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Ellis on top again after memorable Senior Day

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Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) chases down a loose ball with Iowa State forward Abdel Nader (2) and teammate Wayne Selden Jr. during the first half on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) chases down a loose ball with Iowa State forward Abdel Nader (2) and teammate Wayne Selden Jr. during the first half on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1. Perry Ellis – Aggressive play early staked Kansas to an early lead. Finished with 22 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, all before giving a speech that showed off his comedic side. Talk about one heck of a Senior Day.

2. Devonte’ Graham – The sophomore has become so confident in his own ability to knock down clutch shots that those shots just keep finding him. Graham hit two of Saturday’s biggest shots and finished 6-of-11 overall, 4-of-8 from downtown for 16 points.

3. Frank Mason – Offensive numbers were decent, defensive numbers were excellent. Junior point guard kept Iowa State’s Monte’ Morris in check all afternoon and atoned for KU’s poor effort guarding the Cyclones’ PG in Ames in January.

4. Wayne Selden – Finished with 16 points and hit 3 of 4 from downtown but also missed 3 of 4 free throws. Dished four assists, grabbed three rebounds and recorded quite possibly the block of the year for the Jayhawks on what looked to be a sure-fire dunk for ISU’s Jameel McKay.

5. Jamari Traylor – So active and aggressive during his last game in Allen Fieldhouse, Traylor even knocked down a jumper. Finished 4-of-6 from the floor with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals and a block in 18 minutes.

6. Landen Lucas – KU coach Bill Self said he didn’t think Lucas really played like Lucas until the second half. Could have been the product of him being out of rhythm after starting the game on the bench. Still finished with six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.

7. Cheick Diallo – Didn’t do anything overly impressive on the stat sheet but did play with great energy for the five minutes he was out there. He’s still not completely in sync with what Self wants him to do, but the possession when he blocked a shot then hustled down an offensive rebound and scored on the put-back showed he still has something to offer this team.

8. Brannen Greene – Played just nine minutes and missed all three field goal attempts (0-for-2 from downtown) but made all four free throws in crunch time.

9. Carlton Bragg – If you blinked, you might’ve missed his two minutes on the floor. But he managed three rebounds in that short time, including two offensive, and scored on a late put-back.

10. Hunter Mickelson – Senior forward got the nod in the starting lineup and played hard for the first five minutes, grabbing a rebound and blocking a Georges Niang shot to start a key transition opportunity early.

11. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Played just five minutes and missed his only two three-point attempts on a day in which he didn’t factor into the game plan.

SEASON STANDINGS

Perry Ellis — 266

Frank Mason III — 266

Wayne Selden Jr. — 243

Devonté Graham — 239

Landen Lucas — 166

Jamari Traylor — 157

Brannen Greene — 132

Carlton Bragg — 131

Svi Mykhailiuk — 130

Cheick Diallo — 95

Hunter Mickelson — 81

Lagerald Vick — 26

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Comments

Joe Joseph 3 years, 8 months ago

The top four all played well. I thought Wayne was more active than he had been in weeks. He shot confidently and made an effort to get to the paint several times.

Kansas can win without a solid performance from Selden; that's been proven. But what's also held true this year is that Kansas doesn't lose when Selden plays well!

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

Greene needs more credit for being automatic at the line at the end of the game. Especially on a night others aren't.

For all the inappropriateness of the presentation of his comments after the MSU game, to Coach's credit he has sub'd him in consistently at the end of close games. He's a difference maker.

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