Bill Self talks about KU's defense, Devonte' Graham's performance vs. Syracuse

MIAMI — While the high-powered KU offense has already broken 100 points twice this year, the hallmark of the team in its biggest games has come on the other side of the ball.

After holding Kentucky to just 61 points in the Champions Classic, the Jayhawks again scratched out a win, topping Syracuse, 76-60, Saturday in Miami.

“You can’t do much better than holding them to 21 points (in the first half),” said KU coach Bill Self.

It wasn’t the best offensive game for KU, but that didn’t quite carry over to everyone.

Lagerald Vick posted 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the win, while Devonte’ Graham tied a career-high with 35 points.

“We’re better when we have balance,” Self said. “But on a night where basically we didn’t have much going on, (Graham) needed to do that."


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