Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Kansas blows out Holy Cross

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) pulls up for a three while defended by Holy Cross guard Anthony Thompson (2) during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) pulls up for a three while defended by Holy Cross guard Anthony Thompson (2) during the first half, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


No number of prayers could help Holy Cross hold off a red-hot Kansas basketball team Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, where the second-ranked Jayhawks rolled the Crusaders, 92-59.

The nature of the blowout provided KU coach Bill Self the opportunity to spread out the minutes and he did just that. Nine Jayhawks played 15 minutes or more in Wednesday's blowout and none played more than 27.

Two who did not play at all were big men Jamari Traylor (ankle) and Landen Lucas (toe). Both dressed and warmed up but were given the night off to rest their ailments. Had the contest been a must-win game, both likely would have played.

Starting in Traylor's place was senior Hunter Mickelson, who was active and disruptive defensively early but also committed a couple of silly fouls and finished with 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals in 15 minutes.

One game after getting out-rebounded by smaller Harvard, KU (7-1) dominated the glass against the HCU, 31-17.

Wayne Selden Jr. led Kansas with 15 points while Frank Mason III added 13 and Perry Ellis chipped in a dozen.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self discusses Brannen Greene's return, win over Holy Cross

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses the return of junior guard Brannen Greene (14 points) and the impact that had on the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks' 92-59 victory over Holy Cross.

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Junior guard Brannen Greene, who missed the past five games because of a suspension, returned to the KU lineup a game earlier than expected and scored 14 points in 17 minutes on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Kansas refused to miss in the first half. The Jayhawks drained 19 of 27 shots in the opening 20 minutes, including 8 of 10 from three-point range and led by as many as 20 points (45-25) late in the half.

• Offensive highlight: With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, freshman Carlton Bragg skied high for back-to-back offensive rebounds, the second of which led to a wide open three-pointer and make by Greene. The sequence pushed KU's lead to 24-13 and the Jayhawks led by double digits most of the rest of the way.

• Defensive highlight: Full-court pressure by Kansas early in the second half after Holy Cross had trimmed a 20-point lead down to six led to an easy steal in the backcourt by Devonté Graham, who darted to the rim and flushed another two-handed dunk — the point guard's second game in a row with a dunk — to push the KU lead back to double digits, 56-46, with 15:25 to play.

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Greene, Selden and Diallo discuss beating Holy Cross

After Brannen Greene returned to the Kansas basketball lineup and the Jayhawks rolled in a 92-59 victory over Holy Cross, Greene, Wayne Selden Jr. and Cheick Diallo discuss the win with media members.

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• Key stat: Points in the paint. KU shot a high percentage in this one largely because so many of the Kansas shots came at point-blank range. KU outscored Holy Cross 40-14 in the paint.

• Up next: The Jayhawks head east to Kansas City, Missouri, where they'll take on Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday night inside Sprint Center.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 92, Holy Cross 59

By the Numbers: Kansas 92, Holy Cross 59


Reggie Flenory 6 years, 6 months ago

Good win but i think that it's fairly obvious that neither Hunter Mickelson or Lucas should receive should receive big minutes the 2 freshman (Diallo and bragg) provide better defense and offensive punch. Not to mention they are so much more active and can run the floor better than traylor, Hunter, and lucas.

Mark Lindrud 6 years, 6 months ago

Diallo and Bragg play really well together. I thought the lineup of Diallo, Bragg, Greene, Svi and Graham was really potent. Opposing teams would have real issues with this group.

Reggie Flenory 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree especially with Greene's jumper being what it is. The only reason self plays Hunter,traylor and Lucas is,they are vets but they is this very little basketball skill especially given their size that's the most disappointing part

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure the Chicken Little Contingent will still have lots of reasons that Self needs to be fired, Graham needs to be benched, Mickelson needs to either start or be benched and Ellis needs to play the 3...

Michael Bennett 6 years, 6 months ago

More likely it's because Self doesn't go with this lineup when Traylor and Lucas are healthy...

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 6 months ago

Jay, relax, you make valid points. Stand on those, instead of the trolling.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Bri. It's hard to resist tweaking the halfwits and haters.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 6 months ago

If you refer to them as halfwits and haters they will likely respond in attack mode.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

Michael, If someone referred to you personally in that manner, you may well respond that way. Nobody was forced to admit that those terms applied to them. Some however, couldn't resist confirming that they too see themselves as such...

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 6 months ago

I've been on both sides Jay. Sometimes you just have to be the bigger man. When you do, others will realize it and respect you for it.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 6 months ago

And don't drink and post. All of my worst comments have usually been after I hoisted a few.

James Smith 6 years, 6 months ago

Crazy Jayisms

MSU did play in final 4 last year.

KU has 12 Big 12 Championships

BS is in the HOF

Enough said

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 6 months ago

Jay dude, you realized KU beat Holy Cross, right? What's there to praise about? You won't find those open 3s against good opponents. 5 blocks.. I'd be jumping up & down had it been against MSU.. I'm no Little Chicken or whatevs, 15 TOs against HC.. holy crap!! Their starters are all freshmen & Jrs, except 1 senior. Just observing..

Darwin Dandy 6 years, 6 months ago

I understand where you are coming from with that but that's why you get right against weaker opponents so you will have the same result again better opponents or attempt too. Consistence, Confidence, and Intensity is what you want to see out of games like this which I think they did a good job of last night.

Calvin Baker 6 years, 6 months ago

The last 3 years we played one of, if not the toughest, pre-conference schedules in Div 1, which was supposed to toughen us up for the Big 12 as well as the NCAA Tournament. Maybe it did for the conference schedule, but certainly not for the tournament. I see very little, if any, advantage in playing 6 or 7 really good teams other than to beat us up and wear us out for the tournament. The team did not play together any better, at the end of the year we were still making the same silly mistakes, same bad passes, getting caught below screens, sometimes getting outrebounded, getting taken to school when on defense. I think we are just as well off playing against a few cupcakes as well as some quality teams in the preseason. Nothing wrong with having a few games that you can give some question mark players some extended time. There are usually one or two players on a team who play much better in games than practice. Coaches need to know who, if there are any of those players on the roster, they are.

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