Ellis continues hot streak in NCAA Tournament


1 - Perry Ellis: Virtuoso performance from the scoring artist. Ellis scored 27 points without the benefit of a three-pointer. Made 10 of 17 field goals and 7 of 7 free throws. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon could not blame his players for not following the scouting report. They knew to play him to go right. He went right. And they couldn’t stop him. He blows by defenders so well on the dribble that when he faces up and jab-steps them, they have to take the fake When they do, he creates space for himself, focuses on the rim and nails the jumper. He’s performing like a first-team All-American and has scored 20 points or more in 7 of 8 games down the stretch.

2 - Wayne Selden: One nasty competitor, Selden rattled in a huge three from the left corner to give KU a lead late in the first half and followed a three with a transition bucket to put the Jayhawks up 50-43 with 16:12 left. Maryland never drew closer than six points the rest of the way. Selden certainly has a way of coming through at times and in ways that turn the momentum of a game. He’s a clutch performer.

3 - Landen Lucas: He produced 14 points and 11 rebounds and held freshman sensation Diamond Stone to five points and four boards. Lucas’ physical presence under the boards, on defense and setting screens has enabled Ellis to play the best basketball of his career, freeing the creative scorer to do his thing.

4 - Frank Mason: Got off to a rough start and made just 1 of 6 shots with one assist and one turnover in the first half, but had a much better second half and finished with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, one turnover and two steals. Made Melo Trimble work hard for his 17 points and at times did a nice job of controlling the pace of play.

5 - Devonte Graham: Rough night for the sophomore spark plug who was due to have a bad one. It had been a while. Lost control of the ball on his way to five turnovers and scored just two points. Too good a player not to bounce back with a strong effort Saturday.

6 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Had an aggressive drive to the hoop for a bucket and made 2 of 3 free throws, contributing four points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.

7 - Carlton Bragg: Looked a little nervous early but his hustle paid off with eight rebounds in 10 scoreless minutes on 0-for-4 shooting.

8 - Jamari Traylor: After making big contributions in both games in Des Moines, it was not his strongest effort. Did make a 15-footer, but was 1 for 4 from the field, committed four fouls and didn’t pick up a rebound in 10 minutes.

Kansas Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis (34) puts a shot over Maryland forward Damonte Dodd during the second half, Thursday, March 24, 2016 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kansas Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis (34) puts a shot over Maryland forward Damonte Dodd during the second half, Thursday, March 24, 2016 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. by Nick Krug


Perry Ellis — 321

Frank Mason III — 308

Wayne Selden Jr. — 292

Devonté Graham — 284

Landen Lucas — 205

Jamari Traylor — 185

Carlton Bragg — 159

Svi Mykhailiuk — 158

Brannen Greene — 144

Cheick Diallo — 102

Hunter Mickelson — 90

Lagerald Vick — 32

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Michael Maris 3 years, 10 months ago

I thought Mykhailiuk defense last night was his best contribution of the game. The Maryland kid getting the dunks stopped after Mykhailiuk entered the game.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansas does not lose when Selden plays well.

Danny Hernandez 3 years, 10 months ago

Can you imagine what happens when all 5 on the court are playing their A game? Devonte hopefully heals for Saturday's game because we are going to need him big time. Really wish Brannen wasn't injured. That's a huge blow for us and a big break for the Villanova

Arthur Ankeney 3 years, 10 months ago

In what world did Graham have a better game than Svi last night? Two points and five turnovers in 37 minutes? I love Graham but he had an awful game. It was only when he was out with cramps and they played with Svi/Wayne/Frank that they built that 7 point lead that eventually expanded in the second half.

Arthur Ankeney 3 years, 10 months ago

I would also argue that Landen had the better game than Selden. Yes, Selden had a great offensive game and hit some big shots. But the real story is what Lucas did to Diamond Stone defensively. Stone is a beast and Lucas shut him down completely. He disrupted him and didn't allow him to get into any groove to affect the game. Selden looked like the worst defender on the team last night, falling down and getting beat off the dribble. No denying what he did offensively however and (admittedly) sometimes his poor defense drives his improved offense. Motivation after embarrassment?

Pius Waldman 3 years, 10 months ago

One can always wonder what if: Mickelson subbed for Traylor. Still remember the Korea games and the role Hunter played. I realize Coach prefers Traylor but from a televison view his performance could be considered questionable. If Traylor plays against Villanova hope he does better.

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