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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cliff Alexander makes most of second-half playing time

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander reaches to defend against a pass from Emporia State forward Josh Pedersen during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander reaches to defend against a pass from Emporia State forward Josh Pedersen during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

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Jamari Traylor, Brannen Greene & Landen Lucas talk about KU's 109-56 win over Emporia State

Jamari Traylor, Brannen Greene & Landen Lucas talk about KU's 109-56 win over Emporia State

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Bill Self says KU was better vs. Emporia State but still has work to do

Bill Self says KU was better vs. Emporia State but still has work to do to be ready for Friday night's season opener.

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Cliff Alexander was the last Kansas University scholarship freshman and the last of the Jayhawk big men to enter Tuesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State.

“Just because I think those other guys probably deserved to play more based on the last couple practices,” coach Bill Self said after KU’s 109-56 rout of the Hornets.

The 6-foot-8 Chicago native, who scored 12 points and grabbed six boards in 13 minutes, did have quite a second-half flurry.

Alexander flushed a 1-handed slam off a perfect pass from Wayne Selden, then downed a 2-handed dunk off a feed from Perry Ellis — and after blocking the shot of Terrence Moore — ripped home another one-handed dunk off a feed from Frank Mason III and flexed for the fans. On the next possession he hit a jumper.

That flurry of a block and eight straight points stretched a 65-34 lead to 73-34.

“I was happy for him. He had the building going crazy,” junior Jamari Traylor said after scoring nine points off 4-of-4 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in 18 minutes. “I don’t think it got as loud up until that point. It’s what he can bring to the table. He’s a dog. He will work hard. He will run hard in transition. He can block shots. I was happy for him to get those plays he did.”

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

Comments

Bryce Landon 7 years, 2 months ago

Cliff was in beast mode there for quite awhile. It was impressive.

Michael Maris 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm just saying, if Cliff Alexander is 6'8''. Then, so is Landen Lucas. Seeing those 2 side by side last night on ESPN3, they both appear to be the same heights. So, either KU's down playing Alexander's height, or up playing Lucas height.

Mike Riches 7 years, 2 months ago

When Cliff first checked in and got two quick fouls, missed a shot, and I think committed a turnover, I got pretty excited! I thought he might actually be here for 2 or 3 years! Then the game went on and reality set in...I hope he makes the most of his year here.

Craig Carr 7 years, 2 months ago

Come on, he was playing against ESU. He may end up being in Lawrence for only 1 year but that isn't even a consideration until he can crack the starting line up. Also, he is 6'8" at best, just like T Rob was and, as arguably the best player in college his final year, he can't get more than 5 minutes a game in the league. Alexander has a long way to go and isn't a 7 footer or potentially dominating athlete so I expect him to stay 2-4 years whether he wants to or not. He will probably make huge strides by next year as that has been the history of our big men under Self.

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