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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) wrestles a ball away from Montana guard Walter Wright (5) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) wrestles a ball away from Montana guard Walter Wright (5) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Repeatedly pestered Montana guards into turnovers with intense defensive pressure, did a great job of moving the ball and made terrific passes that ranked every bit as high on substance as style and they were plenty stylish. Set a high bar for intensity and teammates fell in line. Had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals and had just one turnover. Fed Carlton Bragg with a lob delivered from a few steps past half court. Terrific hustle from start to finish on a day he made 5 of 6 two-point attempts and was 0-for-4 beyond the arc.

2- Perry Ellis: Was too much for the Grizzlies to handle. Totaled 18 points and nine rebounds, made all 10 of his free throws and was a big reason Montana’s best player, Martin Breunig, was limited to 26 minutes by foul trouble.

3 - Brannen Greene: Moved great without the ball, didn’t pout when he was open and the ball didn’t come his way and looked like such a big-time talent when the ball did end up in his hands. Made 3 of 4 three-point shots and scored on an aggressive baseline drive. Had 11 points, three assists, a steal and just one turnover in 19 quality minutes.

4 - Frank Mason III: Had nine assists without a single turnover in 23 minutes. Ball was in danger of being stripped as he went up for a bucket in transition, at which point instinct took over and with his left hand Mason wrapped the ball behind his back and put up a shot with his right hand from the left block. He made it and was fouled. Don’t worry if you missed it. It won’t be difficult to find on highlight reels.

5 - Carlton Bragg: Earned a second half start and was on the floor with Ellis when Kansas opened the half on a 12-0 run. Had nine points and fed Ellis from the high post for a bucket. Had just two rebounds but also contributed a blocked shot and a steal.

6 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Ran down a too-long outlet pass from Bragg and looked fast doing so. Made 4 of 7 shots, including 2 of 4 three-pointers, which enabled public address announcer to say, “Svi for three,” twice. Scored 10 points in 16 minutes.

7 - Devonté Graham: Was late arriving to the fieldhouse and paid by not getting to start. Came off the bench to score nine points in 21 minutes and had two offensive rebounds.

8 - Hunter Mickelson: Had a blocked shot that the statisticians missed, but his two points, seven rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes were recorded on the official box score.

9 - Landen Lucas: Had seven points, six boards and a steal in nine minutes.

10 - Cheick Diallo: Always active, sometimes a little too active. Fouled out in 10 minutes, after totaling four points, three rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot, a steal and two turnovers.

11 - Jamari Traylor: Hustled his way to three rebounds and two blocked shots in 11 scoreless minutes. Also had three turnovers.

SEASON STANDINGS

Wayne Selden Jr. — 86

Frank Mason III — 84

Perry Ellis — 72

Devonté Graham — 70

Svi Mykhailiuk — 51

Carlton Bragg — 48

Jamari Traylor — 41

Brannen Greene — 37

Hunter Mickelson — 29

Landen Lucas — 26

Cheick Diallo — 24

Lagerald Vick — 5

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By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

Comments

Kent Richardson 3 years, 11 months ago

Almost to conference play.

The best thing is our scoring acumen from outside plus Perry. The worst is Brannen and the NCAA setting us back with both Brannen and Cheick having half the game experience as the others.

Five out of our six top scorers are guards. Factor in minutes played and their is no, or not much, drop off in scoring when subbing guards. We are solid there. Brannen and Svi both have supplied us with effective minutes in relief. We can survive away from the two point guard lineup if needed.

Inside, as we all know, is another story. It looks like Cheick is the front runner for playing time if he can figure out the foul thingy.

Perry scores at a per minute rate of .58. The gang of four drops off by about 35% to .37. The difference in rebounds per minute is Perry at .23 and the GOF at .30. Is this what we need from our 5 slot?

We can move guys in and out from the three guard and move in and out from the gang of four with reasonable expectations of meeting the status quo.

What we don't have is a Perry parry. Who or what can it be? A four guard?

Gregor Southard 3 years, 11 months ago

Does anybody know why Vick is not playing?

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