Graham, coming off back-to-back 35-point outbursts, was held to three points on 1-for-8 shooting, while Mykhailiuk was 3 for 12 from the field and scored eight points before fouling out. The Jayhawks should have been prepared for Washington coach Mike Hopkins’ zone defense, considering he spent 22 years on Jim Boeheim’s staff at Syracuse and Kansas had recently beaten the Orange. And in truth, the Jayhawks had little trouble getting Vick open shots in the middle of the zone. They just weren’t falling most of the night. Throw in foul trouble that sent the Jayhawks’ two big men, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, to the bench well before halftime and it was no surprise the Huskies took a 36-34 lead into the break. Washington kept the pressure on early in the second half, pushing its lead to 52-44 with 12:10 left in the game, before the Jayhawks finally turned up the defensive intensity. Vick got going again inside and Azubuike’s slam of an alley-oop pass trimmed their deficit to 53-52 with 9 1/2 minutes to go. The Huskies calmed back down after a timeout, though, stretching their lead again. Thybulle got loose for a transition dunk, Dickerson added a slam of his own, and Hameir Wright’s 3-pointer from the wing made it 69-56 — their biggest lead to that point. Even when the Jayhawks caught a break, like a technical foul on David Crisp in the closing minutes, they couldn’t capitalize. Graham missed both free throws with a chance to cut into a 73-59 deficit, and Mykhailiuk proceeded to a miss a 3-point attempt as the Huskies put the game away.
Listen: Full audio highlights from Washington’s 74-65 win over No. 2 Kansas. #TougherTogetherhttps://t.co/3YsmhwDFSr — UW Men’s Basketball (@UW_MBB) December 7, 2017