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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jayhawks get out of road slump at TCU

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) bangs inside for a bucket against TCU forward JD Miller (15) and forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) bangs inside for a bucket against TCU forward JD Miller (15) and forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas.

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Granted the competition was not the stiffest, but the Kansas University men’s basketball team got a much-needed positive outcome on the road on Saturday, in the form of a 75-56 rout of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

The victory snapped KU’s three-game road losing streak that dated back to the beginning of January.

The Jayhawks, behind 11 first-half points from Perry Ellis and 8 more from Devonté Graham, led TCU 38-20 at halftime, after shooting 56 percent and limiting the Horned Frogs to just 25-percent shooting. TCU’s 20 points were the fewest allowed by the Kansas defense in the first half this season.

Had it not been for TCU’s 12 trips to the free-throw line (where the Frogs made seven attempts), the point total likely would have been even lower.

Ten of Ellis’ 11 points in the opening 20 minutes came in the paint, where KU shot 11-of-14 in the first half and got whatever it wanted.

KU, though not as impressive in the second half, opened the final 20 minutes with more points in the paint, knocked down a couple of three-pointers and salted this one away at the free-throw line, where the Jayhawks shot 85 percent, 11-of-13.

Ellis led KU with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Graham finished with 15 and Jamari Traylor added six points and seven boards off the bench.

Frank Mason III also added a dozen points and six assists but shot just 3-of-11 from the floor and turned it over 3 times in 38 minutes.

In a game that appeared to be a golden opportunity for KU coach Bill Self to get freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg some extended playing time, the two forwards played 10 minutes apiece and combined for 2 points on 2 shots, 10 rebounds and 5 fouls.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Kansas took complete control of the game in the first half with a 17-1 run that turned a 21-14 Kansas lead into a 38-15 run-away.

• Offensive highlight: For the most part, the Jayhawks got whatever they wanted offensively in the first half but few buckets were as pretty or as easy as the alley-oop from Wayne Selden Jr. to Ellis that put Kansas up 19-10 in the early going. The ’oop was the result of good ball movement, solid screens and a lot of patience by the Jayhawks. It helped, of course, that TCU’s defense fell asleep completely and allowed an easy lane for the pass and dunk.

• Defensive highlight: To pick one highlight here would be unfair to the overall team effort that Kansas put in on defense in this one. The Frogs looked helpless against KU’s turned-up defense and really struggled to score, especially in the first half, when they made just 6 of 24 field goals and 7 free throws. KU looked as if it knew that the game could be won on the defensive end. Not surprisingly, that confidence carried over to the offensive end, as well.

• Key stat: Points in the paint. KU dominated inside, outscoring the Horned Frogs 46-14 in the paint and out-rebounding TCU 46-25.

• Up next: With the latest road test out of the way, the Jayhawks will jump into what figures to be their toughest week of the 2015-16 season. KU will play host to West Virginia at 6 p.m. Tuesday night and then will travel to Oklahoma for a1:30 p.m. tip-off next Saturday in Norman. Both teams entered Saturday ahead of KU in the Big 12 standings and both games will go a long way toward determining whether KU can keep its streak of consecutive Big 12 regular season titles alive. It was announced Saturday that next weekend’s KU-Oklahoma game will be the host site for ESPN’s College Gameday.

— See what people were saying about Kansas at TCU during KUsports.com’s live coverage.


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By the Numbers: Kansas 75, TCU 56

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, TCU 56

Comments

Jerry Walker 3 years, 10 months ago

What's with Selden? He looks uninterested or favoring an injury of some sort. He's only avg'd 23 mpg in the last two games...combined for 10pts and 3rebs.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Self told Greg Gurley in postgame that Selden was ill and was trying to play through it.

Cary Ediger 3 years, 10 months ago

Seldon was popping cough drops on the sideline during the game, hope he gets better soon.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

Good to see these guys get a convincing road win this year, even if it was far from perfect.

I'm typically on Self's side (even when I feel he made a bad coaching decision) but I was PISSED watching the clock run down with 4 starters on the floor. This was very likely the last game of the season we will have where we have a big lead for the vast majority of the game and we've still got the guy who needs a break (Mason) playing 39 minutes while other guys who need quality game minutes all play 1-10 minutes. Mind boggling.

If there was ever a game to do what Self has said he's wanted to do all year (get the bench guys quality minutes to get them acclimated to game situations) then this was the one. We had a 16+ point lead for the majority of the game. Yet I kept watching the clock and margin waiting for Self to get all of those guys on the floor and it never happened. With 2 minutes left up 20 points we had our 4 guys who have started all years still on the floor. It wasn't until Frank rolled his ankle that Self finally decided maybe he should pull the starters. Frank is already banged up and now we can add another injury to the list because Self refused to play ANY of the guys that need game experience more than 10 minutes. Mason played 39 minutes, Ellis played 34 minutes. Graham and Selden played 27 and 24 minutes because they were in foul trouble, not to get other guys minutes. Svi got all of Selden/Grahams foul trouble minutes (which is fine) but he played good minutes the last game too and Self has said he's been lights out in practice, and he was the first guy off the bench, so odds are he was going to get some good minutes this game regardless.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Need I remind you that, when Kansas faced Texas Christian at home earlier this season, at the end of the game, with the subs in, the Frogs pulled within seven. Self wanted to keep the Frogs down, hence why he left the starters in as long as he did.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

They also put up a much better fight that last game.

What's more important, winning by 20 points with the starters or winning by 7 points but getting 15+ minutes for the guys who need quality game minutes to give us good contributions off the bench later this season? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Colby Hebert 3 years, 10 months ago

You should be the head coach, you are smarter than Bill Self

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

Clearly you're incapable of understanding what an opinion is. Having an opinion that goes against somethimg Self did doesn't mean I'm a better coach than him (I'm not), it just means I disagree with something he did. Self is not infallible. He's one of the best coaches in the country but my OPINION is that he dropped the ball by playing the starters until 2 minutes left. You need no further proof than watching our starting 2 guard limp off the floor injured because he played 39 minutes and got hurt when he should have no longer been on the floor (up 20 with 2 min left).

If you'd like to disagree with my opinion by saying why you think it was a good idea to play Mason 39 minutes, or have 4 starters on the floor at the 2 minute mark, feel free, but back it up with a reason. If you would rather just say Self is perfect and can do no wrong and you are a blind follower, so be it. If you just want to mock someone for having an opinion that goes along with common knowledge shared by coaches all across the country (get your starters off the floor after the game is locked up to avoid injuries) then please back up why you think it was justified.

Jerry Walker 3 years, 10 months ago

With 2 tough games this week -- W Virginia and OU -- this was the perfect opportunity to spread the playing time and give some of the bench guys some time on the floor.

And I agree...Frankie played way too many minutes today.

Scott Lippoldt 3 years, 10 months ago

I so agree with you, Shannon. It was ridiculous (in my OPINION) to have Mason on the floor at the end of the game, when anyone can see he is beat up, not to mention not playing that great right now. I also could not take Self's place as a coach, but as you said, he's not infallible. This was such a perfect spot for him to give Bragg, Diallo, et. al., some more game time experience, and yet he rode his four guys, including Seldon who was sick. I don't get it...

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Here's why Shannon. There's no real value in trying to integrate Bragg and Diallo into the lineup if the lineup is on the bench. Playing a second line is a hockey thing. (and a Calipari disaster) The only way that players get comfortable being part of the rotation is to play with the rest of the rotation.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

I never said anything about playing as part of the rotation, I said getting real "game time" minutes against the other teams starters, not against the other team's scrubs. Two different things, both are important.

Scott Lippoldt 3 years, 10 months ago

Totally uncalled for, Colby--it's a KU basketball blog where people express opinions. Yeah, I get that your "opinion" is that anyone who disagrees with Coach Self should take his place, but I think it's a pretty immature response. Shannon made great points. If you feel otherwise, express why and back it up.

Doug Clark 3 years, 10 months ago

Totally agree Shannon, I haven't watched the game so I can't comment on much, but I listened to the last few minutes on the radio and when Bob Davis said Mason went down and was writhing in pain I yelled why the hell is he still in the game.

Doug Clark 3 years, 10 months ago

Great point Jerry, I think coach probably used the home game against TCU as a teaching point not to let up when you come in the game so it should've been safecto pull the starters in the last few minutes because this week is going to be brutal. Not only was it a perfect time to get C & C a couple more minutes, the starters would get a couple extra minutes of rest, which they will need for this week, especially Mason who continues to struggle. It has driven me crazy all year that he hasn't gotten them more minutes in those situations. I am seriously worried that they both won't come back next year, I hope I am worried for no reason and they both return, but who could blame them if they declared for the draft, you know they would be drafted and probably to good teams, so they could do what they are doing now, sit the bench and watch and only learn from practicing, and get paid millions of dollars to do it. I am very disappointed that he hasn't given them more of a chance.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

good defense today and I think it started with us pressing from the opening tip. that set a faster pace and it payed off big time. Props to Coach on that. Good games by Ellis, Jamari, Svi and Graham. Good minutes out of Bragg and Diallo.

This week will be hugh. Hope Seldon is over the flu and ready to sky!

Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

oh, hats off to K-State for taking down the Sooners. Not looking like Baylor will do it to WV, down about 10 at half.

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