Kansas Upset 74-65 by Washington Despite Lagerald Vick's 28 Points
The Washington Huskies (7-2) pulled off a stunner Wednesday night when they downed the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks 74-65 in a de facto road game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Jayhawks fell to 7-1 with their first loss of the season, while the Huskies made a statement, as both ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello and college hoops scribe Aaron Torres noted:
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello
Washington's biggest margin of victory so far this season was 14 points, at home against Kennesaw State. Their best victory was over Belmont. They had a 24-point loss to Virginia Tech.And they just beat No. 2 Kansas by nine in Kansas City.2017-12-7 03:58:28
Aaron Torres @Aaron_Torres
Washington won nine games all of last year with the eventual No. 1 pick on their roster. They're already won 7 this year, with an upset of Kansas. Huskies are so improved, they should rehire Lorenzo Romar and fire him again. Just to prove a point2017-12-7 03:59:16
The Huskies, who shot 48.3 percent from the field, received double-figure contributions from four players. Guard Matisse Thybulle led the way with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting (5-of-8 from three), four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Fellow guard Jaylen Nowell added 17 points, while forward Noah Dickerson recorded the game's only double-double with 13 points and 14 boards to go along with five assists.
As a team, the Huskies shot 42.9 percent from three—a figure that stood out, considering Kansas' usually potent offense was limited to a 5-of-20 conversion rate from beyond the arc as the Huskies' 2-3 zone defense flustered the Jayhawks' bevy of shooters.
Kansas' main source of offense in the loss was guard Lagerald Vick, who poured in a game-high 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting by repeatedly attacking the soft spots in the middle of Washington's zone. Vick also accounted for seven of Kansas' 20 assists in the loss.
Beyond the junior, the Jayhawks boasted a single double-figure scorer (Udoka Azubuike, 10 points) as Devonte' Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk struggled to find a rhythm.
The Huskies, who have won five in a row since losing to Virginia Tech on Nov. 17, will have a chance to add another quality line item to their resume Sunday when they host a 12th-ranked Gonzaga team that's looking to avoid consecutive losses following a 16-point defeat at the hands of Villanova on Tuesday.