Kansas defeats TCU, 75-56

  • 11 a.m., Feb. 6, 2016
  • Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, TX

Saturday, February 6, 2016

One for the road: Jayhawks end visiting skid, roll at TCU

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) signals with an official the ball going the Jayhawks' way after forcing a turnover by TCU guard Chauncey Collins, back, during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas. At left is Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31).

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) signals with an official the ball going the Jayhawks' way after forcing a turnover by TCU guard Chauncey Collins, back, during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas. At left is Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31).


— Kansas University snapped its three-game road losing streak with a little help from the Jayhawks’ own fans on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena, TCU’s home arena in name only.

About half of the announced crowd (6,516) in the 8,500-seat facility wore KU colors during a 75-56 victory that temporarily, at least, made the Jayhawks forget road setbacks at West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

“I was surprised to hear as many fans as we had here. It was nice. It kind of got us going a little bit,” said sophomore guard Devonté Graham, who responded with 15 points off 6-of-10 shooting (3-6 from three) with three assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

“It’s always a boost having fans there, cheering us on. It was great,” noted senior forward Perry Ellis, who had 23 points off 11-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

The Jayhawks, who were serenaded by the Rock Chalk chant in the closing minute, pleased the throng of Crimson and Blue-clad fans early, rolling to a 38-20 halftime lead, thanks in large part to a 25-10 margin on the boards.

“We didn’t play very tough,” KU coach Bill Self said of Wednesday’s victory over K-State. “TCU has always given us a hard time on the glass. I thought we rebounded the ball a lot more like men tonight than prior. We’ve been really good or not good at all in those areas. That was better. Our energy was better. Devonté was great, Perry (great). Jamari was the key to the game from an energy standpoint,” Self added of Jamari Traylor, who had seven boards and six points in 15 minutes.

Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg Jr. also chipped in with five boards apiece.

The Jayhawks hit 53.6 percent of their first-half shots to TCU’s 25-percent mark. TCU missed six of seven threes the initial half, while KU bricked eight of 12. For the game, KU hit six of 22; TCU just five of 18.

Self, whose squad improved to 2-3 on the road in league games and 3-3 overall this season in enemy gyms (counting San Diego State victory) looked as if he meant business on the sidelines early, sitting Wayne Selden Jr. after two minutes for taking and missing a deep three. 

It turns out Self wasn’t miffed at Selden, after all. 

Selden sat himself.

“Wayne was sick. He’s got the flu or whatever. We didn’t know if he could play. He asked to come out immediately, in 30 seconds. I’ve never had a player do that. He said, ‘Coach get me out,’’’ Self said of the junior guard, who scored three points off 1-of-5 shooting and had five assists in 22 minutes. “They’re pumping antibiotics in him right now,” Self added.

Self also pulled junior Brannen Greene about 30 seconds after he entered and committed a defensive miscue.

“Yes,” Self said, acknowledging the defensive mistake was the reason for the quick hook. “Then he said he was too tight and couldn’t go back in. That’s what he told one of the assistant coaches. We talk about how we are going to guard certain actions. Obviously he didn’t come close to guarding it right. He wasn’t the only one. I pulled Svi (Mykhailiuk) for doing the same thing, too.”

Mykhailiuk had three points off 1-of-5 shooting (1-3 from three) with one board in 24 minutes. KU (19-4, 7-3) used a 28-7 run to stretch a 10-7 lead to 38-14 and put away the Horned Frogs (10-13, 1-9) early. Ellis had nine points in the surge.

The Jayhawks will next meet West Virginia at 6 p.m., Tuesday, in Allen Fieldhouse.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 75, TCU 56

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, TCU 56


Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

Greene got caught up in the lane behind a screen instead of following the shooter out. That seems to be obvious BS about being too tight. Greene seems to be turning into a real problem if he is doing some sort of pouting routine. I wish Mykailiuk would sink a higher percentage of his shots to sit BG on the bench. Although Mykailiuk shot the ball poorly, in terms of actually making shots, he played a good game...and hustled.

Those two quick fouls agains Lucas in the 1h with about 5 minutes to go were two of the lamest calls a ref can make.

Ellis did what he needs to do, that is to be the senior leader for this team. Ellis is holding the team together as we go into a make or break week. This week will either put us 'in the hunt' for the Big 12 title or definitely put the kibosh on our conference season.

Big thanks to the KU Alumni Assoc. for organizing a great post-game party. Wish we could all get tickets for the OU game and do the same.

David Kemp 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm sorry but svi on defense was pretty bad today plus can't hit spot on 3s.. 3 position turning out to be weakest on selden in some kind of funk.couldn't even get on track against worst team in conference. Hats off to Ellis for monster game.

Janet Olin 5 years, 11 months ago

Svi's defense is improving, especially in the paint, and he hustles. Last game he had 3 steals. Svi is also a capable passer/ball handler and has good footwork driving to the basket. Greene couldn't guard a chair. He wasn't in the game for 10 seconds before he failed to guard his man and gave up an easy trey. Coach said Selden has the flu and asked to be taken out. Hooray for Jamari's fabulous first half energy boost and Perry's great game. Frank made a couple of lay-ups and got a couple rebounds, so he must be healing up some.

David Kemp 5 years, 11 months ago

Svi at best was serviceable but was beat numerous times and added Nothing offensively. Not a Greene fan but he does not miss shots. Would be easy if selden would come out of his funk.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 11 months ago

" Not a Greene fan but he does not miss shots"

If only that was true..

John Strayer 5 years, 11 months ago

I think we need to do away with the myth that Svi is an excellent outside shooter. In almost two years he's not been able to find the range. And I think his game is much better when he looks to drive the ball first.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 11 months ago

I remember RussellRob decline to go into a game late in the 2nd half his first year..turned out to be no big deal.

This might be a completely different situation though. Greene might be ready to bolt but who knows what is going on in his head.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 11 months ago

there must be more to this story. as bad as most want to go in, you'd think they would limp out there

Jared Reeves 5 years, 11 months ago

Ellis and Traylor had good games. Nice to see the bench get some PT, including Vick. However, Frank stank (3-11 shooting).

Steve Zimmerman 5 years, 11 months ago

Graham seems to emerge as a true PG as he distributes the ball to the bigs better. 3 seems little, but they are great assists. Unlike Mason who likes to drive and go up to the rim, Graham can sense where the bigs are inside. That's PG instinct. Graham's FG is better because he doesn't force to the rim. He is a better 3pt shooter, too. Mason is not as big as Westbrook, he's good in splitting the D, but going up to the rim challenging 2-3 guys are not going to work for Mason. Somebody has got to tell him. Don't count on refs giving FTs all the time. Hopefully we will see more and more these PGs drive and dish instead of out-of-control penetration.

Todd Hudnall 5 years, 11 months ago

A number of posters seem awfully hard on Selden. The young man has the flu. I certainly think we can give him a pass on this game and hope he's fully healthy on Tuesday. We'll need him at his best.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

I wish Self would have left him home in bed to rest up, get well, and ready for this huge week.

Titus Canby 5 years, 11 months ago

I didn't see the game, but what's going on with Mason? 3 for 11 from the field today? At least he's getting to the line. I've seen some posters wonder if he's been hurt recently. Has anyone heard anything?

On another note, I'm thinking Svi isn't as good as advertised.

Given all that, good to see us get a road win, even if it's only TCU.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 11 months ago

Svi is STILL the youngest player on the team. Too early to write him off. Played really well against UK but not so much against TCU. He's learning and imo will be jast as good as advertised.

Mike Riches 5 years, 11 months ago

Great game to be at today, along with a few thousand other KU fans. I thought the renovations to their arena were well done, nice place to watch a game! And recognizing Bob Davis at halftime was a very classy move on their part.

Our guys definitely made some mistakes today (14 TO is certainly not great) but I thought overall they looked better than they have in awhile. They definitely looked better than when they played TCU in Allen a couple weeks ago.

This coming week is a big one, starting with avenging our loss to WVU on Tuesday. Hopefully we can use today's win to create a little momentum going into that game! And hopefully Wayne can get feeling better quickly; we will need a big game from our starting guards Tuesday!

Rock Chalk!

Colby Hebert 5 years, 11 months ago

It was wild when you could hear the chant come over through the tv when we were on the road, then the TCU fans tried to drown it out.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 11 months ago

the team defense was tough, even if there were some obvious break downs. Jamari was a boost. Svi is coming around, I like him out there. Bragg and Diallo contributed. Big week coming up. Go Jayhawks.

Gerry Butler 5 years, 11 months ago

ya, got to say defense looked better. Ya it was TCU but t to remember this is the same TCU team we beat only by 7 at the phog. I saw a fact scroll across the screen later in the day, Ku held TCU to like 29% for the game, that was the lowest pct against an conference opponent since 2003. Also much better on the boards

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm starting to like our supporting cast. I don't think we can say our road woes are over given how bad TCU is but I believe this team does have some upside if Bill can give the bench more minutes.

Colby Hebert 5 years, 11 months ago

Fire Self, our regular season conference streak is over, Oklahoma will not likely lose again...The sky is failing...

Oh wait...

Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, phew, the sky remains overhead another day..

Jared Reeves 5 years, 11 months ago


Whether the sky remains affixed may well be determined in the week ahead. For now, I will take the win against the last place team (and OU's loss).

Colby Hebert 5 years, 11 months ago

I love Frank but Devonte may surpass him by next year as a player and does so already in flashes this year.

Something is wrong with Frank. At this point I would rather Devonte have the ball at the end of a half or game.

This team can be really great, I still have faith.

They should bring Travis Releford in to show some guys how to finish in traffic though. Hey, I can dream..

Gerry Butler 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree Colby, I think Frank is hurt some where, we are just not getting the information - - - may not know until the season is over. Hope for his sake he is going to be ok. Frank is JUST NOT Frank that we have gotten to know at this point

Barry Weiss 5 years, 11 months ago

I just think Frank needs his minutes cut to heal his body. He's still playing 30 plus. I would cut it to 25. Heck on one of his free throws, maybe the technical, he barely got it to the rim, almost air=balled it. I think the kid just needs more rest. Same with Seldon, he did not have his legs into his shot, all arm, but he does have the flu they said.

Colby Hebert 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree, this having 2 point guards out there has one drawback, commentators on a recent game even mentioned it.

Devonte, Franks backup, starts alongside him.

In order to rest them, Self will have to go more with just one of them out there.

Maybe he is hoping between Svi and Greene he can do that at times.

When they asked Devonte about best defenders on the team. He mentioned Vick. Vick is an athletic freak of nature apparently. He is long, fast, can jump out the Gym. If he can learn the system enough to not blow defensive assignments regularly, he can be put out there and at least relied upon to play some D in stretches.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 11 months ago

vick has hit some timely 3's. I think he just needs more time like the other freshman. I think he did real well in Korea

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 11 months ago

"I agree, this having 2 point guards out there has one drawback, commentators on a recent game even mentioned it."

They've used Selden, Mason and Graham as starters all season - not sure how much it hurts to have the commentators mention it when every opponent knows our line-up.

Ida Blankenship 5 years, 11 months ago

Agree w/ all the comments on this point - Self shared not too long ago that Mason will seek out care/treatment but likely won't carry himself as "injured". Self also shared that the game has been particularly hard on Mason. And given his personality, we're not going to know how bad he's feeling. AND, we find out these guys are eating mcwaffles and lord knows what else... gotta love college life! ;) So it's up to Self to create a situation where Mason and the team are ready to give him some opportunities to breathe without the fear that he's compromising the game, which gets harder and harder as we go deeper into B12 play. Sheldon gets sicky and Self also sounded like he was a little sick, too. But I like how Devonte has been playing - as others have said, here. Not only is he SCRAPPY but he is making shots and assists. Mostly, what I like is that he gives energy out there - he does a lot of talking to the others and he's spirited. You'll see him checking in with the bench frequently, particularly after a good play. He feeds off of--and into that energy. One of my favorite moments is in the 1st(?) OT against OU he fouls and turns ever-so-slyly to Self w/ this SH**-eating grin and kinda sheepishly smirks, the camera goes to Self, who is also giving himself a little chuckle. THIS, in the heat of the moment. He's having fun, which helps calm my nerves. ;)

Yonatan Negash 5 years, 11 months ago

Not to take away Saturday's win but we beat TCU. Don't get me wrong, that's a great win for us, especially in the way we went out there an won the game in the first half.

However, let's keep things in perspective, that's one of those games that we're expected to win.

We still have a tough road ahead and the margin of error is still small.

Road games remaining:

at Oklahoma at KSU at Baylor at Texas

As I still see it, all games are must wins.

Colby Hebert 5 years, 11 months ago

You guys see Kansas State has now won 3 consecutive games against #1 ranked teams visiting their house. Crazy....

Tony Bandle 5 years, 11 months ago

Random Thoughts from Oakville:

1] These days, any road win is a good win because it's getting harder than hell. Just ask Oklahoma, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, Kansas, etc.

2] The Brannen Greene Screw Up list continues to grow [suspension, classless dunk, defensive laziness, pouting, etc.]. All he needs to do now is get in a knife fight like Giddens!!

3] Let's hope the refs call all the fouls that WV got away with back in their gym....and the Jayhawks have their Big Boy Foul Shooting Pants on.

4] Prediction for Tuesdy: KU 82 WV 76.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 11 months ago

I do hope we get some home cooking and hit 80% of our ft's. we will need it.

Kris Hays 5 years, 11 months ago

Frank does need rest ... But defense and heart suffer when he is out ...What's the best combo for the 2 and 3 ?

Mick Allen 5 years, 11 months ago

Janet, if you thought Svi's defense was improving he took a big step backward against TCU. As you stated, Greene couldn't cover a chair. Svi can cover a chair, but that's all he can cover. Put him on 6'5" or 6'6" 3 with any quickness, and help defense is needed immediately. Steve, I agreed with most of your comparison of Devonte and Frank. One thing that would help Frank on his forays to the rim, is confidence in the floater or runner.I thought he was developing this shot last year but have not seen it this year.Generally when Frank forces and takes a hurried, well defended shot, it is because he has taken his drive 1 or 2 bounces too deep in the lane where the congestion of the bigs is the greatest.Once he penetrates the free throw line off the bounce is when he can pull up for the pull up jumper or the floater or look to distribute. A small guard that gets to the paint must have this weapon.

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