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Brannen Greene’s jumper returns to form after hip injury

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) and Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr., left, celebrate a three by Greene during the second half, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (14) and Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr., left, celebrate a three by Greene during the second half, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

No. 1 — Brannen Greene: The reserve junior guard reminded everyone at Allen Fieldhouse just how lethal a 3-point shooter he can be. Although a nagging hip injury, which would require offseason surgery, made his jumper largely ineffective last last season, it appeared perfectly fine in KU’s season-opening rout of Northern Colorado. Greene drained all 5 of his 3-pointers, finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor with a drive and jam — of course that was set up by a pump fake from behind the 3-point line — and led Kansas with 18 points off the bench.

No. 2 — Wayne Selden Jr.: Bill Self only needed 23 minutes out of his starting wing, and Selden added to KU’s 3-point barrage with a 3-for-6 showing from deep. Finished with 15 points and, more importantly, dished 4 assists and spent a little short amount of time late in the second half as KU’s point guard.

No. 3 — Frank Mason III: A little bit of foul trouble in the first half meant a slow start for the junior point guard, but Mason proved too quick for the Bears in his 23 minutes. Mason nailed all three of his 3-point tries on the way to 11 points, and passed out 9 assists with 2 turnovers.

No. 4 — Devonté Graham: Making his first career start at Kansas, the sophomore point guard was the only Jayhawk who didn’t shoot the ball great (3-for-11), but he still made the offense flow, distributed 8 assists with 1 turnover, knocked down 2 of 6 3-pointers and scored 13 points. Graham’s 3 steals showed KU might be able to consistently create some takeaways on the perimeter to set up fast breaks.

No. 5 — Perry Ellis: The senior forward did what KU needs him to do offensively, putting up 16 points in 20 minutes. But Ellis only had 2 rebounds in the romp.

No. 6 — Jamari Traylor: Getting the start alongside Ellis inside, Traylor tied for the team lead with 7 rebounds, didn’t force the issue on offense and finished with 8 points (2-for-3 field goals, 4-for-4 free throws) and 3 assists, without committing a turnover.

No. 7 — Hunter Mickelson: Although the senior big was the fifth post player to see the floor, Mickelson blocked 3 shots and grabbed 7 rebounds in just 13 minutes, to go with his 2 points.

No. 8 — Carlton Bragg: Playing in his first collegiate game, the freshman big man made 3 turnovers and upset his coach a couple times with mistakes but looked comfortable at other times, finishing with 7 points and 3 rebounds.

No. 9 — Svi Mykhailiuk: With Greene scorching the nets, KU’s other reserve 3-point shooter took a back seat. Mykhailiuk made 1 of 2 from downtown, scored 5 points and showed flashes of improved defense, including around the rim when sliding over to help.

No. 10 — Landen Lucas: Only played 9 minutes, likely due to some nagging bumps and bruises, but scored 8 points and secured 3 rebounds.

No. 11 — Lagerald Vick: The freshman guard didn’t appear in the game until the second half. Scored 3 points, with his lone field goal coming on a high-flying jam.


Brannen Greene — 11

Wayne Selden Jr. — 10

Frank Mason III — 9

Devonté Graham — 8

Perry Ellis — 7

Jamari Traylor — 6

Hunter Mickelson — 5

Carlton Bragg — 4

Svi Mykhailiuk — 3

Landen Lucas — 2

Lagerald Vick — 1

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Determined Cliff Alexander leads KU off the bench at UT

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.


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

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Despite disqualification, Jamari Traylor shines vs. Bears

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) puts up a floater amidst the Baylor defense during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) puts up a floater amidst the Baylor defense during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. by Nick Krug

1. Jamari Traylor – Fouled out and picked up a couple of bonehead fouls while doing it, but played his best offensive game of the season and, more important than that, was under control, played with purpose and produced when the Jayhawks needed him most. As Wayne Selden Jr. said after the victory, “He got us this win.” Traylor made 6 of 7 shots and hit his only free-throw attempt for 13 points and added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

2. Brannen Greene – Wednesday must have been one of those nights where his injured neck wasn't bothering Greene. Gun-slinger hit 4 of 5 shots, two enormous free throws, scored 12 points and played with enough passion and intensity on defense to log 29 minutes.

3. Wayne Selden Jr. – Outside of dishing four assists in a game where points where tough to come by, Selden did not do much for most of the game. But the sophomore guard's three consecutive buckets down the stretch allowed Kansas to maintain control in the final minutes.

4. Frank Mason III – Quiet in the first half, Mason finished with 11 points and 5 assists, modest numbers by his recent standards but still more than enough to play a huge role in the victory.

5. Kelly Oubre Jr. – Made just 1 of 7 shots — including 1 of 5 from three-point range — but grabbed five boards, dished two assists and came up with the defensive play of the game, a deflection on a Baylor inbounds pass with 8.5 seconds to play and KU leading by one.

6. Cliff Alexander – His first taste of Big 12 basketball was not kind. Alexander played just 20 minutes and scored four points and grabbed one rebound. Looked to be a step slow and thinking too much for much of the night. Did manage to dish four assists and block two shots during the stretches when he looked most comfortable.

7. Perry Ellis – KU coach Bill Self said it best after the victory when he said Ellis “was out of it tonight.” The junior tallied just four points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and missed six of the eight shots he attempted. A lot of the offense against Baylor's zone ran through Ellis at the high post, but the forward often looked tentative when he touched it and finished with just one assist.

8. Landen Lucas – Only memorable contribution in his four minutes came on a hustle play in which he took out an elderly couple in the first row while hustling after a loose ball.

9. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Played three minutes, air-balled the only shot he took and did not record another statistic. Even during warm-ups, when his shots weren't falling then either, the Ukrainian looked to be in his head and frustrated. 


Frank Mason III - 109

Cliff Alexander - 98

Perry Ellis - 97

Wayne Selden Jr. - 97

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 70

Jamari Traylor - 69

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 68

Brannen Greene - 59

Landen Lucas - 44

Devonté Graham - 39

Hunter Mickelson - 16

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Downtown display carries Greene to top of ratings

1 - Brannen Greene: Drew his fourth foul with 11-plus remaining but he had already done huge damage. Came back in and hit a huge three-pointer from the right corner to put KU up five with 2:34 left. Made 5 of 5 threes and scored 19 points in 18 minutes.

2 - Perry Ellis: Couldn’t get his shots near the bucket to drop but played aggressively at both ends and totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.

3 - Cliff Alexander: Had a tough time checking Joshua Smith, who had a huge size advantage, but so did everybody else. Never stopped battling and finished with seven points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.

4 - Frank Mason III: Started the game in rough fashion and had two key turnovers late, but also made a huge three-pointer and totaled 14 points, three boards and two steals playing on a sore ankle. Had three assists and four turnovers.

5 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Brought good energy off the bench and reached season highs in several categories, including minutes (16), points (seven), rebounds (five), free throws (5 of 6) and steals (two).

6 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers but missed all of his shots inside the arc, including an attempted dunk. Played well defensively but as was the case with most teammates, he could have taken better care of the ball (three turnovers).

7 - Devonté Graham: Left the game with a sprained ankle with 10 minutes left and didn’t return. Didn’t show great shot selection and had a pair of turnovers.

8 - Landen Lucas: Tried to get physical with Joshua Smith and fouled out after 13 minutes of action. Had two points and two rebounds.

9- Svi Mykhailiuk: Not a good night. Bill Self had seen enough after watching him play five minutes and determined this was not a good matchup for the 17-year-old freshman.

10 - Hunter Mickelson: In for a fraction of a minute and his man scored on a dunk.


Cliff Alexander - 67

Perry Ellis - 66

Wayne Selden Jr. - 62

Frank Mason III - 59

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 46

Devonté Graham - 39

Landen Lucas - 34

Brannen Greene - 36

Jamari Traylor - 33

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 24

Hunter Mickelson - 7

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