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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.

SEASON STANDINGS

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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Kelly Oubre asserts himself, leads Jayhawks vs. Sooners

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) pulls back for an attempted dunk as he attacks the basket against Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) during the second half on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) pulls back for an attempted dunk as he attacks the basket against Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) during the second half on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: He made two of the three-pointers when KU came out on fire making all eight of its first three-pointers. Was even better late in the game, attacking the glass and driving to the hoop for several key plays.
 

2 - Cliff Alexander: Motivated by a second-half benching in Ames, Iowa, Alexander predictably delivered a huge game with 13 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and a blocked shot. He also took a charge.

3 - Perry Ellis: Started the game on fire and produced 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes.

4 - Brannen Greene: Had a pair of season firsts, his first missed free throw (he's made 18 of 19) and his first steal (he has played 237 minutes). And, oh yeah, he hit the biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer with 3:24 left, which brought KU from behind and the team never trailed after it. Also hit a long two. Scored 12 points in 15 minutes, made 4 of 6 shots and hit 3 of 3 threes.

5 - Frank Mason III: Didn't get the team playing at a fast enough pace at times, but was his clutch self in the stretch run and finished with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal and turned it over just twice.

6 - Devonte Graham: Had some rough patches defensively, but also hit 2 of 3 threes and totaled six points, four assists and had just one turnover in 15 minutes.

7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Delivered a phenomenal no-look pass to Cliff Alexander in the first half and made Buddy Hield work hard for his shots at times, but continued to have trouble finishing drives and made 2 of 9 field goals, including 1 of 3 threes.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Played with a hip Bill Self said he hurt about a week ago and did not let the coaching staff know until after the game it was bothering him. Played 23 minutes without getting a rebound, scored four points, blocked two shots and had a steal.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 142

Cliff Alexander - 126

Perry Ellis - 125

Wayne Selden Jr. - 118

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 105

Jamari Traylor - 81

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 77

Brannen Greene - 70

Devonté Graham - 64

Landen Lucas - 50

Hunter Mickelson - 21

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Mason’s play-making sets him apart vs. Lafayette

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, drives for a basket against the Lafayette Leopards Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, drives for a basket against the Lafayette Leopards Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

1 - Frank Mason III: Played fast when the situation called for it, patient when it was the right play, and consistently did all the things a team needs of its point guard. Again showed great shot selection and never hurried anything. Made 6 of 8 shots from the field and 2 of 3 from three on his way to 14 points, nine assists and just one turnover. Is one of four Jayhawks to reach double figures in three-pointers made this season (Brannen Green and Wayne Selden Jr. 13, Sviatoslav Mykyhailiuk 11) with 12, and Mason has the highest percentage of them all at .522.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made 4 of 7 three-pointers and used his quickness, long arms and explosive jumping ability to produce 23 points and10 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass.

3 - Cliff Alexander: Coach Bill Self said before Friday’s practice that Alexander would get his first start the next day, but he played his way out of that in practice and came off the bench. Produced 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes.

4 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Did a nice job of driving and dishing on his way to 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal. Made 2 of 5 three-pointers.

5 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Has made 7 of his last 14 three-pointers after starting the season 4 of 18. Scored all 11 of his points in 12 first-half minutes, during which he made 3 of 4 three-point shots.

6 - Hunter Mickelson: Active big man followed terrific week of practice with by far his best effort for Kansas in his most extensive playing time. Had eight points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 17 minutes. Had four offensive rebounds.

7 - Jamari Traylor: His two best games of the season have been his last two since coming off a suspension. Dominated the offensive glass, where he picked up six of his seven boards. Also scored 11 points and had a blocked shot and a steal. Has averaged 12 points and six rebounds the past two games.

8 - Perry Ellis: Limited to 12 minutes and finished with four points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. “He didn’t feel well today,” coach Bill Self said. “Something wasn’t right.”

9 - Brannen Greene: Missed weights so he didn’t get into the game until the second half. Played six minutes and hit a three-pointer from the left corner.

10 - Landen Lucas: Scoreless with one rebound in six minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Perry Ellis - 78

Cliff Alexander - 78

Frank Mason III - 76

Wayne Selden Jr. - 73

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 54

Jamari Traylor - 45

Brannen Greene - 43

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 39

Devonté Graham - 39

Landen Lucas - 36

Hunter Mickelson - 12

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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.

SEASON STANDINGS

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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Pair of freshmen join Selden among top three performers

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Bounced back from an 0-for-10 shooting day against Michigan State to lead team with 21 points. Made long two-point jumpers and drove hard to the hoop, hitting 9 of 15 shots and 2 of 5 three-pointers.
2 - Cliff Alexander: Never shies from putting himself in the middle of the action, where elbows are exchanged and backs are shoved. In 19 minutes, he totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds and made all eight of his free-throw attempts. “I work on it in practice every day,” he said of improving at the line. He’s a worker, eager to improve and equipped to do so.
3 - Devonté Graham: Had nine points, three assists and three steals in 13 second-half minutes. Made 9 of 10 free throws. Kansas was at its best when it played its two small guards together for nine second-half minutes. They pressured Florida’s guards, taking the Gators out of their offense.
4 - Frank Mason III: Like almost the rest of the team, had much better second half than first. His fast coast-to-coast drive at the end of the half gave KU a jolt heading into the locker room in advance of an earthquake undoubtedly delivered by the coach. Mason defended better in the second half, did a better job of getting to the paint and had one beauty of a reverse layup.
5 - Perry Ellis: The halftime deficit could have been a lot worse if not for Ellis. He finished the night with 10 points and five boards and did most of his damage in the first half.
6 - Landen Lucas: He doesn’t come to play nice. After game’s first whistle, ref got into his face and said, “Hey, knock it off right now!” Played just nine minutes and wasn’t a spectator when on the floor. Never is. He had six boards, three of the offensive variety. Also scored two points, two blocked shots, two personals and three turnovers. Not everything he does is a positive, but he never watches.
7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played all 20 minutes of the first half and just four in the second half. Had three points and had some defensive difficulties .
8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Checked into game and his man immediately whipped around him, forcing help and resulting in a dump-off for an easy bucket. Made up for it at the other end with an easy bucket. Had two points and two rebounds in eight minutes. Looks like a good rebounder.
9 - Jamari Traylor: Defensive lapses and two turnovers in 15 scoreless minutes made this a tough night for Traylor, who had just two rebounds.
10 - Brannen Greene: Scoreless without a rebound and had a turnover in eight minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Cliff Alexander - 59

Perry Ellis - 57

Wayne Selden Jr. - 57

Frank Mason III - 52

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 44

Devonté Graham - 35

Jamari Traylor - 33

Landen Lucas - 31

Brannen Greene - 26

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 18

Hunter Mickelson - 6

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Ellis again outstanding in Orlando

1 - Perry Ellis: Hit a three-pointer, which made the defenders respect his range, blew by guys on the dribble and did most of his work around the hoop, including a blink-and-you-missed it spin move. Totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.

2 - Frank Mason III: Played 39 minutes and controlled the tempo of the game. Played fast but didn’t look as if he hurried. Did a great job of getting the ball inside on lobs and post feeds. Having a great tournament. he totaled 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists and made 2 of 3 threes, making him 4 of 5 in the tournament. Biggest bucket came on a runner late in the game with the shot clock dwindling.

3 - Cliff Alexander: On a day Tennessee’s entire team had 11 defensive rebounds, Alexander had four of his team’s 18 offensive rebounds.
 

4 - Wayne Selden Jr.:  Contributed a strong defensive game, showed his passing skills, held his own on the boards and totaled 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal.

5 - Brannen Greene: The lead had shrunk from 13 points to two points and Tennessee had an answer for every pass until the ball landed in Greene’s hands. Tightly guarded on the right wing, he released a three. The buzzer sounded when it was in the air and the lead quickly became five points with 8:24 left.
 

6 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Contributed seven points in 19 minutes and made 1 of 3 threes, making him 4 of 18 on the season. His touch is so soft that once he gets more accustomed to college basketball he’ll start dropping those shots.

7 - Landen Lucas: Had three points and five boards in 12 minutes. Missed a shot under the hoop.
 

8 - Devonté Graham: Limited to seven minutes, he scored two points and had a turnover.
 

9 - Jamari Traylor: Passes sometimes seem to catch him by surprise, a factor in his three turnovers in 12 minutes. Defenses don’t always treat him as a scoring threat, which enables them to pay more attention to Ellis.
 

10 - Kelly Oubre: Two-day totals: Nine minutes, two points, no rebounds, no assists, four fouls, four turnovers.

SEASON STANDINGS

Cliff Alexander - 43

Perry Ellis - 41

Wayne Selden Jr. - 41

Frank Mason III - 36

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 32

Jamari Traylor - 26

Devonté Graham - 24

Brannen Greene - 24

Landen Lucas - 22

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 13

Hunter Mickelson - 6

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