LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 8 Kansas blew out Oklahoma 104-74 on Big Monday, maintaining first place in the Big 12 while Oklahoma is suddenly finding itself in a fight for its NCAA Tournament hopes.
Devonte’ Graham dropped a game-high 23 points for the Jayhawks in his 100th career start, while the Jayhawks limited Trae Young to a season-low 11 points.
Here’s what Kansas coach Bill Self said about his team’s effort agaubst Oklahoma on Big Monday:
On whether or Monday night was revenge after losing earlier at Oklahoma:
“Guys say a lot of things sometimes that may fit the storyline after it’s already written. I don’t know if revenge would be the world I would use. But payback…that kind of means the same thing.”
Overall thoughts on the game:
“It was a fun night and a good win…we needed a game where we didn’t have to sweat until the end.
“I thought our defense was really good early. When (Azubuike) gets in foul trouble, our ball-screen defense isn’t as good so Trae was able to do some things then.”
On starting the game on a 20-4 run:
“Confidence has got to be better. We needed to have (Kansas guard) Lagerald (Vick) see the ball go in…(forward) Svi (Mykhailiuk) hasn’t had many looks in a while. The thing that should give you some confidence is that we scored a lot of points without going through Udoka. But making shots here won’t have anything to do with making shots in Lubbock.”
On Silvio De Sousa’s play:
“He’s had a great attitude the whole time he’s been here. He’s struggled and been frustrated. The game was too fast for him. But we put him in a tough situation. Tonight, he was poised. He took his time on the post. You could see it coming in practice, but it was so good to see.”
On how Kansas has played over the last few games including Monday night:
“I think we played the last 47 minutes pretty well (end of West Virginia and Oklahoma) … I think we can defend a lot better. You’re not always going to make 16 threes. But we’re a better basketball team than we were three weeks ago.”