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Wayne Selden Jr. has another big night in championship loss

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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) tries to drive on Iowa State's Naz Long (33) in the Jayhawk’s 70-66 loss to Iowa State in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament Saturday in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) tries to drive on Iowa State's Naz Long (33) in the Jayhawk’s 70-66 loss to Iowa State in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament Saturday in Kansas City, MO. by Richard Gwin

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made the all-tournament team by averaging 17.3 points and shooting .667 from the field. Scored 25 points in the title game, making 8 of 12 shots, 1 of 2 threes and all eight free throws. Also had five rebounds. 

2 - Frank Mason III: Threw Iowa State point guard Monté Morris off his game at times with scrappy defense, but couldn't get his shots to drop (2 of 11). Totaled 13 points, four rebounds and four assists and turned it over just once.

3 - Landen Lucas: Started the game with strong defense against tourney Most Outstanding Player Georges Niang, but in time Niang was having his way no matter who checked him. Moved his banged-up body well enough to total six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes.

4 - Devonté Graham: Blamed himself for the loss because of an ill-advised, high-risk, off-target pass toward Lucas that was picked off, the game's most crucial play. Gave team a huge spark at end of first half, when he scored with the left hand on a contested drive and hit a tightly guarded three. Finished with seven points, four assists, three rebounds and that one costly turnover.

5 - Perry Ellis: Didn't move well on defense and didn't have the spring to make inside shots and generally looked like a guy playing on a sore knee, which is what he was. Totaled seven points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. 

6 - Hunter Mickelson: Caught the ball on the break and instead of realizing the best play was to let teammates catch up to him, went to the basket on a 1-on-2 break and was whistled for a charge. Otherwise, didn't do too poorly and produced two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in eight minutes.

7 - Brannen Greene: Made 1 of 4 shots and 1 of 3 threes, didn't get a rebound, had an assist, two steals and three turnovers on a three-point night.

8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made just 1 of 3 shots and totaled three points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 17 minutes.

9 - Jamari Traylor: Didn't seem as active as usual  in 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 257

Perry Ellis - 231

Wayne Selden Jr. - 216

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 199

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 141

Brannen Greene - 138

Landen Lucas - 124

Devonté Graham - 124

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 92

Hunter Mickelson - 52

No Selection - 10

Comments

Jonathan Briles 6 years, 1 month ago

I agree with almost the whole list, but would have Oubre and Greene switch. Greene was absolutely horrible. If he wasn't missing shots he was turning the ball over and completely failing on defense. At least Oubre kept his guy in front of him and didn't have any completely bone headed plays. When his shot is not falling Greene is a complete liability when on the floor.

Joe Joseph 6 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully KU will play on Friday, so everyone can heal up a bit.

This is the type of game - the conference championship game - that is almost better to not play in, than play in and lose. As banged up as this team is, I imagine an extra day off would have been beneficial.

KU has been fortunate to avoid major injury this season (knock on wood), but I can't remember a team that has had so many relatively minor, nagging injuries at this point in the season. Mason is clearly bothered by his ankle/foot, as he reaches for it multiple times a game; Perry's best move (driving left) has been taken away by his bum right knee; Greene is clearly laboring; Landon's been laboring. At least Selden seems to have recovered well from his ankle injury.

So frustrating!

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 1 month ago

On drives to the basket, I would like to see mason, selden, and graham look for open perimeter shooters, especially if opponents are collapsing 4-5 players on them attempting blocked shots. In those cases, someone has to be open for better shots that that which they have been getting. It could open up the inside game as well.

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