Postgame Report Card: Kansas 89, Davidson 71
Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 89-71 Sprint Center victory over Davidson on a cold and crummy Saturday night.
The Jayhawks were good in the first half and even better in the second half, bailing out their 0-for-8 first-half three-point shooting slump with a 6-of-13 clip in the second half. Kansas shot .485 from the floor for the game and finished with 23 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.
KU’s first-half defense was slightly below average and its second half defense well above average. That rounded out to a solid B, trending toward a B+ because they saved their best for last and won the game with a strong defensive showing in the final 20 minutes.
KU coach Bill Self was plenty pleased with the combination of 22 points and 16 rebounds in 50 minutes from four-headed monster Udoka Azubuike, Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg Jr., and Mitch Lightfoot. That’s good enough for me.
Four of KU’s five guards reached double digits and the unit combined for 67 of KU’s 89 points. But what earned them the A grade was their defense that swiped nine steals and frustrated the Wildcats into 36 percent shooting in the second half.
Lucas, Bragg and Lightfoot all gave good minutes and Lagerald Vick played one good half. There was nothing overwhelming about the bench’s performance but it definitely was as solid as it needed to be.