Kansas was better than Baylor on Saturday and they won a huge game. Missouri gave Arkansas a tough game but couldn’t quite pull out a win. Kansas State continued their poor play. The Royals got rained out so we had to wait until today for game two of the Cactus League for the Royals.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
KANSAS (64) AT BAYLOR (61)
I saw some comments on Twitter about Udoka Azubuike not having the numbers to be the national player of the year. That may be true but that’s an indictment on the people voting for the award and more evidence of why I don’t pay attention to awards based on voting.
Anyone who has watched Kansas this season, especially in Big 12 play, would have to admit that Azubuike is the most dominant player in college basketball. Is there anyone who affects his team in a positive way more than Azubuike? Kansas would play completely different if Azubuike wasn’t on the team.
Azubuike scored 23 points on 11-for-13 shooting and had 19 rebounds. Read that again. 23 points. 11-for-13 shooting. 19 rebounds. Add three blocked shots to that for good measure. What a player and he’s playing for probably the best coach to get the most out of his skills. We are all fortunate that Azubuike stayed in college for his senior season so we could watch this. Azubuike is the national player of the year in my opinion.
And I have to say that I have been guilty of not appreciating Devon Dotson as much as I should. I see everything he can do and I want more out of him. He’s a really good college basketball player. Sure, I would like to see him improve his game by being a better outside shooter, but that has gotten in my way of appreciating everything he does so well right now. Dotson is crucial to the success of the Jayhawks almost as much as Azubuike and Marcus Garrett.
Marcus Garrett was big for Kansas in this game. He only scored nine points and did have five turnovers, but once again his defense was great and he drove the ball down the lane and fed Azubuike on his way to seven assists.
Kansas was in control of the game most of the way. Baylor made a run at the end of the game to force the Jayhawks to take some pressure free throws and Kansas came out on top. Kansas and Baylor each have four games remaining in the conference season and will likely meet again in an exciting Big 12 tournament championship game.
MISSOURI (68) AT ARKANSAS (78)
Missouri wasn’t able to win its third consecutive game. Poor shooting from behind the arc hurt the Tigers in this one. The Tigers shot just 4-for-21(19%) from behind the arc while Arkansas went 12-for -25 (48%).
Xavier Pinson has been terrific in the last three Missouri wins. He played pretty well in this game but didn’t shoot the ball well at all. Overall, Pinson was 5-for-13 shooting but just 1-for-8 behind the arc. Pinson did get six rebounds and seven assists but also had five turnovers.
I have discussed how Missouri needs multiple players to play really well to have a shot in conference play. They had three players score in this game but they didn’t have enough to win this one.
The best Tiger in this game was freshman Kobe Brown. He was 5-for-10 shooting and pulled down ten rebounds.
In the end, Missouri’s defense wasn’t good enough to win. Arkansas shot 47% from the field and 48% from three.
KANSAS STATE (59) VS TEXAS (70)
Kansas State struggled once again and this time was blown out by a Texas team that will likely have its head coach fired at the end of the season. The Wildcats shot just 35% in the game and only 24% behind the arc. The one positive for Kansas State was that they out rebounded Texas 41-28. The Wildcats are playing out the season. Four games and the Big 12 tournament to go.
TODAY: The Royals will try to get back into Cactus League play when they host Cleveland after a rainout on Saturday. The game will be on 610AM.
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