Ugly exhibition: Jayhawks 'out-scrapped' in 92-74 win over Washburn

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) makes a move to the bucket between Washburn guard Javion Blake (5) and guard Tyas Martin (13) during the second half, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The final score read 92-74 in Kansas’ favor, but the postgame words from the players and coaches who helped the Jayhawks defeat Washburn on Tuesday night in the exhibition opener for both teams did not match it.

Awful. Soft. Obscene. Frustrating. Disappointed.

All were descriptions the Jayhawks used to sum up Tuesday’s victory and it was clear that no one in crimson and blue, new or old, was pleased with the way third-ranked Kansas kicked off the 2016-17 season.

A win is a win, though — KU now has done that 44 times in a row in exhibition games in Allen Fieldhouse — and even though it won’t count in the standings or go down in the record book, the Jayhawks figure to get far more out of Tuesday’s test than they would have from a cool and clean 50-point blowout.

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“It’s really beneficial,” said KU freshman Josh Jackson, whose line of 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting along with 5 careless turnovers perfectly illustrated how the night went for Kansas. “When we go over (the film) tomorrow I’m pretty sure it won’t be good, but it’s film. Nothing can make it worse. We’ve just gotta get better.”

Asked if KU coach Bill Self had given the team any indication of how Wednesday’s practice might go, Jackson said there were hints.

“Individually, no,” he began. “But we’ve got a couple ideas of what we’re gonna be working on tomorrow.”

Self in no way tried to hide the areas that disappointed him most during KU’s lackluster victory. The final stat sheet showed that Kansas was out-rebounded 45-44, but, to Self, the margin was much more damning given that the Ichabods at one point led 41-29.

“And they’re not big,” Self said of Tuesday’s opponent.

“We were soft tonight. They were quicker than us. They out-scrapped us and we’ve gotta do some things a lot better rebounding.”

Other areas that irked Self also had a lot to do with effort.

“They killed us on the glass, at least from my perspective, they scored more points off offensive put-backs, more points off of our turnovers and more points in transition,” Self said. “So obviously those are three things that we really need to tighten up.”

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After jumping out to a 16-6 lead, Kansas maintained that margin throughout most of the first half. A three-pointer from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (16 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting) just before the halftime buzzer pushed the margin to 50-34 at the break. The pass came from Frank Mason, who finished one assist shy of a triple-double (21 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), but even that came after Mason nearly turned it over but battled to corral the loose ball and flip it to Svi in the deep corner.

Even though Washburn closed to within nine early in the second half, the Ichabods never seriously threatened to make things tight.

Not lost on Self, however, was the fact that Washburn could have with one minor adjustment.

“If they made their free throws in the first half, those numbers would be even more obscene,” Self said.

Speaking of adjustments, in an attempt to emphasize the importance of rebounding to his physically bigger and stronger team, Self altered his rebounding strategy down the stretch.

“He was just telling everybody to go to the glass,” said sophomore Lagerald Vick. “Usually he just sends three people, but during the game he just sent everybody to the glass.”

Despite the slow start, neither the Jayhawks nor Self seemed overly concerned that anything that plagued them on Tuesday would become a lasting problem.

“We could’ve played a lot better,” Jackson said. “But, when I look at it, it’s our first time ever being on the same team, all of us. In practice, we’re normally going against each other. We’ve never been on the same team before, but I think we’ll get it together for sure.”

Added Self: “I think that our guys are very disappointed because we didn’t guard them better and we didn’t compete for loose balls and stuff like that that we’ve kind of been pretty good at for a few years around here.”

Kansas will close out the exhibition portion of its schedule Sunday against Emporia State in Allen Fieldhouse before beginning preparations for the season opener against No. 11 Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.

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Joe Ross

"Ugly" is the word. This game is not the kind that would ever win a beauty contest.

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Benz Junque

Frank was great.
Vick was great.
Jackson was great in the 2nd half.
Svi shot great but was kinda bad at everything else.
Graham was inconspicuous. I never really ever noticed him out there today.
Udoka got the Shaq treatment today. Little guys ran into him and then fell down and he got called for the foul. Kinda sucks because he seemed to be in the groove a bit. He'll be a beast if he can stay on the floor.
Lucas was flustered buy the refs and never seemed to get over it.
Bragg was the WTF guy for me. He looked as lost today as he did at the start of last year.

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Jerry Walker

Glad you mentioned Vick. He worked his tail off and was a real jolt of electricity.

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Craig Alexander

We got pushed around all over the place. Toughness is definitely going to be a focus. I can understand some of the flustered freshmen but Bragg looked like he couldn't hold onto the ball. He will have to be stronger next week.

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Bryce Landon

For a team supposedly ranked #3/2, we looked very ordinary last night against lower-tier competition. Play that way against Indiana and Duke and we're looking at an 0-2 start to the season.

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Jay Scott

Too many people here listened to the commentary more closely than they watched the game.

Vick was torched defensively far too often and had several awful turnovers. Watch it again. You'll see.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Andy Tweedy

Is it just me or does it seem like Frank Mason can't possibly be a senior already? Seemed like Perry was playing for my Jayhawks since around the time Coach Williams left, but it seems like Frank just got here last week.

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Glen Miller

I know what you mean... but you also have to consider that Perry committed to Kansas early and there never really was a doubt where he was going. So we anxiously awaited his arrival for a few years prior to coming. Frank came late in the recruiting process and didn't have the massive expectations that Perry did either. Perry was talked about over and over and over again and game planned for by every team. Frank has somehow stayed under the radar both on the court and among us fans....... mostly because it's rare that we have any complaints about his play.

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Ryan Zimmerman

Ugly as can be, but hey, that's why we have Exhibition games... to hopefully get the jitters, mistakes, etc out early and be in a game environment.

Mason and Graham will have their hands full this season as far as being leaned on for their leadership and experience. Hopefully that won't be asking too much. Last year, Selden and Ellis took the brunt of that so we'll see how it works for these two.

As always, should be an interesting year.

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Micky Baker

It was ugly, but mostly because of the lack of effort. The turnovers were the most frustrating, but on defense, the guys just weren't playing aggressively at times, and then when they were, they were not reacting quickly enough to back cuts. We weren't getting the 50/50 balls and we were not playing good team defense.

On the rebounding part of the game, our guys just stood and watched when the shots went up. We didn't block out and we didn't go get the ball.

I expect a much better performance against ESU to get tuned up for Indiana and Duke.

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