Behind Lagerald Vick's heroics, No. 2 Kansas takes down Stanford in OT

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) lines up a three from the corner against Stanford forward KZ Okpala (0) during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

According to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, the play that tied the game at the end of regulation of Saturday’s 90-84 overtime victory over Stanford at Allen Fieldhouse was supposed to go through junior forward Dedric Lawson.

Instead, senior sniper Lagerald Vick, currently auditioning for the role of baddest man in America, cut the play one pass short.

From there, Vick took a handoff from Devon Dotson, rose what had to be 40-plus inches in the air and buried a deep 3-pointer that tied the game at 75 with just less than seven seconds to play.

Good thing, too, because Lawson had no designs on being the hero himself.

“Man, he can shoot it,” a smiling Lawson said after the victory. “It was like six seconds left. I went to the glass and if he would’ve missed, I would’ve grabbed it and kicked it right back to him.”

It was that kind of day — or finish — for Vick, who scored a game-high 27 points, 19 of those in the final 12 minutes of the game.

That included the game-tying shot at the end of regulation and the first 8 points of overtime to put No. 2 Kansas (6-0) on the fast track to victory in a game in which Self said his team was outplayed by Stanford (4-4) the majority of the time.

“We needed every one of them,” Self said of Vick’s 27 points, which came off of 7-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.

Vick is now shooting 59.6 percent from behind the arc (28 of 47).

Forget the gaudy percentage or the clutch nature of so many of those 28 makes. The mere fact that Vick has morphed from a hidden-in-the-shadows role player to the lead dog on a Top 5 team is something that not many saw coming.

Although some needed six games’ worth of proof to determine Vick’s worthiness of the lead role, Lawson, a fellow Memphis, Tenn., native, was quick to throw himself in the camp that believed Vick had games like this in him the whole time.

“I haven’t seen nobody stop him,” said Lawson, who ho-hummed his way to yet another double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday’s win. “Lagerald is Lagerald. He’s been doing this since I met him in ninth, 10th grade. He’s been a scoring machine and I’m glad everyone’s getting to see it.”

Vick is now 20.8 points per game for the Jayhawks and has scored 125 points in 227 minutes. For a little perspective, he scored barely twice as many (266) during all 36 games of his sophomore season.

Though the big shot late saved the Jayhawks’ bacon, it was merely the beginning for Vick, who took the floor for overtime with the kind of icy glare that might have sent a few Stanford players back to the locker room early had they made eye contact with him.

The reason? Vick knew it was winning time and said after the victory that he had one simple thought running through his head as the teams tipped it off for an additional five minutes.

“Yeah, I had it in my mind, just go ahead and take it over,” Vick said.

The first sign that he would came from a smooth 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave Kansas a 78-75 lead, its first since the 2:10 mark of the second half when a pair of Lawson free throws put KU up 70-69.

After a stop by the KU defense, which struggled throughout the game — giving Stanford wide-open looks from 3-point range and a 46.7 percent shooting clip through 40 minutes — Vick pushed the ball up the floor, got by his man on the wing and smashed a one-handed slam on the head of Stanford forward Trevor Stanback. Kansas led 80-75.

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One possession later, Vick caught the ball on the wing in front of the Kansas bench — appearing to use mind control to draw the ball into his hands — and crossed over his man before hitting a step-back 3 that sent the Allen Fieldhouse crowd into a frenzy.

From down 3 with less than 10 seconds to play to up 8 less than three minutes later. After finishing the first half 0 of 3 from 3-point range, Vick made seven of the final eight 3s he attempted.

“I knew it was over,” Lawson said of his reaction to Vick’s second 3-pointer of OT. “I just knew that when I caught the ball I was just going to keep feeding him until he missed.”

That bucket was Vick’s final make of the night. But it was the one at four shots earlier that had the Stanford locker room still shaking its collective heads after what Self said had to be a “heartbreaking loss.”

Stanford coach Jerod Haase, a former KU star who received a warm ovation from the home crowd during pregame introductions, could do little more than tip his cap to Vick for his hot shooting and game-tying dagger.

Haase said his huddle gave all kinds of thought to fouling Kansas so the Jayhawks could not even get a look at a game-tying 3-point attempt. But Haas operates with a hard and fast rule of when to foul and when not to foul in situations like the one that led to Vick’s heroic triple.

“I do have a personal belief of when to foul and it was well over that number,” Haase said of the time remaining when Vick let the shot go. “I’ll probably second-guess a lot of things, but, to be honest with you, that’s one I won’t. … The fact is it was an unbelievable shot.”

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Steve Zimmerman

Sick Vick!! Happy to see him finally taking himself to the next level, but he needs to stay in front of his man. Some of our players keep rolling and getting better. But where's Grimes?
Will Grimes start next game? will he transfer next season?

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Bryce Landon

I like to think of LaGerald Vick as Vick the Slick!

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos...

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Eric TheCapn

Oooooh, the Chalmers chop play works again, even when the D sees it comin'! Thank goodness Vick is channeling Super Mario; dude can hardly miss.

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Chuck Baldwin

Once again, Vick saves the day. The man is “en fuego”. Without this amazing hot streak by Vick, KU easily has 3 losses so far. I’m enjoying watching his highlights on ESPN “the Ocho”. Rock Chalk MF Jayhawk.

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Bryce Landon

I am so glad Bill Self allowed LaGerald Vick to come back for his senior season. The dude is playing like a man possessed; he is in beast mode! For all intents and purposes, he single-handedly won this game for us. I'm with you, Chuck Baldwin; without him, KU could be 3-3 right now, or perhaps even 2-4.

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Chandler Accipiter

One of the craziest things about Vick's hot streak is the fact that they're not even running plays for him. Aside from the occasional lob, I can't think of Vick scoring off a play designed for him. Even the three to tie was supposed to go to Dedric? Everything he is getting is either through the offense or thankfully coming in full on takeover mode.

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Steve Zimmerman

This!!!!!!!
Grimes, talk to Vick...!! Shanon? Matt? Here's one example a talented athlete that our coach just doesn't know how to utilize (yet?). Grimes is not an aggressive guy, or an extrovert. But he'll have to find ways to contribute on offense himself. If he thinks he has to stick the 'weave' offense style, he might as well forget about being in NBA. He will just be a facilitator - remember Marcus in his first year..?

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Henry Joseph Hofmeister

Yes but I also think this is how he plays. He doesn't want to be the designated player, he wants to be the option. With this young together team they always look to him and the other team doesn't recognize the play.

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Dane Pratt

Unless they were going to play for an easy two down low, can't see how that play does not go through Lagerald. In spite of all the defenders in the neighborhood it was set up perfectly.

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Shannon Gustafson

Like any good play, there are multiple options and the "best" option depends on how it is defended. In the case of the last play, Vick was an option but Dedric was WIDE open at the top of the key so the "right" way to read the defense and run the play was to go to Dedric rather than take a 3 defended by 3 people. With that said, he was on fire so it was the right play (as evidence by the made basket). Self even said that even though it was not the right read, it was the right play and he'll never complain about Vick taking a 3 when he's the only guy that's made one all night.

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Dane Pratt

Just like Bill told his guys in 2008 not to let Steph Curry beat you Jerod had to be telling his guys the same thing. Even if he misses it I think the right shot was taken. LV was 6 for 10 from 3 and Dedric was 0 for 1. If he misses it we still have a chance for a rebound. The execution was superb

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Tony Bandle

Random Thoughts:

1] How can a team score 90 points, be undefeated, be ranked second and still look so bad?

2] I think Bill gave LV a second chance, not out of the goodness of his heart but out of knowing that the Vick we see now was still a possibility and it was worth taking the risk.

3] PLEASE stop having Dok switch out on the perimeter...you might as well start the game with two fouls on him already recorded in the score book!

4] It'a a crime that Grimes at times settles for nickels and dimes

5] Let's hope the reffing improves along with the team's play. I saw touch fouls called almost before they happened and and acts of manslaughter almost totally ignored...for both teams!!!

6] Please, someone assure me that Les Miles' laid back natural demeanor is what we saw last night as opposed to a confused somewhat detached elderly fellow squinting in the spotlight.

7] Well, at least we have couple of cupcakes before Villanova comes town to get things straightened out.

8] Foul shots and turnovers...foul shots and turnovers...foul shots and turnovers...like a bad dream that happens every night. The Hawks have to fix this!!!

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Henry Joseph Hofmeister

dok on the corners is absurd. setting a screen at the top of the key and dropping back is one thing but guarding the corner instead of being there for a rebound? i wouldn't. there has to be an idea there or just a mistake.

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Len Shaffer

Well said as usual, Tony. And I love number 4!

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Dane Pratt

1] It's December 1
3] Keeping Dok in the game is my biggest concern. We have lots of depth, Bill will have to have an effective strategy in place late in the game when the opponents are not Stanford and Vermont but Duke and Kentucky.
5] Nope. It is what it is.
8] TO's I believe we can fix. FT's not so sure. We are about 65 percent, 70 percent w/o Dok.

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Brad Watson

The kid can flat out BALL!!!!!!!!!....Wow...I am blown away by how good this guy is....I love it when someone gets into that zone...he has been in it ....almost every time out....look forward to the next game

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Brad Watson

And to Coach Haase...keep at it....one day you will coach the Jayhawks!!!!

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Dane Pratt

I loved him as a player but he’s treading water at Stanford and that job was pretty much predicated on the win over 3 seed Iowa State in the tournament. He’ll need to improve his resume before KU gives him serious consideration.

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Bryce Landon

I agree, Dane; Jerod hasn't done enough at Stanford to deserve consideration for a blueblood program such as ours, even if KU is his alma mater. Heck, I wouldn't even want Danny Manning being the head coach at Kansas; he isn't exactly lighting it up at Wake Forest. He's never done better than 10th in the 15-team ACC, and his only NCAA Tournament appearance with the Demon Deacons was a brief showing in the First Four.

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Dane Pratt

He's already got 3 losses in the non-con part of the schedule and the 4 years he's been at the helm have not been very impressive. He's got to be on the hot seat.

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Brad Watson

Jerod is the ultimate grinder...in 10 years he will be a very good coach and ready when Coach retires...he is learning a lot of valuable lessons right now......things that will help him later...actually the loss to us will prove to be better for him in the long run than if they had won the game..........PREDICTION......Stanford will be in the tournament this year.

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