Kansas basketball: Ochai Agbaji is the key to a national championship

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Kansas basketball grabbed their 300th win of the decade last night against Milwaukee thanks to some incredible performances, especially Ochai Agbaji.

The Jayhawks took down Milwaukee last night 95-68 in a game that really wasn’t even that close. Kansas basketball came out looking focused against the Panthers when they started the game on an 8-0 run, they went on to cover the spread again (-26 according to The Action Network).

As a fan, it’s really nice to not have to worry about whether or not your team will show up.

The Jayhawks haven’t had a “slow start” yet this season despite playing teams that may be hard to get excited for. It’s going to be super important that Kansas continues to be focused no matter the opponent, especially in March when you may have to play a team that really shouldn’t be in the tournament.

Kansas basketball had some big-time performances last night, especially from Ochai Agbaji. He finished tied for the team-high of 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line.

Agbaji has been hot from three-point range recently. Last Saturday night against Colorado, he was 4-of-6 with 20 points and 12 rebounds, notching a double-double. He nearly had another last night, missing it by only two rebounds.

If Kansas basketball can continue to get this kind of production from Agbaji, it’s hard to see them losing any time soon. Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike were also great last night, but they’re also great almost every single night.

Azubuike got another double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Dotson had 22 points on the night and almost got a double-double of his own, totaling nine assists. The thing about Dotson and Azubuike is they’re consistently great night in and night out. Azubuike’s almost always going to get 12 and 12, while Dotson is almost certain to score at least 15.

That’s why it’s so important the Agbaji continues to be confident in his three-point shot. The Jayhawks need Agbaji to be more than just an incredibly athletic dunker, they need him to be a complete basketball player.

So far this season, he’s shown that he is. If Agbaji can keep up what he’s doing, it’s realistic that he’ll be a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Agbaji has a ton of athleticism and probably has the most upside NBA potential of anyone on Kansas basketball’s roster this season.

Just check out this incredible play from last night’s game against Milwaukee:

A combination of that athleticism and consistent shooting is every NBA scout’s dream, and Ochai Agbaji has shown that he can be that dream so far this season.

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It’s hard to find another team as deep and talented as Kansas is this season. If a fully developed Ochai Agbaji is Kansas basketball’s third option this season, the Jayhawks have a serious chance to win the national title.