Thursday, March 12, 2015

KU coach Self says Ellis won’t play against TCU


Injured Kansas University forward Perry Ellis won't play Thursday against TCU in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, according to pre-game comments by KU coach Bill Self.

Self told TV and radio reporters that Ellis, who missed Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma because of a sprained knee, would sit out KU's tourney opener but KU is hopeful Ellis can play in Friday's semifinal game if the Jayhawks advanced.

KU tips off against TCU at 1:30 p.m. at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis walks through drills at the Jayhawks' shoot-around Wednesday afternoon at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellis didn't go full-speed at the session, but coach Bill Self said the injured forward, who will wear a knee brace the rest of the season, did earlier in the day at a practice in Lawrence.


David Kemp 4 years, 3 months ago

This is a bad sign. Doesn't look good even for next week. Must have a ligament strain which sometimes takes weeks to feel comfortable with. Could change our seeding in the tournament.

Glen Miller 4 years, 3 months ago

I think this is more because of the opponent, than if he could play or not. TCU is a team we should be able to beat without him and give him an extra days rest. Everything I have read and heard has led me to believe that he would be on the floor and be able to perform pretty well if this were the big dance.

Robert Brock 4 years, 3 months ago

TCU out-rebounded us in Fort Worth and Lawrence. No Ellis or Alexander means that the Hawks need to turn this into a perimeter-oriented game or Washburn and Shephard will hurt us inside.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 3 months ago

A year removed from Joel, this feels a bit ominous.

The reality is that Perry is practicing already, and the conference tourney does not mean as much to Coach Self and KU. Does he/Do they want to win? Absolutely, and will coach/play as if they were at full strength. We've already shown that we can be competitive with the best of the rest in the conference with the current crew. It gives that much more PT for the other 3 bigs, which will be that much better for the big dance.

It would be good to have him play (at a high level) at some point this weekend, or the committee might drop us from a 2 to a 3, but even that isn't as bad as going from a 3 to 4. It's still a good seed.

Walter Bridges 4 years, 3 months ago

Exactly my thoughts. It seemed like it was always the next game w/Joel. I believe Self is always protecting his players but keeping the opposition guessing.

Also agree that the 2-3 seed doesn't make much difference. Would like it to be against the Zags but KU would need to be the 2...I think.

Brianna Zaleski 4 years, 3 months ago

If he's truly hurt, fine. If this is some coach maneuvering, I say don't out think yourself coach. Play your best players to win each game. The rest will take care of itself

Patrick Bryant 4 years, 3 months ago

We can beat every team in the Big 12 without Ellis. That's not to say I would like to see them try but it is what it is. Rock Chalk!

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

Perry practiced yesterday, I'm not overly concerned about it.

Chad Smith 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure Self is acting in the best interest of Perry. I do wonder if he's trying to play mindgames with the media, the rest of the Big 12 Field, The selection committee(probably not, but who knows.) Maybe he wants the hawks to get a 3 seed in a different region than UK's. Maybe he's thinking, "if we're a high 3 seed in the south or east region we got a great chance."

Cuz if you really look at it, the Hawks are borderline 2 seed with Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Arizona already stating strong cases for the other 3 slots and Notre Dame and Maryland right up there and ahead of us in some cases. If we're the lowest 2 seed, that means we get the top 1 seed in our bracket and that's UK. I just don't think Self wants to see them again until he absolutely has to. Maybe if we grab a solid 3 seed and switch regions it helps us better in the long run. This is all conjecture of course, but it does make you wonder how he'll rest/play perry should we win today and going forward in this tournament.

Tyler Capone 4 years, 3 months ago

we're 1 and done in the tournament with or without Ellis

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