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Jamari Traylor's career-highs put him atop ratings

1 - Jamari Traylor: He never looked more athletic, stronger, more bursting with energy, than he did on his way to a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in 22 strong minutes. He made 7 of 8 field goals, blocked a shot and assisted two baskets. Two of his seven offensive boards came off missed free throws. One of them resulted in the signature play of his career. In a blink, he was above the rim, slamming home the miss with two hands, his knees folded toward his chest. Amazing play.

2 - Conner Frankamp: Kansas was caving to the Colonels' extended pressure defense until Frankamp entered the game and everything changed. He calmly found the open man and hit mid-range jumpers. His 25 minutes, 10 points and four assists all were career-highs on a night he extended his streak of minutes without a turnover to 122. 

3 - Perry Ellis: Eastern Kentucky was vulnerable inside and Ellis capitalized with 14 points, 13 rebounds and active defense. He contributed two steals and several key deflections.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Just when you think you have seen him soar as high as man can, he climbs a little higher to catch a lob and throw it down as he did for one of his four dunks.  Led KU with 19 points.

5 - Tarik Black: Had four of KU’s 11 dunks and made all six field-goal attempts. Totaled 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, firing up teammates with every loud contribution. 

6 - Wayne Selden: Didn’t have a field goal or a rebound, but played strong second-half defense and did a nice job of getting the ball into the hands of KU’s bigs so they could use their size advantage to take over the game. Had four assists and one turnover.

7 - Frank Mason: Played nine minutes, time enough to contribute two points, four rebounds and four assists.

8 - Naadir Tharpe: Rough, rough first half in which he turned it over four times in 10 minutes, but he bounced back with a strong second half that did not include a turnover. Made 2 of 3 shots on the night.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 295

Perry Ellis 271

Wayne Selden Jr. 249

Joel Embiid 246

Naadir Tharpe 226

Frank Mason 200

Jamari Traylor 195

Tarik Black 177

Brannen Greene 93

Conner Frankamp 78

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 59

Justin Wesley 18

Comments

Doug Cramer 7 months, 1 week ago

Connor Frankamp I hope you see this: I apologize for stating at the beginning of the year that you should have red shirted. I was wrong. Without you, we lose this game.

Connor Frankamp should be our starting point guard from here on out, otherwise Tharp is going to pull an EJ.

Tony Mishler 7 months, 1 week ago

Tharpe can occasionally have great games and if we bench him for Connor it will shatter his confidence. I'm all for benching him when he plays lousy and letting Connor play at the point. Have faith in Self.

Joe Joseph 7 months, 1 week ago

I'm still a fan of Tharpe, but his play is baffling. He played stretches during the regular season in which he looked like an all-conference guard. Even during the games when he wasn't terribly active, it seemed like he would always hit a couple of shots in big spots. He's scored in double digits only twice in the last ten games and he's averaging just a shade over 4 ppg over the last four. Naadir was probably the most clutch performer on the team the first 20 games of the season. Unfortunately, he's become a liability as of late. I really hope he figures it out.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 1 week ago

Pts from Naadir are just gravy. There is almost always enough points. Are problem comes when we are giving them easy pts and extra possessions. It starts at the pt.

Sebastian Sanchez 7 months, 1 week ago

I might have missed it but, anyone knows why Greene didn't play?

Dirk Medema 7 months, 1 week ago

I'd guess match-ups against small quick guards don't favor him as well. More than enough height against EKU. It probably doesn't help that he has occasional mental lapses that lead to TO's, which we also had more than enough.

It certainly is nice to have an assortment of weapons.

Aaron Paisley 7 months, 1 week ago

Wasn't necessary. Selden and Wiggins didn't get into foul trouble and when either one of them came out, Self played small ball with some combination of Tharpe, Frankamp, and Mason at the 1 and 2 spots and Wiggins or Selden at the three.

Jason Wilson 7 months, 1 week ago

Self seems to have a game plan to go with Greene or with Frankamp in a game, but not necessarily both. It seems pretty rare that both get substantial minutes in a game, its either one or the other. Frankamp is a more reliable ball handler and defender, but lacks size and isn't as explosive... Greene is a bit more disruptive on defense and dangerous on offense but is prone to mental lapses and turnovers.

In this game, we needed a reliable ball handler and somebody that wouldnt leave a shooter open. We didn't need to create turnovers or score points in a hurry. Frankamp was the obvious choice.

Steve Zimmerman 7 months, 1 week ago

I'd put Mason before Selden. I thought Mason had a pretty good game. His passes were perfect.

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