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Determined Cliff Alexander leads KU off the bench at UT

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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

Comments

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 9 months ago

1.) MY GOD GREENES JUMPER IS MONEY!!!!!!!!! and now that his defense has improved he is being granted more minutes and playing time congratulations kid keep working.

2.) cliffs motor and aggressiveness is great but he still needs to develop some post moves when he gets the ball on the block you can tell he does not look very confident or comfortable going one-on-one against the Defender

3.) perry Ellis has an old school game but dam it's affective

Page Butler 4 years, 9 months ago

I did some edits to your post so people can read it better.

1.) MY GOD, GREENES' JUMPER IS MONEY!!!!!!!!! Now that his defense has improved he is being granted more minutes and playing time. Congratulations kid, keep working. 2.) Cliffs' motor and aggressiveness is great but he still needs to develop some post moves when he gets the ball on the block. You can tell he does not look very confident or comfortable going one-on-one against a defender 3.) Perry Ellis has an old school game but damn it's effective.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought Greene had more than 4 boards today. This was the most active I've seen him ever today.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree! Greene played well today on the defensive end and attacked the defensive glass. Even saw him mixing it up in the offensive paint a few times. There is no easy defensive assignment against UT and he had to guard Holmes and Turner at times.

Michael Leiker 4 years, 9 months ago

Selden so underrated. Great defensive game for him guarding Thomas.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes! Holmes at 6'10 who can shoot it from deep or put it on the floor from the wing. A tough matchup for anyone. But Selden did a great job of denying him the ball.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought Ellis' play today was exactly what we need from him. He made someone awesome moves on offense and was tough on defense. I hope this is the beginning of the Perry Ellis we all know he can be.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 9 months ago

Played 8 only needed 8. Rest up guys!

Great game all around.

Very nice effort from all 8 today. Nice road win!

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

Leiker is right in that Wayne did play really good D, and 2 - 3 from the arc is great - especially against a zone D. Not really enough to move him up when others are contributing to the best team game in ages, but still very note worthy.

Graham's game was also fantastic, though the stat line doesn't scream at you. He and Frank absolutely control the entire game, especially in the 2nd half.

Great game.

Sam Burns 4 years, 9 months ago

Our kids played great today all around. But, let's talk about the coaching job today! The best job by our coaching staff I've noticed in years. Our team was so ready to play against poor Rick Barnes and his staff. It was so nice to see us use Perry from places where he had room to operate, not just get blocked down low. I don't even remember him being blocked today. We used our three point game as well as we ever have. The dishes by our guards were just incredible! Kelly, Brannen and Frank rebounded so well to help out against their bigs. We knew Cliff would, and he got some great help today. GREAT JOB TODAY, COACHES! Once again, Texas underachieves

Darren McSweeney 4 years, 9 months ago

The top five all deserve to be tied for #1. Come on, man, give those guys some extra points for this one!

John Randall 4 years, 9 months ago

Using a ranking approach (instead of rating the play of each) is a cop out. Saturday's 3 and 4 played better than #1 ranks in a lot of our other games, but were penalized, especially on the cumulative list, because everyone else had a good game as well. As an example, Wayne played as well this time as anyone played in most of the Dec games.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

Texas has a lot of weapons; Taylor, Holmes, Turner, Ridley, Lammert. I thought that Frank and Devonte (while he was in) both outplayed I. Taylor. And our post men did some real nice work against Texas's match-up nightmares.

Sure Texas got a lot of blocks, but it seemed like we had someone all alone on the back-side to pick up the rebound almost every time.

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