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Pair of freshmen join Selden among top three performers

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1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Bounced back from an 0-for-10 shooting day against Michigan State to lead team with 21 points. Made long two-point jumpers and drove hard to the hoop, hitting 9 of 15 shots and 2 of 5 three-pointers.
2 - Cliff Alexander: Never shies from putting himself in the middle of the action, where elbows are exchanged and backs are shoved. In 19 minutes, he totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds and made all eight of his free-throw attempts. “I work on it in practice every day,” he said of improving at the line. He’s a worker, eager to improve and equipped to do so.
3 - Devonté Graham: Had nine points, three assists and three steals in 13 second-half minutes. Made 9 of 10 free throws. Kansas was at its best when it played its two small guards together for nine second-half minutes. They pressured Florida’s guards, taking the Gators out of their offense.
4 - Frank Mason III: Like almost the rest of the team, had much better second half than first. His fast coast-to-coast drive at the end of the half gave KU a jolt heading into the locker room in advance of an earthquake undoubtedly delivered by the coach. Mason defended better in the second half, did a better job of getting to the paint and had one beauty of a reverse layup.
5 - Perry Ellis: The halftime deficit could have been a lot worse if not for Ellis. He finished the night with 10 points and five boards and did most of his damage in the first half.
6 - Landen Lucas: He doesn’t come to play nice. After game’s first whistle, ref got into his face and said, “Hey, knock it off right now!” Played just nine minutes and wasn’t a spectator when on the floor. Never is. He had six boards, three of the offensive variety. Also scored two points, two blocked shots, two personals and three turnovers. Not everything he does is a positive, but he never watches.
7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played all 20 minutes of the first half and just four in the second half. Had three points and had some defensive difficulties .
8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Checked into game and his man immediately whipped around him, forcing help and resulting in a dump-off for an easy bucket. Made up for it at the other end with an easy bucket. Had two points and two rebounds in eight minutes. Looks like a good rebounder.
9 - Jamari Traylor: Defensive lapses and two turnovers in 15 scoreless minutes made this a tough night for Traylor, who had just two rebounds.
10 - Brannen Greene: Scoreless without a rebound and had a turnover in eight minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Cliff Alexander - 59

Perry Ellis - 57

Wayne Selden Jr. - 57

Frank Mason III - 52

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 44

Devonté Graham - 35

Jamari Traylor - 33

Landen Lucas - 31

Brannen Greene - 26

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 18

Hunter Mickelson - 6

Comments

Rick McGowwan 7 years, 1 month ago

Devonte looked really comfortable tonight. Let's hope he keeps improving.

I think Cliff came into his own tonight. He played great. If he takes over the starting spot from Landen then we probably see less of Traylor.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

100% agree!

You could add the crowd after Ellis in your ranking to be fair. Having watched the game again, they willed that lead down on the tired gators. Once we started those runs, you could see their body language change. The Allen Field House crowd was as much a part of that come back as any player. The 60 year old field house can best be described as Magical on a night like that.

Robert Brock 7 years, 1 month ago

Traylor is looking detached and unaware of his surroundings. He is earning pine time!

Doug Cramer 7 years, 1 month ago

Would like to see Mickelson get Traylor's PT.

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