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Freshman Devonté Graham one of few bright spots in KU’s season finale

Kansas guard DevonteÕ Graham (4) come off the court after the Jayhawks 78-65 loss in the Jayhawks third-round NCAA Tournament game against Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard DevonteÕ Graham (4) come off the court after the Jayhawks 78-65 loss in the Jayhawks third-round NCAA Tournament game against Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. by Richard Gwin

1 - Devonte Graham: Easily was KU’s best player in the second half, when he scored 13 of his 17 points and picked up four of his five steals. Had three assists and one turnover and made all four of his free throws. He and Frank Mason will make a nice small backcourt next season if that’s the way coach Bill Self decides to go with the starting lineup.

2 - Frank Mason: Scored nine points early in the first half to give KU the lead, went to the bench for a stretch after his second foul, and returned in the first half without picking up a third. Eventually fouled out with 17 points, six rebounds, one assist and five turnovers.

3 - Perry Ellis: Former high school teammate Evan Wessel gave him trouble at both ends, but Ellis still managed 17 points and eight rebounds.

4 - Landen Lucas: Brought down a team-high 10 rebounds and scored two points on a night Kansas had trouble getting the ball inside. Lob pass was just a tad off target on a well-scripted play coming out of a timeout. Developed into excellent rebounder when he re-joined starting lineup late in season.

5 - Kelly Oubre: Outhustled to a loose ball by Wichita State freshman Zach Brown, Oubre hit the offensive boards hard, picking up four of his five at that end, but had trouble converting putbacks. Had nine points in 23 minutes.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Had four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes.

7 - Wayne Selden: Scoreless in 23 minutes, Selden missed all five shots. He had one rebound, did not have an assist and turned it over twice. Made Ron Baker work hard for his points when he was on him, but overall had a rough night. In four NCAA tournament games, Selden is 4 for 21 from the field.

8 - Brannen Greene: Missed both of his shots, both three-pointers, didn’t get a rebound in 20 minutes and committed three fouls.

9 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played three minutes and missed his lone shot, a three-pointer.

FINAL 2014-15 SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 275

Perry Ellis - 241

Wayne Selden Jr. - 223

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 209

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 152

Brannen Greene - 148

Landen Lucas - 139

Devonté Graham - 139

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 94

Hunter Mickelson - 54

No Selection - 10

Reply 18 comments from Erich Hartmann Rodney Crain Rockchalk1990 Kristen Downing Bob Bailey Baldjedi Robert  Brock Ashwin Rao Stupidmichael David Conrod and 4 others

Mason amazing in KU’s 75-56, NCAA Tournament victory over New Mexico State

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) and New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings (23) pursue a loose ball in the Jayhawks' second-round NCAA tournament game against New Mexico State Friday, March 20, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) and New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings (23) pursue a loose ball in the Jayhawks' second-round NCAA tournament game against New Mexico State Friday, March 20, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. by Mike Yoder

1 - Frank Mason: Made terrific decisions, finished well at the hoop, hit 6 of 7 field goals, both three-pointers, and 3 of 4 free throws on his way to a game-high 17 points. Also had nine rebounds, sharing game-high honors with Landen Lucas. Mason has come a long way in a short amount of time in quickly figuring out zone defenses and attacking the openings.

2 - Landen Lucas: Hung tough against bigger bodies on way to seven points and nine rebounds. Also showed range, hitting an elbow jumper. Steadily has improved since Cliff Alexander became inelgibile during an NCAA probe.

3 - Brannen Greene: Hit a mid-range jumper on the baseline, which put a bounce in his step and then officially buried his shooting slump by draining consecutive three-pointers.Contriuted eight points, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes. The return of his shot was as big a positive development as any in a day filled with many for KU.

4 - Jamari Tryalor: Hustled his way to eight points, five rebounds and two assists and did some nice things when he was in the middle of the zone.

5 - Devonte Graham: Used an assortment of head fakes to set up teammates and made both of his three-point attempts. Totaled eight points, four assists and two rebounds. Turned it over three times.

6 - Kelly Oubre: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers, but his best move came when he faked a three-pointer and took it in for a flush. Finished with eight points, three rebounds and a steal. Also had two turnovers.

7 - Wayne Selden: Looked indecisive at times, most notably when he switched in mid-air from a throw-back dunk to a scoop shot and missed.

8 - Perry Ellis: Didn’t have his normal explosive jumping ability, which showed on a missed dunk, a shot blocked underneath and perhaps even a jumper that hit the front of the rim. Still, he managed nine points in 23 minutes.

9 - Hunter Mickelson: Didn’t get in until the final two minutes. As always, he hustled. Blocked a shot and drained both free throws.

10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played one minute and had an assist.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 267

Perry Ellis - 234

Wayne Selden Jr. - 220

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 204

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 148

Brannen Greene - 146

Landen Lucas - 133

Devonté Graham - 130

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 93

Hunter Mickelson - 54

No Selection - 10

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Wayne Selden Jr. has another big night in championship loss

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) tries to drive on Iowa State's Naz Long (33) in the Jayhawk’s 70-66 loss to Iowa State in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament Saturday in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) tries to drive on Iowa State's Naz Long (33) in the Jayhawk’s 70-66 loss to Iowa State in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament Saturday in Kansas City, MO. by Richard Gwin

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made the all-tournament team by averaging 17.3 points and shooting .667 from the field. Scored 25 points in the title game, making 8 of 12 shots, 1 of 2 threes and all eight free throws. Also had five rebounds. 

2 - Frank Mason III: Threw Iowa State point guard Monté Morris off his game at times with scrappy defense, but couldn't get his shots to drop (2 of 11). Totaled 13 points, four rebounds and four assists and turned it over just once.

3 - Landen Lucas: Started the game with strong defense against tourney Most Outstanding Player Georges Niang, but in time Niang was having his way no matter who checked him. Moved his banged-up body well enough to total six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes.

4 - Devonté Graham: Blamed himself for the loss because of an ill-advised, high-risk, off-target pass toward Lucas that was picked off, the game's most crucial play. Gave team a huge spark at end of first half, when he scored with the left hand on a contested drive and hit a tightly guarded three. Finished with seven points, four assists, three rebounds and that one costly turnover.

5 - Perry Ellis: Didn't move well on defense and didn't have the spring to make inside shots and generally looked like a guy playing on a sore knee, which is what he was. Totaled seven points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. 

6 - Hunter Mickelson: Caught the ball on the break and instead of realizing the best play was to let teammates catch up to him, went to the basket on a 1-on-2 break and was whistled for a charge. Otherwise, didn't do too poorly and produced two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in eight minutes.

7 - Brannen Greene: Made 1 of 4 shots and 1 of 3 threes, didn't get a rebound, had an assist, two steals and three turnovers on a three-point night.

8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made just 1 of 3 shots and totaled three points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 17 minutes.

9 - Jamari Traylor: Didn't seem as active as usual  in 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 257

Perry Ellis - 231

Wayne Selden Jr. - 216

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 199

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 141

Brannen Greene - 138

Landen Lucas - 124

Devonté Graham - 124

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 92

Hunter Mickelson - 52

No Selection - 10

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Wayne Selden Jr. steps up in Big 12 semifinal

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) lays in two of his 20 points in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) lays in two of his 20 points in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. by Richard Gwin

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Missed his only two three-point shots, but more importantly, he made 7 of 7 inside the three-point semi-circle. He consistently drove hard to the hoops and drew whistles. Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

2 - Perry Ellis: Hit an early three and played well in many ways until limping off the court, never to return. Coach Bill Self said he expects Ellis to be fine for today’s Big 12 tournament title game. Played 26 minutes and totaled 11 points and six rebounds.

3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Not nearly as dynamic as in the quarterfinal victory vs. TCU, Oubre had a good defensive game and contributed nine points, five boards, an assist and a steal. 

4 - Frank Mason III: Couldn’t get anything to drop early but came on late with a big steal and scored all eight of his points in the second half. Took one bad shot when he could have dumped it inside to Ellis. Had four assists, two steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes. 

5 - Hunter Mickelson: Played just six minutes, but looked comfortable against Baylor’s big bodies and made his presence felt defensively. Totaled two points, two steals and two blocked shots.

6 - Landen Lucas: Totaled four points, six rebounds, two blocked shots in 25 valuable minutes.

7 - Devonté Graham: Turned it over twice in 11 minutes, which is the main reason he didn’t get on the court for longer. Made 2 of 3 shots and scored four points.

8 - Brannen Greene: Hit a three-point shot from the left corner, breaking a string of 15 consecutive misses. Strangely, he sometimes freezes for an instant before turning to run the other way in making transition from offense to defense and even from defense to offense at times. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

9 - Jamari Traylor: Made just 1 of 4 free throws and missed both shots from the field, but he five rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 249

Perry Ellis - 226

Wayne Selden Jr. - 207

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 197

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 140

Brannen Greene - 135

Devonté Graham - 118

Landen Lucas - 117

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 92

Hunter Mickelson - 48

No Selection - 10

Reply 7 comments from Doug Merrill Texashawk10_2 Dirk Medema Jonathan Briles Robert  Brock

Kelly Oubre Jr. shines in postseason debut

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. (12) knocks the ball loose from TCU's Karviar Shepard (14) in the Jayhawk’s 64-59 win over TCU Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. (12) knocks the ball loose from TCU's Karviar Shepard (14) in the Jayhawk’s 64-59 win over TCU Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. by Richard Gwin

1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Freshman showed that postseason basketball is a game he enjoys by scoring a career-high 25 points and carrying Kansas. It was not just the point total that was impressive about Oubre's day. He played smart, aggressive basketball and was unafraid all afternoon.

2 - Landen Lucas: Once upon a time, 13 points and 7 boards would've have seemed like made up numbers for Lucas. Now, those seem like the norm. Hit 6 of 7 shots and added 3 blocks, all in just 24 minutes.

3 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Scored just two points and added two assists but played 15 minutes and gave KU coach Bill Self an option when both Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden struggled. Svi was as aggressive and confident as he's been in weeks and even started the second half.

4 - Frank Mason III: Stats were far from spectacular — six points, five rebounds, two assists, two turnovers — but did play 37 minutes and added three steals. Self said he would've liked to see more energy from his point guard and floor leader. So I suspect that's what you'll see on Friday.

5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: As per usual, Selden did enough of the little things — an assist here, a steal there, an offensive rebound there — to impact the game, but his bottom line was still average at best. Scored seven points (on 3-of-6 shooting) and grabbed four boards but also turned it over four times and missed two of three free throw attempts.

6 - Devonté Graham: Recorded four assists and had no turnovers in 24 minutes and made at least three or four other really nice passes that could have become assists had the shots fallen.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Four fouls limited him to 20 minutes, which is a shame because Traylor was 3-for-3 from the floor and also blocked three shots. He's gotta find a way to stay on the floor.

8 - Hunter Mickelson: Not his best night. Two points and one rebound in eight minutes. Did record a block, but also air-balled a baseline jumper.

9 - Brannen Greene: Two points, three turnovers and 13 minutes. Not the kind of bounce-back performance you're looking for from a guy who sat in street clothes due to a suspension the last time out. Greene looks sped up and uncertain with just about everything he's doing right now.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 243

Perry Ellis - 218

Wayne Selden Jr. - 198

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 190

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 139

Brannen Greene - 133

Devonté Graham - 115

Landen Lucas - 113

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 92

Hunter Mickelson - 43

No Selection - 10

Reply 5 comments from Walter_bridges Allison Steen Robert  Brock Kingfisher John Randall

Frank Mason III finishes regular season strong

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hits his 3rd free-throw in a row after being fouled on a 3-point attempt late in the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hits his 3rd free-throw in a row after being fouled on a 3-point attempt late in the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday. by Mike Yoder

1 - Frank Mason III: It doesn't matter how many times you've seen it happen, there's still something amazing about Mason scoring in the land of the giants. Led Kansas with 21 points and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, including the three pressure-packed shots in the final seconds that momentarily tied the game.

2 - Landen Lucas: Teammate Jamari Traylor called Lucas a rebounding machine after the game, which best summed up his night. Lucas was 6-of-8 from the floor, finished with career-highs in points (13) and rebounds (12) and might have been first in these ratings had he not missed two shots from point-blank range. Still, a fabulous all-around game for the guy whose confidence and productivity is growing by the game.

3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Early foul trouble limited his minutes, but Oubre's double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) was clutch. He hit a huge three-pointer late and continued to show he's not afraid to drive to the rim looking to make things happen.

4 - Jamari Traylor: Fouled out in 26 minutes but played great when he was out there, particularly in the second half. Finished 5-of-6 from the floor and added two rebounds and two blocks. Fifth foul was suspect at best.

5 - Devonté Graham: Hit a couple of huge three-pointers and proved he was willing to help pick up some of the scoring (and shooting) slack in light of the absence of Perry Ellis (knee), Cliff Alexander (eligibility) and Brannen Greene (suspension). Credit him for being aggressive, but 3-of-14 is a rough shooting night any way you slice it. Finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists in a season-high 29 minutes.

6 - Hunter Mickelson: Played 20 minutes and battled for every stat he recorded. Finished with five points (all from the free-throw line) and six rebounds and also blocked two shots.

7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Offensively, Selden was non-existent. But give the guy credit for playing on a bum ankle and doing enough to make scoring hard for OU stud Buddy Hield, who finished 6-of-20.

8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Didn't fill up the stat sheet — two points, two rebounds and 1-of-3 shooting — but played well enough to log 13 minutes on a day KU needed him to. Scored only points on a very nice backdoor set play that KU went to more than once.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 237

Perry Ellis - 218

Wayne Selden Jr. - 193

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 181

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 136

Brannen Greene - 132

Devonté Graham - 111

Landen Lucas - 105

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 85

Hunter Mickelson - 41

Reply 6 comments from Mick Allen Surrealku Erich Hartmann Rick McGowwan Jonathan Briles

Frank Mason III makes comeback, OT win possible

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) beats West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) to a steal Tuesday, March 4, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse..

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) beats West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) to a steal Tuesday, March 4, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse..

1 - Frank Mason III: Shook off a poor first half to lead Kansas to the finish line. Scored as many points (12) as West Virginia in the last 5:47 of the game. Finished with 19 points and made 11 of 12 free throws to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

2 - Jamari Traylor: With Cliff Alexander hanging in NCAA limbo, Traylor honored him with a remarkably explosive dunk set up by Wayne Selden Jr.’s great pass. In a game that could restore Traylor’s lost confidence, he totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Good things happen when he stays close to the baskset. Limited to just 19 minutes before fouling out, that was enough time to produce 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.

4 - Hunter Mickelson: Extremely active, Mickelson contributed eight points, two blocked shots and three steals in 13 minutes. Made both shots from the field and all four from the line, making his most significant contribution as a Jayhawk.

5 - Devonté Graham: One of his four turnovers was a pass into the stands. Oops. He compensated with 10 points, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes.

6 - Landen Lucas: Had a huge blocked shot at the end of regulation. Without it, Kansas wouldn’t have clinched the outright title. Scored just one point, blocked two shots and had six rebounds in 26 minutes.

7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Played 37 minutes, defended well and continued to struggle getting the ball in the basket. Made 2 of 7 shots and went 0 for 4 from three. Had five turnovers, most coming in the opening minutes of the game. Made an amazing catch-and-pass in mid-air to Traylor to set up amazing dunk.

8 - Perry Ellis: Played 17 minutes with the flu and played like a guy playing with the flu. Of more concern was the knee injury that he suffered that kept him out of the second half.

9 - Brannen Greene: Missed all six shots from the field, including all five three-pointers. Shot looked better than it has. He just needs one to fall to break the tension. Is 0 for 11 from three in past three games and 2 for 19 in past six games. Went 4 of 4 from the line in 14 minutes.

10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Stat line reads like the number three trillion.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 229

Perry Ellis - 218

Wayne Selden Jr. - 191

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 175

Cliff Alexander - 170

Brannen Greene - 132

Jamari Traylor - 131

Devonté Graham - 107

Landen Lucas - 98

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 84

Hunter Mickelson - 38

No Selection - 10

Reply 10 comments from John Randall Dale Rogers Jessej421 Kingfisher Chris Baker Baldjedi Ashwin Rao Reggie Flenory

Aggressiveness makes Perry Ellis best on court

Kansas forward Perry Ellis hangs for a shot over Texas forward Jonathan Holmes during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis hangs for a shot over Texas forward Jonathan Holmes during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Perry Ellis: In three games since missing a shot at the rim that would have been a game-winner at West Virginia, Ellis has scored 23, 24 and 28 points. He was at his very best Saturday with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Ellis has become so aggressive of late, attacking off the dribble, throwing down dunks with authority and making it clear who the best player on the court is. He’s played himself into position to win Big 12 Player of the Year honors and he’s done it without a scoring threat playing opposite him in the post.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Has scored 14 points or more in four of his past five games and has averaged 6.6 rebounds in that stretch. He definitely has learned to use his perfect basketball body and athleticism to make things happen near the rim at the both ends. With Cliff Alexander, the team’s best defensive rebounder, sidelined, Oubre grabbed nine defensive boards.

3 - Frank Mason III: Isaiah Taylor is a tough point guard to guard and even though Mason couldn’t keep him out of the paint (nobody can), he made him work hard, pestering him relentlessly. Mason also made sure Kansas didn’t play sloppy. He had just one turnover in 39 minutes to go with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.

4 - Landen Lucas: Had five points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.

5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Still not finishing at the hoop. He made just 1 of 7 shots, but he did a good job of drawing fouls on wild drives to the hoop and made 5 of 6 free throws. Had a big blocked shot in the second half and two steals to go with seven points and three rebounds in 30 minutes.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Had two rebounds and a blocked shot in 11 scoreless minutes.

7 - Brannen Greene:  Had a three-pointer from the left corner blocked and once missed an open Ellis on the fast break. Had two points an assist and a rebound in 11 minutes. With defenses more mindful of not losing sight of him, Greene has rushed some shots and has made 2 of 14 three-pointers in the past five games.

8 - Hunter Mickelson: Played five minutes, blocked a shot and was whistled for two fouls.

9 - Devonté Graham:  Whistled for two fouls in seven minutes and missed the only shot he took.

10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played two minutes and produced a rebound and blocked shot.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 219

Perry Ellis - 215

Wayne Selden Jr. - 187

Cliff Alexander - 170

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 167

Brannen Greene - 130

Jamari Traylor - 122

Devonté Graham - 101

Landen Lucas - 93

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 83

Hunter Mickelson - 31

Reply 6 comments from Gregor Southard Brianna Zaleski John Randall Dirk Medema Ashwin Rao Stupidmichael

Perry Ellis once again carries Kansas

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets to the bucket against Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson (42) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets to the bucket against Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson (42) during the second half, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

1 - Perry Ellis: Scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Also had a game-high nine rebounds. Has developed into the Jayhawks’ best, most competitive player. Takes smart shots and makes the opposing defense build its strategy around him. Made 10 of 16 shots and his only three-point attempt. Also had a blocked shot and two steals.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Competed hard. Sometimes shot when a pass was the right play, but he hustled and came away with 14 points and seven rebounds.

3 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Drove hard to the hoop, but couldn't get a three-pointer to drop in three attempts. Had seven points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers.

4 - Devonté Graham: Gave the team a boost with 11 strong first-half minutes that included four points and a great post feed. Didn't play well in eight second-half minutes.

5 - Brannen Greene: Missed all four three-point shots, sometimes firing it before getting set. Still scored seven points in 11 minutes.

6 - Frank Mason III: Not his night. Took a shot or two when feeding Ellis would have been the right play. Made just 1 of 8 shots and had trouble keeping Nigel Johnson in front of him. Did have three assists and just one turnover, as well as three steals. 

7 -Jamari Traylor: His best play of the night came after the game, when a K-State student shoulder-checked him near the bucket and Traylor had the discipline not to retaliate.

8 - Landen Lucas: Played 18 minutes and had two points and two rebounds. It wasn't a lack of effort, just a lack of athleticism that caused him to get beaten to boards.

9 - Cliff Alexander: He looked like a freshman playing against a veteran and was overmatched by Thomas Gipson in every way. Limited to 10 minutes because of foul trouble. In those 10 scoreless minutes, he had four fouls, four rebounds, a turnover, a blocked shot and a steal. If he decides to declare for the NBA draft, which many seem to think he will, he runs the risk of destroying his chances at a lucrative NBA career.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 211

Perry Ellis - 205

Wayne Selden Jr. - 181

Cliff Alexander - 170

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 158

Brannen Greene - 126

Jamari Traylor - 117

Devonté Graham - 99

Landen Lucas - 86

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 82

Hunter Mickelson - 28

Reply 7 comments from Walter_bridges Michael Bennett Allison Steen Surrealku Jayhawkmarshall William Weissbeck Kingfisher

Devonté Graham nearly flawless vs. TCU

Kansas guard Devonte Graham (4) ducks under TCU guard Trey Zeigler (32) on his way to the bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte Graham (4) ducks under TCU guard Trey Zeigler (32) on his way to the bucket during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonté Graham: Freshman guard entered on a 15-game stretch in which he shot just .333 from the field. Busted out in a big way. Made all seven shots from the field, including two three-pointers. Totaled 20 points with three rebounds and three assists. Did nice job of getting to the paint and dumping off to Perry Ellis early.  Shoots well vs. TCU: 10 for 10 overall, 3 for 3 from three.

2 - Perry Ellis: One-hand flush of Frank Mason III’s lob on the break over Trey Zeigler sent the crowd into a frenzy and he made the free throw to put Kansas up 64-50. Seconds later, his steal and ensuing dunk made it 66-60 with 6:30 left. Ellis dominated early by posting up and teammates went away from him and he dominated again when they went back to him in the second half. Strong footwork put TCU’s Karviar Shepherd in foul trouble.

3 - Frank Mason III: Didn’t penetrate as well as he usually does in first half but picked it up the rest of the way and finished with 14 points, five assists (four turnovers) and a steal. Made 5 of 8 shots and all four free throws. Graham’s big day enabled him to get eight minutes of rest, which for him is unusual.

4 - Brannen Greene: Did excellent work on the defensive boards and was active in all areas on his way to nine points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. Picked up a rare steal, his fifth of the season. His mere presence on the floor makes for more room for teammates, thanks to the respect opponents show him because of his shooting range.

5 - Jamari Traylor: Put pressure on the defense with drives to the hoop and scored eight points and blocked a shot. Still needs to do a better job on the defensive boards, where he had just two in 24 minutes.

6 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Didn’t have his best day in terms of feeding the post, where Ellis made himself available, but wasn’t always spotted.

7 - Cliff Alexander: Started, but in 11 minutes he didn’t seem 100 percent sure of himself and too often stood still. Had two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot.

8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Lazy pass from the point to Trey Zeigler, Oubre’s man, on the left wing was begging to be intercepted, or at the very least deflected. Oubre didn’t challenge it. It’s plays like that that keep him from being as disruptive a defender as he could be when he’s not at his most active. Had he stepped into the pass and taken it all the way, it might have spurred him onto a big day. As it was, he played 19 scoreless minutes with one blocked shot and two steals. Missed all three shots from the field, one of them blocked, two of them three-pointers.

9 - Landen Lucas: Played nine scoreless minutes without a rebound and missed all three shots from the field.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 207

Perry Ellis - 196

Wayne Selden Jr. - 174

Cliff Alexander - 169

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 150

Brannen Greene - 121

Jamari Traylor - 114

Devonté Graham - 93

Landen Lucas - 84

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 82

Hunter Mickelson - 28

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