Kansas defeats Vanderbilt, 70-63

  • 9 p.m., Nov. 25, 2015
  • Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, HI

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Far and away: Wayne Selden Jr. leads Jayhawks to Maui title

Junior guard matches career high vs. Vandy

The Kansas Jayhawks huddle around for a picture following their 70-63 win over Vanderbilt Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The Kansas Jayhawks huddle around for a picture following their 70-63 win over Vanderbilt Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.


— Wayne Selden Jr., who has had plenty of success on the mainland, seems to take it to another level far from home.

One of the stars of the United States gold medal winning World University Games team last summer in South Korea, Selden exploded for a career-high tying 25 points off 8-of-11 shooting (4-6 from three) and grabbed seven rebounds in KU’s 70-63 Maui Invitational championship victory over Vanderbilt on Wednesday in Lahaina Civic Center.

The 6-foot-5 junior from Roxbury, Massachusetts, had double figure scoring in every game, burning Chaminade for 18 points and UCLA for 15.

Selden, who had 13 points the first half in helping KU at least keep it close in trailing 30-26 at the break, shared MVP honors with teammate Frank Mason III, who scored 10 points with five rebounds and three assists in the title game.

“I saw the Wayne that was in South Korea, very aggressive, made good shots. He didn’t let us down. He got in the paint and found teammates,” said Mason. KU also had Perry Ellis (five points, eight boards) make the all-tournament team.

“That’s what we need from him, to get in the paint and make open shots for us. He was great tonight,” Mason added.

But what about the MVP trophy that sat in front of the two in the media room on Wednesday?

“I definitely think Wayne deserves it,” Mason said. “The way he played tonight and the tournament ... we were happy to get the win.”

Mason had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds vs. Chaminade and 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds vs. UCLA.

“This is my brother,” Selden said of Mason. “We’ll share (trophy). It’ll be in my room a month and go across the hall in his room a month. We’ll rotate it.”

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KU coach Bill Self had high praise for Selden, whose only mistakes seemed to be missing four free throws in the final 41 seconds that could have truly iced the game.

“Wayne was the best player in the tournament,” Self said. “He was great. But we also had no chance to win unless Frank plays as he did. He is our pit bull with the ball in his hands. If they (share) it, if I’m Frank I give it to him (Selden) six weeks and he keeps it two, something like that. Wayne was fabulous the first half. He kept us within striking distance,” Self added.

Self continued: “The way Wayne played tonight is the way we saw him play eight games in Korea: aggressive, powerful, shot a great percentage, but didn’t rely on jump shots. Three games in three days, playing 40 minutes (vs. Vandy) he’s obviously a very well-conditioned athlete.”

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, whose team hit 41.2 percent of its shots to KU’s 45.5 (Vandy hit six of 27 threes; KU eight of 16), said Selden’s play came as no shock.

“Honestly he (Selden) has the easy job,” Stallings said “He has Mason and Graham (Devonté, 12 points, six rebounds, one assist) in there penetrating and breaking down the defense. He is standing out there catching and shooting. Don’t get me wrong. He (Selden) made nice plays and drives, too. Nothing about him surprised me. What surprised me is so many times we helped off penetration when we were not supposed to. I didn’t think he was making terribly difficult shots,” Stallings added. “It’s a testament to their offense and we didn’t guard as well as we need to guard to beat a team of that caliber.”

KU trailed by as many as 10 points the first half. However, Selden had five points in a 9-2 run that opened up a 45-38 lead with 13 minutes left. KU led by 13 with 5:09 left, but Vandy stuck close until the final moments.

“It was a great win for us,” Self said. “They were far better than us early in the game. Wayne kept us in the game offensively by scoring the ball. I’m so impressed with their (Vandy’s) team. They missed some shots. We defended them well. It was a game with no rhythm, which is good because that’s the way it is late in the season in conference play in a majority of the games.”

KU, which next meets Loyola at 7 p.m., on Dec. 1 in Allen Fieldhouse, will enjoy today in Maui before flying home later in the day.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 70, Vanderbilt 63

By the Numbers: Kansas 70, Vanderbilt 63


Mike Riches 5 years, 9 months ago

What a day to be a Jayhawk fan! Congrats to the team and to Wayne and Frank. Vandy's a really good team that just got tired in the second half. With that size and those shooters, they could be a real threat in March. This win could end up doing more for our RPI than a win against Indiana would have. I'm excited to see Diallo in action next week! Happy Thanksgiving and Rock Chalk!

Jared Reeves 5 years, 9 months ago

Great win! I loved how we play the second half, but the first half was insanely bad.

The first half was exactly what I predicted. Why does HCBS do the same thing over and over and expect a different result? KU and Perry Ellis can't play against height--at least not when HCBS has the same crappy game plan. The first half we drove the ball to score (and got the ball blocked about 6 times and had about 9 turnovers, if memory serves). We also tried to get the ball to the bigs near the basket (who have shown throughout their entire career that they can't score over length.)

We shot 32% for the half, scored 26 points, got 1 free throw, with only Selden keeping us in the game. HCBS played right into Vandy's strengths. It was idiotic. With so many turnovers, and blocked shots we should have given up more points, but Vandy missed a ton of open 3 pointers. It looked like HCBS was trying to lose the game.

The second half was great. Self FINALLY made the adjustment. We played to our strengths on offense. We drove the ball to pass, and brought Ellis away from the basket. We shot 62.5%, scored 44 points (which also includes 10 of 21 free throws).

Our defense was about the same both halves. Vandy missed a lot of open shots, but our defense was average. Mason and Ellis had a tough game. Mason looked bad on defense tonight. Every win is great, but I just wish HCBS didn't try to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. That is insane.

Micky Baker 5 years, 9 months ago

I don't know if you were watching the same game everyone else watched. Our defense was way above average. We had a lot of mismatches inside because of Vandy switching at every screen. Vandy also looked predictable as the game went on. We had quite a few steals and kept Vandy from getting into a rhythm which was what the game plan was. Vandy probably won't score 63 or fewer any time during the rest of this season. It wasn't because they missed shots. It was because they were not in rhythm and they didn't have nearly as good ball movement as we did in the second half. It's not as shallow as you think.

Jared Reeves 5 years, 9 months ago

Mickey, I agree we had mismatches and used them to our advantage, in the second half. However, that has nothing to do with our defense. Their lack of ball movement in the second half is partially due to our defense, and partly due to them not executing. They still had more assists than we did for the game. Every time the other team misses a shot, or fails to move the ball doesn't necessarily mean it was because we played great defense. It could be due to bad execution or a bad game plan.

Vandy did look predictable, which is another reason I say our defense was average. We had about 6 steals, which is good but not great. I am guessing HCBS would agree that giving up 63 points is not a great defensive night. While I will give the defense credit for rebounding the ball pretty well and limiting fouls, I still think it was an average defensive effort.

Micky Baker 5 years, 9 months ago

Given that Vandy has shot 44% from behind the arc when taking the big guy who made one last night out of the mix, it had a whole lot to do with our defense making them have to rush the shots because we were playing with energy on defense. Vandy runs 25 sets and our guys were prepared for a lot of them and it prevented Vandy from getting into a flow.

Giving up 63 points to Vandy, who averages in the upper 80s or even 90s is a good defensive night. We blocked out well too and prevented second chance opportunities for them. And we were just faster and more talented than they were last night.

I was addressing multiple points you made in your original post so don't confuse what I said about the mismatches as having something to do with our defense. We had what, 12 or 13 fouls for the whole game? Our close outs were under control and it bothered the Vandy shooters. And then our quickness took over in the second half and got their bigs into trouble down low. I don't think Vandy had more than one blocked shot the second half. This was a better game for KU than you believe for several reasons. I think you'll see that as the season progresses. We can't expect every guy to have big games every night, but we have so many guys that our opponents have to defend, and it's usually 5 guys on the court that bring something different to the table.

Tom Jones 5 years, 9 months ago

With all due respect, I'm not sure you understand the difference between good and average defense.

Jared Reeves 5 years, 9 months ago

Mickey, also I should clarify that when I say we played "average" defense, I mean average for Kansas, not average for all D-1 schools.

Jonathan Unruh 5 years, 9 months ago

Hunter Needs more PT. He is so much more active. Don't know why he's min are limited.

Jared Reeves 5 years, 9 months ago

Jonathan, I agree Hunter needs more PT, but I didn't think he looked very good tonight. Hunter is a tweener--he isn't quick enough to guard if the other team is small, and isn't big enough to battle against other really big guys. His best matchup is against a team with above average height who aren't really big, or quick. I thought he would do better tonight, but he didn't. Maybe if he had more PT he would have turned it around.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 9 months ago

I really thought that Carlton did some nice things last night. He definitely showed some flashes on offense and some good energy on defense. Good things are ahead for this team.

Danny Hernandez 5 years, 9 months ago

“Honestly he (Selden) has the easy job,” Stallings said “He has Mason and Graham (Devonté, 12 points, six rebounds, one assist) in there penetrating and breaking down the defense. He is standing out there catching and shooting. Don’t get me wrong. He (Selden) made nice plays and drives, too. Nothing about him surprised me. What surprised me is so many times we helped off penetration when we were not supposed to. I didn’t think he was making terribly difficult shots,” Stallings added.

I felt like Stallings was giving a back handed compliment to Wayne & wasn't that impressed with the way he used his bigs. His 7 footer after making his first two 3's continued to shoot no matter how often he missed. Vanderbilt won't be doing much this year, meh!

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 9 months ago

Actually, a bunch of our players had their moments. All made mistakes even I could see. The good news for Wayne he will get to shoot many more free throws late in games going forward. Opponent scouting reports will all say FOUL SELDON! when playing catch up. I want to give a special shout out to Carlton Bragg. That kid is going to be special. Love the way he contributes but doesn't try to do too much. Made a couple of ill-advised passes last night but really finds his moments, high/low, deadly from the elbow, rebounds on both ends, great positive energy on the floor and on the bench. Perry continues to struggle against taller players guarding him. Seems like he still hasn't learned to go into their bodies to get to the line. Tries to go around them with finesse and when they block his shots, he tends to back off. I think if he can step out and hit his jumper forcing them to come out to guard him, he can go around 90% of anyone at this level. All in all, I would call that a GREAT road trip by any measure. We picked up another player while on the trip and there is another sitting home we really need. Come on, Brannen, get with the flow. We are going to need you in a very big way.

Mike Riches 5 years, 9 months ago

Totally agree on Bragg, what a great kid! The thing I like most is how he cheers on his teammates, even when he's not getting a lot of PT. He made a comment after he selected Kansas that he wasn't worried about playing time, but that he was coming here to learn. Of course it sounded like the right thing to say at the time, but it appears he really meant it. Great attitude, and skills to go with it. I hope Diallo's minutes come from Traylor and Lucas, not Bragg.

Kent Richardson 5 years, 9 months ago

What a difference in halves. As or if this team grows (we see progression and regression all the time) it can be special. Svi was nervous/awful for a few minutes in the 1st and was instinctive/awesome for a few minutes in the second. Our guards were better than theirs. I was aghast about the FT shooting to end the game (at one time about 3/4 for 12) but we saw how that can feed on itself. There were some bricks, baby. The referees seemed to interject themselves or Vandy was using a desperate/effective strategy. Wayne was great. He can lead us game to game when Perry is over matched by taller teams. Their 7'1" three chucking dude was dominant for a little while but loved his shot too much. Vandy was good but not knock off Kentucky good as was being touted. We scored 44 in the second half and doinked it at the end. We were up by 13 with 4 minutes to play and made a poor turnover which lead to a 6 point swing. I think we tried to protect the lead but made a few poor choices. Looking forward to Loyola on the 1st.

Kurt Eskilson 5 years, 9 months ago

Not too worried about Seldon's missed free throws at the very end. He played all-out for 40 minutes, so he was probably gassed.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 9 months ago

Selden is a historically poor FT shooter for a guard.

Drew Jarrett 5 years, 9 months ago

This is why we don't prematurely freak out when KU loses the second game of the season at a neutral site against a top team coached by a hall of famer. A week ago, most of the people commenting on here wanted Bill Self to go ahead and leave for the NBA and Selden to be benched. Don't lose faith over growing pains!

Hell of a tournament though. Gotta congratulate Danny Manning and the Deacs for a great showing as well. Miller-McIntyre is a serious player and when he gets back to 100% Danny's squad will be a problem in the ACC.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 9 months ago

Great win, Pre DIalllo.

Now we will see our full team playing. I am very interested in how having Cheick in the mix elevates our team.

Tough to watch Perry struggle on offense against talented bigs. I am also seeing him out of place on defense too many times. He is actually running away from helping leaving a teammate to foul or open shots for players driving to the basket. In contrast last night Frank was beat and Wayne stopped (left his guy) and filled the path to the basket forcing a pass. I would expect fewer mistakes from a senior like Perry. Hoping Diallo can help there too. Perry needs a player with a physical presence down low to allow him to play his style of basketball.

All in all nice response to an off first half by everyone except Selden.

John Randall 5 years, 9 months ago

Except??? I didn't much wrong with Wayne's second half, either.

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 9 months ago

He meant everyone was off in the first except Selden.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 9 months ago

Did Perry have a health issue? Missed the entire first half but thought I heard an announcer mention something about it. Even without his offensive presence, never felt like this game was in doubt. But the slew of missed free throws at the end was a bit distressing.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 9 months ago


His presence on the court will be twofold::

1] His natural hustle, rim blocking, rebounding, playing bigger than his height will fill a huge hole in the KU lineup.

2] Playing time for Landon, Hunter and Jamari will be reduced. However, each of these gentlemen will be stronger and more able to play to their strengfths and cover their deficiences.

PS Carlton looks like the real deal. By this time next season, he will be a monster!!!

John Randall 5 years, 9 months ago

All the crap we read here, who could believe we have one of the best of the best of the best? In all the country, maybe two or three recruit as well, only one gets better results from the players he has.

It is astounding how little appreciation HCBS gets here from the younger third of the fan base. Just some kids with their very own computer but no smarts to go with it.

Rob Byrd 5 years, 9 months ago

Boy, if not for 10 minutes of questionable coaching and player shot selection decisions, there would be no need for any letters other than a "K" and a "U" to indicate the top 2 teams in the nation. :-) And then to be able to add CD, (after his 5 game "suspension"), just raises the question of which K&U should be #1. It's probably best that we lost a game to a highly ranked team, otherwise expectations might reach unrealistic levels. Either way, it's nice to see the rebound and to see Chieck finally able to play.

Rob Byrd 5 years, 9 months ago

Everybody agrees that Hunter should get more playing time but someone made a good point about him being better suited to playing against bigger, slower teams and that seems to be a very valid point, because as I was watching him throughout the time he was in there, he does not move his feet well. Many times he got crossed over and stumbled around, almost falling a couple of times, he just doesn't have the quick feet needed to defend the post. He does bring energy but oftentimes it's out of control energy. Just one persons opinion.

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