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Frank Mason III leads Kansas vs. TCU

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) gets to the bucket against TCU Horned Frogs forward Kenrich Williams (34) during the second half at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) gets to the bucket against TCU Horned Frogs forward Kenrich Williams (34) during the second half at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason III: TCU took a 43-40 lead, when Mason decided to take over the game with an assortment of jumpers, strong drives to the hoop and a tear-drop shot. Scored eight of his 16 points during a 19-5 run that gave KU an 11-point lead with 3:35 left. In atypical fashion, he missed two free throws when making one would have sealed it, which gave TCU one more shot at extending the game.

2 - Landen Lucas: Scrapped his way to eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in his best performance of the year, one that desperately was needed.

3 - Perry Ellis: Sat all but the opening couple of minutes of the first half after getting two quick fouls and four quick points. He might have had a big first half and big scoring night had he not committed the fouls. Finished with eight points and five rebounds.

4 - Brannen Greene: Made 5 of 6 free throws, had a blocked shot and a rebound in the final minute, but had a rough defensive night and made just 1 of 4 shots.

5 - Cliff Alexander: Had six points and four rebounds and did not do a good job of keeping the Horned Frogs (29 offensive rebounds) from following their own shots.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Had a decent defensive night, blocked three shots and picked up three rebounds.

7 -  Devonté Graham: TCU player came down on his foot and left him in great pain in the big toe that caused him to miss games. He re-entered the game. Had two key turnovers, made 3 of 3 field goals and made his only free throw.

8 - Hunter Mickelson: Had a very active, productive first-half stretch in which he blocked two shots and scored four points.

9 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Set up teammates with beautiful passes to the post and had four assists, but again clanked shots, making just 2 of 8.

10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Had a brief first-half run, rushed up a bad shot on a drive, but also made 1 of 2 three-pointers. Turned it over once.

11 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Slowed by the flu, he missed all three shots, two of them forced.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 158

Cliff Alexander - 141

Perry Ellis - 140

Wayne Selden Jr. - 122

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 109

Jamari Traylor - 91

Brannen Greene - 85

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 79

Devonté Graham - 71

Landen Lucas - 60

Hunter Mickelson - 25

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Determined Cliff Alexander leads KU off the bench at UT

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander (2) delivers a dunk against the Texas zone defense late in the second half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander (2) delivers a dunk against the Texas zone defense late in the second half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. by Nick Krug

1 - Cliff Alexander: Aggressiveness beats height every time. Playing against one of the nation’s tallest teams, the freshman from Chicago powered his way to 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.

2 - Brannen Greene: Quickly got Kansas back in the game with eight quick points right after he checked in and hit a pair of huge shots in second half as well. Had 14 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Made 4 of 5 three-pointers. Has played 35 minutes combined in past two games and made 9 of 13 field goals and 7 of 9 three-pointers.

3 - Perry Ellis: Active and unafraid to take it to the Texas big men, Ellis totaled 14 points, five rebounds and three assists with a steal and a blocked shot.

4 - Frank Mason III: Did not have a single turnover in 35 minutes and had four assists. Played terrific down the stretch, finishing strong on drives by contorting his body.

5 - Jamari Traylor: Had the hustle play of the day in the first half and several players said it made them play at a different energy level and sparked them to victory.

6 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: His shot wasn’t dropping, but he did his usual strong defensive and rebounding work and finished with eight points and six boards.

7 - Devonté Graham: Didn’t turn it over in in 17 minutes and contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

8 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers, and had two of the team’s three turnovers. Still having trouble finishing drives, Selden missed all three of his attempts inside the arc.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 147

Cliff Alexander - 134

Perry Ellis - 131

Wayne Selden Jr. - 119

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 108

Jamari Traylor - 85

Brannen Greene - 77

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 77

Devonté Graham - 66

Landen Lucas - 50

Hunter Mickelson - 21

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Kelly Oubre asserts himself, leads Jayhawks vs. Sooners

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) pulls back for an attempted dunk as he attacks the basket against Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) during the second half on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) pulls back for an attempted dunk as he attacks the basket against Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) during the second half on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: He made two of the three-pointers when KU came out on fire making all eight of its first three-pointers. Was even better late in the game, attacking the glass and driving to the hoop for several key plays.
 

2 - Cliff Alexander: Motivated by a second-half benching in Ames, Iowa, Alexander predictably delivered a huge game with 13 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and a blocked shot. He also took a charge.

3 - Perry Ellis: Started the game on fire and produced 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes.

4 - Brannen Greene: Had a pair of season firsts, his first missed free throw (he's made 18 of 19) and his first steal (he has played 237 minutes). And, oh yeah, he hit the biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer with 3:24 left, which brought KU from behind and the team never trailed after it. Also hit a long two. Scored 12 points in 15 minutes, made 4 of 6 shots and hit 3 of 3 threes.

5 - Frank Mason III: Didn't get the team playing at a fast enough pace at times, but was his clutch self in the stretch run and finished with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal and turned it over just twice.

6 - Devonte Graham: Had some rough patches defensively, but also hit 2 of 3 threes and totaled six points, four assists and had just one turnover in 15 minutes.

7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Delivered a phenomenal no-look pass to Cliff Alexander in the first half and made Buddy Hield work hard for his shots at times, but continued to have trouble finishing drives and made 2 of 9 field goals, including 1 of 3 threes.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Played with a hip Bill Self said he hurt about a week ago and did not let the coaching staff know until after the game it was bothering him. Played 23 minutes without getting a rebound, scored four points, blocked two shots and had a steal.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 142

Cliff Alexander - 126

Perry Ellis - 125

Wayne Selden Jr. - 118

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 105

Jamari Traylor - 81

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 77

Brannen Greene - 70

Devonté Graham - 64

Landen Lucas - 50

Hunter Mickelson - 21

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Perry Ellis leads Kansas in setback at Iowa State

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) puts up a shot over Iowa State forward Georges Niang (31) during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) puts up a shot over Iowa State forward Georges Niang (31) during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Hilton Coliseum. by Nick Krug

1 - Perry Ellis: Played with a better motor than many teammates. Hit the deck for loose balls, worked hard to get open, hustled for boards and hit big shots. Finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

2 - Frank Mason III: Missed four minutes of second half after a severe leg cramp near his right knee and still led both teams in scoring with 21 points. Added 4 rebounds and 3 assists, but also 3 turnovers.

3 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Finished a couple of shots in close, which signified progress, and tallied 12 points and 3 assists in 32 minutes. He wasn't completely on offensively, but he never stopped competing.

4 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made just 5 of 15 shots, most of them on easy dunks, and turned it over twice. But still managed 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes.
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5 - Cliff Alexander: After a slow start, Alexander was one of the Jayhawks' best players in the first half. He made all three shots he attempted, finished the half with 6 points and 6 rebounds and gave KU something that resembled a presence at the rim. Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, Self was not happy with Alexander's "motor" and the big guy played just 2 minutes in the second half and did not add a thing to his stat line.

6 - Devonté Graham: Playing in his first ever Big 12 road game, Graham struggled early on but kept his head up and plowed forward for 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes..

7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played just five minutes and never got his stroke going enough to warrant more time. Finished with 3 points and 2 fouls on 1-of-4 shooting.

8 - Hunter Mickelson: With Alexander on the bench, Jamari Traylor ineffective and Landen Lucas and Ellis in foul trouble, the reserve forward grabbed 4 rebounds in 3 minutes.

9 - Jamari Traylor: Missed all 5 shots he attempted and picked up two bonehead fouls in 15 minutes.

10 - Brannen Greene: Checked in early but never really connected with the game. Missed the only shot he attempted and grabbed two rebounds in five minutes.

11 - Landen Lucas: Played 19 minutes, but you'd never know it from looking at his stat line. Zero points, zero shots, zero rebounds and 4 fouls jumped off the page next to his 2 assists and 3 turnovers.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 138

Perry Ellis - 119

Cliff Alexander - 119

Wayne Selden Jr. - 116

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 97

Jamari Traylor - 80

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 77

Brannen Greene - 65

Devonté Graham - 61

Landen Lucas - 50

Hunter Mickelson - 21

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Mason once again paces Jayhawks

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) heads to the hoop against Oklahoma State forward Tavarius Shine (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) heads to the hoop against Oklahoma State forward Tavarius Shine (5) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason III: Made just 1 of 5 three-pointers, but it was a big one on his way to 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Devonté Graham’s return figured to result in more rest for Mason, but the two small guards played so well together that Mason ended up playing 38 minutes.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: When he puts it on the deck, it very often results in him drawing a foul. He made just 7 of 12 free throws and scored 14 points to go with three assists, four turnovers, a blocked shot and a steal.

3 - Deveonté Graham: Did a very nice job of guarding Phil Forte and was aggressive getting to the paint at the other end. Had nine points and three assists in 21 minutes and did not turn it over.

4 - Cliff Alexander: Flexed after a jaw-dropping jam over defender and was whistled for a technical during a productive first half. Picked up his third foul with 14:28 left in the game and never came back in.

5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Another quiet night for the sophomore guard. Had six points, three rebounds, no assists. Blocked two shots and did a nice job of staying with Oklahoma State sharp-shooter Phil Forte most of the time.

6 - Perry Ellis: Did a nice job in the first half guarding Le’Bryan Nash, holding him to two of his 21 points, but continued his offensive struggles. He made 1 of 8 shots and committed five turnovers.

7 - Landen Lucas: Always hustles for rebounds and had  four more of those in 12 minutes and scored four points, two at the free-throw-line, two on an uncontested dunk. Has just two assists this season, but that’s a little deceptive because he never faces a double-team. Has trouble scoring on defenders down low and tends to get his shot blocked a lot.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Four points, two rebounds and one technical in 16 minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene: Didn’t go hard enough after a rebound, forced a three at the other end and never came back in the game. Played three minutes. Saving the worst for last here, he did not show good body language on the bench.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 128

Cliff Alexander - 112

Perry Ellis - 108

Wayne Selden Jr. - 107

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 89

Jamari Traylor - 77

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 72

Brannen Greene - 63

Devonté Graham - 55

Landen Lucas - 49

Hunter Mickelson - 17

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Kelly Oubre stuffs stat sheet against Texas Tech

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) delivers a dunk off a lob from Devonte Graham during the first half on Saturday, Jan.10, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) delivers a dunk off a lob from Devonte Graham during the first half on Saturday, Jan.10, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Did a nice job of pestering ball-handlers, patrolling the passing lanes and breaking free in transition for entertaining dunks. Also made 2 of 3 three-pointers and produced 14 points, three boards, two assists, two seals and a blocked shot in 19 minutes.

2 - Frank Mason III: Consistently doing nice job of setting up teammates for easy buckets. Turned it over on game’s first possession and never again. Had 10 points, made 2 of 3 three-pointers, and had five assists.

3 - Devonté Graham: Made an impact from the moment he stepped on the floor by pressuring the ball-hanlder and making him pick up his dribble. Made the team play fast and finished with two points, six rebounds, six assists and did not have a single turnover. Received big ovation when he entered the game with 12:32 left.

4 - Cliff Alexander: Played 15 minutes and produced in a lot of different ways. Hit a couple of mid-range jumpers, dunked lobs, scored 12 points and had five boards, two blocked shots and a steal.

5 - Perry Ellis: Made all three three-point attempts and contributed 15 points, five rebounds and two steals.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Big-time dunk over a defender sparked big first half. Blocked two shots and scored seven points.

7- Wayne Selden Jr.: Had five assists and three steals on a day he shot 3 of 10 from the field, 1 of 5 from three. Had just eight steals all season heading into the game.

8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: He entertained his parents, in the stands from Ukraine, with five points, an assist and a rebound. Made his first shot, a three-pointer, and showed such quick, fluid movements in so many different ways that it’s easy to project stardom for the 6-8, 17-year-old guard.

9 - Brannen Greene: Five points, four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. Would have picked up his first steal of the season had his head been turned the right way.

10 - Landen Lucas: Hustled his way to four rebounds in six minutes.

11 - Hunter Mickelson: Two points, three rebounds, two turnovers and a steal in 10 minutes. Has trouble sliding his feet well enough to stay with drivers.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 119

Cliff Alexander - 106

Perry Ellis - 104

Wayne Selden Jr. - 102

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 81

Jamari Traylor - 75

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 72

Brannen Greene - 62

Devonté Graham - 48

Landen Lucas - 46

Hunter Mickelson - 17

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Despite disqualification, Jamari Traylor shines vs. Bears

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) puts up a floater amidst the Baylor defense during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) puts up a floater amidst the Baylor defense during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. by Nick Krug

1. Jamari Traylor – Fouled out and picked up a couple of bonehead fouls while doing it, but played his best offensive game of the season and, more important than that, was under control, played with purpose and produced when the Jayhawks needed him most. As Wayne Selden Jr. said after the victory, “He got us this win.” Traylor made 6 of 7 shots and hit his only free-throw attempt for 13 points and added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

2. Brannen Greene – Wednesday must have been one of those nights where his injured neck wasn't bothering Greene. Gun-slinger hit 4 of 5 shots, two enormous free throws, scored 12 points and played with enough passion and intensity on defense to log 29 minutes.

3. Wayne Selden Jr. – Outside of dishing four assists in a game where points where tough to come by, Selden did not do much for most of the game. But the sophomore guard's three consecutive buckets down the stretch allowed Kansas to maintain control in the final minutes.

4. Frank Mason III – Quiet in the first half, Mason finished with 11 points and 5 assists, modest numbers by his recent standards but still more than enough to play a huge role in the victory.

5. Kelly Oubre Jr. – Made just 1 of 7 shots — including 1 of 5 from three-point range — but grabbed five boards, dished two assists and came up with the defensive play of the game, a deflection on a Baylor inbounds pass with 8.5 seconds to play and KU leading by one.

6. Cliff Alexander – His first taste of Big 12 basketball was not kind. Alexander played just 20 minutes and scored four points and grabbed one rebound. Looked to be a step slow and thinking too much for much of the night. Did manage to dish four assists and block two shots during the stretches when he looked most comfortable.

7. Perry Ellis – KU coach Bill Self said it best after the victory when he said Ellis “was out of it tonight.” The junior tallied just four points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and missed six of the eight shots he attempted. A lot of the offense against Baylor's zone ran through Ellis at the high post, but the forward often looked tentative when he touched it and finished with just one assist.

8. Landen Lucas – Only memorable contribution in his four minutes came on a hustle play in which he took out an elderly couple in the first row while hustling after a loose ball.

9. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Played three minutes, air-balled the only shot he took and did not record another statistic. Even during warm-ups, when his shots weren't falling then either, the Ukrainian looked to be in his head and frustrated. 

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 109

Cliff Alexander - 98

Perry Ellis - 97

Wayne Selden Jr. - 97

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 70

Jamari Traylor - 69

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 68

Brannen Greene - 59

Landen Lucas - 44

Devonté Graham - 39

Hunter Mickelson - 16

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Dynamic Mason again proves himself as KU’s best

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) gets to the bucket between UNLV guard Jordan Cornish (3) and guard Jelan Kendrick (22) during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) gets to the bucket between UNLV guard Jordan Cornish (3) and guard Jelan Kendrick (22) during the first half on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Frank Mason III: He makes the team play fast and he plays so aggressively that eventually the rest of the team follows his lead. Does an amazing job of finishing at the rim against players a foot taller. Three-pointer he nailed in the second half was the biggest bucket of the game. Scored 18 points and had seven assists. Would have scored 20, if not for an obvious goal-tending on his runner that did not draw a whistle. For a point guard to play 38 minutes so aggressively, his total of two turnovers might have been his best statistic.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: He’s consistently active and productive. Had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and didn’t turn it over. Made 2 of 4 three-pointers and again played a strong defensive game.

3 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made a trio of three-pointers in the opening 3:55 and got hot again midway through the second half. Finished with 16 points.

4 - Perry Ellis: Sometimes dribbled into shots that were more difficult than the ones available when he caught the ball, but other than that had a productive day against taller defenders. Had 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.

5 - Cliff Alexander: Many big men would have been startled into fumbling the ball when a driving Mason found Alexander wide open on the baseline for a short jumper late in the game. Alexander caught it cleanly and made the shot. Mason found him open again and this time Alexander dribbled himself into an uncontested dunk. Like Ellis, he dribbled into a tougher shot than he had when he caught it a time or two. Came off the bench with a burst of productive energy, faded and then played with terrific hunger in the second half. He’s getting there.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Made some rough decisions at both ends but hustled his way to four points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 27 minutes. Set a strong defensive tone from the start and showed he has a nice handle bringing it up on the break in the second half.

7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Made a nice save in the corner and stole a pass from the baseline back to the perimeter, but was taken out after getting whistled for an extra step in the lane, limiting him to two minutes on the day.

8 - Brannen Greene: Forced one shot, a miss, in eight minutes and didn’t pick up a rebound.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 103

Cliff Alexander - 94

Perry Ellis - 94

Wayne Selden Jr. - 90

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 67

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 65

Jamari Traylor - 59

Brannen Greene - 51

Landen Lucas - 42

Devonté Graham - 39

Hunter Mickelson - 16

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Surging Oubre KU’s best player vs. Kent State

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) defends as Kent State center Khaliq Spicer (21) and forward Marquiez Lawrence (20) crash the boards during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) defends as Kent State center Khaliq Spicer (21) and forward Marquiez Lawrence (20) crash the boards during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Ranked No. 12 by rivals.com in the Class of 2014, Oubre played much better than that ranking in the first half, when he scored 16 of his game-high 20 points and made 6 of 6 field goals and 4 of 4 threes. Finished night with seven defensive rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes. Played most of the first half with two fouls and didn’t get his third until the second half.

2 - Frank Mason III: Another strong effort from the sophomore point guard, who delivered 14 points, five assists and had just one turnover. Made sure the team played at a faster pace.

3 - Perry Ellis: Had 15 points and eight rebounds, an encouraging performance from the junior, who hasn’t yet hit stride.

4 - Cliff Alexander: Played five invisible minutes in the first half, but delivered eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in eight second-half minutes. Was rewarded for running the floor hard when he threw home a lob from Wayne Selden Jr., triggering big reaction from crowd.

5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Didn’t let another poor shooting night (1 for 7 from the field, 0 for 2 from three, 3 of 6 from the line) keep him from making winning plays. Three of his four rebounds came off the offensive glass and had five assists, a block and a steal.

6 - Landen Lucas: Fought his way to seven rebounds in 15 minutes.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Made up for rough, rough first half by cashing in when Ellis was doubled. Also had a strong drive to the hoop that he finished. Finished with eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Turned it over three times.

8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Made just 1 of 4 shots and missed his only three, which looked from the release as if it would settle softly into the net and looked good all the way until it somehow popped out.

9 - Hunter Mickelson: Had trouble containing 7-foot-4 Blake Vedder at end of game. Then again, who doesn’t? Vedder fired in a three-pointer and a baseline jumper, giving him five points on the night and seven on the season. He celebrated his three by flashing the popular three sign (with last three fingers, thumb and index forming a circle) with both hands, hip-high. Mickelson didn’t score, but blocked a shot that triggered a break and resulted in Mykhailiuk dunking it to the delight of the crowd. Mickelson hit the floor for a loose ball in the final minute, when he was the only scholarship player on the floor. Nice touch.

10 - Brannen Greene: Took as bad a shot as a KU player has taken all season, a tightly guarded, deep three. Played just seven minutes, had two points, two rebounds and two assists.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 95

Cliff Alexander - 89

Perry Ellis - 89

Wayne Selden Jr. - 84

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 65

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 58

Jamari Traylor - 56

Brannen Greene - 50

Devonté Graham - 39

Landen Lucas - 42

Hunter Mickelson - 16

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Frank Mason one of a couple Jayhawks to perform at Temple

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) tries to slide by a screen chasing Temple guard Will Cummings (2) Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) tries to slide by a screen chasing Temple guard Will Cummings (2) Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

1 - Frank Mason III: Hit a three-pointer in the final minute to eliminate the possibility of KU having a worse margin of defeat than against Kentucky. It was trending in that direction. Mason played all 40 minutes, led the team with 20 points, made 4 of 6 three-pointers, had three steals, three rebounds and would have had more than two assists if teammates had done a better job of finishing. All five of his turnovers came in the first half.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Such a quick jumper, Oubre is really good at rebounding his own misses. Three of his seven rebounds came off the offensive glass and he also used his long arms and quick feet and hands for two steals. His nine points were second to Mason and he had a team-best seven rebounds in 23 minutes. Makes things happen near the hoop.

3 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Didn’t play well, but he played aggressively. Made just 1 of 7 shots and 1 of 4 three-pointers, but seemed to realize more than some teammates that it’s better to err on the side of aggressiveness when trying to come back from a huge deficit with not a great deal of time left.

4 - Jamari Traylor: Two points, three rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes.

5 - Brannen Greene: Made 1 of 3 threes and and had one rebound in 14 minutes.

6 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made 2 of 8 shots overall and 1 of 4 threes. Totaled six points and three assists and both of his rebounds came off the offensive glass. Turned it over twice and had trouble blowing by anybody on the dribble.

7 - Cliff Alexander: Kansas had drawn within six points early in the second half when Alexander hung a momentum-killing clothesline of a jumper that had no chance of dropping.

8 - Perry Ellis: Rough night for the junior from Wichita. Mason fed him the ball in positions to score, but Ellis couldn’t finish. He made 1 of 10 field goals and totaled five points and three rebounds.

9 - Hunter Mickelson: Had two points, a rebound and a blocked shot in 13 minutes. Was not a presence at either end.

10 - Landen Lucas: Played nine minutes and had a missed shot, a turnover and an offensive rebound to show for it.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 86

Cliff Alexander - 82

Perry Ellis - 81

Wayne Selden Jr. - 78

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 62

Jamari Traylor - 52

Brannen Greene - 49

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 48

Devonté Graham - 39

Landen Lucas - 37

Hunter Mickelson - 14

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