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Monday, December 22, 2014

Jayhawks head different directions for holiday break

Kansas coach Bill Self and members of the team watch in the closing minutes of a 77-52 loss to the Temple Owls Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Kansas coach Bill Self and members of the team watch in the closing minutes of a 77-52 loss to the Temple Owls Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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TEMPLE 77, KANSAS 52

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— It’s a long, long way — about 2,500 miles — from Philadelphia to Portland.

That’s a five-hour direct flight, if one can locate a direct flight, more like an 8-hour travel day if all goes well via connecting flights.

“We have a couple days off so I think I’ll go to Oregon for a couple days, to see my grandparents,” said Portland native Landen Lucas, who had no points and one rebound in nine minutes Monday, when Kansas University lost 77-52 to Temple.

It was KU’s last game before Christmas, and the players were allowed to head to their respective homes after the  game, not having to return to Lawrence until Friday night.

Brannen Greene, whose parents moved to Kansas City this year, Tyler Self and Perry Ellis were the only three Jayhawks to fly the charter back to Topeka.

“It’ll be nice to spend a couple days at home. The flight is not easy. I’m one of the farthest from home. The flight is not fun, but at least I get to go home,” Lucas said.

One Jayhawk won’t be making the trek home.

“It’s a 14-hour trip. It’s impossible. I’d be home like 10 minutes,” Ukraine native Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk said.

Instead, he’s headed to Washington, D.C., where he will spend the holiday with friends.

When the Jayhawks return, they’ll have unlimited practice time until the start of second semester classes on Jan. 20.

“I’ll hang with my family in Wichita, relax with family. It’ll be good to be home,” junior Perry Ellis stated.

KU has its annual holiday clinic the 28th, and plays its final two non-conference games against Kent State (7 p.m.) the 30th and UNLV on Jan. 4 before traveling to Baylor for the league opener on Jan. 7.


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Comments

Asad Zoberi 6 years, 11 months ago

Couple of Steps Forward, One Giant Step Backwards.

It looked like KU players were already looking forward to holiday travel.

Next.

Bert White 6 years, 11 months ago

That's pretty much what I thought, Jamari didn't even seem there at all, I told my people he looked like he was already in Chicago from the start of the game, Perry started to get frustrated and force shots, really the only positive I got from the game was Frank Mason (KO had some similar moments) where he looked pissed that he was the only one playing full speed trying to stay in the game. So I'm hoping his Sherron comparison keeps building and he starts talking/demanding more from his teammates because right now he seems like the only player willing to take the team leader role and let people know when they're F'ing up. Selden hasn't seemed very vocal of a leader, Perry is laid back which is OK but it's safe to say he likely won't become a Joakim Noah player anytime soon trying to fire his team and crowd up, Cliff hasn't seemed as intense as I expected but I'm saying it's freshman syndrome that may wear off.

Truthfully I'm kind of bummed this happened at break because I'd love to see motivated players trying to get better after something like this and Christmas may make their anger/frustration/embarrassment lessen some... First practice back, I'd have NO practice at all, I'd make the watch the Temple and the UK games over and over the entire time, than at the end of the practice session ask them is that how you/we play? Is this what type of team we are? Than schedule the next practice as soon as possible as early in the day as possible and tell everyone to show me that reason we spent months and years recruiting you, show us what you're capable of, show us what we saw in you than that we used so many resources to get you here, because the people we recruited haven't been here lately, bring them back.

Kristen Downing 6 years, 11 months ago

Learn zone defense. Playing it and playing against it.

Wayne Seymour 6 years, 11 months ago

I have followed the Hawks since 1946, and I believe the games against Kentucky and Temple were the worst of any game I have ever seen KU play. Just by watching them, it appears they did not have any desire to improve and get better in those games. Howeve I know the tournament is not here yet, and they could get things together and be a contender

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