Big 12 Basketball Week 7: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The race for the Big 12 regular-season title (or the race to see if Kansas’ unbelievable streak of 14 straight regular-season titles comes to an end) hit the final stretch on Saturday as Iowa State, two games back of Kansas State at the top of the standings, defeated the Wildcats, 78-64. It was desperation time for the Cyclones, if they wanted to claim the Big 12 crown (or at least a share of it). In doing so they did the Jayhawks, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders a favor by closing the race down to one game. Lindell Wigginton had 23 points off the bench for ISU. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker had 20 points and Marial Shayok had a double-double — 13 points and 13 rebounds. Plus, the Cyclones went into the Octagon of Doom to do it.
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"I would just say I'm playing in the flow,” Dotson said. “My teammates have been finding me and I’ve just been knocking down my shots."
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Les Miles had been hired to take over the program, and while the team’s new big wheel stated publicly that he would assess the viability of retaining some assistant coaches from David Beaty’s final staff at KU, that didn’t mean Miles had to bring anyone back, including Hull, the team’s most effective recruiter for the previous regime.
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Marcus Garrett practicing; Bill Self talks potential return
"Yes, he practiced today and he practiced yesterday. Yesterday was a very limited, half-speed-type deal. Today he was probably closer to three-quarter speed but actually played up and down and did some things," Self said on Tuesday. "He doesn't trust it at all yet, but he hasn't done anything in three weeks. So I thought he looked pretty good today."
Things slowing down for David McCormack, Bill Self says
McCormack, a McDonald's All-American, came to college as a talented player, but the Jayhawks were five- — and really six- — deep at the big man spots, starting with returning juniors Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, preseason All-American Dedric Lawson, and a potential sixth man in Silvio De Sousa — not to mention Dedric's older-yet-smaller brother K.J. Lawson, who perhaps most easily could have slotted into lineups as a small-ball power forward.
K.J. Lawson making the most of recent opportunities
However, four injuries have changed the rotation and opportunities for players. Perhaps no player has benefited more from those changes than K.J. Lawson, who tied a KU-career-high with 10 points against TCU and then set a new top mark with 15 points against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday. In that game, Lawson also knocked down three 3-pointers as the Jayhawks won in decisive fashion.
The biggest weakness facing each top team
The Jayhawks have generally been sound from a turnover perspective at Allen Fieldhouse, but NCAA Tournament games aren’t played within those friendly walls. On the road, Kansas has been awful, handing out turnovers like free candy, including a combined 47 turnovers in losses at Iowa State and Kansas State. Neutral courts have been a mixed bag, with Kansas facing a closer-than-expected game against New Mexico State at the nearby Sprint Center in part because of a 20 percent turnover rate. Kansas has improved in this area since Lagerald Vick left the team for personal matters, but if he comes back — Kansas has said the road is open if/when he chooses to return — the Jayhawks will need to continue to trend positively in that direction.
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“I went on their campus last week in Nebraska,” Enaruna said. “On the way back to the airport we passed by that practice facility real quick, so I liked what I saw, but besides that I like the head coach a lot. I’ve been talking with them for a long time so I trust them and I know that if I go there I’ll be able to play and do my thing and play the way I’m best.”
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