This game was over early. There was nothing to learn about the Jayhawks after halftime. This was like a Major League Baseball game that is 10-0 after an inning. The rest of the game is garbage time. If you try to take away anything from the game after that point you are fooling yourself. With that in mind, here is what we learned from this game.
This was a confidence builder for a lot of Jayhawk players. That’s ultimately all it was. The win will count for virtually nothing in the long run. A loss would have been terrible. A win was expected. The size of the win was surprising. Kansas likely took notice of Monmouth who just Wednesday led Kansas State in Manhattan by nine points at the half.
Player of the Game
F David McCormack was just one of several Kansas players who was terrific in this game. You could also choose Isaiah Moss and you wouldn’t get an argument from me, but I chose McCormack because he did more than just score. McCormack scored 17 points in just 16 minutes on 7-for-8 shooting. His miss was on a three-point attempt which wasn’t a wise decision. He also had 11 rebounds, four assists and a block. What was nice to see was that McCormack didn’t need a dunk to score like Udoka Azubuike. He also hit a nice jump shot from the baseline.
The officials threw the ball up at mid-court for a jump ball at the start of the game. Kansas dominated after this part of the game.
G Isaiah Moss scored 21 points on 5-for-6 shooting all of which were from behind the three-point line. He also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Moss didn’t just sit back and shoot threes. He did drive to the basket when the opportunity presented itself but was found. Moss is going to be an important piece for Kansas this season. I believe there is a chance that he could enter the starting lineup at some point in place of Ochai Agbaji.
G Christian Braun was 4-for-4 from the field which included going 3-for-3 from the three-point line for 11 points in 17 minutes. His outside shot will prove very valuable to this team throughout the season. Kansas needs players who can draw the defense away from the big men inside to open things up.
F Silvio DeSousa was much more aggressive in this game. That’s not surprising since we have hardly seen DeSousa on the court this season. He was 4-for-8 from the field including a nice three-point shot from out front. DeSousa also added six rebounds but accumulated four fouls in his 22 minutes.
Room for Improvement
G Ochai Agbaji continued his early season struggles. He shot just 1-for-9 in this game, 0-for-5 from three and committed four fouls in 22 minutes. His athleticism is undeniable but Self cannot keep giving him this many minutes if he is going to struggle so much offensively. It’s too early to make any major changes. Agbaji might be fine when conference play comes around and now is a good time for him to work through these issues but eventually a change might need to be made.
Kansas hosts East Tennessee State on Tuesday at 7:00pm.