Apparently, at least as shown on Saturday, Kansas Jayhawks talent Udoka Azubuike doesn’t need much time to brush any rust off. After missing four games with a sprained ankle, the young man returned to score 23 points and grab 9 rebounds.
It was as if he never missed a beat, leading Kansas to a victory over Eastern Michigan, 87-63.
Naturally, after the game, all the attention was on his return.
“It was really important for me moving forward,” Udoka Azubuike said via The AP. “We understand that the conference (schedule) is coming and all that. This game was really important to me, to the team, to everyone else, just building my confidence up.”
With his return, Kansas actually had a season-high in team assists, finishing with 25 in total. That could per partly due to the opponents, coupled with a more healthy Jayhawks teams. Semantics or something.
Even Eastern Michigan couldn’t help but discuss the impact Udoka’s return had.
“We didn’t realize he would play as much, but he was super effective,” Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said. “Without him tonight, the game could’ve been different, and that’s how much of an impact he was on both ends of the floor.”
The Kansas Jayhawks, per rules of college basketball, are once again favored to win the Big 12.
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