Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jayhawks bounce back in K.C.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) defends against a drive by Oregon State guard Malcolm Duvivier (11) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) defends against a drive by Oregon State guard Malcolm Duvivier (11) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at Sprint Center.


— No. 2 Kansas University’s men’s basketball team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State, 82-67, Saturday at Sprint Center behind 22 points from Wayne Selden Jr.

The Jayhawks (8-1) trailed 39-28 at the break, but used a 26-9 run over the first six minutes of the second half to turn back the Beavers.

Selden drained five three-pointers to lead all scorers. Frank Mason III, Perry Ellis and Devonté Graham joined Ellis in double figures with 18, 13, and 10 respectively.

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

• The game turned when: Kansas went on a 14-0 run over a stretch of two minutes and 38 seconds at the beginning of the second half to turn a 48-41 deficit to a 55-48 advantage. Graham began the run with back-to-back layups, and capped the surge with another point-blank basket.

• Offensive highlight: Ellis went on a personal 5-0 run to give a 53-48 advantage and force an Oregon State timeout in the middle of KU’s 14-0 spurt. Ellis hit a baseline jumper, and then drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key for five of his 13 points.

• Defensive highlight: Graham limited Oregon State leading scorer Gary Payton II to 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Payton entered the contest averaging 16.4 points per game.

• Key stat: The Beavers knocked down 7-of-10 three-pointers in the first half, but hit just 1-of-6 from behind the arch in the second.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be back in Allen Fieldhouse next Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip-off against Montana.

— See what people were saying about the game during’s live coverage

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Oregon State

By the Numbers: Kansas 82, Oregon State 67

By the Numbers: Kansas 82, Oregon State 67


Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

Ongoing hysteria from the Chicken Littles... 1) The combination of Graham, Mason and Selden doesn't work. 2) Perry is no good against big players 3) Self needs to use all the players 4) Brannen Greene is the savior

Brett McCabe 6 years, 6 months ago

It's an interesting world you live in, all make-believe-and-stuff. Say hello to the unicorns for us.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

Would it make it easier if Chicken LIttle members were attached to their ideas by name? It seems a lot of you can't remember your own "reality".

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

Jay, earlier this week I actually thought you had some good posts with valid points/info.

This was before you got on the kick of following certain people (or trolls) around through all of these articles and commenting on everything they posted, using the "chicken little" comments on every article, and in general being a dick. You gotta give it up. Don't stoop to their level. You can't beat them, they are professional trolls.

You're not doing yourself (or any of us) any favors by constantly posting this "chicken little" crap on every article, or following people around and dragging down every conversion into a "who can troll better" pissing contest.

You went from having good comments to fighting with other commenters you felt where trolling (they may or may not have been), to now being a bigger troll than them. How is this a positive result? Be the bigger man and move on.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

That's either a poorly placed personal insult aimed at Jay, or a misunderstanding of the gender of one of the individuals in this conversation.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

Like you did Shannon? Posting comments that show your dismay with other's ideas is trolling?

The infantile replies of the Chicken Little are expected.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

Like I did? WTF are you talking about?

Trolling is being a dick for the sake of being a dick. That's what you're doing. You're well beyond "showing dismay of other's ideas" at this point and you know it. Don't act like you have no idea what I mean, you have to be smarter than that.

OK, never mind, you're a lost cause. Just continue with your "chicken little" crap and you'll soon be the most despised person on this site. If that's you're goal then you're succeeding. If you have any other goal, you're failing.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

I see Shannon. When you take three paragraphs to rant about how you disapprove of someone you're a source of wisdom and enlightenment.

Anyone else's disagreements are trolling.......

If you're here to become more popular and accepted, you may need help. I'm personally almost as satisfied with the notion that the Chicken Little hate me as I am with the sudden scarcity of their idiotic comments...

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

Thank you for confirming you enjoy trolling (being hated), just as I suspected above. Carry on.

The funny thing is we are on the same side regarding our thoughts about KU basketball. You're so intent on trying to piss everyone off you haven't realized I'm not part of the "chicken littles" as you put it though.

Disagreeing is not trolling, as I said, your initial comments earlier in the week were well put and sound. The trolling started when you started chasing James around looking for an argument and calling everyone else's comments "chicken little". I'm sorry this is too complicated for you to understand, I've tried to simplify it as much as possible.

I'm not here to be more popular. I'm here to read about KU basketball. You've already admitted you're here for the attention though, maybe you were hoping you had someone here to join you in your pursuit of infamy?.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

I didn't say you were a Chicken Little. I won't say what you showed yourself to be. You are past the point of helping your lack of self awareness.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

If that's the case, that makes two of us lacking self awareness. Fortunately I've (apparently) offended one person, you're offending nearly everyone. You've admitted to enjoying that though which means it's intentional and therefore trolling. When everyone is against you, you've got to look at yourself, not blame everyone else.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

You poor thing. Why would any rational person blame others for their "internet belovedness ratio"?

Look at recent comments. Most of the truly idiotic self/Self haters and Chicken Little have shut up. The only downside is that you're trying to replace all of them on your own.

Joe Ross 6 years, 6 months ago


No insults here. But if the difference in the performance of the first and second half doesn't inform you that Kansas has issues "turning it on"/playing with energy/focusing in on the game, that this led to losses last year and against MSU this year, and that the reality is that Kansas is often a better team than how it plays, then I don't know what to tell you.

The sky may not be falling, but it is the one area that lingers over from last year. How do you struggle against Loyola Marymount?

Call me a chicken little if youd like, but its not all sunshine here.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

No insults here. Games have an ebb and flow. Different personnel, hot/cold shooting, different schemes etc contribute to that.

They're kids. Many are still teenagers. They go to school. To be fair, they struggled for a few minutes in a 32 point blowout of LM.

There will always be clouds Joe. You're no CL.

Joe Ross 6 years, 6 months ago

Just because things will never be perfect doesnt mean that we should accept all flaws. There is a lack of fight that characterizes this team's play that is uncharacteristic of Bill Self-coached teams.

If you don't mind that it may come back to bite us in March and lead to an earlier-than-expected exit, I would say that your perspective is justified.

Jay Scott 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm not sure that I make the connection between lack of fight and tournament losses.

My least favorite KU group ever were the FOE/Morrii gang. They had "fight" and fought their way out of the VCU game.

Every group is different and changes as players adopt greater roles. Bill's team "fights" their way to a conference title every tear. A couple of NCAA losses are a tougher thing to pinpoint issues.

Sam Burns 6 years, 6 months ago

Why is there no thumbs down option? Can we please change the format to ignore some individuals. This has become ridiculous.

Brett McCabe 6 years, 6 months ago

Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde, of first-half meet second-half.

The Sprint Center is always a dead venue, and the team did it's best Zombie impression in the first-half. I would not have wanted to be in that half-time locker room.

Wayne's summer explosion is looking more and more like the real deal and not just a blip. Happy to see that he is healthy, aggressive and in control.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 6 months ago

Sprint Center seemed pretty full of life to me in the second half. Gotta remember that most of the people who go to KU's annual game in KC are the well-to-do KC area alumni and not the students who give life to Allen Fieldhouse. Can't expect the same atmosphere.

Rob Byrd 6 years, 6 months ago

Brannon has NO reason to complain about playing time. Even if he did hit multiple 3's a game, which he doesn't, he gets beat on defense EVERY SINGLE TIME!! This was a game the guys would have folded on last year, nice to see them persevere. RCJH!

Rodney Crain 6 years, 6 months ago

For those of us still in touch with reality...

Great second half, coach shortens the bench, goes with Hunter, Bragg our D and experience make a dramatic turn around. Outstanding effort.

Selden looked terrific.

Excellent Response.

Doug Cramer 6 years, 6 months ago

Mickelson was the chemistry anchor in this one.

After Self took him out in the first half, OSU took over the game.

Started him in the 2nd half...and we flipped the game into our advantage.

Self's system is most effective when we have a long shot blocker at center.

When we don't have that, our defense allows more points.

I know he's not the sexiest play with all the big men we have...but I still believe he gives us the best chance at winning come March and April.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 6 months ago

Self's near lack of subbing in the second half is reminiscent of the 1981 Big 8 finals when Ted Owens played his starting five the entire game and beat K-State 80-68. When you're as motivated as the five on the floor were in the second half, you don't get fatigued and there's no reason to change.

Good comeback win by Kansas, and a very dominant and entertaining second half. But they never should have been in a position of being down by 14. We were getting outclassed by a team that will probably finish 6th or 7th in the Pac-12 and will spend their March in the NIT. Not at all a good look for the AP #2 team in the nation.

Here's hoping for a full 40 minutes next week against Montana.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

It was an ugly first half but we all should have saw it coming after the way they played against Holy Cross. I told my wife during the HC game that KU would be flat against OSU because the law of averages says if you shoot lights out, you'll miss everything you throw at the basket shortly after. Fortunately, it only lasted a half and the the KU we love showed up in the second half.

Pius Waldman 6 years, 6 months ago

The bigs need to improve setting up post plays. To simply toss the ball inside gives the opponent a chance to steal the ball. Or leave space for the outside players to drive to the goal.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 6 months ago

Very astute observation, Doug. Mickelson gave us some indications in Korea as to how valuable he could be. Now that he is getting more playing time, his confidence seems to be building, and he is such a great young man. He's been interviewed in the post game radio shows after the last two games, and he is clearly very bright, polite, and humble. I won't be at all surprised if he becomes more of an "on court" leader as the season progresses.

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