Kansas defeated Emporia State in their final exhibition game of the season on Tuesday night, 109-56. The Jayhawks got off to a sloppy start but got it going midway through the first half. The Jayhawks scored 100 points in an exhibition game for the first time since 2011.
Player of the Game: Devonte’ Graham
So many KU players played well on Tuesday night that it was hard to give this to just one player. In the end, Graham ended up winning out because of his defensive effort that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. When KU was struggling in the first half, Graham pulled the team back together by forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets.
If I had to award a second half MVP, I’d pick Wayne Selden. Selden was not very good in the first half, shooting 0-for-2 from the field. In the second half, he scored 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting, had three assists and grabbed five rebounds. He led the offense by creating opportunities for others and finishing his own.
You Let the Whole Team Down: First Half Perry Ellis / First Half 3-pt Shooting
No one played awful the entire game to actually deserve this award. Perry Ellis was almost nonexistent in the first half and like Wayne Selden, he got into the flow of the game in the second half.
In addition, the three-point shooting in the first half was really bad. Kansas shot 1-for-9 from beyond the arc. Four of the misses were from Svi Mykhailiuk which isn’t a big deal. He wasn’t missing by a lot and he’s probably the best shooter on the team.
However, Kansas needs to be doing better than 1-for-9 in real games, especially against teams like Kentucky (which is next week).
For the most part, there weren’t too many things to be worried about if you’re a KU fan. You hope Perry Ellis can put together a full game against real competition.