Devonte' Graham tops ratings vs. Syracuse with second consecutive 35-point game

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) leans in for a selfie with ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale following his 35-point performance in the Jayhawks' 76-60 win over Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) leans in for a selfie with ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale following his 35-point performance in the Jayhawks' 76-60 win over Syracuse, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonte’ Graham: Tied career-high with 35 points, made 7 of 13 3-pointers, had five assists, most on lobs, and five turnovers with two steals. Outscored Syracuse 14-4 at end of first half and stayed hot throughout second half. Averaging 35 points in past two games.

2 - Lagerald Vick: Terrific night. Did a nice job of getting the ball in the middle of the zone and reading his options. Can hit the mid-range jumper, one of the things that makes him dangerous in that spot. Also did a nice job of finding open 3-point shooters. Flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Had two steals and three turnovers and his high-flying left-handed flush on a lob from Graham ranks high on his building career-highlight video.

3 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Bad passing led to three first-half turnovers and four for the night. Made 3 of 7 3-pointers, scored 11 points and had four rebounds and four assists.

4 - Udoka Azubuike: Looked puzzled as to where he should be at times against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Didn’t make himself available for post feeds, but did nice job on the boards. Had six points, nine rebounds and one blocked shot. Two first-half fouls limited him to six minutes.

5 - Malik Newman: Rough night. Vick consistently fed him for wide-open 3-pointers but Newman couldn’t drain them and finished 1 for 8 from the field and 0 for 6 from beyond the arc. Had five rebounds, five assists and three turnovers.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Scoreless in eight minutes, he had two rebounds and a turnover and was whistled for three fouls, which isn’t necessarily the same as saying he committed three fouls.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Threw down a lob, blocked a shot and committed four fouls in eight minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 (tie) - Svi Mykhailiuk (60)

1 - (tie) Lagerald Vick (60)

3 - Devonte' Graham (59)

4 - Udoka Azubuike (51)

5 - Malik Newman (44)

6 - Marcus Garrett (39)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (29)


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Jeff Coffman

Lightfoot had some key defensive charge calls. svi had two threes back to back that started the run.

Days like this the walk on deserved a point.

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Steve Zimmerman

Yeah, I thought Lightfoot defensive position deserved a praise. That's a smart play. So did Young, as you said, Jeff. We need to use that more against teams who penetrate a lot (including West Virginia).

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David Kelley-Wood

How does this work? Is it only the top seven, or is Clay Young really just chopped liver?

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Chris Teegarden

It’s scholarship players, so no walk ons. I do think Clay deserves some points for yesterday though.

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Tan Hong Woon

No, I thought some walk-ons were on the list before.

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