1 - Perry Ellis: In three games since missing a shot at the rim that would have been a game-winner at West Virginia, Ellis has scored 23, 24 and 28 points. He was at his very best Saturday with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Ellis has become so aggressive of late, attacking off the dribble, throwing down dunks with authority and making it clear who the best player on the court is. He’s played himself into position to win Big 12 Player of the Year honors and he’s done it without a scoring threat playing opposite him in the post.
2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Has scored 14 points or more in four of his past five games and has averaged 6.6 rebounds in that stretch. He definitely has learned to use his perfect basketball body and athleticism to make things happen near the rim at the both ends. With Cliff Alexander, the team’s best defensive rebounder, sidelined, Oubre grabbed nine defensive boards.
3 - Frank Mason III: Isaiah Taylor is a tough point guard to guard and even though Mason couldn’t keep him out of the paint (nobody can), he made him work hard, pestering him relentlessly. Mason also made sure Kansas didn’t play sloppy. He had just one turnover in 39 minutes to go with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
4 - Landen Lucas: Had five points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.
5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Still not finishing at the hoop. He made just 1 of 7 shots, but he did a good job of drawing fouls on wild drives to the hoop and made 5 of 6 free throws. Had a big blocked shot in the second half and two steals to go with seven points and three rebounds in 30 minutes.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Had two rebounds and a blocked shot in 11 scoreless minutes.
7 - Brannen Greene: Had a three-pointer from the left corner blocked and once missed an open Ellis on the fast break. Had two points an assist and a rebound in 11 minutes. With defenses more mindful of not losing sight of him, Greene has rushed some shots and has made 2 of 14 three-pointers in the past five games.
8 - Hunter Mickelson: Played five minutes, blocked a shot and was whistled for two fouls.
9 - Devonté Graham: Whistled for two fouls in seven minutes and missed the only shot he took.
10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played two minutes and produced a rebound and blocked shot.
Frank Mason III - 219
Perry Ellis - 215
Wayne Selden Jr. - 187
Cliff Alexander - 170
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 167
Brannen Greene - 130
Jamari Traylor - 122
Devonté Graham - 101
Landen Lucas - 93
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 83
Hunter Mickelson - 31
1 - Devonté Graham: Freshman guard entered on a 15-game stretch in which he shot just .333 from the field. Busted out in a big way. Made all seven shots from the field, including two three-pointers. Totaled 20 points with three rebounds and three assists. Did nice job of getting to the paint and dumping off to Perry Ellis early. Shoots well vs. TCU: 10 for 10 overall, 3 for 3 from three.
2 - Perry Ellis: One-hand flush of Frank Mason III’s lob on the break over Trey Zeigler sent the crowd into a frenzy and he made the free throw to put Kansas up 64-50. Seconds later, his steal and ensuing dunk made it 66-60 with 6:30 left. Ellis dominated early by posting up and teammates went away from him and he dominated again when they went back to him in the second half. Strong footwork put TCU’s Karviar Shepherd in foul trouble.
3 - Frank Mason III: Didn’t penetrate as well as he usually does in first half but picked it up the rest of the way and finished with 14 points, five assists (four turnovers) and a steal. Made 5 of 8 shots and all four free throws. Graham’s big day enabled him to get eight minutes of rest, which for him is unusual.
4 - Brannen Greene: Did excellent work on the defensive boards and was active in all areas on his way to nine points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. Picked up a rare steal, his fifth of the season. His mere presence on the floor makes for more room for teammates, thanks to the respect opponents show him because of his shooting range.
5 - Jamari Traylor: Put pressure on the defense with drives to the hoop and scored eight points and blocked a shot. Still needs to do a better job on the defensive boards, where he had just two in 24 minutes.
6 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Didn’t have his best day in terms of feeding the post, where Ellis made himself available, but wasn’t always spotted.
7 - Cliff Alexander: Started, but in 11 minutes he didn’t seem 100 percent sure of himself and too often stood still. Had two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot.
8 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Lazy pass from the point to Trey Zeigler, Oubre’s man, on the left wing was begging to be intercepted, or at the very least deflected. Oubre didn’t challenge it. It’s plays like that that keep him from being as disruptive a defender as he could be when he’s not at his most active. Had he stepped into the pass and taken it all the way, it might have spurred him onto a big day. As it was, he played 19 scoreless minutes with one blocked shot and two steals. Missed all three shots from the field, one of them blocked, two of them three-pointers.
9 - Landen Lucas: Played nine scoreless minutes without a rebound and missed all three shots from the field.
Frank Mason III - 207
Perry Ellis - 196
Wayne Selden Jr. - 174
Cliff Alexander - 169
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 150
Brannen Greene - 121
Jamari Traylor - 114
Devonté Graham - 93
Landen Lucas - 84
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 82
Hunter Mickelson - 28
1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Didn't need to remind himself to play in attack mode agains the West Virginia press. Came out in that mode and played big part in Kansas coming back from big early deficit. Finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. On drive to the hoop in final minutes he lost his footing in the lane and threw up a hard shot that missed.
2 - Frank Mason III: Made 3 of 5 threes, scored 18 points, had a big steal, but his night was marred by a late defensive mistake and a late turnover.
3 - Perry Ellis: Had 19 points and five rebounds, but kicked himself all the way back to Kansas for not scoring on the game's final play after Jamari Traylor set him up with a perfect baseball pass..
4 - Landen Lucas: Did the best job of any of KU's bigs on the boards with six in 16 minutes and also blocked a shot and came up with a steal. Scored two points and had two turnovers. Missed a free throw late.
5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Had three first-half turnovers and never got into the flow of the game offensively. Finished with four points, four rebounds and three assists..
6 - Jamari Traylor: Repeatedly was beaten on the boards on a night West Virginia had 22 offensive rebounds. Had just two defensive rebounds in 26 minutes on a night West Virginia missed 40 field-goal attempts. Made a great baseball pass to Ellis at the end of the game that might have led SportsCenter had Ellis been able to turn it into a bucket.
7 - Cliff Alexander: After six scoreless first-half minutes with just one rebound, did not start the second half. Self said afterward he did not think Alexander was ready to perform well against West Virginia's trapping defense. Was exposed defensively by a driving Devin Williams.
8 - Brannen Greene: Bill Self didn't like the guarded three he put up shortly after checking in and he checked back out after failing to corral a defensive rebound. Had defensive troubles when he checked back in. Also dribbled the ball.
9 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Nothing else was working early in the first half, so Self turned to Svi That didn't work either. He played two minutes, missed a flat three-pointer and couldn't snag a pair of defensive rebounds in his area.
10 - Devonté Graham: Played like a freshman who did not look ready for the sort of intense defensive pressure West Virginia brings. In five scoreless first-half minutes, he turned it over three times and had a steal.
Frank Mason III - 200
Perry Ellis - 188
Wayne Selden Jr. - 170
Cliff Alexander - 166
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 148
Brannen Greene - 115
Jamari Traylor - 109
Devonté Graham - 84
Landen Lucas - 83
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 82
Hunter Mickelson - 28
1 - Frank Mason III: Kept the ball moving, penetrated well, made 4 of 6 shots and both three-point attempts and had 10 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals. Had just one of KU’s 14 turnovers.
2 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made 4 of 7 three-point shots, led team with 16 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. Did excellent work defensively.
3 - Perry Ellis: Had 14 points and nine rebounds and made 5 of 12 shots. Still needs to finish stronger, but is getting there.
4 - Brannen Greene: In 12 second-half minutes made all three shots, two from long range, and had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists without turning it over. Unbelievable shooter. Played just two minutes in first half.
5 - Cliff Alexander: Started for second time, played 20 minutes and delivered 10 points and five rebounds, but was outplayed by Texas Tech freshman center Norense Odiase (13 points, eight rebounds).
6 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made 2 of 5 three-pointers, but wasn’t active near the basket and turned it over twice in 16 minutes. Didn’t show as much defensive intensity as on some nights.
7 - Devonté Graham: Made a beauty of a bounce pass from the left corner to set up an easy basket for his lone assist. Has made just 2 of 11 shots in past four games.
8 - Landen Lucas: Hustled for three points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.
9 - Hunter Mickelson: Played just four minutes and scrapped his way to two points and two rebounds. Cold have had another bucket had Oubre seen him open before launching a three.
10 - Jamari Traylor: Scoreless with two rebounds, a block and a steal in 19 minutes.
11 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played nine minutes, turned it over, missed both three-point attempts and one of them was blocked.
Frank Mason III - 186
Perry Ellis - 171
Cliff Alexander - 158
Wayne Selden Jr. - 157
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 130
Brannen Greene - 109
Jamari Traylor - 103
Devonté Graham - 81
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 80
Landen Lucas - 70
Hunter Mickelson - 28
No Selection - 10
1 - Frank Mason III: TCU took a 43-40 lead, when Mason decided to take over the game with an assortment of jumpers, strong drives to the hoop and a tear-drop shot. Scored eight of his 16 points during a 19-5 run that gave KU an 11-point lead with 3:35 left. In atypical fashion, he missed two free throws when making one would have sealed it, which gave TCU one more shot at extending the game.
2 - Landen Lucas: Scrapped his way to eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in his best performance of the year, one that desperately was needed.
3 - Perry Ellis: Sat all but the opening couple of minutes of the first half after getting two quick fouls and four quick points. He might have had a big first half and big scoring night had he not committed the fouls. Finished with eight points and five rebounds.
4 - Brannen Greene: Made 5 of 6 free throws, had a blocked shot and a rebound in the final minute, but had a rough defensive night and made just 1 of 4 shots.
5 - Cliff Alexander: Had six points and four rebounds and did not do a good job of keeping the Horned Frogs (29 offensive rebounds) from following their own shots.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Had a decent defensive night, blocked three shots and picked up three rebounds.
7 - Devonté Graham: TCU player came down on his foot and left him in great pain in the big toe that caused him to miss games. He re-entered the game. Had two key turnovers, made 3 of 3 field goals and made his only free throw.
8 - Hunter Mickelson: Had a very active, productive first-half stretch in which he blocked two shots and scored four points.
9 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Set up teammates with beautiful passes to the post and had four assists, but again clanked shots, making just 2 of 8.
10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Had a brief first-half run, rushed up a bad shot on a drive, but also made 1 of 2 three-pointers. Turned it over once.
11 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Slowed by the flu, he missed all three shots, two of them forced.
Frank Mason III - 158
Cliff Alexander - 141
Perry Ellis - 140
Wayne Selden Jr. - 122
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 109
Jamari Traylor - 91
Brannen Greene - 85
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 79
Devonté Graham - 71
Landen Lucas - 60
Hunter Mickelson - 25
1 - Perry Ellis: Played with a better motor than many teammates. Hit the deck for loose balls, worked hard to get open, hustled for boards and hit big shots. Finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
2 - Frank Mason III: Missed four minutes of second half after a severe leg cramp near his right knee and still led both teams in scoring with 21 points. Added 4 rebounds and 3 assists, but also 3 turnovers.
3 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Finished a couple of shots in close, which signified progress, and tallied 12 points and 3 assists in 32 minutes. He wasn't completely on offensively, but he never stopped competing.
4 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made just 5 of 15 shots, most of them on easy dunks, and turned it over twice. But still managed 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes.
5 - Cliff Alexander: After a slow start, Alexander was one of the Jayhawks' best players in the first half. He made all three shots he attempted, finished the half with 6 points and 6 rebounds and gave KU something that resembled a presence at the rim. Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, Self was not happy with Alexander's "motor" and the big guy played just 2 minutes in the second half and did not add a thing to his stat line.
6 - Devonté Graham: Playing in his first ever Big 12 road game, Graham struggled early on but kept his head up and plowed forward for 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes..
7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played just five minutes and never got his stroke going enough to warrant more time. Finished with 3 points and 2 fouls on 1-of-4 shooting.
8 - Hunter Mickelson: With Alexander on the bench, Jamari Traylor ineffective and Landen Lucas and Ellis in foul trouble, the reserve forward grabbed 4 rebounds in 3 minutes.
9 - Jamari Traylor: Missed all 5 shots he attempted and picked up two bonehead fouls in 15 minutes.
10 - Brannen Greene: Checked in early but never really connected with the game. Missed the only shot he attempted and grabbed two rebounds in five minutes.
11 - Landen Lucas: Played 19 minutes, but you'd never know it from looking at his stat line. Zero points, zero shots, zero rebounds and 4 fouls jumped off the page next to his 2 assists and 3 turnovers.
Frank Mason III - 138
Perry Ellis - 119
Cliff Alexander - 119
Wayne Selden Jr. - 116
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 97
Jamari Traylor - 80
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 77
Brannen Greene - 65
Devonté Graham - 61
Landen Lucas - 50
Hunter Mickelson - 21
1 - Frank Mason III: Made just 1 of 5 three-pointers, but it was a big one on his way to 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Devonté Graham’s return figured to result in more rest for Mason, but the two small guards played so well together that Mason ended up playing 38 minutes.
2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: When he puts it on the deck, it very often results in him drawing a foul. He made just 7 of 12 free throws and scored 14 points to go with three assists, four turnovers, a blocked shot and a steal.
3 - Deveonté Graham: Did a very nice job of guarding Phil Forte and was aggressive getting to the paint at the other end. Had nine points and three assists in 21 minutes and did not turn it over.
4 - Cliff Alexander: Flexed after a jaw-dropping jam over defender and was whistled for a technical during a productive first half. Picked up his third foul with 14:28 left in the game and never came back in.
5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Another quiet night for the sophomore guard. Had six points, three rebounds, no assists. Blocked two shots and did a nice job of staying with Oklahoma State sharp-shooter Phil Forte most of the time.
6 - Perry Ellis: Did a nice job in the first half guarding Le’Bryan Nash, holding him to two of his 21 points, but continued his offensive struggles. He made 1 of 8 shots and committed five turnovers.
7 - Landen Lucas: Always hustles for rebounds and had four more of those in 12 minutes and scored four points, two at the free-throw-line, two on an uncontested dunk. Has just two assists this season, but that’s a little deceptive because he never faces a double-team. Has trouble scoring on defenders down low and tends to get his shot blocked a lot.
8 - Jamari Traylor: Four points, two rebounds and one technical in 16 minutes.
9 - Brannen Greene: Didn’t go hard enough after a rebound, forced a three at the other end and never came back in the game. Played three minutes. Saving the worst for last here, he did not show good body language on the bench.
Frank Mason III - 128
Cliff Alexander - 112
Perry Ellis - 108
Wayne Selden Jr. - 107
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 89
Jamari Traylor - 77
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 72
Brannen Greene - 63
Devonté Graham - 55
Landen Lucas - 49
Hunter Mickelson - 17
1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Did a nice job of pestering ball-handlers, patrolling the passing lanes and breaking free in transition for entertaining dunks. Also made 2 of 3 three-pointers and produced 14 points, three boards, two assists, two seals and a blocked shot in 19 minutes.
2 - Frank Mason III: Consistently doing nice job of setting up teammates for easy buckets. Turned it over on game’s first possession and never again. Had 10 points, made 2 of 3 three-pointers, and had five assists.
3 - Devonté Graham: Made an impact from the moment he stepped on the floor by pressuring the ball-hanlder and making him pick up his dribble. Made the team play fast and finished with two points, six rebounds, six assists and did not have a single turnover. Received big ovation when he entered the game with 12:32 left.
4 - Cliff Alexander: Played 15 minutes and produced in a lot of different ways. Hit a couple of mid-range jumpers, dunked lobs, scored 12 points and had five boards, two blocked shots and a steal.
5 - Perry Ellis: Made all three three-point attempts and contributed 15 points, five rebounds and two steals.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Big-time dunk over a defender sparked big first half. Blocked two shots and scored seven points.
7- Wayne Selden Jr.: Had five assists and three steals on a day he shot 3 of 10 from the field, 1 of 5 from three. Had just eight steals all season heading into the game.
8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: He entertained his parents, in the stands from Ukraine, with five points, an assist and a rebound. Made his first shot, a three-pointer, and showed such quick, fluid movements in so many different ways that it’s easy to project stardom for the 6-8, 17-year-old guard.
9 - Brannen Greene: Five points, four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. Would have picked up his first steal of the season had his head been turned the right way.
10 - Landen Lucas: Hustled his way to four rebounds in six minutes.
11 - Hunter Mickelson: Two points, three rebounds, two turnovers and a steal in 10 minutes. Has trouble sliding his feet well enough to stay with drivers.
Frank Mason III - 119
Cliff Alexander - 106
Perry Ellis - 104
Wayne Selden Jr. - 102
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 81
Jamari Traylor - 75
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 72
Brannen Greene - 62
Devonté Graham - 48
Landen Lucas - 46
Hunter Mickelson - 17
1 - Frank Mason III: He makes the team play fast and he plays so aggressively that eventually the rest of the team follows his lead. Does an amazing job of finishing at the rim against players a foot taller. Three-pointer he nailed in the second half was the biggest bucket of the game. Scored 18 points and had seven assists. Would have scored 20, if not for an obvious goal-tending on his runner that did not draw a whistle. For a point guard to play 38 minutes so aggressively, his total of two turnovers might have been his best statistic.
2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: He’s consistently active and productive. Had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and didn’t turn it over. Made 2 of 4 three-pointers and again played a strong defensive game.
3 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Made a trio of three-pointers in the opening 3:55 and got hot again midway through the second half. Finished with 16 points.
4 - Perry Ellis: Sometimes dribbled into shots that were more difficult than the ones available when he caught the ball, but other than that had a productive day against taller defenders. Had 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.
5 - Cliff Alexander: Many big men would have been startled into fumbling the ball when a driving Mason found Alexander wide open on the baseline for a short jumper late in the game. Alexander caught it cleanly and made the shot. Mason found him open again and this time Alexander dribbled himself into an uncontested dunk. Like Ellis, he dribbled into a tougher shot than he had when he caught it a time or two. Came off the bench with a burst of productive energy, faded and then played with terrific hunger in the second half. He’s getting there.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Made some rough decisions at both ends but hustled his way to four points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 27 minutes. Set a strong defensive tone from the start and showed he has a nice handle bringing it up on the break in the second half.
7 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Made a nice save in the corner and stole a pass from the baseline back to the perimeter, but was taken out after getting whistled for an extra step in the lane, limiting him to two minutes on the day.
8 - Brannen Greene: Forced one shot, a miss, in eight minutes and didn’t pick up a rebound.
Frank Mason III - 103
Cliff Alexander - 94
Perry Ellis - 94
Wayne Selden Jr. - 90
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 67
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 65
Jamari Traylor - 59
Brannen Greene - 51
Landen Lucas - 42
Devonté Graham - 39
Hunter Mickelson - 16
1 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Ranked No. 12 by rivals.com in the Class of 2014, Oubre played much better than that ranking in the first half, when he scored 16 of his game-high 20 points and made 6 of 6 field goals and 4 of 4 threes. Finished night with seven defensive rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes. Played most of the first half with two fouls and didn’t get his third until the second half.
2 - Frank Mason III: Another strong effort from the sophomore point guard, who delivered 14 points, five assists and had just one turnover. Made sure the team played at a faster pace.
3 - Perry Ellis: Had 15 points and eight rebounds, an encouraging performance from the junior, who hasn’t yet hit stride.
4 - Cliff Alexander: Played five invisible minutes in the first half, but delivered eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in eight second-half minutes. Was rewarded for running the floor hard when he threw home a lob from Wayne Selden Jr., triggering big reaction from crowd.
5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Didn’t let another poor shooting night (1 for 7 from the field, 0 for 2 from three, 3 of 6 from the line) keep him from making winning plays. Three of his four rebounds came off the offensive glass and had five assists, a block and a steal.
6 - Landen Lucas: Fought his way to seven rebounds in 15 minutes.
7 - Jamari Traylor: Made up for rough, rough first half by cashing in when Ellis was doubled. Also had a strong drive to the hoop that he finished. Finished with eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Turned it over three times.
8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Made just 1 of 4 shots and missed his only three, which looked from the release as if it would settle softly into the net and looked good all the way until it somehow popped out.
9 - Hunter Mickelson: Had trouble containing 7-foot-4 Blake Vedder at end of game. Then again, who doesn’t? Vedder fired in a three-pointer and a baseline jumper, giving him five points on the night and seven on the season. He celebrated his three by flashing the popular three sign (with last three fingers, thumb and index forming a circle) with both hands, hip-high. Mickelson didn’t score, but blocked a shot that triggered a break and resulted in Mykhailiuk dunking it to the delight of the crowd. Mickelson hit the floor for a loose ball in the final minute, when he was the only scholarship player on the floor. Nice touch.
10 - Brannen Greene: Took as bad a shot as a KU player has taken all season, a tightly guarded, deep three. Played just seven minutes, had two points, two rebounds and two assists.
Frank Mason III - 95
Cliff Alexander - 89
Perry Ellis - 89
Wayne Selden Jr. - 84
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 65
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 58
Jamari Traylor - 56
Brannen Greene - 50
Devonté Graham - 39
Landen Lucas - 42
Hunter Mickelson - 16