Colorado came out in a zone to start the game and Kansas handled it with ease. David McCormack took advantage of the zone and made his first three shots from the top of the key. Colorado’s attack, whether by plan or circumstance, was to shoot three-point shots and this was not their night.
Kansas was able to get the shots they wanted most of the night. They shot 53% from the field and 46% from behind the arc. On defense, the Jayhawks held Colorado to just 30% shooting and 21% behind the arc.
Kansas is starting to look like the best team in the country. They need Ochai Agbaji to continue to shoot well from the outside and Isaiah Moss to get more involved from behind the arc. Kansas looks like the team to beat in the Big 12 and on their way to another number one seed in the NCAA tournament.
Player of the Game
G Ocahi Agbaji was aggressive going to the basket with the ball early and didn’t just settle for three-point shots. That approach paid off and eventually, he got shots in rhythm from the outside and hit them. Agbaji struggled early in the season but has really started to turn it on since the Maui Invitational. He pulled down 12 rebounds in this game. Kansas needs him to be a big rebounder.
G Marcus Garrett was terrific on defense. That’s nothing new but he still deserves to be recognized for it. Garrett is an important piece of this team. Garrett defends four positions and usually is put on the best scorer on the opposing team.
G Devon Dotson scored 18 points and it was not noticeable until you looked at the box score after the game. His points came one drive at a time spread throughout the game, often in important minutes when the Jayhawks needed a basket.
C Udoka Azubuike was 6-for-7 from the field for 12 points and six rebounds. The points are nice, but how he disrupted Colorado when they tried to drive to the basket was bigger. Azubuike blocked shots but also forced the Buffaloes to pass away from the basket when they didn’t want to try to go over him.
F David McCormack got the Jayhawks started on offense by hitting shots from the top of the key against the Colorado zone. Kansas could have struggled with outside shots if they had had to settle form three, but instead, they found McCormack in the soft spot of the zone. Colorado was giving him that shot thinking he wouldn’t beat them from there. McCormack hit his first three shots which gave Kansas the lead as well as confidence against that zone.
For the second consecutive game, Kansas shut down the opponent’s best scorer through most of the first half. Against Dayton, it was Obi Toppin. In this game, it was Tyler Bey. Bey didn’t get his first shot until 1:30 left in the first half. His two first-half points came from the free-throw line.
Kansas hosts Milwaukee (5-4) on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.