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Friday, March 13, 2015

Landen Lucas banged up, too

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) attempts a block on Baylor's Rico Gathers (2) in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) attempts a block on Baylor's Rico Gathers (2) in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament.

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— Everybody’s been talking about Perry Ellis and his sprained right knee.

Garnering a lot less attention are the ailments of Kansas University sophomore Landen Lucas, whose “body is worn out right now,” KU coach Bill Self said before Friday’s KU-Baylor Big 12 tournament semifinal in Sprint Center.

Lucas, who scored four points, grabbed six rebounds, had two blocks and an assist in 25 minutes in a 62-52 win over the Bears, smiled when asked if his knee and hip were the problem areas.

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and Jayhawks Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden Jr. discuss KU's 62-52 win over Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. Kansas won with defense, a big night from Selden and the return of Ellis.

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KANSAS 62, BAYLOR 52

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“Hip, knee, back ... there’s a couple things. At the end of the day, it’s minor compared to what we’re trying to accomplish,” Lucas said.

The 6-foot-10 Portland native has been spending a lot of time in a makeshift training room at the Marriott hotel, the team’s headquarters for the Big 12 tourney.

“Machines, ice baths ... we have a great staff that provides that, makes it happen,” Lucas said. “At this time of the season you have to expect these things (bruises) and play through it. Understand that this is what you play for all year. It’s not the time of year to be worrying about that (beat-up body). You’ve got to worry about that after the season is over. I’m getting through it fine and I know other guys on our team are doing the same thing.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas beats Baylor, 62-52, in Big 12 semifinal

By the Numbers: Kansas beats Baylor, 62-52, in Big 12 semifinal

Comments

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

I seriously never thought we'd see the time when Lucas' body would be banged up all over due to extensive and valuable court time. He might end up like a smaller version of Jeff Withey before he leaves Kansas.

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 4 months ago

Lucas is more like a DJax, I think. He doesn't have elite athleticism or physicality at this point, but he knows how to use his butt (as Self likes to say). I'm excited for his potential going forward if he puts on weight and keeps learning the game.

Christopher Giordano 4 years, 4 months ago

I've alway's hoped Bill Self would utilize all his talent available to him. Landen is a stud, and it's a shame that injuries have opened his eyes to the fact that Lucas and Michelson are viable resources. Self needs to maximize the use of all the talent at his disposal. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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