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Friday, December 12, 2014

Greene to start, Traylor to play Saturday vs. Utah at Sprint Center

Kansas guard Brannen Greene slaps hands with teammate Hunter Mickelson after a turnover by Emporia State during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas guard Brannen Greene slaps hands with teammate Hunter Mickelson after a turnover by Emporia State during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

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Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self said Friday, prior to KU's practice at Sprint Center, that sophomore guard Brannen Greene would start Saturday's game against Utah in place of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

Greene led KU with 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting against Georgetown on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. and has shown more comfort within KU's offense and a ton of confidence during recent games.

Sophomore starter Wayne Selden said Friday that what Greene delivered earlier this week in the win over the Hoyas was exactly what the team expets from him every time out.

“Definitely,” Selden said. “If he's open, I'm tallying it.”

In other news, Self said forward Jamari Traylor would suit up and play against the Utes. Traylor, who was arrested last weekend for “interfering with the duties of an officer” during an altercation at the Cave nightclub in Lawrence, traveled with the team to D.C. but did not play as punishment for his off-the-field actions.

Self said Traylor was embarrassed about the incident and the two talked about what Traylor could learn from it.

“Jamari is going to suit and play. He’s obviously paid the penalty for making a poor decision on not cooperating on something he wasn’t remotely involved in,” Self said. “It brought a lot of negative attention on him. Certainly he’s embarrassed by it. The only way you can handle this, like we’ve told him is become a better man because of it and identify why that would happen. He’s certainly working on that and open to doing that. I don’t see any reason for penalizing him any more than what we’ve already done.”

Freshman Devonté Graham is “questionable at best” because of a “sore toe,” Self said. Graham hurt his toe, not his ankle, Wednesday against Georgetown and missed the final 10 minutes of the KU victory. It earlier had been believed he had an ankle injury. Self said if he plays it'll likely be limited duty.

Also, former KU manager James Cox takes over for Jeff Forbes as video coordinator. Forbes has taken a job with Synergy, Self said.

Comments

Kristen Downing 6 years, 11 months ago

I think he plays better off the bench. Really hope we can utilize Devonte some. This game is looking tougher and tougher.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

Not good to hear that Devonte' hurt his toe. Not really anything you can do to tape/support it like you could an ankle. Ultimately, every move a BB player makes goes through the toe also. Would seem like one of those injuries that could nag for a long time.

Allison Steen 6 years, 11 months ago

I had a pallet of beer dropped on my foot (I do purchasing for a beer distributor, am rarely in the warehouse, but right place right time eh??) and my big toe still makes me miserable occasionally and its been 9 months. Specifically during exercise. Who knew a toe could be such a pain in the ass.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully, Brannen also excels in all the non-shooting aspects of his play, which seems to have been his downfall in the past. Seems that BB smarts is a significant part of what got Svi the starts in the first place, though he can be really streaky shooting. IIRC, that was the case last summer as well.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

"a poor decision on not cooperating on something he wasn’t remotely involved in"

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Robert Brock 6 years, 11 months ago

Could make for some great rap lyrics, eh?

Brian Wilson 6 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully Traylor has learned. In the meantime, with Greene in it may be time to try something different. I noticed Greene's shoulder and arm size when compared to Smith of Georgetown and to Ellis. Weird idea but maybe Greene should Play the 4 spot and then put Ellis at the three. Mason and Selden could play the point and have Oubre and Svi at the 2. I think with Greene coming inside out this could open up the middle and halp Ellis to be more active.

John Randall 6 years, 11 months ago

Weird for sure! Why put Perry, Wayne and Brannen in unfamiliar positions ??? The team is progressing just as we expect them to at this time of year ... so it's certainly not time for major leaps in the dark!

Perry is a constant double-double, playing the 4 at an all-conf level. Brannen can shoot lights-out and is quick enough to continue improving on the defensive end and help with the board work as his minutes increase. Wayne gives what we need against shooting threats as well as impressive offense on occasion.

Bobby Oviemena Birhiray 6 years, 11 months ago

With some Lawrence cops I am always suspicious, they do get away with a lot. Especially how they treat certain students.

Todd Jones 6 years, 11 months ago

Greene in the starting lineup...I have been waiting for this and I'm sure he has wanted this since he arrived on campus. The time has come. This COULD be huge!!

Janet Olin 6 years, 11 months ago

Seems the ESPN analysts have already decided Utah upsets KU. Hope the boys make them eat that prediction.

Greg Lux 6 years, 11 months ago

Well the money still say KU by 4 and thats a lot better then ESPN. Tough games make for tough teams. If we continue to make a high % of our Free-Throws we will be fine our defense is coming along nicely of late.

Janet Olin 6 years, 11 months ago

Also hope Brannen has chosen to play some defense to go along with his 3-pt. shots.

JD Roth 6 years, 11 months ago

ESPN analysts, the same outfit that year after year says how untalented that football team in Manhattan is. Yep they are real experts there at ESPN..... What a joke.

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