Chop came through for the Jayhawks once again, as Legerald Vick did his best impression of Mario Chalmers, sending the game to overtime and keeping the Jayhawks from suffering an embarrassing loss on Saturday night.
The Kansas Jayhawks took on the Stanford Cardinal in Allen Fieldhouse, and the game went true to form for this team so far this year. Once again, Kansas sleepwalked through the first half of the game, with horrible decision-making and shooting, and defense that was only slightly better thanks to the inability of Stanford to make a lot of shots and push the tempo.
Dedric Lawson was the only bright spot for the Jayhawks in the first half, scoring more points than the rest of the team combined, and the Jayhawks went into the break down by 6.
The second half didn’t start much better, with Kansas unable to get anything going and quickly going down by a dozen. The first media timeout in the second half seemed to be when the Jayhawks flipped the switch, with Legerald Vick hitting two quick threes and KU going on a quick 9-0 run, but the defense continued to leave 3-point shooters wide open and the lead quickly ballooned back to 12.
Kansas flipped the switch on again after the under-8 timeout, with Devon Dotson facilitating and Vick getting hot again from three as KU stormed back in to the lead at 62-60. But Stanford wasn’t done, as they scored 7 straight points to reclaim the lead at 69-68. From there it was a dogfight back and forth.
Despite the late comeback, this team did not play well pretty much the whole game. Quentin Grimes was still non-existent, Udoka Azubuike disappeared too often, and even Dedric Lawson faltered down the stretch. The only consistent players were Dotson and Vick (once he got his shot going). Vick’s 20 in the 2nd half and OT literally saved the game for the Jayhawks.
There is going to be a ton to break down on this one, so stay tuned to RCT. But feel free to get started down in the comments below.