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Perry Ellis one of few positives for KU against Baylor

Perry Ellis (34) splits defenders for a layup in KU's 81-58 loss to the Baylor Bears Saturday in Waco.

Perry Ellis (34) splits defenders for a layup in KU's 81-58 loss to the Baylor Bears Saturday in Waco. by Mike Yoder

1. Ben McLemore: The freshman's best road game ended up being his last one. McLemore led KU with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting, which included 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range. A few of those threes were impressive too, including one where he jumped to catch a pass from the lane, landed, and immediately sprung up to drain a three. McLemore added three rebounds and two assists but also had a team-high four turnovers.

2. Perry Ellis: If you're looking for a positive for KU, Ellis was definitely it. The freshman easily had his best game in Big 12 play, looking sure of himself offensively against a good shot-blocking team in Baylor. The freshman finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 22 minutes.

3. Jeff Withey: One of KU coach Bill Self's frustrations after the game was that Withey was only able to get three shots up. The senior made all of them, posting eight points with eight rebounds in 34 minutes. While battling foul trouble, Withey had a few nice defensive stretches, adding four blocks to go with an assist and two turnovers.

4. Elijah Johnson: After three great games, Johnson struggled Saturday, making just three of 13 shots and one of six threes. He finished with 10 points, two assists and three turnovers, but his biggest issues were on the defensive end, where he was one of a few Jayhawks who couldn't do anything to keep Baylor guard Pierre Jackson in front of him.

5. Travis Releford: Releford has now scored two points or less in two Big 12 games: at TCU and at Baylor. When he doesn't score, KU usually doesn't play well. Releford contributed just two points on 1-for-6 shooting, adding three rebounds and two assists to go with two turnovers. Like Johnson, he wasn't able to slow down Pierre Jackson defensively.

6. Jamari Traylor: Missed a shot, but had two rebounds, an assist and a block in six minutes.

7. Kevin Young: The senior was shut out for the first game this season. He never seemed to get into the game after picking up two early fouls, missing both of his field-goal attempts, which included an alley-oop. Young also had two rebounds and a turnover in 15 minutes.

8. Naadir Tharpe: The sophomore didn't give KU a boost when he went in, making just one of six field goals for two points. He had an assist and no turnovers in 13 minutes.

9. Justin Wesley: Had a foul and no other stats in two minutes.

10. Rio Adams: Made one of four free throws and had a turnover and two rebounds in two minutes.

11. Andrew White III: Missed both three-pointers he attempted and had a foul in two minutes.

KUsports.com Season Standings
1. Jeff Withey (251 points)
2. Ben McLemore (238 points)
3. Travis Releford (226 points)
4. Kevin Young (186 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (176 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (155 points)
7. Perry Ellis (135 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (100 points)
9. Andrew White III (50 points)
10. Rio Adams (34 points)
11. Justin Wesley (22 points)

Big 12 Standings
1. Jeff Withey (160 points)
2. Ben McLemore (149 points)
3. Travis Releford (141 points)
4. Kevin Young (127 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (100 points)
6. Naadir Tharpe (94 points)
7. Perry Ellis (83 points)
8. Jamari Traylor (59 points)
9. Andrew White III (27 points)
10. Rio Adams (19 points)
11. Justin Wesley (15 points)

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Comments

brutus 1 year, 1 month ago

I think Perry Ellis is going to really blossom but I want to see him dunk the ball at some point. Has he dunked this year?

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 1 month ago

I hope KY does not get the 'fro trimmed before the end of the season. Did not work well getting it trimmed before the Baylor game.

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joshuamc914 1 year, 1 month ago

Lol I love the morning/afternoon after a loss because it shows how many fake fans there really is smh. Calling Bull Self's gameplan terrible, saying certain are terrible, questioning ayers hearts lol. Oh man stop the whining we lost it happens man a team gets hot with their guard going crazy and a big has the game if his life it happens stop acting like this has never happened in previous years smh. All the times Jacon Pullen lit up Kansas c'mon man it happens once a year stop complaint saying te sky is falling smh. It's one loss that means nothing to the main goals of a season which is winning a championship. We lost to Bayloe in the Big XII semis last tee and every1 was like of this team is no good and it will lose in the first round blah blah blah. Some of you fans are so spoiled its sickening. I'm not worried Bill Self will push the right buttons and come tournament time we will have a chance to win it all. I don't worry about games like this because in every season there are bumps I'm the road you will lose games. Everytime kansas loses its always the end of the world, we suck, overrated, would be middle of the road in Big 10 shut up. Do me a favor when this team wins the Big XII tourney next week please all you are fans dont jump back on the bandwagon was so real fans can have some leg room on the bandwagon ok.

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LAJayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

We were a mess on offense, but we were absolutely atrocious on defense. When we play smothering D, we ALWAYS play better offense, as we are ALWAYS out and running. Yes, give some serious credit to Baylor for knocking down shots (a LOT of shots), but we did basically nothing to deter it. Pierre got to the lane literally anytime he wanted, and could pick and choose which wide open teammate he wanted to dish it off to... when he wasn't scoring at will. Our perimeter defense has been the weakest part of our D all year, but yesterday, it's like it didn't show up at all. And don't even get me started on the horrendous post feeds we tried to make. It's hard for our footer to get more than 3 shots when we don't give him the ball (which is also largely on him for not positioning up well, either).

And for all the very good things BMac did, and as aggressive (yay!) as he was, those 4 turnovers were just deadly. They pretty much all came at the worst possible times on really bad mistakes, and I'm pretty sure at least 3 of them lead directly to layups on the other end. You can forgive them to a degree, because he was trying to create and be aggressive, but.... man... they were just killer turnovers.

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smuckjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

When Relly isn't scoring, that means we aren't running, and that means we aren't getting it done on the defensive end. Very few takeaways and blocks and rebounds that we were able to convert to transition baskets. Only 3 steals all game and we got out-blocked for probably the first time all season.

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Chris Bailey 1 year, 1 month ago

Come on football! Just kidding! Although I am looking forward to year 2 of CW and company! I sure hope AWIII doesn't leave. He will be a great player and should get more minutes next season. I hate when players leave but we all know that egos are big in these kids. I hope we decide to play ball the next 8 or so games I would be pretty happy if we played 8 more games :)

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Perry should have played for both Kevin and Jeff yesterday.

First game I can say that.

Keep getting better Perry.

Redezvous with destiny.

Tape it to your locker.

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Robert Brock 1 year, 1 month ago

Face it: the seniors just couldn't make themselves care. I hope they can get their mojo back; otherwise, the Hawks are going down big time!

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AirCapJay 1 year, 1 month ago

I thought the Big 12 was weak this year compared to the past. Gonzaga beat #2 and 3 and I really think could beat us too. We would finish in the middle of the Big 10 if in that league. We would be unranked near UNC in the ACC.

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AirCapJay 1 year, 1 month ago

Last night's game against Baylor looked like they had not practiced the entire week. They focus for k-state and texas (and missouri in the old days) and phone it in for everyone else. Coach needs to get a sports psychologist involved soon to make it through the post season, or he will be wondering why his prized future recruits go somewhere else.

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John Randall 1 year, 1 month ago

Hellooo, seniors . . . anybody there?

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Michael Luby 1 year, 1 month ago

The Seniors got their butts kicked by Baylor. Im glad our Freshmen had good games.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

Whey or Ellis would have been playing D on Jefferson. Not sure how anyone can be highly rated when their D-assignment shoots 80%.

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texashawk10 1 year, 1 month ago

I wanna know how yhe hell Jeff Withey only had 3 shot attempts (5 or 6 unofficially) against that toothpick Isaiah Austin. This was the Jeff Withey from 2 years ago that got bullied by everyone. Withey should've had 15+ shot attempts tonight with Austin on him. Poor execution by KU by not pounding the post and taking advantage of Austin's lack of size was baffling to me. Perry Ellis was the best player to me today. I know McLemore had better stats, but his defense was absent today and Ellis was good today on defense and very aggressive on offense.

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Suzi Marshall 1 year, 1 month ago

First game Ellis looked like he can be an elite D1 performer.

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Will Babbit 1 year, 1 month ago

I noticed they've stopped calling AWIII a "pure shooter". Bout time...

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Kye Clark 1 year, 1 month ago

That move Perry had where he caused 2 Baylor defenders to fall down was sick! Hopefully he can use this performance to spring board him to a great post season.

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Kevin Studer 1 year, 1 month ago

Perry looked really good. I think we can expect big things from him next year, similar to Thomas Robinson's and Cole Aldrich's leap in year 2.

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mikehawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Not sure what has happened to AWIII's shot. Probably the forced work in other areas takes away from the shooting confidence, at least for now. Not the first freshman to experience that at KU. I've hoped Rio would return and still hope he does. But this young man appears to struggle with maturity. He'll either grow up at KU, or he'll have to do it somewhere else. It might as well be under Bill Self at KU.

Tonight was a classic second round game in the NCAA. Team loose with nothing to lose and a guard shooting lights out. We fall behind and can't get over the hump You are going to have one or more of those games and you have to find a way to win. We didn't tonight. A backed in championship shared with KSU. Just planted a big fat kiss on my sister. Yuk! The real season starts now.

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