Images from Monday night's matchup between the Jayhawks and Rider University at Allen Fieldhouse, marking the official start of the Orlando Classic..
Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self speaks with the media following his team's 87-60 victory over Rider, Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. The KU coach said while his Jayhawks didn't look really good, they did get better, before heading to Orlando for a holiday tournament.
Kansas University men's basketball players Brannen Greene, Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander meet the media following the Jayhawks' 87-60 victory over Rider — a win the players said they needed after a lopsided loss to Kentucky.
Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis, who had four points and two boards against Kentucky, responded with 17 points in 26 minutes during KU’s 87-60 home win against Rider.
He had three boards.
“Perry played well. He was aggressive the first half (11 points in 12 minutes),” KU coach Bill Self said. “He attacked the rim one time really well. He gets three rebounds in 26 minutes, so he’s getting one rebound every nine minutes. In a game like that, he should be getting one rebound every four minutes. He’s got to a better job rebounding the ball. When it really gets down to it, if you’re going to be a good rebounding team, of course, your guards need to clean up but still your big guys who play the majority of the minutes have got to go get numbers. They’ve got to go get balls. All our big guys have to do a better job with that.”
Ellis said: “We definitely were anxious (to play a game after the Kentucky loss). We’ve been working hard and had some really tough practices. So we were definitely ready to get out there and get after it.”