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Bettina Bugatto/KANSAN President of Multicultural Student Government Anthonio Humphrey attends a Senate meeting to discuss the decision to take power away from MSG.

DARBY VAN HOUTAN @DarbyVanHoutan At a Multicultural Affairs Committee meeting Wednesday evening, Student Senate leadership and committee members discussed what had been announced via press release four hours prior: the Multicultural Student Government would no longer be allocated funds by Senate. The Multicultural Education Fund (MEF) was allocated to MSG in May 2017 at the end of a two-year-long battle in which MSG fought to become a governing body on campus that would serve and provide funding to multicultural student groups. In the end, MSG and Senate entered a Memoran-

dum of Agreement that put the new organization under the umbrella of Senate but granted it a sort of autonomy to fund groups and projects differently than Senate with a budget of their own provided by student fees. “I completely agree that MSG came out of the right sentiment. When this all began, Student Senate was not talking about diversity and inclusion,” said Student Body President Mady Womack during the meeting. “It was not an issue that it was dealing with.” Since then, MSG leadership, specifically the recently removed MSG president Chiquita Jackson, have been accused of mishandling funds and refusing to communicate with Student Sen-

ate. It’s because of breeches of the MOA, similar to the accusations made against Jackson, that Womack decided — as recently as this week — to return MEF to Student Senate. Funding provided by MEF had been recently frozen by the University’s Office of Student Affairs, Womack said, in light of MSG’s “loss of advisers and conflict in leadership.” Following Student Affairs’ interim control over the fund, committee head Zoya Khan, along with advisers Jane Tuttle and Kevin Joseph, will allocate its remainder for the rest of the semester. It will then be controlled and allocated by the committee, which originally controlled it before

Collin Biery/KANSAN Zoya Khan (left) and Nellie Kassebaum (right) smile after being elected president and vice president of Rise KU at the caucus held in Marvin Hall’s forum room.

MSG. “We want to ensure there’s still student representation,” Womack said after the meeting. “It’s a student fund; it’s supposed to be student managed.” Meetings were set up for Monday between Senate, MSG and the Multicultural Board of Advisors — made up of members of every multicultural group on campus — to discuss if and what changes should be made to the fund’s handling. Now without a budget, MSG will remain strictly a student group. The future of MSG, as Womack described during the meeting, is up to MSG, but Jackson isn’t hopeful. “I don’t think people will want to be involved with

MSG, because of all of the things that happened with our internal problems,” Jackson said before the meeting. Jackson also said that MSG is unorganized and has lost its ability to govern students. “Y’all just gave it one semester,” Jackson said to Womack during the meeting. “What type of opportunity is that?” Throughout the discussion, current MSG President Anthonio Humphrey interjected with questions of when, why and who was involved with the decision to defund MSG. It was in conversations with individuals previously involved with MSG, several members of the Multicultural Affairs

Committee and a meeting with MSG on Tuesday afternoon, Womack said, that led Senate to this final decision. “We’re being overpowered here,” Humphrey said in some final remarks. “We’re at the mercy of Student Senate.” In MSG’s moment of “overpowerment,” as he called it, Humphrey requested that members of the MA Committee turn to the students and leaders they represented and ask one question: “Where is MSG going to go, and did it address the questions it needed to in the first place?” MSG leadership declined to answer questions from the Kansan directly after Wednesday’s meeting.

Caitlynn Salazar/KANSAN Noah Ries was acclimated as the Presidential candidate for Crimson and Blue, the second coalition launched in this term’s Student Senate elections.

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With one coalition of current Student Senate leadership already in place, senators Zoya Khan and Nellie Kassebaum have rounded out the second coalition that will compete in this spring’s Student Senate elections, setting the stage for a choice between experienced executives and newer voices. Khan and Kassebaum, two senators who were cho-

sen as Rise KU’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates on Wednesday, will face off against Crimson and Blue’s Noah Ries and Charles Jetty, two current Senate executives who will run as presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, after being elected by their coalition on Tuesday. Ries, Senate policy and development director, and Jetty, chief of staff, will look to use their leadership experience to further initia-

tives started in the current administration, as well as some new ideas. Khan and Kassebaum are pushing for changes to current Senate. “I’m honored that we got the opportunity and I’m excited to work with Nellie,” Khan said after the meeting. Khan, a junior and chair of Senate’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, spoke on the importance of Senate, emphasizing the almost $21 million of student fees they allocate each year, and

how she believes that more needs to be done. “I’m tired of empty promises; I’m tired of waiting around for change,” Khan said. “Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to create change that will touch every single student on this campus.” Khan said that she’s tired of seeing the same people leading Senate and wants to expand Senate to include all students. “Traditionally, with Senate we keep hearing the

same ideas from the same people,” Khan said. “I mean, as we saw in the most recent launch, there’s a lot of people in the institution who continue to serve in the institution.” Rise KU is the second coalition to caucus this semester, but the first to launch. Crimson and Blue launched on Sunday and caucused on Tuesday. “Continuity is an underrated aspect of leadership,” Jetty said after his caucus. “We’re already

working where it’s not even that we’re going to hit the ground running ... we’re running right now.” Jetty brought up several missions he has for the coalition in a short speech after his nomination. These missions include addressing food insecurity at the University as well as continuing work against sexual assault — a platform both Jetty and Ries were

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In an effort to gain more control over University policy concerning students, specifically about sexual harassment, the Student Senate Rights Committee is hoping to utilize a portion of University code previously ignored. On Monday, with the help of the Rights Committee adviser Bill Larzalere, Student Senate executives discovered a line in the University Senate Code giving Senate power to affect policy changes which primarily or directly affect the student body, “and to take such steps as it shall deem necessary for their implementation and administration.” “This has been there for years and nobody put two and two together,” said Mattie Carter, student body vice president. Martin Doherty, chair of the Rights Committee, said that students currently don’t have enough control over policy that affects them. “A lot of these administrative policies, like the sexual harassment policy, like the discrimination policy,

Haley Fleisner/KANSAN Vice President Mattie Carter explains a bill to a Senate committee on Feb. 1. things like that, kind of enforce themselves into the code, but they’re developed administratively without any student input,” Doherty said. “They become parts of the student code, even though students have no input on them.” Carter said that a large goal of Senate’s this academic year has been to gain more influence over those codes. Doherty

said student involvement is really important especially now as the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access reforms University sexual harassment policy. “In light of current controversies nationwide regarding sexual harassment, and in light of this [there] has been an ongoing discussion in higher ed. We really want to make sure that students

have a voice in that,” Carter said. “I think policy making is really important in that.” In order to take advantage of that code, found in Article III section 5, the Rights Committee proposed legislation which would create a Campus Policy Oversight Committee. If passed the committee will be chaired by the vice chair of the Rights Committee and include two members

JUMP FROM COALITION passionate about in their previous campaign with last year’s OneKU coalition. “Only a tiny fraction of [sexual assault] survivors will even report what happened,” Jetty said. “This is unacceptable. We have truly collectively failed as a community at addressing this issue, and we must act now.” Echoing many of Jetty’s goals, Ries reminded those in attendance of the issues integral to Crimson and Blue’s campaign. Things like affordability, inclusion and representation among other issues, Ries said, are part of the “rough draft” the coalition can build off of. The approximately 60 students who have acclimated themselves to Crimson and Blue voted to approve several central platforms unanimously and without questions: establishing subsidized meal plan programs, creating a textbook section at Anschutz Library, refinancing the Sexual Assault Survivors Fund, creating a “Women in STEM” event, and a campus recovery program. These platforms, Ries said, are possible with the help of other students and campus partners. The Campus Recovery Program, for example, which would provide substance abuse recovery options to students, would be a joint venture with Counseling and Psychological Services. A two-day leadership event centered around female students in science, technology, engineering and math programs, or a “Women in STEM” event, is possible through a partner-

from each standing Senate committee. The student body vice president, chair of the Rights Committee and Student Senate policy director would also be included as non-voting members. However, it will need approval from Chancellor Douglas Girod. “Everything’s ultimately up to the chancellor,” Larzalere told the committee. “You can do this and see what happens. There’s some authority for the Student Senate to do things, but it hasn’t been used in the past.” Carter said she was pleased to learn that students had that authority. She said she hopes to utilize this committee moving forward to give more input to students. “The thing about it is, as Bill said, [policy is] not important until it affects you but you really need those dedicated students,” Carter said. Carter said she is curious to see how the University administration reacts to it, as they haven’t discussed it yet. She mentioned that the bill could still be amended before a full Senate vote next week.

ship with the engineering school. Ries said his current and past leadership experience within the governing body is what makes him so right for the job of student body president. The relationships created with University administration, he added, qualify his coalition even more. “What’s really nice about already being on exec is that we have that continuity factor,” he said. “Working with KU administration can be a little difficult, and working with a lot of people to make things happen. Because of that, not everything does get done in a year.” Rise KU launched on Feb. 1 on platforms involving mental health, inclusion and accessibility. Kassebaum, a junior and an off-campus senator, echoed Khan’s call to affect change in Senate and spoke on the importance of mental health reform. She used Kansas State University’s policy on four free mental health visits as an example. “This coalition is not about her, it’s not about me, it’s about a collective and that’s why we’re named Rise KU,” Kassebaum said. Khan and Kassebaum jointly addressed the attending members of the coalition on what the group will be working on going forward. The first will be degree enhancement, meaning advocating for more degree and certificate programs to make student’s degrees more valuable, and going on a listening tour with various student groups to make sure they can hear from as many student voices as possible.


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FFA of the Day: I never would have thought I’d be plastered on a Tuesday night doing the Cupid shuffle with 20 others at the hawk like a goddamn eighth grader on Valentine’s Day A car with 6 Trump bumper stickers just sped through a red light and cut someone off. I’m not even surprised. Completing homework mere minutes before class is my brand now I guess “If I put this Clorox wipe on my face, will it cure me of the flu?” If anyone needs a good library to cry at, the music library is usually empty and has two-ply tissues. “High : i have a crush, low: I threw up in uber and peed myself with said crush” How are there winter olympians from Australia? Does it even snow there? Even if I took a class about fortnite I’d still never show up Take a shot every time a republican lawmaker says shooting victims are “in my prayers.” I ~ hate ~ most rap but Bodak Yellow is honestly my biggest guilty pleasure. Number one rule of free food: bring Tupperware “Hang on, I gotta shotgun a beer before I go to bed”

MALLORIE MCBRIDE @malloriemcbride Last Wednesday, Feb. 7, White House aide Rob Porter resigned after abuse allegations from his two exwives were made public. Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby accused Porter of physical and verbal abuse throughout their individual marriages. Holderness even provided photographic evidence of her with a black eye she received after Porter allegedly punched her when the couple vacationed in Italy back in 2000. The White House was made aware of the allegations this past November and not only kept it under wraps, but still permitted Porter to work without a completed security clearance. Recently, President Donald Trump commented on the scandal, saying he was “very sad” to see Porter leave, and he hoped he would “have a wonderful career.” Many of Porter’s former colleagues are also voicing their support for him, saying they are shocked to learn of the allegations because he “is a man of true integrity and honor” and “is someone of the highest in-

tegrity and exemplary character.” The lack of support for the two female victims is devastating, but sadly not surprising. In today’s political society, we can get so uncomfortable addressing abuse that we would rather defend the accused than support and listen to the accuser. But if people of

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power aren’t standing up and supporting domestic abuse victims, then how can we expect the rest of society to follow suit? Yes, Porter was in a high position of authority, but by no means does that excuse him from being held responsible for his actions. A similar scenario played out in 2014 when a surveillance video showed Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back, hitting his then-fiancée so hard she went unconscious. Amidst the allegations, the NFL “punished” him by suspending him for two games without pay and fined him $58,000. It wasn’t until the video evidence was released to the public that they released him from the NFL entirely.

In an article written for Time, Willoughby argues that the president’s defense of her ex-husband implies that “the work Rob was doing in the White House was of higher value than [her and Holderness’] mental, emotional or physical wellbeing” and that “abuse is something to be questioned and doubted.” When the people representing and leading our country can’t take accusations like this seriously, it sets a tone in our society that brushing things under the rug is OK — it’s simply “how things are handled.” Not only that, but having a president who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment, not once, but 15 times during the election period alone,

draws the question: when will powerful men be held to the same standard as every other accused abuser? A man’s professional reputation is not more important than a female’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it’s time the leaders of our country recognize that. Holderness and Willoughby are victims of mental and physical abuse, and their voices have a right to be heard — no matter what position their accuser may hold.

Mallorie McBride is a sophomore from Overland Park studying journalism and business.

Associated Press White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus watches.

Landolt: Don’t let teens run for KS governor What prerequisites are required of individuals to hold public office?

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MOLLY LANDOLT @MollyLandolt Kansas will elect a new governor in November, and campaigns are in full swing. Among the candidates for governor are six teenagers under the age of 18. Kansas state law does not have a minimum age requirement for gubernatorial candidates, and that loophole is causing a lot of commotion. While it is unlikely that any of the teenage candidates will win the race for governor, they are all too young to hold such a position. The first teenager to run for governor was Jack Bergeson, a 16-year-old

Wichita native. Five other teenagers quickly joined the race after him. The teenage candidates are not old enough to legally vote, buy a lottery ticket, purchase cigarettes, get a tattoo or enlist in the armed forces — so why should they be able to legally hold state office? Seemingly in response to the young politicians, Kansas lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would restrict individuals under the age of 18 from running for governor. The bill will not pass before the election in November, so nothing can stop the teenagers from holding office should one of them win. Even if the bill passes, 18

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is still too young to be governor, and some of the teens running are only a year under the proposed minimum. In Missouri, a candidate must be at least 30 years of age to run for governor. Kansas should pass a bill requiring that candidates be at least 30 years of age; at 30, individuals have enough life experience to effectively lead a population. As a teenager myself, I do not possess the qualities to become a successful governor based on my lack of life experience. I do not believe that any teenager possesses the qualities to successfully hold office, especially during some of the most formative years of their youth. They can not represent the wide variety of constituents in Kansas, or anywhere in the United States. This issue also poses an interesting question: What prerequisites are required of individuals to hold pub-

lic office? Donald Trump did not have any political experience prior to becoming president, and the teens running do not even have a high school diploma. The lack of experience in elected officials in the United States is frightening. Anyone with no experience whatsoever can hold office, so a minimum age requirement is imperative. While the teenagers running seem mature and capable of a lot in the future, they are not currently endowed with the skills necessary to become governor. There are some silver linings to the loophole in the law — hopefully, this would cause lawmakers to look more carefully at current laws and reform laws to better protect constituents. The teenage candidates are also bringing awareness and political initiative among young adults. In Kansas, only 13 per-

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cent of people ages 18 to 24 voted in the last non-presidential election. Hopefully the candidates will create a movement of political involvement among a younger generation and influence them to vote and get involved politically. In fact, the teenagers running for office took part in a debate at Lawrence Free State High School in which many high schoolers were in attendance; the teenage candidates are already influencing their peers to get involved politically. But despite that, teenagers are too young to be governor, and a bill that would set the minimum age to 18 will not help. The minimum age for governor in Kansas should be at least 30 in order for those running to garner enough life experience, as well as political experience, to be competent in the role of governor. Molly Landolt is a freshman from Labadie, Missouri, studying strategic communications.

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Contributed photo James David Frank, the Green Power Ranger, has traveled internationally and across the nation to attend different conventions.

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Fans still drive ‘Power Rangers’ star dents the original show as often as I can,” she said. “Not only has it influenced a generation of martial artists across the globe, but it is something that teaches caring, discipline and respect — three pillars that are so vital to our generation and future.” Menendez’s favorite ranger was the Pink Ranger “because she fought as often as she could, and she had heart. There wasn’t much dumbing down.” She did, however, admit that Tommy/Green Ranger, the character that Frank played, was “so cool because he was a sweet boy who did backflips.” It is stories like Menendez’s that keep Frank going after all these years. He has met people who have named kids after him or have tattoos of the Green Ranger on their body and each story he hears offers a new surprise and a new motivation to keep moving in the direction that he is. “I think ‘Power Rangers’

has really changed a lot of people all over the world,” Frank said. “It’s mentored a lot of people.” Frank admits that it sounds strange, but he often compares a TV show to a song — a song from a period in time can bring back memories, as can a TV show. “The ‘Power Rangers’ TV show has brought memories to people all around the world,” he said. In regards to what animal he most identifies with, Frank said he might consider a falcon or a dragon, but he’d ultimately choose a tiger. It fits his personality, but also satisfies his fans — something that he continues to strive for every day. Frank will make appearances during all three days of Planet Comicon at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. Different ticket options are available online.

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tial arts before the age of seven and earned his black belt at 12. He currently is an eighth-degree black belt, a skill which he notes is probably the reason that he was able to stay on MMPR for so long. “I love [mixed martial arts],” Frank said. “I still love to do it, but my schedule’s pretty packed with all the shows I’m doing, but I love mixed martial arts and am always training and fighting.” Residing in Houston, Texas, Frank owns and operates different martial arts centers in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Houston, but he continues to travel around the world to meet fans of the series. This year alone, he is going to Chile, Peru, Dubai, the United Kingdom and more to attend different conventions. Bouncing around different time zones constantly is the hardest part, Frank says, however, despite what people may think,

he rarely consumes energy drinks. “I kind of stopped all those caffeine products because I wanted to make it organic and real,” he said. “The energy that the fans give me helps me. I live off the fans’ vibes. My line [at conventions] is always exciting and loud and I just like to hype up the fans.” The time that fans spend in line waiting for Frank is something that he is aware of and appreciates. He said that that’s why he always shows as much enthusiasm as possible with each and every fan he meets. Even after last year, when an obsessed fan was arrested after allegedly plotting to kill Frank, the

actor knows, especially now in the age of social media, that the positive experiences outweigh the negative ones. “I hear stories of people that were going to commit suicide,” Frank said. “But watching ‘Power Rangers’ helped them. I see those experiences where negative experiences turned positive and those are the ones that move me.” Anna Menendez, a senior from LaGrange Park, Illinois, has been a fan of the show and its many iterations since she can remember. She’s also a black belt and says she’s used “Power Rangers” as a piece of inspiration. “As a martial arts instructor, I show my stu-

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RACHEL GAYLOR @raegay218 Jason David Frank was supposed to be in just 10 episodes of the television show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Twenty-five years, 225-plus episodes on nine separate TV and web series and two feature films later, Frank is one of the faces of a franchise that continues to thrive a quarter of a century since it first aired. Now, sitting in Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., awaiting his connection to Brussels, Frank told the Kansan he still gets excited before every convention he attends and all the fans he gets to encounter. “I really enjoy the fan stories,” Frank said. “I enjoy relating to people all around the world.” Frank will be coming to Kansas City, Missouri, this weekend for the city’s annual Planet Comicon. The 44-year-old started mar-

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De Sousa finds his 'groove' in Ames SHAUN GOODWIN @ShaunGoodwinUDK AMES, IOWA — Five seconds left on the clock in the first half, senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk drives into the paint looking to tack on a couple of extra points for Kansas before heading into the locker room. The layup is blocked by Iowa State's Cameron Lard, surely signifying the end of the half. But not for one player on the court. Freshman forward Silvio De Sousa muscles his way into the center of a flurry of players beneath the basket to collect the rebound and head back up to the basket. His put back rolls around the rim and out, but he’s accomplished his goal. With a fierce pump of the fist and shout from De Sousa, referee Gerry Pollard calls for a defensive foul, and De Sousa heads to the line with the clock frozen on 3.5 seconds. Two months removed from high school, De Sousa sinks not only his first free throw of the game, but the first of his collegiate career. Although his second free throw bounces off the edge of the rim and into the hands of Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb, the two minutes 44 seconds De Sousa spent in the game were perhaps the most efficient minutes of his young Jayhawk career so far. “He came up big for us, that was big,” sophomore

center Udoka Azubuike said after the game. “He came into the game and made big plays, and that was outstanding from him.” Though all of De Sousa's minutes Tuesday night came in the first half of Kansas' 83-77 victory, he made his impact felt in that time. When De Sousa entered the game with a little less than three minutes left in the half, both Azubuike and sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot had two fouls. While not an alarming amount of fouls, there was still some intrigue as to why De Sousa was the man heading onto the court. Kansas led just 31-30 at the time, and he was playing in place of a dominant Azubuike and extremely active Lightfoot. Shortly after he came on, De Sousa was joined by sophomore guard Sam Cunliffe on the court. With the pair of active players on the court at the same time, Kansas switched to a 2-3 zone for the remainder of the half. It proved incredibly effective, as Kansas held Iowa State to just two points when playing the zone. Additionally, in De Sousa’s time on the floor, the Cyclones were held to just four points, with the Angola native playing efficient defense. De Sousa also managed to fend off Iowa State’s aggressive forward Solomon Young in the paint

Missy Minear/KANSAN Freshman forward Silvio De Sousa puts up a shot over an Iowa State defender on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones 83-77. throughout that duration, managing to not pick up a single foul in the game for just the third time this season. While going under the radar for the first two minutes of his time on the court, it was really the final minute of the half in which De Sousa showed what he can do. It all started with an impressive boxout of the Cyclones star Lard under the Jayhawk basket for De Sousa's first rebound of the game. That was then

followed by a beautifully executed pick and roll with senior guard Devonte’ Graham, which resulted in a tip-in for De Sousa, just the second basket of his collegiate career. In perhaps his only negative moment of the game, on his next possession De Sousa gifted the Cyclones two points off a goaltending call that could have easily been a fierce block, had the ball not already bounced off the backboard. Yet unfazed, the young forward went on to collect

the vital rebound with 3.5 seconds left to head to the line for the last bucket of the half. Finishing with a career-high three points, accompanied by a further three rebounds, De Sousa may have found his groove. Despite not featuring in any of the second half as Kansas left Ames winning against Iowa State, it was a huge statement game from De Sousa. “He hasn’t had anything go right in quite some time, so to see some good things

happen, that was very positive,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Hopefully he’ll get some confidence and we can use him more down the stretch.” De Sousa’s only two previous points before Tuesday night came against West Virginia on Jan. 15. Coincidentally, Kansas’ next game is against West Virginia. De Sousa will have a chance to put more points up against the Mountaineers as the game tips off at 5 p.m. on Saturday inside Allen Fieldhouse.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

K A N S A N .C O M /S P O R T S

Basketball Gameday West Virginia at Kansas, Saturday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

Missy Minear/KANSAN Then-junior guard Devonte’ Graham makes a move to the basket in the second half against West Virginia on Feb. 13, 2017. The Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers 84-80.

Beat Writer Predictions: Michael Swain: Kansas 74-70, Sean Collins: Kansas 74-62

MICHAEL SWAIN & SEAN COLLINS @mswain97 & @seanzie_UDK

KANSAS (20-6, 9-4)

WEST VIRGINIA (19-7, 8-5)

Devonte’ Graham

Jevon Carter

★★★★

★★★★

senior guard

senior guard

Graham had a down game against Iowa State on Tuesday. The team picked up the W, but Graham did not shoot the ball well by any means. Despite creating shots for his teammates and grabbing defensive rebounds, it is crucial that Graham finds his shooting touch. Going against a defense like West Virginia’s, Graham will need to be very efficient on the offensive end in order for the Jayhawks to beat the Mountaineers.

Carter is the Mountaineers’ Devonte’ Graham. Their four year point guard is critical to every set they run and leads the team in scoring with 17 points a game. However, Carter also averages 35 minutes a game. When he exits, Graham stays, and that is an advantage for the Jayhawks.

Lagerald Vick

Sagaba Konate

★★★

★★★

junior guard

sophomore forward

Vick had a bounce-back game against Iowa State after being benched for two consecutive games. Vick scored 15+ points for the first time since scoring 21 points against Texas on Dec. 29, 2017. Vick has been more active on the boards and on the defensive end as of late and will need to continue to focus on both if Kansas wants to defeat West Virginia.

The Jayhawks mounted a huge comeback in Morgantown when the two teams met earlier this season. But it was Konate that helped the Mountaineers build their initial lead. If Konate can come in with the same energy and shot blocking prowess, West Virginia can get Kansas in foul trouble.

Svi Mykhailiuk

Daxter Miles Jr.

★★★★

★★★

senior guard

senior guard

Mykhailiuk has been in a funk as of late. The Ukraine native is only averaging 7.5 points in the past four games since scoring 20+ points in three straight games. In those four games, Mykhailiuk is shooting 18.2 percent from behind the arc. Kansas will need to hear “Svi for three” multiple times Saturday or else an upset could be in the cards.

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Miles is a sporadic scorer, and the Jayhawks don’t want to see him on a good day. However, Miles hasn’t been an effective scorer since Big 12 play started, putting the pressure on Carter. If the Jayhawks can limit Carter, they can force other guards, like Miles to make the plays.

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The February 15, 2018 issue of the University Daily Kansan.

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The February 15, 2018 issue of the University Daily Kansan.

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