While I think we can attribute last night mostly to Senior Night nerves, I am mystified as to how often this team lets clearly worse teams either build early leads or get back into the game. Them coming out so flat on the 2nd game in 3 days also makes me a bit worried about a 2nd round matchup or (hopefully) an Elite 8 or national title game matchup. Kansas can afford to dick around with Oklahoma, but won’t be able to against a North Carolina or Arizona.
Offensively, Kansas actually had a good shooting night masked by doing a horrible job turning the ball over. Kansas scored just 1.01 point per possession despite shooting 51.5 percent from two and 47.4 percent on threes. Kansas didn’t do a great job elsewhere, however, going 60 percent from the line, grabbing 30 percent of their misses, and turning it over on 26 percent of their misses. There will probably be a game in March when Kansas struggles with a lot of the ancillary things and will need to shoot their way out of it, so I guess it’s good they showed they are able to.
Defensively, Kansas allowed Oklahoma to shoot just 37 percent on twos and 29 percent from three, although some of that is of course Oklahoma just not being very talented on offense. The Sooners rebounded just 32 percent of their misses and turned it over on 20.8 percent of their possessions against a team that doesn’t really try to force turnovers much (although it does seem like maybe they have been trying to more lately. Maybe that should be a full post). Kansas continues to show that when it needs to, it can force a tough first shot, which should come in handy in March.
- Devonte Graham was 1-2 on twos and 4-8 from deep with 3 rebounds and 2 assists in his likely final game in Allen Fieldhouse. I also thought he did a pretty nice job defensively.
- Frank Mason started slowly, but finished 6-12 on twos, 2-5 from deep, and 5-7 from the line with 6 assists and 3 steals. He also absolutely took over late in the game to give Kansas the win.
- Josh Jackson had 11 points and 10 rebounds, but with 8 turnovers it was a bit of a step back for a guy who had really come on as of late.
- Landen Lucas made all 3 of his shots, had 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks in his final game in Allen Fieldhouse. A perfect final Lucas game probably would have been something like 6 points and 23 rebounds, but this was pretty good as well.
- Tyler Self started and played 3 minutes.
- Lagerald Vick found his shot again, going 3-3 from deep. He also had 2 offensive and 2 defensive rebounds.
- Svi Mykhailiuk was 1-2 from two and 0-2 from three as he continues to struggle a bit.
- Carlton Bragg had the best missed dunk of the year, but even though he didn’t score he found some other ways to contribute, with 3 offensive boards, a block, and a steal.
- Dwight Coleby played 4 minutes with an offensive rebound and a couple nice post defensive possessions.