Frank Mason III makes comeback, OT win possible
1 - Frank Mason III: Shook off a poor first half to lead Kansas to the finish line. Scored as many points (12) as West Virginia in the last 5:47 of the game. Finished with 19 points and made 11 of 12 free throws to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
2 - Jamari Traylor: With Cliff Alexander hanging in NCAA limbo, Traylor honored him with a remarkably explosive dunk set up by Wayne Selden Jr.’s great pass. In a game that could restore Traylor’s lost confidence, he totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Good things happen when he stays close to the baskset. Limited to just 19 minutes before fouling out, that was enough time to produce 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.
4 - Hunter Mickelson: Extremely active, Mickelson contributed eight points, two blocked shots and three steals in 13 minutes. Made both shots from the field and all four from the line, making his most significant contribution as a Jayhawk.
5 - Devonté Graham: One of his four turnovers was a pass into the stands. Oops. He compensated with 10 points, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes.
6 - Landen Lucas: Had a huge blocked shot at the end of regulation. Without it, Kansas wouldn’t have clinched the outright title. Scored just one point, blocked two shots and had six rebounds in 26 minutes.
7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Played 37 minutes, defended well and continued to struggle getting the ball in the basket. Made 2 of 7 shots and went 0 for 4 from three. Had five turnovers, most coming in the opening minutes of the game. Made an amazing catch-and-pass in mid-air to Traylor to set up amazing dunk.
8 - Perry Ellis: Played 17 minutes with the flu and played like a guy playing with the flu. Of more concern was the knee injury that he suffered that kept him out of the second half.
9 - Brannen Greene: Missed all six shots from the field, including all five three-pointers. Shot looked better than it has. He just needs one to fall to break the tension. Is 0 for 11 from three in past three games and 2 for 19 in past six games. Went 4 of 4 from the line in 14 minutes.
10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Stat line reads like the number three trillion.
Frank Mason III - 229
Perry Ellis - 218
Wayne Selden Jr. - 191
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 175
Cliff Alexander - 170
Brannen Greene - 132
Jamari Traylor - 131
Devonté Graham - 107
Landen Lucas - 98
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 84
Hunter Mickelson - 38
No Selection - 10