Saturday, January 24, 2015

Backups, Ellis come up big as KU wins at Texas

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) tries to quiet the Texas crowd after a three during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) tries to quiet the Texas crowd after a three during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.


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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self pleased with Jayhawks' efforts in win at Texas

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talks about the Jayhawks' Saturday road win at Texas, a victory in which he saw few issues for his team.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Brannen Greene and Cliff Alexander on KU's win at Texas

Kansas basketball subs Brannen Greene and Cliff Alexander combined for 29 points off the bench in KU's win at Texas. They discussed the Jayhawks' win with the media.

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Box score

Facing a Texas team with the type of length and defense that has given Kansas trouble this season, the Jayhawks won 75-62 in Austin, Texas, by riding a couple of backups and a veteran starter.

Freshman big man Cliff Alexander saw his shots denied inside often, but stuck with his assertive approach to finish with a team-best 15 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Brannen Greene, meanwhile, added 14 as a substitute on 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range.

Junior forward Perry Ellis showed he had learned from previous trips to the paint against UT and scored 14 points while showing solid shot selection.

The Jayhawks shot 44 percent against the Big 12's top defensive team. Kansas held Texas to 40-percent shooting and edged the Longhorns 37-36 on the glass.

What's more, the Jayhawks only turned the ball over three times, all coming in the first half.

KU improved to 16-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12.

Texas, led by point guard Isaiah Taylor’s 23 points, fell to 14-5 and 3-3 in conference play.

Kansas has another road test in Texas Wednesday night at TCU.

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By the Numbers: Kansas wins 75-62 at Texas

By the Numbers: Kansas wins 75-62 at Texas


Rodney Crain 6 years, 12 months ago

Great win. Took care of the ball, played good defense, great poise, very good in both halves, on the road against a ranked team. Even on rebounds against a tall team. Very nice game.

Wonderful Road Win in conference play!!!

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 12 months ago

Solid post Rodney. All great points... And with ISU and OU losing, this win is amplified. Wonderful Road Win in conf play indeed!

Rodney Crain 6 years, 12 months ago

Thank you. This is so much nicer all the way around.

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 12 months ago

There's always room for improvement for these young fellas, but...not this time, as Rodney has said above. Too good to be true, but I hope they will continue playing at this level. I am ready for more 'surprises'!!

Adam Collins 6 years, 12 months ago

Amazing win with 0 turnovers in the second half. I think I am most impressed with the adjustments Self made against a team that loves to block shots and are long inside. Posters have said for a long time that the high-low doesn't work well against the likes of Kentucky and Texas and we did a great job of being flexible and getting the win today.

Rick Hurst 6 years, 12 months ago

It's hard to run the high-low vs a zone since it is a man to man offense.

Walter Bridges 6 years, 12 months ago

Brock..Is that one of the 'squirly narcissistic expressions' you were referring to?

KU just played their best game of the year AND somehow found their killer instinct against our toughest BIG 12 competition.

Great game!

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 12 months ago

That Obama swagger must have worn off on them... ;)

Tom Longhofer 6 years, 12 months ago

The floor crew at the Erwin Center will be busy Monday - buffing out the Traylor shaped dents.

Janet Olin 6 years, 12 months ago

Fabulous win, Jayhawks. No turnovers in the second half--amazing; Perry was huge. Brannen got some rebounds as well as treys, looks like he is improving on the floor and toning down his hot dog tendencies. Huzzah all 'round.

David Kemp 6 years, 12 months ago

Got to. Be thrilled for Greene. He has found his way out of the dog house. And it is Prety obvious we need his offense on the floor.

Shane Johnston 6 years, 12 months ago

Best game of the season start to finish. Loved the fact that Perry was aggressive throughout! It was tough seeing Myles play so well for Texas. Never thought Cliff would miss three dunks in the same game. Brannen shot great, but I was most surprised by his rebounds on consecutive possessions! When traylor plays with that much energy he can be the best player on the court. Without the energy, it can still be tough to see what he brings to the table

Micky Baker 6 years, 12 months ago

Myles is likely a one and done, and he might not ever get a win against the team he didn't choose. I was real disappointed when he chose Texas, but that's where his heart led him.

The guys stepped up in a lot of ways today, but the most impressive thing is that we did not panic and we are now on the list of only having 3 turnovers against a rated team. Traylor's effort elevates the energy level on the whole team, and I gotta give him the Jared Haase floor burn award for this game. Some of the things he did aren't on the stat sheet either, sorry to say that the NCAA hasn't developed categories for these things.

And Greene, not all of his three point shots he made were uncontested. He hit a couple with a hand in has face as did Selden with at least one. Mason and Graham on the floor at the same time give us an edge as well. It looks like the team is finding their identity, and with still quite a gap from where they are and where that ceiling is.

Joe Ross 6 years, 12 months ago

This was the most satisfying win of the season by far. Against length. Against Texas. On their floor. To play the way we did...

Can we please play like this all the time?

I'll love you forever.

Brad Farha 6 years, 12 months ago

Right on Joe. I think my favorite part was seeing Ellis smile going into a time out. Love seeing the emotion out of him.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 12 months ago

Nice. But what's up with those pesky wildcats?

Tyson Ailshie 6 years, 12 months ago

Lord knows ISU has stormed the court on us plenty of times. Good to see them get a taste of their own medicine.

Micky Baker 6 years, 12 months ago

Here's what is up. Most of the players aren't recruits of the current coach.

David Kemp 6 years, 12 months ago

Yeah Weber is a dweeb. He can't win with his players and proven that every where he has gone.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 12 months ago

Why the SMH? Tech has been a bottom feeder for basically a decade so a win over a top 10 team is worthy of a court storming on their part. I was also surprised that ISU didn't storm the court last weekend given the way KU won the previous two games in Ames.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 12 months ago

Plus tearing down the goal posts at Memorial. I thought that alone was worth a court storming.

Micky Baker 6 years, 12 months ago

Iowa State just lost, so now the Jayhawks are in first place but there is no room to take a break. We have to Norman, Manhattan, Morgantown, and Stillwater. In this stretch, Kansas went 3-1 which was huge. In those four places, if we go 3-1 there an take care of business at home...

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 12 months ago

Tech over Iowa State, go figure. Not as bad as TCU over KU a couple years back but we can't take anyone for granted.

Greg Lux 6 years, 12 months ago

I would have picked KU to win if I had only known HCBS was going to play Greene as much as he did today. I know Brandon isn't the best on defense but his offensive presents totally messed with Texas zone. Plus BG's efforts on the boards were very encouraging. BG just being on the floor was a huge asset for the Jayhawks in this game. We can only hope BG puts in the effort to improve his defense so we can see more of his awesome sharp shooting in future games.

Mike Riches 6 years, 12 months ago

This was the most solid win that I can remember in years. How hard would it be to get President Obama to visit again in, let's say...mid-March? :)

Asad Zoberi 6 years, 12 months ago

Credit goes to Coach Self for letting the best players on the day finish the game, Selden and Oubre sat on he bench while Greene and Devonte stayed on the floor during the last 5-6 minutes.

Greene and Cliff were the best players today and Self let them on the floor to finish the game.

Furthermore, credit goes to him for not staying with his post the feed system. Coming into the game I was worried that he may continue to play inside-out as he had hinted it in the comments leading to the game. He played to his players strengths.

Bill Corey 6 years, 12 months ago

I so totally agree."He played to his players strengths." He doesn't have the horses for traditional inside-out and adjustments were made. However, as ISU learned today, you live by the 3 you die by the 3. We will need a total effort and this will be HCBS most challenging coaching experience.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 12 months ago

KU didn't play inside out much today because Texas played a zone all game long. Today was a textbook example of how to beat a zone defense. Get the ball to a big at the FT line and let the reaction of the defense dictate where the ball goes from there. Either kick back out to the perimeter for an open 3, drive the ball, or pass to the guy on the baseline for an easy dunk. Kansas absolutely had their way with UT's defense today.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 12 months ago

Aaron - To your "Get the ball to a big at the FT line", I would add or let Frank in particular drive to that point. And they were amazingly patient in their attack. There were a number of times when Mason got there, or they got the ball to Perry or one of the others, but didn't like what they saw enough, and basically reset the O to get a better shot. Amazingly patient and precise in attacking the zone.

It probably helps that we played BU recently, who also uses a zone, and I think the same 2-3 as well. Guessing we won't be seeing much of that again this year.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 12 months ago

Kudos to Brandon and Perry in particular on this game. Both seem to be redefining their game.

Brandon was so patient with his shot, and except for one time only shot within the flow of the O. He seemed to put out a lot of effort on D, had several nice rebounds, and only dribbled as much as he absolutely needed to. You know this is what Coach has been talking to him about for a year and a half. So nice to see it coming together for him, and obviously a wonderful asset to add to the arsenal. It's great to be able to have his FT shooting in the game late, tho it obviously was not necessary today.

It seems that Perry and Coach have both worked to reinvent his game. He's just not going to be a typical Power forward, but he has great skills, and they seem to be starting to use him in more of a flex-4 role. Giving him the ball away from the basket more where he has room to maneuver without being pounded. Today, it also had nice benefits in giving him assist opps. Without being pounded on that end of the floor, he also seems to have more strength to be more aggressive on D as well. So nice to see him continue to develop.

Len Shaffer 6 years, 12 months ago

Nice analysis, Dirk.

Remember all those years when KU struggled against zones, especially under Roy? That doesn't seem to be a problem this year.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 12 months ago

man so happy. so glad to see us put together a complete 40 minutes for the 1st time this year. am so proud of the HAWKS. I would have to challenge anyone to find 1 player that had a bad game. I love our guard play, as coach self said after the game when we had Devonte and Frank in at the same time he said he thought Texas had no answer. 3 turnovers for an entire game? are you kidding me? that's outstanding and I'm ready to take any heat anybody wants to throw my way simply cause I've been on both sides of the fence with Perry. I have been on his side when others dogged him but I have also jumped the fence and been upset with him. BUT today once again he got a shot blocked but dam he STAYED aggressive and didn't let it intimidate him for the rest of the game way to go Perry. our bench out scored Texas 31-9 we outrebounded them in the 2nd half by 6. ya Kelly had an off day but even at that play good D his length gives players fits Wayne did hit 1 three and still gives us that consistency on the defense and Jamari? Jamari Jamari, you, you, YOU BE THE MAN holy crap this kid ya true may not score a lot but does a lot of other intangibles his hustle, sacrificing his body, diving to the floor for loose balls, rebounding, blocking shots that stuff is contagious. just a very solid win , now just have to follow it up and give that consistency with a W at TCU nothing in this league this yr should be taken for granted just ask Iowa State, look at West Virigina TCU should of won that, all they needed to do was hit their Free throws great game hawks GO HAWKS

Walter Bridges 6 years, 12 months ago

I like your posts Gerry but your writing style can be...challenging at times : )

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