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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Availability of Perry Ellis to be determined Thursday

Selden, Greene will play in Big 12 quarterfinals

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) swoops in for a bucket late in the second half against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) swoops in for a bucket late in the second half against Texas on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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— Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis, who practiced on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse and participated  in a 40-minute shoot-around in Sprint Center, remains questionable for Thursday’s 1:30 p.m. Big 12 tournament quarterfinal against either TCU or Kansas State.

Coach Bill Self said after the Sprint Center workout that Ellis’ status will be determined right before the game. He did not play in Saturday’s game against Oklahoma because of a sprained right knee.

“He looked good today,” Self said of Ellis, who wore a knee brace at practice and will wear it in games. “We only practiced for an hour in Lawrence. He didn’t really move around much over here (at shoot-around) by design. He practiced full practice (in Lawrence). He went about 50 percent of practice yesterday. 

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“A lot will depend on if he plays tomorrow how he feels tomorrow. If he’s got pain, which he didn’t have today, we’ll hold him. If he doesn’t, we’ll put him out there. A lot depends on that and we won’t know anything until tomorrow."

Wayne Selden Jr., who sprained his ankle against West Virginia on March 3 and played 18 minutes at Oklahoma, practiced again Wednesday and will play versus the KSU/TCU winner, Self said.

“Wayne’s fine. He may be a little sore but he’s definitely going to play,” Self said.

Meanwhile, freshman Cliff Alexander, who has missed the past three games because of an NCAA issue, will not play Thursday, Self said. That issue remains unresolved entering the Big 12 Tourney.

And Brannen Greene, who was suspended for the OU game for disciplinary reasons, practiced again Wednesday and will also play Thursday, Self said.

— For more on Ellis and a look at Thursday’s quarterfinal game, check back in later tonight at KUsports.com.

Comments

Micky Baker 4 years, 6 months ago

TCU beat K-State 67-65.

I know that it's a game day decision, but there I think that he needs to check in for at least limited minutes so he doesn't get rusty. We cannot afford to have him rusty going into the NCAAs. 12 to 15 minutes against TCU would be fine as long as we are winning the game handily, and in this league, that's not easy.

We need to play with all out effort which will allow Ellis to get some limited minutes while winning this game. If the doctors say he's okay to start, start him and give us a chance to get to a big lead early and then our guys need to learn right now to not let off the pedal. Put this game away by halftime and keep the effort the whole game regardless of who is in the game.

Your thoughts?

Chad Smith 4 years, 6 months ago

Well I wouldn't count on us blowing them out, they played us tough both games this season, but such is the big 12. If we could get a big lead that would be great to limit his minutes. But i wouldn't count on that. He needs to start if he's healthy and play hard from the jump. If things start going our way, then fine let him rest. But this is when we need to lock in and play as a team with all possible parts. Our last chance for improvement before the dance. Let's go!

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 6 months ago

Kansas State...stormin the exits in KC.

Don Papst 4 years, 6 months ago

HAHA!! That is funny Humpy. I agree with the other posters on playing Perry. I just can not make myself believe that this will be an easy game. Only won by a total of 12 points in the two league games. My hope is the kitties wore them down tonight. If it is close in the last 5 minutes, I would suggest fouling them and then rebound, rebound, REBOUND!!!. These guys finished near the bottom of the Big 12 for a reason, and FT's were the main reason. ROCK CHALK!!!!

Michael Sillman 4 years, 6 months ago

If the docs are sure that Ellis can't make it worse, then play him.

If they are not sure, then save him for the NCAA's.

Ten Yeahs 4 years, 6 months ago

I expect another tough game from the Horny Frogs. Hopefully our bigs continue their strong play, no more injuries and we start to get our 3 point groove back.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 6 months ago

as I mentioned wavering on Perry I look one way do we want to play him and take that chance on him re-injuring his knee and then we definitely have lost him for the NCAA'S because we wanted to play him in the Big 12 tourney,OR do we rest him and take our chances without him and then be sure he IS ready for the NCAA'S not sure how I'm feeling pro's and con's on both would sure hate to lose him for the NCAA'S we already have proven we are the champions of this league over the course of what? a 3 month period actually don't care if we win the Big 12 tourney or not, would be nice if we did but not a necessity although would like to have some momentum going into the NCAA'S dam I'm as bad as my ol lady trying to make up my mind on whether Perry should play or not lol. we have to contain Anderson from TCU we just can't let him have his way on dribble penetration and hit the dam boards they have won both battles of the glass any rate ITS TOURNEY TIME my fellow hawks fans love this time of year GO HAWKS

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