If you didn't see this Devonte' to Lagerald alley oop, well, you need to. ? (via ESPN) pic.twitter.com/8BY2L2kZo9
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Second-ranked Kansas will play on national television twice this week, which is a good thing for fans aching to see more of Jayhawks senior point guard Devonte’ Graham.
The undefeated Jayhawks will take on Washington on Wednesday night in Kansas City, followed by a home game in Lawrence on Sunday against Arizona State.
Graham has been nothing short of sensational lately, scoring 35 in back-to-back victories last week.
In the wake of a 76-60 victory over Syracuse in Miami on Saturday night, Graham took over at the end of the first half in a tight game, scoring 14 in a row.
Afterward, a question was raised about the concept of a point guard on such a talented team taking 17 shots.
“The thing with Devonte’ is, he is a point guard, but he is also a scoring point guard,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, in notes posted on Kansas’ web site. “He’s a guy that can score or make a pass to finish a play.”
Self said it’s not a negative for his team when it goes to Graham for a spark.
“17 (shots) isn’t a lot of shots to get 35 (points),” Self said. “I don’t think that will be a negative at all but I don’t think it will be a nightly thing.
“I think we’re better when we have balance. On a night when we didn’t have anything going on, he needed to do that (score).”
In offensive outbursts against Toledo and Syracuse, Graham became the first Kansas player since Andrew Wiggins in 2014 to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games.
Wiggins scored 41 against West Virginia and 30 against Oklahoma State in March 2014.
Graham, from Raleigh, North Carolina, said he lets the flow of the game dictate when he elects to shoot or pass.
“We’re just trying to be aggressive, and if I can get in the paint and make plays for others, than I’m going to try to do that and make the right plays,” he said. “My shot was just falling tonight (and last game).
“The previous game before that, my shot wasn’t falling as well. It’s just good to see the ball go in.”
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