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KU’s Devonte’ Graham chosen as Big 12 player of week

Coach Bill Self talks about KU's win

KU beat Oklahoma 76-72 Saturday in Norman
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KU beat Oklahoma 76-72 Saturday in Norman

Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham was chosen Big 12 player of the week Monday after leading KU to a 76-72 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Graham, who scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting while also limiting OU guard Buddy Hield to 24 points on 5-for-15 shooting, joins Wayne Selden as one of only two Jayhawks to earn the honor this season.

“He was terrific,” KU coach Bill Self said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference. “We would have had no chance to win without him.”

Graham averaged 18.5 points in KU’s victories over top-10 foes West Virginia and OU. His performance against the Sooners, though, was enough to fire up Self in his postgame radio interview.

“He was as good today as anybody’s been at Kansas since I’ve been here for a game,” Self said. “His defense on Buddy was remarkable. He played 39 minutes, and then he took over the game offensively. I mean, just took it over.

“He was special. That was what we said on the board, ‘Be special today,’ and he was special.”

KU, 21-4 and 9-3 in the Big 12, plays host to Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Monday.

Big 12 honors Wade

Kansas State freshman forward Dean Wade was named Big 12 newcomer of the week on Monday. He won the award following a stellar showing against Oklahoma, in which he scored 17 points to help the Wildcats knock off the Sooners.

K-State coach Bruce Weber challenged Wade before the game and took him out of the starting lineup. He responded with arguably the best game of his young college career, making 7 of 11 shots.

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