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Saturday, January 23, 2016

KU Hoops Notebook: Mason survives another hard fall

Kansas head coach Bill Self checks on point guard Frank Mason III (0) after Mason went down holding his elbow during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self checks on point guard Frank Mason III (0) after Mason went down holding his elbow during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Once again, Kansas University junior guard Frank Mason III fell hard on his right elbow and hand late in KU's 76-67 victory over Texas Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mason, as he always seems to, shook off the rough landing and appears to be OK.

“He’s fine,” KU coach Bill Self said after the game.

Self said Mason, who has had knee and elbow problems, sometimes gets some time off from practice to combat his aches and pains and all the minutes he’s played so far this season.

• Landen Lucas was awarded his first start of the regular season. He responded with 10 rebounds while not scoring in 23 minutes.

“Yesterday he (KU coach Bill Self) came up to me and made it simple. He said, ‘Here’s the things you can do to help the team win. Go out and do them,’’’ Lucas said. “Rebound, rebound, rebound. Play defense. Set screens. We have so much talent if I can get them (other KU teammates) open and do different things to help them score ... there will be games I’ll be able to score more than zero, but (I) just (want to) help them do that and go after every single ball. The big thing is to create extra possessions to help the team out.”

Of starting, Lucas added: “It’s been in the conversation before. He was worried in the past about me fouling. Who starts is not the biggest deal. It’s about game flow and who finishes the game.”

• Self used just eight players. “Other teams do it. OU does it. Iowa State does it. The most important thing is in these situations you can ask our players ... they put a lot of effort into this. This isn’t a popularity contest or everybody feel good and have cookies and milk after the game,” Self said. “The most important thing is to win. Whatever gives us the best chance to win is what these guys want to do. Ideally (several played) too many minutes. We’ll see how it plays out,” Self added.

• GameDay next Saturday: ESPN College GameDay will return to Allen Fieldhouse for the seventh time, in advance of Saturday's 6 p.m., game against Kentucky. The morning show will start at 10 a.m., and the evening edition at 3 p.m. – all on ESPN. Doors to Allen Fieldhouse will open at 6:30 a.m., for fans wishing to attend the morning show. The event is free to the public and tickets are not required. Fans are encouraged to bring creative signs to Allen Fieldhouse for the morning show.

This, that: KU football legend John Hadl was honored at halftime. He was given a bronzed Jayhawk by AD Sheahon Zenger. ... Josh Jackson, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016 attended the game and sat behind the KU bench as did DeAndre Ayton, No. 4-rated player in the Class of 2017.

— See what people were saying about KU vs. Texas during KUsports.com’s live blog.


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By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Texas 67

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Texas 67

Comments

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

I worry about the 4 wearing down by the end of the season. March becomes such a grind - especially if you tank's on E.

Ashwin Rao 3 years, 10 months ago

Agree. Big12 is such a grind that we lose steam by the time the end of the regular season approaches. Unfortunately we have to take a pick... go all out during conference, or post-season.

Trent Rose 3 years, 9 months ago

In 2012 - Robinson, Taylor, Johnson, and Releford all averaged over 30 minutes a game -- mainly because of a lack of depth. They made it to the title game that year. So it depends on the resolve of the players playing those minutes.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 9 months ago

That's what conditioning drill is for. I'm all for the 4 playing significant minutes every game. They will get tougher and more experience every game. We shouldn't worry too much about them being worn out. I would be more worried how deep we'll march comes Feb.

Joe Baker 3 years, 9 months ago

Self said Mason, who has had knee and elbow problems, sometimes gets some time off from practice to combat his aches and pains and all the minutes he’s played so far this season.

I knew this was part of the problem and it's got to be nagging him mentally. It also causes him to force at times instead of recognizing his limits. He tends to overplay. I get he's tough, a 'bulldog,' but it's getting to the point that he's become a slight liability. He needs to stop forcing and start leading. He needs to let the game come to him. He needs to play within himself, protect himself, and help the team by directing traffic. He needs to be a floor general. I hope he heals quickly, because we'll need him down the long stretch.

Mick Allen 3 years, 9 months ago

It is not just an issue of endurance and being in condition. Every game when driving the lane he gets hammered, some of which are called fouls, and he takes 3 to 4 hard, hard falls each game. With all due respect Joe, I don't think he is a "slight liability". Coach gets on him for not beating his defender off the dribbleI more often then he does.You think he is forcing, Coach doesn't. I'm not sure a point guard can sit back and "let the game come to him". A point guard needs to initiate the action. In light of our struggles in the half court offense, it is imperative that Frank and Devonte kick start the offense off the bounce. Granted, Frank's performance against WVU was poor. With regard to Frank I do think the constant beating he receives, has adversely affected his shot. Saturday he was 1 out 5 from three. All of his misses were short, Which can be an indicator that he is "leg tired". He did take care of the ball with 3 assists to 1 turnover. Without an inside offensive presence when Landon and Jamari are in the game, who we can throw the ball to and score, there is more pressure on Devonte and Frank to create for others. Another thing to consider in judging Frank's play in conference is the effect covering the other team's best guard has on his abilities on the other end. He covered Hield most of the game and he was on Taylor most of the game against Texas. As you are aware, part of being a floor general is getting your teammates the ball in positions most advantageous to their offensive strengths. This is done most often by getting in the lane off the bounce then dumping the ball off underneath or kicking out to the arc for a three. It would benefit Frank if he could average 28 to 30 minutes of the game instead of the 36 to 38 he currently averages

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