Monday, January 21, 2019

Quick recap: Kansas avoids season sweep with 80-76 win over Iowa State

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) floats in to the bucket past Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) and Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5).

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) floats in to the bucket past Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) and Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5).


Kansas flipped the script in the second half to secure another Big Monday victory.

After suffering a 17-point loss to Iowa State just a few weeks ago, KU got its revenge with a 80-76 victory Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Since the 2013-14 season, the Jayhawks (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) are 37-3 following a loss. With the loss, ISU (14-5, 4-3) dropped from a four-way tie for first place in the Big 12.

KU has won 32-straight Big Monday games in Allen Fieldhouse. Overall, KU has won its last 12 ESPN Big Monday contests. The win came just two days after the Jayhawks suffered a 1-point defeat at the hands of West Virginia, in which KU was unable to finish things off after leading by 6 points late in the game.

This time around, the Jayhawks closed it out. Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick each hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes. Marcus Garrett got a key bucket down the stretch as well, and Devon Dotson hit three of his final four free throw attempts in the final 15 seconds to create some cushion.

Lawson led the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds, notching his NCAA-leading 13th double-double on the year. Garrett poured in 16 points, while Vick registered 14 points. Dotson finished with 11 points.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when:

• Offensive highlight: The best play of the game came at the most opportune time for the Jayhawks.

After trailing for much of the contest, Kansas took the lead for good at the 10:26 mark in the second half. Garrett collected the long rebound, and quickly pitched it back to Dotson to begin the sequence.

Dotson proceeded to push the ball up the floor, as senior Lagerald Vick filled the right side. Dotson lobbed it up to Vick, who flushed it down for KU’s first dunk of the contest. It gave the Jayhawks a 55-53 lead — their first such advantage in the second half — and the rest was history.

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• Defensive highlight: KU knows better than anyone how tough it can be to defend Iowa State.

In the 17-point win in the first meeting between these two teams, the Cyclones stretched the floor and buried 13 3-pointers. They emphasized the long ball for much of the night in the rematch, which led to a number of open looks by ISU. KU coach Bill Self even told Holly Rowe on the broadcast that his team had to change up its ball-screen defense.

That being said, Garrett served as a bright spot for the Jayhawks during their early lulls on the defensive end. This play, in particular, highlighted how active Garrett was on the defensive end during the latest Big Monday tilt.

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•Up next: Kansas travels to No. 8 Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday for the Big 12/SEC Challenge.


Bryce Landon 3 years, 8 months ago

Since I moved to southeast Iowa, one of my supervisors at work is a Cyclone honk. If I see him at work tomorrow, I am going to troll him so hard!

Every time the Cry-Clowns lose, an angel gets its wings!


Blake Phillips 3 years, 8 months ago

Quentin Grimes stats everyone 19 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

the one tally he had was a "steal" - i'm not sure i recall ever seeing such horrendous stats game after game by a 5 star player.... anyone????????? Can we play someone else?

Micky Baker 3 years, 8 months ago

That might be why he didn't start the 2nd half. Then Abagi fouled out,Grimes came back in.

RJ King 3 years, 8 months ago

Remember, the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. I've lowered expectations for Quentin, but feel certain he'll come on strong if not in March, then next season. (March would be nice.)

As long as he doesn't Selby, he and KU will be OK. (Remember Newman?)

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 8 months ago

KJ also got most of Grimes' minutes as he stayed in until he had 3 (or 4?) fouls himself.

If you look at the advanced stats on Grimes, his offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency are both either worst or second worst of all scholarship players on the roster. I think he's costing us something like 8 ppg compared to an "average" Div 1 player relative to what they would give up defensively and produce offensively. It's really quite amazing just how bad he is. The fact that he also can't seem to figure out how to help in other ways (rebounds, assists, steals, etc.) is really telling as well. Not sure if anyone else caught it but he had a little mini meltdown when he came off the floor in the second half as well.

Micky Baker 3 years, 8 months ago

That is true, but there really is no excuse for Grimes' lackluster performance. Just think if he averaged just 8 or 10 points a game in Big 12 play with 3 or 4 rebounds and a couple of steals each game. Maybe he needs to be told he doesn't have to be the leading scorer, just give us 3 or 4 made field goals a game and a couple of free throws and play intense defense. I understand why he might feel the pressure though... these are young men and they're human beings. We know his potential, but the man is having confidence issues. That is a big deal for young men at this level in my opinion. I think maybe he's just pressing, aka trying too hard. There is nobody posting here that really can feel what he's feeling.

RJ King 3 years, 8 months ago

I could not agree more. Especially with last few sentences.

Michael Leiker 3 years, 8 months ago

Was watching Self when he went to put Grimes in when Agbaji fouled out. Gave him a look that basically said, “well I guess I have to play you.”

Luke Kading 3 years, 8 months ago

Blake, it is definitely getting hard to watch. Grimes seems very unsure of himself and I think it's pretty telling that not only did Self start Agbaji over him in the second half, but he also kept Agbaji in when he picked up an early 3rd foul. Also pretty telling in my opinion where he stands with the rest of the bench. Really only played KJ out of necessity because Grimes and Moore really don't offer much right now. Still hopeful that Grimes has an awakening soon, but he's starting to lose his minutes now until he does

Blake Phillips 3 years, 8 months ago

yeah i smell a sweet 16 this year unfortunately.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 8 months ago

I agree, at this point coach should think of starting Ochai instead of Grimes. He's a big liability for this team. Great efforts from DSmooth and Garrett, in particular. Great win!

Tony Bandle 3 years, 8 months ago

REASONS THIS SEASON COULD BE SPECIAL: Lawson's NBA quality inside moves. Garrett's emerging offense to go with his defense. Vick's three point capability. OKC's athleticism. Dotson's speed with the ball. Grimes has got to be better than this. Mitch's toughness. Big Mac's size and strength. Moore's experience.

REASONS THIS SEASON COULD END UP SO-SO: Dok's absence. Lawson getting ground down at tourney time when rough play is allowed and almost encouraged. Is Garrett's offense for real? Vick's inconsistency. OKC's inexperience. Dotson's constantly under pressure. Grimes doesn't get better. Mitch gets beat up and muscled out by bigger front lines.Big Mac [see OKC]. Moore's "ole" defense.

BOTTOM LINE: Kansas can end up sharing the title, keeping the NCAA appearance streak alive, Win 25+ games. But to expect anything more than a Sweet Sixteen as the absolute ceiling, would almost be unfair to this group of Jayhawks.

RJ King 3 years, 8 months ago

I agree. They got so much younger and smaller without Dok. To lose both he and Silvio, and then have Grimes and Moore performing below expectations took us from stacked to thin. (Shoot, even Mitch is getting pushed around, despite time in the weight room.)

Self will pull a few rabbits out of his hat, but Jayhawk fans may need to be proud of effort and progress for awhile.

Duane Peschka 3 years, 8 months ago

In reality, KU lacks BIGS(besides Lawson) to win games against teams with bigger, stronger, and more physical players. 1. Vick is inconsistent on offense. 2.He doesn't understand how to make a quick, crisp, and accurate pass.(he floats or lobs the ball which makes it easier to intercept). 3.His defense is abysmal at best. However, apparently that is no shame because NO KU player can guard in man-to-man defense. They are not QUICK ENOUGH because they don't move their FEET quick enough when the opposing player makes moves to the basket and they DON'T cover three-point shooters. Grimes is in the same category as Vick except he doesn't shoot as well as Vick. Dotson mad 3-12 shots tonight and he was 2-8 when he drove to the basket for a layup because he still doesn't comprehend the CORRECT angle and softness to lay the ball off the backboard. Garret is getting much better and more aggressive on offense especially on outside shooting. His drives to the basket is good. However, at times he becomes lackadaisical on his passes. Lawson is GREAT. Agbaji will get much more playing time, the others it does not matter. To win the BIG 12 again they are going to need to become better on DEFENSE, REBOUNDING, DEFINITELY FREE-THROWS and 3-POINT SHOOTING, and then they will win as far as the SWEET SIXTEEN.

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

Chicken Little or troll?

No player can guard in man to man? Didn't see Dotson smother Wigginton? Lawson can't guard? Garret can't D man to man? Really? The guy most analysts nominate for best defender in the country?

Duane is challenging Joe Ross for stupidest post of the year...

Ralph Huge 3 years, 8 months ago

"Chicken Little or troll?" says the one person who is actually trolling, appearing to have more concern constantly beating up fellow posters than adding ANYTHING constructive to the conversation. I have no idea if this is the same Jay Scott who used to grace this board with class, intelligence & passion, but based on all the negativity that spouts from this Jay Scott's recent posts, something terrible must have happened in your life to make you so miserable that you seek out to spread your misery to fellow Jayhawk supporters. Sad & pathetic!

Jay Scott 3 years, 8 months ago

1) It is the same person. "Chicken Little" is a JS trademark.

2) Thanks for the compliment.

3) Jay Scott has always mocked stupidity and hypocrisy.

4) (Other than the wise compliment) Your rant above is a splendid example of both.

Micky Baker 3 years, 8 months ago

Free Throws! 3 Point Shooting! Those two things have to get better. They cost KU 2 of the 3 losses. Just one more 3 pointer in two of the losses and KU wins both of those games, by thin margins I get it. But it's even more important to make the free throws. Just 3 more free throws made per game and KU has just one loss on the season. Rebounding was okay last night. Defense, especially team defense and pressuring the ball on the perimeter. Iowa State got lucky on 3 or 4 possessions that they didn't lose the ball, just got lucky bounces in their favor because KU, particularly in the second half.

James Donnell 3 years, 8 months ago

It may be that Agbaji holds the key for how good and how far this team can go. At this point, we know what we have with the other guys. Agbaji should start and play a lot from here on out. It’s obvious he has the ability. He just needs the minutes to get into the flow of the game and how to play with the other starters and vice versa. Grimes has certainly had his chance—maybe he will perform better off the bench.

Doug Clark 3 years, 8 months ago

I understand some people's frustrations with Quentin Grimes, I have been as well, he is a good player with alot of capability and he can become a very good player but I noticed a few things last night that made me believe he is playing so tight and is more in his own head than anything. He is a very unselfish guy and the coaches have been on him all year to be more aggressive and there were games where he was and took it hard to the basket but got called for a few charges so maybe now he is hesitant. One perfect example was a drive in the first half where he pulled up a little short of taking it all the way to the basket off one leg and he shot or should I say aimed the ball and it came up short, that was a tight shot, and then every one of his 3's were short, which is what happens when you are tight. He had people saying he was one and done at the start and he played free in the Michigan State game and looked the part, but somewhere along the way he has lost confidence, he reminds me of Malik last year, so let's hope he keeps plugging away and starts to gain his confidence, Malik had a year at Mississippi State and a year with the jayhawks and he took awhile to come around so let's keep supporting Quentin instead of bashing him, RCJH.

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