The first thing I noticed when checking the box score for this one was that, interestingly enough, Kansas shot the exact same from 2 and the free throw line. While that means they shot an abysmal 60 percent from the line, it also means they shot a pretty incredible 60 percent from two. Granted it's just Kansas State, but the Jayhawks showed they could put up a good efficiency number (1.11 PPP) while shooting just 33 percent from three and just 60 percent from the line. Kansas turned it over too much (23.1 percent of possessions) but if you're making 60 percent of your twos a lot can go wrong elsewhere and you'll still have a good day offensively.
Defensively the Jayhawks got bullied inside a bit when Landen Lucas was out with foul trouble, but they still allowed the Wildcats to shoot just 40.5 percent from two. They also made me eat my words with regards to turnovers, forcing the Wildcats to cough it up on 20 percent of their possessions, and mostly did a good job on the glass as K State rebounded 35 percent of its misses. Allowing .97 PPP isn't much to write home about against an offense like Kansas State, and K State's offense of "attempt to make everyone foul out" mostly worked, but when Kansas actually forced K State to attempt a shot from the field it worked out well.
Frank Mason continued his bounceback, going 4-6 from two, 1-3 from three, getting to the line 9 times, and dishing out 5 assists with just 1 turnover.
Wayne Selden was just 1-4 from three but adjusted and was 4-6 from two. He also had 5 rebounds, though he did turn it over twice.
Devonte Graham had his worst game of Kansas's winning streak, missing all of his threes and committing 5 turnovers with just 3 assists to go with it.
Perry Ellis had to sit large chunks of this game due to both bleeding and with a cut on his eye....and still went 3-4 from two, 1-2 from three, 5-7 from the line, and didn't turn it over. With his improved defense, he's as of now the runaway choice for Big 12 player of the year among guys not named Buddy Hield.
Landen Lucas continued to show his importance to the team, as whenever he was out with foul trouble the Jayhawks really struggled on the glass and defensively on the interior. Lucas made his only 2 shots and was 3-6 from the line, and he also had 8 rebounds and a block.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had probably his best game of the season, going 3-4 from three, grabbing 4 rebounds, dishing an assist, nabbing a steal, and not turning it over. Even though he's been here for two seasons, it's important to remember he doesn't turn 19 until June. If he's not lured by pro dollars, he's going to be a huge part of the team next season.
Jamari Traylor had one of the dunks of the season, and also was 3-4 from two, grabbed 3 rebounds, had an assist, and a block.
Carlton Bragg was 1-2 from two (should have been 2-2 but the other jumper rimmed out) and grabbed 3 rebounds. He did turn it over twice in just 12 minutes however.
Brannen Greene played just 5 minutes and had a rebound and 2 turnovers.
Hunter Mickelson played 5 minutes, grabbed an offensive rebound, and had the defensive play to seal the game.
Cheick Diallo played 2 minutes and missed his only shot attempt.