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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Notebook: Injury forced Greene to miss practices before big day 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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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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KANSAS 75, TEXAS 62

Box score

— Kansas University sophomore Brannen Greene, who scored 14 points in 20 minutes during the Jayhawks’ 75-62 road win at Texas Saturday, had not practiced the previous two days.

Greene got hit by a Perry Ellis elbow at practice, keeping him from normal basketball activities. He had a shiner under his right eye.

“He hasn’t practiced in the last two days. He just shot (on the side). We held him out of contact,” coach Bill Self said. “They said it may have been slight (concussion). He had a headache. He said he could go. Doctors don’t mess with that.”

“My eye is not swollen, just black,” Greene said.

Ellis explained: “I think he ran into me. I got the ball in the middle, turned around. He came and ran into my elbow. That’s how it happened (practicing against zone).”

First place: KU is 5-1 in the Big 12, while Kansas State is 5-2. West Virginia and Iowa State are 4-2.

“If you told me we’d be 5-1 after six games I’d say we played really well,” Self said. “Because three road games were really tough (Texas, Iowa State, Baylor).”

Coaches talk: KU led the entertaining game, 32-30 at halftime. “That was two good teams playing. Even Rick (Barnes, UT coach) and I talked at halftime. It was ‘you’re good. No, you’re good, too.’ Those were two good teams,” Self said.

This, that: KU is 5-1 in Big 12 play for the 10th time under Self. ... KU leads the all-time series against UT, 24-8, with a 7-6 mark at Erwin Center. ... KU is 250-50 in Big 12 play. ... UT opened on an 8-0 run before Ellis scored KU's first points with 16:45 on the clock. ... KU is 12-0 when leading at halftime. ... After Myles Turner scored to put UT up, 44-39, with 14:36 left, KU outscored UT, 36-18, to end the game. ... KU concluded a four-game streak against ranked opponents with a 3-1 mark. A year ago, KU became the first team since North Carolina's 1997 squad to knock off four-straight ranked opponents in the regular season. ... KU became the third team to out-rebound the Longhorns this year (37-36). ... Self used just eight players, citing coach’s decision for his moves. ... Greene chalked up double-digit points in consecutive games for the first time in his career (12 vs. Oklahoma, 14 vs. UT). ... Perry Ellis scored in double figures for the sixth time in his last eight outings, chalking up 14 points and tied his season-high with three assists. ... Since returning from an injury suffered against Georgetown on Dec. 10, Graham has recorded 20 assists and just one turnover in 92 combined minutes of play over the last six games. 


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Comments

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 5 months ago

I'd say let Greene's got another black eye! He's the "Arrow" in our team.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 5 months ago

That Greene did what he did while not at full strength shows that he's getting tougher than he was.

Luca Rossi 4 years, 5 months ago

Greene is really blossoming lately and could be a big time player for KU the next couple seasons. Imagine if he had taken a red shirt last year though, he would be in his freshmen season still and have three full years left if wanted. I hate to see a full year of eligibility wasted on the bench, especially when it is their freshmen year and down the depth chart a bit.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't know if Brannen is a mature enough player yet to have benefited from a red-shirt year. He needed that freshman experience in order that he could see first hand that he wasn't as good as he thought that he was. I think that he's a much more confident player this year because of the experience that he gained last year.

Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 5 months ago

Greene is becoming the player I saw on the youtube videos, and the development of his game couldn't come at a better time! He is as important to our success as any player, and his defense and rebounding is improving. Just a sophomore . . .

Scott MacWilliams 4 years, 5 months ago

"Since returning from an injury suffered against Georgetown on Dec. 10, Graham has recorded 20 assists and just one turnover in 92 combined minutes of play over the last six games."

A 20:1 A/T ratio over 6 games?? Insane! We are so incredibly lucky to have a coaching staff that finds these great players and is able to get them to find their strengths. Maybe Devonte's injury-forced bench ride really did give him some extra insight and somewhat explains his great play.

Great game again, but don't expect TCU to go easily. Look what they just did to ISU!!

Rock Chalk, Jayhawks!!

Russ McCaig 4 years, 5 months ago

Brannen NEEDS to be on the court.(not starting)..he has confidence and so do his teammates in him... I re-wound the play in the game before last where Frank drove the lane, drew the defenders, dished out to Brannen on the wing at the 3pt line, and once Frank seen him setting up to shoot, he turned and started running down the court with his back to the play, his arms up to signal a made '3' point FG...if they know he is 'money', get him more minutes.....in the Texas game, 4 of his '3's' were with someone either running at him or in his face... Love the way the guys are playing now...want to them to hold 'serve' when ISU comes next Monday... looking forward to the atmosphere there at AFH.

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