley III with the help of trapping teammates.

3 - Devonte’ Graham: Played 45 minutes and turned it over just twice. Had 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and played some disruptive defense when dropping off his man to harass Bagley.

4 - Udoka Azubuike: Terrific 19 minutes before fouling out with nine points, eight rebounds (five offensive), two assists and a blocked shot.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Shook off shaky start to finish with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.

6 - Silvio De Sousa: Life-saver on the boards with 10 in 26 minutes. Also scored four points and blocked a shot. Had three turnovers.

7 - Marcus Garrett: A terrific offensive rebounder, he had two of them in eight minutes, scored four points and had two assists, playing in the middle of the Duke zone for part of his time on the floor.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (328)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (279)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (274)

4 - Malik Newman (252)

5 - Lagerald Vick (247)

6 - Marcus Garrett (200)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (78)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

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Udoka Azubuike tops ratings, leads Kansas past Clemson

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a jam before Clemson forward Mark Donnal (5) during the first half, Friday, March 23, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a jam before Clemson forward Mark Donnal (5) during the first half, Friday, March 23, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Battled foul trouble and eventually fouled out, but made the most of his 25 minutes by dominating inside with dunks and rebounds. He also did a great job of passing out of the post. Finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Has totally regained early season aggressiveness and seems to have developed a terrific on-court rapport with Azubuike. Totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists. Made 3 of 6 3-pointers. Is really playing well.

3 - Malik Newman: Maintained his strong late-season play with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 39 minutes.

4 - Devonte’ Graham: Telegraphed a bad pass that was intercepted and compounded mistake with a foul that enabled Gabe DeVoe to complete a 3-point play that cut KU’s lead to 15 points, an atypical, bang-bang stretch for the extremely smart player. Foul trouble limited him to 34 minutes. Even on an off night, he still contributed 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 6 of 7 free throws.

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored 7 of his 9 points in the first half. Did not have a rebound but did have four assists and a steal.

6 - Silvio De Sousa: Put-back on which shot-clock buzzer sounded as ball kissed off the glass was huge, putting Clemson behind, 62-42, ensuring Kansas gained ground when Devonte’ Graham was on bench with three fouls. Was out of position at times on both ends but he’s so active that he makes up for it with positive plays. Produced nine points and six rebounds in 13 minutes.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Made 2 of 4 free throws, missed both shots from the field and had a steal in 14 minutes.

8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played two minutes and didn’t produce any stats.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (320)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (270)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (267)

4 - Malik Newman (242)

5 - Lagerald Vick (241)

6 - Marcus Garrett (196)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (73)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

By the Numbers: Kansas 80, Clemson 76.

By the Numbers: Kansas 80, Clemson 76.

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Malik Newman shoots Kansas into Sweet 16, tops ratings

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts a three over Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) during the second half, Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kan.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) puts a three over Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) during the second half, Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kan. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Scoreless the first 12 minutes, he finished with 28 points. He had two assists, one big one on a pass from the post to wide-open Svi Mykhailiuk on the perimeter for a huge 3 late. Newman made 4 of 8 3-pointers and 8 of 8 free throws. He has reached 20 points in four the past five games, all victories.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Contributed 10 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes and was the only one capable of keeping Angel Delgado (24 points, 23 rebounds) from completing dominating the game. Not moving the same as before his knee injury, but still makes Kansas a completely different team when he’s on the floor.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made biggest shot of game, a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to give KU a seven-point lead. Missed all three 3-point attempts in first half and made both in second half. Drove aggressively, finishing with left hand. Had 16 points, three assists, three steals and didn’t have any turnovers.

4 - Lagerald Vick: Looked good driving to the hoop and shooting (3 of 4 3-pointers). Had 13 points and four rebounds.

5 - Devonte’ Graham: On a night his free-throw shooting looked better in the box score (6 of 8) than live, his shot was off. He made just 1 of 7 shots and missed all four 3-point attempts. Finished with eight points, nine assists and five turnovers.

6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Great blocked shot to open the game, but didn’t have the heft to keep the clever, strong Delgado off the boards. Produced four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Made just 2 of 5 free throws and had two turnovers, but also played well defensively and had three rebounds.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Didn’t have any rebounds and committed two fouls in four minutes. Scored on dunk from the right side of the basket on a highlight of a hot-potato lob from Devonte’ Graham deep in the left corner.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (313)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (264)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (257)

4 - Malik Newman (234)

5 - Lagerald Vick (232)

6 - Marcus Garrett (192)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (165)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (68)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

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Devonte’ Graham scores 29 points, tops ratings vs. Penn

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) slaps hands with fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' first-round win over Penn, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) slaps hands with fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' first-round win over Penn, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte Graham: Was spectacular defensively, shooting from outside, driving too hoop and hitting the boards in leading Kansas back from 21-11 deficit to six-point halftime lead. Scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the first half. Also had six assists, just two turnovers and three steals.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Penn couldn’t stop him when he drove to the hoop. He should have done so more often, but still contributed 14 points, making 5 of 7 shots overall and 2 of 4 3-pointers. Also had two steals, but just two rebounds.

3 - Mitch Lightfoot: Shook a sluggish and scoreless first half to finish with nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 3 3-pointers, but just 1 of 5 shots from inside the arc and had just two rebounds. Finished with 10 points, three assists, didn’t turn it over and had two blocked shots and two steals.

5 - Malik Newman: Missed both of his 3-point attempts but still was able to contribute 10 points and six rebounds.

6 - Marcus Garrett: When he makes a mistake he’s good at making up for it immediately. He threw a pass under the Penn hoop that was intercepted for an easy bucket. He responded with an aggressive drive to the hoop for a bucket. Had five rebounds and scored two points in 22 minutes.

7 - Silvio De Sousa: Two points, four rebounds and one turnover in 10 minutes.

8 - Udoka Azubuike: Check into game with 8:32 left in first half and ran the floor hard.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Played in the final minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (317)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (263)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (251)

4 - Lagerald Vick (234)

5 - Malik Newman (230)

6 - Marcus Garrett (193)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (168)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (69)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in Big 12 title game vs. West Virginia

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) smiles as he watches highlights from the Big 12 Tournament following the JayhawksÕ 81-70 win over the Mountaineers in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) smiles as he watches highlights from the Big 12 Tournament following the JayhawksÕ 81-70 win over the Mountaineers in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and finished and made 6 of 7 field goals and 3 of 4 3-pointers in the second half. Finished with career-high 13 assists and just two turnovers.

2 - Silvio De Sousa: Made 8 of 8 field goals and logged the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, finishing an amazing three-day run in which he produced 30 points and 29 rebounds. He came into the tournament having totaled 25 and 18 in 12 games.

3 - Malik Newman: Made 15 of 22 3-pointers during the tournament to win Most Outstanding Player honors. Scored 20 points in title game, making 6 of 8 3-pointers and had six defensive rebounds.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 4 of 8 3-pointers for second game in a row and scored 16 points.

5 - Lagerald Vick: In keeping with a recent trend, he played better in second half than first, scoring 8 of his 10 points after intermission.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Had one point and one rebound in 20 minutes.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Totaled two points, two rebounds, a block and a steal in 14 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (307)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (256)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

4 - Lagerald Vick (225)

5 - Malik Newman (224)

6 - Marcus Garrett (188)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (160)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (65)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

By the Numbers: Kansas 81, West Virginia 70

By the Numbers: Kansas 81, West Virginia 70

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Malik Newman tops ratings for second night in a row, eliminates Kansas State

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) signals the ball going the Jayhawks' way after a turnover by Kansas State during the first half, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) signals the ball going the Jayhawks' way after a turnover by Kansas State during the first half, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Well, what did you expect from a McDonald’s All-American? He certainly looked the part for the second night in a row, following a 30-point performance with a 22-point beauty that also featured six rebounds, four assists and three steals. He made 5 of 8 3-pointers and turned back three Kansas State second-half rallies with swished 3-pointers.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Even with his shooting seemingly hindered by tired legs, Graham put his winning stamp on the game. He had a game-high eight assists and two steals and made all eight of his free throws to compensate for a 3-for-11 shooting night that included him missing all but one of his six 3-pointers.

3 - Silvio De Sousa: The team’s best rebounder played 19 minutes and totaled eight points and 11 rebounds. Has a long way to go as a defender and won’t get there this season, but really knows how to soar to get his hands on missed shots. Graham set him up with a beautiful lob from close range but he wasn’t ready for it and had to earn the two points at the free-throw line.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Defenses are working hard at trying to deny him the ball, but he still managed to make 4 of 8 3-pointers to account for all of his points. Picked up just two rebounds and didn’t have an assist.

5 - Marcus Garrett: Turned a clever steal into a bucket and contributed eight points and five boards.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, three turnovers and two steals.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Struggled defensively against the stronger Makol Mawien (29 points in 34 minutes) and committed four fouls, but also had eight points, two offensive rebounds and two blocked shots.

8 - Sam Cunliffe: Played two minutes and committed a foul and a turnover.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (297)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (249)

4 - Lagerald Vick (219)

5 - Malik Newman (216)

6 - Marcus Garrett (183)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (156)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (56)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (44)

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, K-State 67

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, K-State 67

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Malik Newman tops ratings with 30 points against Oklahoma State

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) gets to the bucket past Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the first half, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) gets to the bucket past Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll (30) during the first half, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the first half. Made 4 of 6 3-pointers and 11 of 15 field goals. Had just one rebound, but also did not commit a single turnover.

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Solid all-around effort for the senior. Totaled 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

3 - Devonte’ Graham: Defended Kendall Smith well and overcame a first-half that included four turnovers. Didn’t shoot well, but finished with 10 points, four rebounds and nine assists to go with six turnovers and two steals. Made 1 of 5 3-pointers.

4 - Mitch Lightfoot: Fouled out in 23 minutes and many of them were not good fouls. Two came on illegal screens, one when he grabbed a player at the high post, another on a 3-point shooter. Battled hard inside, though, ran the floor hard and finished with eight points and six rebounds.

5 - Silvio De Sousa: He’s still too easy to score on, but he's also the team’s best rebounder. Totaled six points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.

6 - Lagerald Vick: During a strong second half, he picked up all 11 of his points, both steals and 4 of 5 rebounds. No surprise then that with the X factor engaged the team played much better in the second half.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Contributed four points and sound defense to the cause in 17 minutes on the floor.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (288)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (249)

4 - Lagerald Vick (219)

5 - Malik Newman (216)

6 - Marcus Garrett (177)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (152)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (48)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (41)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in road loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three against Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three against Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) during the second half, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte' Graham: Made 3 of 7 3-pointers, but just 1 of 7 2-pointers on his way to 15 points. Also had eight assists, two steals and three turnovers. Hit big shots in first half to keep Cowboys from running away with it early.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Had eight points and seven rebounds, but also turned it over four times.

3 - Marcus Garrett: Had seven points and five rebounds and gave team a first-half defensive boost.

4 - Silvio De Sousa: Hustled and showed his athleticism on a Graham pitch-ahead that he turned into a throw-back dunk in transition. Has to do a better job of preventing passes to his man in the post, but showed nice knack for the ball in picking up 2 of 3 rebounds on the offensive end. Scored seven points in 13 points.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Another quiet day for the puzzling junior. Made just 1 fo 5 3-pointers and totaled eight points and five rebounds. Averaging 4.7 points in past three games.

6 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Rough day. Bothered by the Cowboys' pressure in the half court, Svi turned it over four times and had trouble finishing (2 of 7 field goals, 1 of 2 3-pointers) and defending. Did have two steals, but scored just five points.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Five points and three rebounds in seven minutes. Not his best defensive performance.

8 - Malik Newman: Not the assertive performance team looking for from him. Didn't have an assist and had three turnovers. Totaled seven points and three rebounds on a day team needed more of both from him.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Produced two points and a rebound in three minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (280)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (248)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (240)

4 - Lagerald Vick (215)

5 - Malik Newman (206)

6 - Marcus Garrett (173)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (145)

8 - Silvio De Sousa (42)

9 - Sam Cunliffe (41)

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Sophomore Udoka Azubuike tops ratings on Senior Night in victory vs. Texas

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) hammers in a dunk before Texas forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) hammers in a dunk before Texas forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Mo Bamba was a scratch because of a sprained toe, which created the opportunity for Azubuike to dominate the paint. He did, producing 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, numbers that could have been better but for a rough night at the free-throw line (0 for 4) and a questionable traveling call that nullified a dunk. As it was, the sophomore center from Nigeria punished the rim with six dunks and made 10 of 11 shots from the field.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Had seven assists in the first half and finished with 11 to go with 10 points. Made 2 of 4 3-pointers.

3 - Marcus Garrett: He has a nose for the ball and he used it to pick up three steals and four rebounds. Also had 11 points, three assists and a blocked shot and turned it over just once. Made 2 of 4 3-point shots and had a terrific night in every phase of the game.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Finished a couple of drives early in the game with nifty scoop shots, one with each hand. Had the hot hand, making 7 of 11 from the field and 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. Produced 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

5 - Malik Newman: Not his best night and not his worst. Made 4 of 9 shots and 1 of 4 3-pointers on a night he totaled nine points and four rebounds.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Made a couple of strange passes on what wasn’t a great night for him, but he did snare six rebounds and had four assists and four points in 28 minutes.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Had four defensive rebounds, matching his Big 12 season-best total, and scored six points.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Produced two offensive rebounds and three points in four minutes..

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (270)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (239)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (235)

4 - Lagerald Vick (209)

5 - Malik Newman (203)

6 - Marcus Garrett (165)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (141)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (35)

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Devonte’ Graham takes over, tops ratings in Lubbock

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pumps his fist after the Jayhawks locked up the win against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pumps his fist after the Jayhawks locked up the win against Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Scored a game-high 26 points in his usual 40 minutes and completely took over the game late, turning back challenge after challenge with spectacular plays. Scored 18 of KU’s final 29 points in the last 13:59. Also had four assists, one on a spectacular bounce-pass to Malik Newman in the left corner for a 3-pointer. Showed that without a doubt he deserves to be named Big 12 Player of the Year.

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 4 of 10 3-point shots and had 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Scored 15 first-half points.

3 - Uodoka Azubuike: Did a nice job of protecting the rim. Was credited with three blocked shots, but actually had four, two coming within seconds of each other. Norense Odiase did a nice job of keeping him from getting position down low and Azubuike did the same to Odiase at the other end. Azubuike totaled six points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.

4 - Malik Newman: Totaled 12 points and five rebounds and made 3 of 4 3-point shots.

5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Had trouble keeping Tech off offensive boards, as did teammates, but did produce four points, three rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 10 minutes.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Was able to get free in the lane and took it in for uncontested dunk. Made 1 of 2 free throws and had two assists and one rebound in 15 minutes.

7 - Lagerald Vick: Not his day. Made 1 of 5 shots from the field and missed all three 3-point attempts. Picked up just one rebound in 39 minutes. Didn’t have an assist, but had two steals and just one turnover. Statisticians gave him credit for one of Azubuike's blocked shots.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (261)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (229)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (228)

4 - Lagerald Vick (204)

5 - Malik Newman (197)

6 - Marcus Garrett (157)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (137)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (32)

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in blowout of Oklahoma

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pulls up for a three in front of Oklahoma guard Rashard Odomes (1) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Outplayed Oklahoma’s Trae Young in more ways than simply outscoring him, 23-13. Graham made 5 of 11 3-pointers and had seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two turnovers. In leading KU to a 20-4 advantage, Graham totaled nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Has just one game left in Allen Fieldhouse and is going out in style.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Drew big praise from coach Bill Self for the way he guarded ball screens. Totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. He’s turning into a huge force at both ends.

3 - Malik Newman: Had 20 points, five assists and two steals and looked good handling the ball in transition. Made 4 of 6 3-pointers and 7 of 11 field goals. He’s played with more intensity of late.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Broke his shooting slump in a big way, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, even rebounds, four assists and a steal and didn’t have any turnovers.

5 - Lagerald Vick: He’s back. Made 3 of 4 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

6 - Silvio De Sousa: In nine games before tonight: 22 minutes, five points, seven rebounds, eight personal fouls, six turnovers, zero assists. In 13 minutes in this game: 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one turnover. Kansas not only won a game, it added a player to the rotation.

7 - Marcus Garrett: His two points came on a put-back, which is a real strength of his. Also had two rebounds and played well defensively in 14 minutes.

8 - Mitch Lightfoot: Blocked three shots in a first-half span of 47 seconds. Other than that, found himself out of position and allowed offensive rebounds and struggled some defensively. Scored four points in seven minutes, but did not get a rebound.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Showed his athleticism by driving and open lane and throwing down a dunk. Also had a turnover and steal in two minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (251)

2 - Udoka Azubuike (221)

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk (219)

4 - Lagerald Vick (200)

5 - Malik Newman (190)

6 - Marcus Garrett (152)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (131)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (39)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (32)


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By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

By the Numbers: Kansas 104, Oklahoma 74.

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Dominant Udoka Azubuike tops ratings in comeback victory vs. West Virginia

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) reaches for a ball above West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) reaches for a ball above West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Blocked shots, dunks, a lefty hook shot, free throws. That’s right, free throws. He made 7 of 10 from the line and 7 of 8 from the field. Azubuike totaled 21 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots (a big one late) and two steals (a big one late).

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Took just six shots from the field and scored 15 points to go with seven assists and just two turnovers in, you guessed it, 40 minutes. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Steal that he took in for a dunk was huge, cutting a lead that had been 10 points to six, 50-44. It was one of his three steals and he also had four assists and just one turnover.

4 - Malik Newman: Came on strong late and hit what was biggest shot of the game, a 3 from the right corner in transition that tied it, 66-66, with 2:13 left.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Strong first half, when he scored 10 of his 13 points to go with five rebounds. Didn’t have an assist, steal or blocked shot, but also didn’t turn it over.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Gave team huge boost first half, when he scored seven of his eight points in 15 minutes. Drove aggressively to the hoop and made a 3-point shot. Played just four second-half minutes because coach Bill Self wanted his best scorers on the floor to come back from a double-digit deficit.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Didn’t score a point or get a rebound or blocked shot in nine minutes. it was a good day for Azubuike to log 31 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (241)

2 (tie) - Svi Mykhailiuk (212)

2 (tie) - Udoka Azubuike (212)

4 - Lagerald Vick (194)

5 - Malik Newman (182)

6 - Marcus Garrett (148)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (128)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (37)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (27)

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Udoka Azubuike leads team, ratings with 19 points in Ames

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) puts a shot over Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) puts a shot over Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

1 - Udoka Azubuike: Picked up third foul 21 seconds into second half but coach Bill Self left him on the court and the center rewarded the coach for that decision. He did a terrific job of establishing position down low and teammates did a great job of looking for him. Scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and all of his rebounds (three) and blocked shots (three) in the second half. Made 9 of 10 shots from the field, hitting hook shots and an up-and-under to go with the lobs he threw down late in the game. Also made a nifty pass to Devonte' Graham cutting toward the hoop.

2 - Malik Newman: Played with the sort of fire in his eyes that sometimes seems lacking and used it to fuel him to 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

3 - Lagerald Vick: Left unguarded on the perimeter at times the way Newman was in the first game vs. the Cyclones, Vick made them pay with a big second half, scoring 13 of 16 points. He made a trio of wide-open 3-pointers early in the second half to extend KU’s lead. Made some disruptive defensive plays and had four rebounds and two assists with just one turnover.

4 - Devonte’ Graham: Contributed 13 points, six rebounds and five assists without turning it over, but continued to miss an excessive number of layups. Made 3 f 16 shots from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Made Made his first five free throws but then missed 3 of 4 down the stretch.

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, just one rebound, two assists and two turnovers.

6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Two points, two rebounds, one block, two steals and three fouls in 15 minutes off the bench.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Played well defensively in 19 minutes and totaled three points, one assists, one rebound, one steal and one turnover.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Played final 2:44 of first half, scored three points, two coming after he got away with a travel and scored on a put-back. Had three rebounds and gave up one bucket down low. Held his own during stretch that ensured neither Azubuike nor Lightfoot would head into second half with three fouls.

9 - Sam Cunliffe: Played final 1:12 of first half to prevent Newman from risking a third foul.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (232)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (204)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (202)

4 - Lagerald Vick (188)

5 - Malik Newman (175)

6 - Marcus Garrett (143)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (124)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (37)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (27)






By the Numbers: Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

By the Numbers: Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in loss at Baylor

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is fouled by Baylor Bears forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) on his way to the bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is fouled by Baylor Bears forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) on his way to the bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2018 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Played the usual 40 minutes and was the reason Kansas didn’t get blown right out of the gym. Led Kansas with 23 points, made 8 of 17 field goals, 4 of 10 3-pointers, and all three free throws. Had four assists and three turnovers. Easily KU's most consistent performer.

2 - Malik Newman: Scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. Shared team rebounding lead with three teammates with four. Benched in favor of Marcus Garrett, a decision coach Bill Self said was based on practice attitude, Newman made 5 of 16 shots and 2 of 10 3-pointers.

3: Lagerald Vick: Played 32 minutes off the bench, including all 20 in the second half, which went much better for him than the first half. At one point, Vick scored six consecutive points. Unfortunately for him and the Jayhawks, two of those were for Baylor. He went up for a defensive rebound and accidentally knocked the ball in the basket. All nine of his points and all four of his rebounds came in the second half. Played 12 first-half minutes and all he had to show for it was a pair of missed shots, two personal fouls, an assist and two turnovers.

4: Udoka Azubuike: Had a couple of careless fouls, which limited his minutes to 19 on a day he was the only suited to matching up with Baylor’s size. He didn’t defend well when in the game and had trouble holding onto the ball. Made all four field-goal attempts and turned it over three times. Totaled eight points and four rebounds with one blocked shot.

5 - Marcus Garrett: He started, but Kansas needed more offensive punch in the second half, so he didn’t start the second half and didn’t get in until the final three minutes. Totaled six points, three rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes. Teams don’t guard him on the perimeter.

6: Mitch Lightfoot: Fouled out in 22 minutes after producing two points, three rebounds (all offensive), two assists and two blocked shots. Made just 1 of 6 shots and struggled against Baylor’s size.

7: Svi Mykhailiuk: Garrett’s hand swung back on a missed dunk in warmups and accidentally smacked Svi in the face, his right eye catching the brunt of it. At one point in the layup line, Svi’s eye was partially swollen shut. Ice treatments opened it back up. He said his vision was fine, but it appeared hindered based on how he shot. Made 1 of 8 shots and missed all six 3-pointers. Totaled two points, four rebounds, two assists and one turnover. Has made 2 of 13 3-pointers in past three games.

8: Silvio De Sousa: He checked into the game, King McLure shot a lane jumper over him for an easy bucket, then De Sousa went to the other end, tried to make a move in the post and was whistled for a charge. He checked back out of the game, never to return. He played 28 seconds.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (225)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (198)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (192)

4 - Lagerald Vick (180)

5 - Malik Newman (166)

6 - Marcus Garrett (139)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (119)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (23)

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Devonte’ Graham leads Kansas past TCU to top ratings again

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up his hands after a three during the second half on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up his hands after a three during the second half on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Led team to victory with terrific 40-minute effort. Defended well, made 5 of 9 3-pointers, and totaled 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Plays with an enthusiasm that ignites teammates and the home crowd. His positive aura will be difficult to replace once he uses up his eligibility. He has just three remaining home games, which is another way of saying he’ll play another 120 minutes in Allen Fieldhouse because to put him on the bench is to risk losing the game for making that decision. West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas are his final three home opponents. He has had terrific games against all three opponents during his career.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Worked hard to establish position and teammates did a nice job of setting him up for his five dunks on his way to 16 points to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks shots. It can’t be any fun guarding him. He made 4 of 7 free throws for the second game in a row.

3 - Marcus Garrett: Had a big tip for a bucket at end of the first half and finished with 10 points and two offensive boards in 15 minutes. Didn’t miss a shot, making 2 of 2 inside the arc and 2 of 2 3-pointers.

4 - Malik Newman: Made just 1 of 9 shots and missed all five of his 3-point attempts, but had one of his better play-making games. Had four of his five assists in the first half. He entered with just nine assists in 10 games. Didn’t turn it over and picked up six defensive rebounds.

5 - Mitch Lightfoot: Hustled his way to six points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in first start of his career.

6 - Lagerald Vick: Shook off bad first half at both ends off the bench to contribute 8 of 10 points in second half. Made just 3 of 9 shots and misfired on all three 3-pointers, but played aggressively enough in second half to go to the line four times and cashed in on each one. Had just one rebound.

7 - Svi Mykahiliuk: His man never left him to help out on others and Svi attempted just two shots in 36 minutes and missed them both. Score one point, and three rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one steal.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte'aham (215)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (194)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (185)

4 - Lagerald Vick (172)

5 - Malik Newman (157)

6 - Marcus Garrett (133)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (114)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (20)

By the Numbers: Kansas 71, TCU 64.

By the Numbers: Kansas 71, TCU 64.

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Devonte’ Graham tops ratings in home loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is fouled by Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is fouled by Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Practiced very little during the week because of knee bone bruise, but still gave a solid 40-minute effort that included 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Made 5 of 8 field goals and 2 of 3 3-pointers.

2 - Udoka Azubuike: Made his first four free throws and missed next three. Had stretches of offensive dominance but had rough day on the boards, picking up just two defensive rebounds and five total.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Late in the game forced a really bad pass into the lane that was intended for Marcus Garrett and intercepted and his 3-point shots weren’t dropping (2 of 9), but was very active, as always. Showed athleticism on two blocked shots off the board. Finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Coach Bill Self mentioned that Graham and Svi are two players who consistently play hard. Had three dunks.

4 - Malik Newman: Awakened in second half to score 14 of his 16 points. Made all three second-half 3-point attempts, but picked up all five of his rebounds in the first half. Only player in seven-man rotation who didn’t have at least one floor burn.

5 - Marcus Garrett: Played 14 minutes, made some nice defensive plays and finished with two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

6 - Mitch Lighftoot: Had just one rebound, off the offensive glass, in 18 minutes to go with a blocked shot. Also took another big charge.

7 - Lagerald Vick: His second-half-of-the-season swoon remains a mystery. Contributed five points and three rebounds in 34 minutes and shot 1 of 5 inside the arc and 1 of 5 beyond it.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: In 48 seconds of action, picked up a nice offensive rebound and it’s a miracle his put-back shot didn’t shatter the backboard. Instead the line drive shot hard off the backboard with no chance at going in.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte'aham (205)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (190)

3 - Udoka Azzubuike (176)

4 - Lagerald Vick (167)

5 - Malik Newman (150)

6 - Marcus Garrett (125)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (108)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (20)

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79.

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79.

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Svi surpasses 20 points for third consecutive game to top ratings vs. Kansas State

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) drives against Kansas State forward Xavier Sneed (20) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) drives against Kansas State forward Xavier Sneed (20) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. by Nick Krug

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: So many times when Kansas needed a big bucket Svi was there with that perfect follow-through of his, swishing another 3-pointer from the corner. He produced his third consecutive 20-plus scoring effort. He made 5 of 9 3-pointers on the way to 22 points and added seven rebounds. Still needs to get better at finishing, but he will. It’s good that he’s driving more and once they start dropping with more regularity, he’ll do it even more often, becoming even harder to guard.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Willed his way to 16 points and 11 assists with three rebounds and three turnovers. Made 2 of 5 3-pointers and 1 of 5 from inside the arc. Made all eight free throws.

3 - Malik Newman: He is responsible for getting back on defense or there is no telling how many rebounds he could get. As it is he’ll have to settle for being a surprisingly terrific defensive rebounder. In his career first double-double, Newman totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds. No other player in the game totaled more than eight rebounds. Is averaging 18 points, 7.3 rebounds and 37.3 minutes in the past four games.

4 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played awfully well for a guy who didn’t score a point. Dennis Rodman would be proud of the game he played. He didn’t take a shot, blocked three shots, took a big charge and picked up five rebounds, three on the offensive glass.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Made 1 of 2 3-pointers, 3 of 5 inside the arc and just 2 of 4 from the line. Had 11 points and four rebounds.

6 - Udoka Azubuike: A non-factor in a game that figured to be one in which he could dominate down low. Totaled six points, three rebounds, three turnovers and three fouls in 18 minutes. Missed his first three free throws and made his last two.

7 - Marcus Garrett: Committed three fouls in two first-half minutes and played four minutes on the night, turning it over once.

8 - Sam Cunliffe: Foul trouble for Vick and Garrett enabled Cunliffe to play six first-half minutes. He didn’t look comfortable. He spaced out with the ball near the right corner, forgetting he already had dribbled and dribbled again. A referee was standing right next to him. Turnover. He also air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer from the left corner. He did make a shot inside to punctuate a 1-on-3 drive to the hoop.

9 - Silvio De Sousa: Azubuike and Lightfoot both picked up two first-half fouls, which created an opportunity for him. After watching De Sousa set a pick, roll to the hoop and forget to look for the pass from Graham as the ball trickled out of bounds, and then losing Dean Wade for a 3-pointer, coach Bill Self had seen enough in two minutes to know that he had to put Lightfoot back in the game.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (195)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (182)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (167)

4 - Lagerald Vick (163)

5 - Malik Newman (143)

6 - Marcus Garrett (119)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (103)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (34)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (17)

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Svi tops ratings in victory against Texas A&M

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts up a three from the corner over Texas A&M forward DJ Hogg (1) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts up a three from the corner over Texas A&M forward DJ Hogg (1) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1— Svi Mykhailiuk: Scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Also had six rebounds and three assists without a turnover. Made 4 of 8 3-pointers and all four free throws.

2 — Marcus Garrett: Stood out defensively supplying on-time help and had two steals and several deflections. Made all four of his field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer from the right corner in the second half. Scored nine points.

3— Malik Newman: Had 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals to continue his recent trend of strong play.

4 — Udoka Azubuike: Received a technical foul after slamming and looking down at an opponent on the ground beneath him. “I think he might have said something, too,” KU coach Bill Self said of the third foul that put his center on the bench for a long stretch. Azubuike had a terrific first half with six rebounds and four blocked shots. Didn’t get any of either in the second half, when he scored six of his eight points. Didn’t shoot any free throws after spending time working one-on-one with Self on his form.

5 —Devonte’ Graham: Totaled eight points, six rebounds and seven assists but made just 2 of 11 and missed all six shots from inside the arc. On drives to the hoop he sometimes looks as if he’s trying to draw a foul at the expense of giving himself the best chance at making the shot by keeping his eyes up and on the target.

6 — Lagerald Vick: Played a bit more aggressively, but still didn’t match early season form on his way to 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes.

7 — Mitch Lightfoot: Scored five points and had two rebounds.

8 — Silvio De Sousa: Played two first-half minutes and received a huge ovation for his blocked shot. Self said he was hoping to play him more, but Kansas was unable to maintain its big lead in the second half.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (186)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (172)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (162)

4 - Lagerald Vick (157)

5 - Malik Newman (135)

6 - Marcus Garrett (115)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (96)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (31)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (15)

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Svi tops ratings in fall-from-ahead loss to Oklahoma

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts a shot past Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace (4) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts a shot past Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace (4) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

1 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Drove aggressively and made 6 of 13 3-pointers on way to team-high 24 points. Also contributed five rebounds and four assists.

2 - Malik Newman: Playing with far more confidence in the past two games, Newman made 7 of 12 shots, 3 of 5 3-pointers and all three free throws. Plus, he picked up four steals continued his steady work on the defensive boards, where he picked up four of his five rebounds.

3 - Devonte' Graham: Did a nice job of staying in front of Trae Young until midway through the second half. Repeatedly found teammates for open shots and finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and nine assists to go with just two turnovers. Other than a rough, rough shooting night (4 of 19, 1 of 9 from 3, 2 of 4 from the line), played well.

4 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played so well that in his 17 minutes Kansas had a seven-point advantage. Battled hard for eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

5 - Udoka Azubuike: Foul trouble limited him to 22 minutes and free-throw woes limited him to nine points. The blueprint to stopping him from scoring never was followed so blatantly as when Lon Kruger instructed his players to foul every time down when the game dwindled inside four minutes. He missed all six free throws in the final 3:37. Kansas coach Bill Self said midseason is no time to change his free-throw technique, so it will be interesting to see whether Self removes him from the game late when the Jayhawks are in another close one. Self answered, “I don’t know,” when asked what he will do next time.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Was late with defensive help a couple of times, but generally played well and aggressively. Made 2 of 4 shots, didn’t attempt any 3-pointers (Yes!) and picked up four rebounds, two off the offensive glass, where he is sneakily effective.

7 - Lagerald Vick: Self ran a lob play for him coming out of a timeout early in the second half and Vick threw it down for his first points of the night. Missed all four 3-point attempts and in 30 minutes totaled just four points, two rebounds and one assist. When his aggressive play returns, and it will, he’ll give Kansas a big boost.

8 - Sam Cunliffe: Played final 11 seconds.

9 - Silvio De Sousa: Played 65 seconds, time enough to commit three turnovers, a personal foul and surrender a dunk. Not ready for prime time.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (180)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (162)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (155)

4 - Lagerald Vick (152)

5 - Malik Newman (127)

6 - Marcus Garrett (106)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (92)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (31)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (12)

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