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Thursday, March 12, 2015

KU hopes extra day of rest will help Perry Ellis

Kansas University's Perry Ellis warms up before the Jayhawks' game against TCU on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas University's Perry Ellis warms up before the Jayhawks' game against TCU on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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— Kansas University forward Perry Ellis has been told to tell the truth, the whole truth and and nothing but the truth about how his sprained right knee is feeling.

The junior’s honesty helped coach Bill Self make the decision to sit the 6-foot-8 Wichita native against TCU on Thursday in Sprint Center — a game which KU won, 64-59, without its star forward.

“We practiced him this morning at 8 (a.m.). When I talked to him he said, ‘Coach, I feel really good. I think another day would probably do me some good, but I can play.’

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KANSAS 64, TCU 59

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“I said, ‘Well, if you think another day would do you some good, then we’re going to wait another day.’ He said he wanted to play, but when he threw in there, ‘I think another day would help me,’ I made the decision right there, we’re going on play him tomorrow. Hopefully he will play (Friday, in 6 p.m. Big 12 semifinal vs. Baylor).  But we will get him up and practice him in the morning,” Self added, speaking to reporters in the interview room.

A few minutes later, outside the locker room, Self added: “He told me this morning, ‘Coach I feel real good. I’m getting better each day. I feel pretty confident.’ When he said, ‘Pretty confident,’ that was cue to me. When you feel more confident, that’s when you’ll play. I anticipate him trying to do some things tomorrow.”


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Comments

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 2 months ago

As much as I'd like to watch Ellis fight for us in B12 tourney, but playing him vs Baylor might hurt him even more in the end. Let's hope the Bears will be a bit soft against us tomorrow.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

We can only hope. Kansas is 0-2 against Baylor in Big 12 Tournament games.

John Proctor 4 years, 2 months ago

And both times we swept the season series.

Courtney McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

What a great time to break that 0-2 record. RCJH

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