Postgame Report Card: Kansas 81, West Virginia 70 - Big 12 title game


Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pressure West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) during the first half, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pressure West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) during the first half, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 81-70, Big 12 title game victory over West Virginia on Saturday night at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Offense: A

Five guys in double figures. Big shots and timely moments. Spreading the wealth and going for the dagger late instead of trying to run clock. It wasn't a perfect night on the offensive end, but there's no doubt that the Jayhawks did and got what they wanted for much of the game. The Jayhawks shot 56 percent from the floor, 55 percent from 3-point range and managed to win despite shooting 50 percent from the free throw line in two fewer trips than the Mountaineers.

Defense: A

Daxter Miles Jr., scored 25 points but needed 20 shots to do it. Jevon Carter added 17 points but shot 5-of-12 to do it. And Silvio De Sousa's 10 rebounds, six from Malik Newman and five from Lagerald Vick all were huge parts of the defensive effort in this one. Kansas limited WVU to 40 percent shooting for the game, including 33 percent from 3-point range. There were some rough stretches, but they were few and far between and most of what West Virginia got on offense was a credit to them. The Jayhawks competed all night and were terrific when they had to be.

Frontcourt: A

Udoka Azubuike sat in street clothes and Mitch Lightfoot delivered little. Luckily for the Jayhawks, Silvio De Sousa decided to have his best game of the year. In 26 minutes, the freshman tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds and provided more than enough for the Jayhawks inside.

Backcourt: A

Newman buried 6-of-8 3-pointers and Svi Mykhailiuk knocked in 4-of-8. Devonte' Graham chipped in three triples and added 18 points and 13 assists. And Lagerald Vick gave terrific effort for most of the game, making a couple of big shots, none more impressive than the baseline riser early in the second half that is basically indefensible. In short, KU got big time games from all five guards who played, including Marcus Garrett, who did not put up big numbers but was key against the WVU pressure.

Bench: A

Even though he started the second half, Silvio De Sousa is technically still a bench player. Good thing, too, because that keeps alive KU's stretch of A's from this game. As you know by now, De Sousa was sensational in this one, helping lead Kansas to the Big 12 title with equal parts grit and passion. If this really is just the beginning for the big fella, the next couple of weeks could get pretty interesting.


Kent Richardson 1 year ago

Marcus with his ball handling skills was a key as Matt says and he reminds me of denis Johnson because he can stay with opposing guards as they drive.

Mitch in the second half allowed Silvio to rest enough to finish the game.

The ream came together incrementally each of the three games Dok has missed. Watching Dok climb the ladder, very carefully, may have just been because of his size.

Heal Udoka and rest a little gentlemen and coaches.

Dave Miller 1 year ago

I agree. Marcus Garrett seemed to always be in the right place most of the night to help break WVU's pressure defense. In the right place to receive a pass and move the ball on to break the pressure. Job Well Done, Marcus Garrett! Job Well Done, Jayhawks!

Danny Hernandez 1 year ago

the team is coming together and knowing Malik has the skills to take over a game is impressive because the opponents can't sleep on him or else he's the 5 star high school player everyone wanted and will torch you all night.

We actually have the team that can make the final evening of play.

Kudos' to Silvio, he took his lumps early and which 5 star out of high school could make the jump without the summer and preseason, now look at him. Coach K gets lots of credit and deservedly so but why with all his high level recruits does he not teach D., Grayson Allen can't play one lick of D after four years! so don't tell me coach K is the second coming of christ,becaus he's an average coach. Give me a Beard playing with less and getting more done.

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