Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Notebook: Landen Lucas sits with injured toe


Kansas University junior forward Landen Lucas missed Tuesday’s KU-Loyola Maryland game because of a sprained big toe.

“We think he’ll practice Thursday,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 94-61 victory in Allen Fieldhouse.

“He wanted to play today. Why risk having a little setback? He should be able to practice Thursday and be ready Saturday (for 2:15 p.m. game against Harvard).”

• Perry Ellis (15 points, six rebounds) has a bruised hip. He was injured in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. 

“It was good. Getting hit sometimes (causes discomfort). It’s getting better. It’s no problem,” Ellis said.

Ellis had eight points and six boards the first half but started slowly.

“Perry, for whatever reason, wasn’t out there at all the first half,” Self said. “I didn’t play him much (11 minutes in half; 20 total). I thought he was a lot better the second half.”

• Traylor MVP: Self said Jamari Traylor (two points, six boards, 14 minutes) was KU’s MVP of the game for his hustle and production early in the second half. KU needed a boost, leading just 40-36 at the break.

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• Missed breakaway: Guard Frank Mason III missed a dunk in the second half.

“You bail him out if you take him out (for missing breakaway). I’d rather him be on SportsCenter’s Not Top 10 which he probably will be,” Self quipped.

• This, that: Wake Forest coach Danny Manning attended the game to watch son, Evan, who had a steal in four minutes. He missed a three ... Tyler Self hit the first three of his career. ... Ellis played defense on one possession wearing just one shoe. ... Lagerald Vick had a vicious dunk off a Svi Mykhailiuk miss. ... KU had five players score in double figures. Selden had 18, Ellis 15, Diallo 13, and Mason and Mykhailiuk 10 apiece. ... Mickelson had three blocks.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 94, Loyola 61

By the Numbers: Kansas 94, Loyola 61


Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 4 months ago

Hope Lucas gets back to full form soon. Strange that he and Greene both having foot problems...


Kenneth Johnson 4 years, 4 months ago

Personally, I thought it was great for Lucas to sit out, giving Hunter Mikelson time on the floor. I know I differ from Coach Self in beliving that Mikelson is a much better player than Lucas. But, it seems like he is much more productive and less prone to tunovers than Lucas.

Kenn Johnson (KU '70 MS) Author of Kansas University Basketball Legends, 2013, and More University of Kansas Basketball Legends, 2014. Both published by The History Press, and available at KU Bookstores.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 4 months ago

I think Self knows who the better player is but wants to develop Lucas for next year in case we strike out on recruiting..

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