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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cliff Alexander to make first start

Kansas players Perry Ellis, left, Cliff Alexander and Wayne Selden celebrate a bucket by Alexander late during the second half on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

Kansas players Perry Ellis, left, Cliff Alexander and Wayne Selden celebrate a bucket by Alexander late during the second half on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

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After nine straight games coming off the bench to begin his Kansas University career, freshman power forward Cliff Alexander is about to get his first crack at the starting five.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Friday afternoon Alexander (8.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 19.0 minutes) will replace sophomore big man Landen Lucas (3.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, 10.6 minutes) in the starting lineup Saturday against Lafayette (7-2) — 2 p.m. tipoff at Allen Fieldhouse.

No. 10 KU (8-1), Self added, will again feature sophomore guard Brannen Greene in its lineup, with regulars Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr. and Perry Ellis.

The Kansas coach also said backups Evan Manning and Hunter Mickelson have practiced well this week.

Comments

Steve Kubler 3 years, 9 months ago

Could see this coming glad it was sooner rather than later.

JD Roth 3 years, 9 months ago

Mickelson will help out, just stay tuned. Evan Manning also will come on strong!!

Bville Hawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Hope you're right. I'll have to see it to believe it on Manning, though.

Mike Riches 3 years, 9 months ago

Nice! I've been so impressed at how Cliff has played this year. In addition to the numbers quoted above, he's also done an excellent job staying out of foul trouble, which I hope stays the same now that he's starting. I'm excited for the game tomorrow!

Rodney Crain 3 years, 9 months ago

Just Play Cliff, try to not foul, or over think it, just play the game like you can. We are a better team with you starting.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 9 months ago

Like Rumsfeld said, you go to war with what you have. The fact is what we have is a bunch of disparate parts. Kentucky game showed us that starting Ellis and Alexander is just shaky height wise against any big team. Our season may very well come down to what Lucas nad Mikkelson can produce. Even if Clif starts, he Will inevitable get into foul trouble guarding real centers, and so enter Lucas or Mikkelson.

We have only one point guard, and unless Seldon is better at it than we all know him to be, that is another reason winning the Big 12 is not going to be easy.

Finally we are not really beating anybody down, and we really have a tendency to let people back in the game.

Hold on to your hats, it´s gonna be a roller coaster ride. We may win the Big 12, but we´ll have to get a lot better than we are now.

Jonathan Even 3 years, 9 months ago

The best most complete team Bill Self has fielded is the 2008 team. I don't think we started a player over 6'9". I think this team is very similar to 2008, with the biggest, most substantial difference being experience. But would the 2008 team have beat this year's Kentucky? I don't know...

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 9 months ago

Sasha Kaun was listed at 6-11, and Cole off the bench also 6-11.

Jonathan Unruh 3 years, 9 months ago

Michelson needs more min. We have no shot block presence.

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