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Calming influence of Ellis sets soph apart vs. UTEP

1. Perry Ellis: Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” came to mind during the late-game collapse: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ...” Ellis was a calming voice of reason, surrounded by madness. And even he had two turnovers and a foul during UTEP’s 18-7 stretch that started with 1:59 left and ended with seven seconds left as a 14-point lead dwindled to three points. Ellis led KU with 19 points, had seven rebounds and made 7 of 8 free throws.

2. Joel Embiid: Established himself as leading candidate to be chosen with No. 1 pick in 2014 NBA draft. Was nothing short of spectacular in Bahamas in variety of ways. He passed, rebounded, scored and blocked shots in a way that left the tongues of scouts hanging. Had nine points, six rebounds, seven blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes in this one. Three-game Battle 4 Atlantis totals: 48 minutes, 29 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocked shots, 13 personal fouls, .632 from the field, .714 from the line.

3. Wayne Selden: Scored eight of teams first 10 points and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six turnovers. One-handed follow jam raised the roof.

4. Naadir Tharpe: Made 2 of 5 three-pointers and contributed 11 points and four assists. Still could do better job penetrating or keeping the ball moving with a pass to create scoring opportunities for others. Making that change will require making others’ shots a priority over his own.

5. Jamari Traylor: Hustle resulted in two offensive rebounds and he made 4 of 4 free throws in eight-minute stint.

6. Andrew Wiggins: Strong defense kept him on floor for 34 minutes. Totaled six points, seven rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

7. Tarik Black: Pulled down five rebounds in 11 scoreless minutes. Whistled for just one foul.

8. Frank Mason: Nobody played better than he did in the first two games, nobody worse in the third. Committed two fouls in final 24 seconds when KU was trying to protect a six-point lead. Almost committed another one on final possession. Lost his head, playing with no awareness of time and score. Misfired on all four three-pointers, making him 2 of 14 on season. Did way more good things than bad during tourney.

9. Andrew White III: Never got into a rhythm and had nothing to show for four scoreless minutes but a missed three-pointer and a foul.

10. Conner Frankamp: Missed two shots and committed a foul in five minutes.

11. Landen Lucas: Picked up one rebound, one foul in six minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

  1. Joel Embiid 65
  2. Perry Ellis 65
  3. Andrew Wiggins 64
  4. Frank Mason 54
  5. Wayne Selden Jr. 53
  6. Andrew White III 39
  7. Tarik Black 32
  8. Jamari Traylor 27
  9. Conner Frankamp 17
  10. Landen Lucas 12
  11. Brannen Greene 10
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Comments

Kent Richardson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Kevin Costner in Waterworld would have placed third during the entire Battle for Atlantis. There was no discernable plot for our play or the movie.

Wiggins with all that sick talent was really sick.

If the Incredible Hulk and Tarik were in the same front court both would foul out but Hulks would not be able to shoot free throws.

If Joel and Andrea Hudy would have a baby. Well, never mind.

Glad to tap the ruby slippers and get back home.

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Yolanda Gay 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Frank Mason is a good, clutch player for a freshman. But his performance at Bahamas makes me think he shouldn't be on the floor in final minutes in a close game. There are some things you can excuse a being a freshman; but his fouls were not.

Black will probably start the rest of the year, being a senior. Self endears himself to seniors. But Embiid will definately be getting more minutes. It was funny Self said he talked to Joel's dad after the game his dad attended. The General didn't know much about basketball but said Joel needed to work on freethrows.

I hope Greene is out of the doghouse. I think he and AW needs to get more minutes.

Even before the Bahamas, Wiggins appears to get winded fast??

I really like Ellis, he does his work like a professional. I keep forgetting, he's only a soph. Kevin Young played most of the minutes last year. So he's a young pup himself.

It's going to be interesting to watch this young men throughout the year.

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Barney Kruse 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I've been able to watch more Okie State than KU on tv this year. Used to be that I never missed a game. It's sad to think it is all about the almighty dollar any more. Perhaps because thousands of us aren't able to watch and cheer anymore is why we lost our mojo... it's only weird if it don't work, right?... and it ain't working.

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Asad Zoberi 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I am puzzled by the rotation Bill Self is using. Only 4 mins for AW3, and no mins for Greene. I think Frankamp should have red shirted. He is not ready for Div 1 level as of yet. Greene should have gotten the mins. He is bigger, stronger and has at least till this point shown a better shooting touch than CF. These are the games where AW3, and Greene should be getting the experience but it is really frustrating to see Bill Self going back to his rotation philosophy.

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Suzi Marshall 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Better scorecard. Ellis was hept his head calm down the stretch even when making two critical errors in that stretch. We continue to have significant problems finding a true PG.

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