Postgame Report Card: Washington 74, Kansas 65

photo by: Nick Krug

Washington guard Matisse Thybulle (4) grabs a rebound over Kansas guard Clay Young (21) and Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at Sprint Center.

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 74-65 loss to Washington on Tuesday night at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Offense: C-

Outside of Lagerald Vick, who, himself, had a few ups and downs but also delivered a career-high 28 points, the KU offense struggled to deliver good possessions and had a tough time getting leading scorer Devonte’ Graham good looks. The offense was bad for most of the night, but Vick’s effort pulled it into the C range.

Defense: D

There were times when the KU defense looked good. But those were few and far between and scarce in the second half. Washington opened the second half by doing and getting whatever it wanted on the offensive end to build a sizable lead and the Huskies’ second-chance points proved to be a big part of this one.

Frontcourt: D+

The zone again proved to bother Azubuike, but the big fella enjoyed moments of being the kind of factor he needs to be for this team. First-half foul trouble for both him and Mitch Lightfoot again hamstrung KU coach Bill Self.

Backcourt: C-

Good thing for Lagerald Vick. Otherwise, this one could have really been ugly. Devonte’ Graham had an off night shooting the ball but did not really do much to pull himself out of it. Malik Newman was non-existent again and Svi Mykhailiuk missed six of his eight 3-point attempts and made more than a couple careless passes.

Bench: D

On a night when KU coach Bill Self needed a spark from someone off the bench, he got next to nothing from Marcus Garrett and Mitch Lightfoot and once again was forced to use walk-on Clay Young in the first half.