It was a tense first half for the Jayhawks (although they were never more than six points down), and adjustments at half time proved to be the difference maker- as in Bill Self made some and Mark Turgeon didn’t. After the break, KU came out and tightened up on D, made the Terrapins shoot even more jumpers, and came out winners by a 79-63 final score. We're on to the Elite 8 so let's get on to the ratings.
10 - Magical, extraterrestrial, godlike
9 - Outstanding, truly fantastic, utterly brilliant
8 - Great, excellent
7 - Good
6 - Slightly above average, close to ‘Good’
5 - Slightly below average
4 - Poor
3 - Terrible
2 – Disastrous
Frank Mason- 7- Frank looked off a little, but the little bulldog still nailed a key three and was instrumental in keeping the Maryland guards at bay in the second half.
Wayne Selden- 9- 19/7/6. Wayne Selden continues to fill up the score sheet and when he’s in this kind of mood, Kansas is obviously a much better team. I thought his shot selection was good as well.
Devonte’ Graham- 6- His box score is not impressive, but defensively, Devonte’ stifled the Maryland guards in the second half. His rating is a defensive one.
Perry Ellis- 10- Perry keeps doing whatever he wants whenever he wants. Step out and take a jumper, check. Spin move in the lane, check. Easy dunk off a roll, check. Take a shot down low from an impossible angle and make it look easy, check. Play tight defense at the perimeter and the block, check. If Perry keeps this up, Kansas might just cut down some nets.
Landen Lucas- 9- To paraphrase, this is what I wrote after the UConn game: "He just keeps doing what he is out there to do and that is grab rebounds, score down low sometimes, grab rebounds, rotate the ball, grab rebounds, play tough defense, and grab rebounds." And he was even better against Maryland than UConn.
Jamari Traylor- 6- Foul trouble plagued Jamari, but when KU needed him to provide minutes, he did just that.
Carlton Bragg- 7- Carlton grabbed eight mostly anonymous rebounds for KU. Like Traylor, played important minutes when the stalwarts were in foul trouble.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk- 7- There was one sequence or two where Svi played tight on Layman and made a difference defensively. He seems ok with his current role and could be essential against Villanova.