Kansas reduced its turnovers from 28 against Duke in its first game to just ten against UNC Greensboro in this game. That alone was the difference in outcome in the first two games. The Jayhawks shot 45.8% from the field in this game compared to 46% against Duke. Kansas also increased its three-point makes from four to ten. Kansas took 26 three-point shots in this game. They took just nine against Duke.
So what was the difference in the two games? Kansas turnovers were the biggest difference. UNC Greensboro does not have the defense of Duke. Thats a big part of it. Kansas took and made a lot more shots from the three-point line but shot it at a lower percentage. Fewer turnovers led to Kansas taking nine more shots in this game.
Even with things going better for Kansas, this was a close game into the second half before the Jayhawks stretched their lead to 21 before letting Greensboro back in the game late.
Kansas allowed two guards on Greensboro to score 36 of their 62 points. The Spartans did almost nothing inside.
Was Kansas better simply because the opponent was not as tough? Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike and Ochai Agbaji all had down games against Duke. All three were significantly better in this game. It’s too early to draw any conclusions. We’ll just use all of this information to try to understand the team as it moves forward.
Player of the Game
G Devon Dotson was easily the best player on the court for Kansas in this game. Dotson scored 22 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from behind the arc, and 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Dotson had a much easier time against Greensboro than he did against Duke. In this game he had eight rebounds, six assists and just one turnover.
C Udoka Azubuike was much better in this game than he was against Duke. Azubuike was 5-for-8 in this game for ten points. He was 0-for-4 from the free throw line. His troubles at the line continue and it’s unlikely that it will be fixed while he is at Kansas. The likely means David McCormack and Silvio DeSousa will have to play large roles at the end of close games.
G Ochai Agbaji was a little better in this game. He cut his turnovers down to three but he still needs to improve on that. Agbaji scored 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-8 from behind the arc. He had four rebounds and two assists.
G Tristan Enaruna played well for the second consecutive game. He went 3-for-5 from the field for nine points to go with five rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Enaruna will likely continue to see his minutes increase if he remains as efficient as he has been so far.
Room for Improvement
For all of the trouble Kansas has gone through to get F Silvio DeSousa eligible to play this season, he’s not seeing much time on the court. He played for just six minutes in this game. That cannot continue throughout the season if Kansas is going to have the kind of season they want. DeSousa needs to be a big part of this team. Right now he barely appears on the court.
Kansas gets a week off before Monmouth comes to Allen Fieldhouse next Friday. for a 7:00pm game on ESPN+.