Saturday, March 7, 2015

Greene suspended for KU game at OU

Jayhawks short-handed for regular season finale

Kansas head coach Bill Self talks with guard Brannen Greene during a break in action against TCU on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kansas head coach Bill Self talks with guard Brannen Greene during a break in action against TCU on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said earlier today on the pregame radio show with Bob Davis that sophomore guard Brannen Greene would not play in today's 3 p.m. game at Oklahoma after Greene was suspended "just for being irresponsible."

Greene is the third member of KU's regular rotation slated to miss today's Big 12 regular season finale. Junior forward Perry Ellis will not play because of a knee injury. And freshman forward Cliff Alexander, who remains out while the NCAA looks into eligibility issues, did not make the trip.

In addition, Self said that sophomore guard Wayne Selden, who injured his ankle in Tuesday's win over West Virginia in Lawrence, was listed as questionable for today.

"We'll be different, certainly," Self said. "Cliff can't travel because of the situation. Perry's actually doing well but he obviously will not suit. (As for) Wayne Selden, we'll make a decision after the pregame shoot. Yesterday, he maybe could've played but we couldn't tell because he was sick."

"Devonte' (Graham) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk will have a chance to play great minutes and Landen (Lucas) and Hunter (Mickelson)."

KU's starting lineup, should Selden be able to play, likely will include: Frank Mason, Selden, Kelly Oubre, Jamari Traylor and Lucas. In addition to the eight players listed above, reserve guard Evan Manning also could be tossed into action.

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Don Papst 7 years, 7 months ago

What the hell is wrong with these guys? Don't they realize they are entering the part of the season they have been busting their butts to get to? Sure hope they do not screw up what so far has been a great ride. Irresponsible???? WTF!!!!???

Robert Brock 7 years, 7 months ago

I am praying that Svi returns next season. As for Brannen Greene - he doesn't seem to be buying in to being a leader or doing what is expected of him.

I don't care if Brannen returns. KU can do without his problems.

Allin Herring 7 years, 7 months ago

I feel the same way about Cliff Alexander. No talent and may be a cheat

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 7 months ago

Honestly doesn't surprise me. Greene has never had the best attitude and you can see his body language on the bench isn't usually good.

Today's line up is going to look very interesting, especially if Selden is held out today. Hunter and Svi are looking at solid minutes today as the only big on the bench for Hunter and Svi possibly the only guard on the bench. Evan or Christian Garrett could see a few minutes today as well.

Randall Uhrich 7 years, 7 months ago

Don, you talk like KU's team has a personal contract with you to win every game. Lighten up!

RJ King 7 years, 7 months ago

I disagree, Robert. To me it seems like Brannen is taking 2 steps forward, one back. This is the maturation trajectory typical for many teenagers and young adults. I would like his progress to continue at Kansas.

Yonatan Negash 7 years, 7 months ago

Seriously people lighten up. Your lives aren't perfect, neither are the lives of our players.

The minute one of our kids messes up, the minute you're ready to hang em. What's that all about?

Couple weeks ago you particularly tried to destroy Perry Ellis for missing the layup.

Now, you're quick to make judgments on B. Green. You Obviously, don't know the situation, why judge?

As if 11 straight Big 12 championships aren't good enough.

If you're looking for perfection, you'll be disappointed time and time again.

Yonatan Negash 7 years, 7 months ago

circumstances happen. Let's not be extreme and start hanging our guys/players dry without known all the facts.

Walter Bridges 7 years, 7 months ago

People really don't want or care if Greene returns? That's just DUMB. I guess Self can give the scholarship away to one of the walk-ons as there just aren't enough unsigned recruits left in the top 150.

Alexander might have already played his last game in a Jayhawk uniform, KO is a lottery pick so yeah, why worry if a top 30 recruit with the best 3 pt shot in the BIG 12 goes to another program.

Great call...

Yonatan Negash 7 years, 7 months ago

If Kansas had a down game, meaning a game we can afford to lose, today was it.

Doug Merrill 7 years, 7 months ago

Exactly - silly responses. For all we know he overslept. There is no reason to think he isn't a big part of the team. Obviously Self does, or he would have kicked him off for the rest of the year, right?

Bville Hawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Yeah. If they'd have said "Violation of Team Rules" I would assume he failed a drug test, but "Irresponsible"? Probably missed a team meeting, shoot around, didn't get an assignment turned in that he's known about since the semester began, etc.

I suppose Bill could have just sat him and not played him, but instead he decided it would maybe make more of an impact on Brannen if he sort of made it public that Brannen had screwed up somewhere off the court.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 7 months ago

The part that bothers me is irresponsible behavior is occurring this late in the season no matter how minor it might be. Learn, and move on please. We played hard and nearly won so I'm proud of our 11 time Big 12 Champs.

Janet Olin 7 years, 7 months ago

Grow up, Brannen. You have talent and can contribute positively to this team, but it's Not. All. About. You.

Adam Kasson 7 years, 7 months ago

There has been on going problems with a lot of guys this whole year. A lot of them don't ever reach the paper. Im sure if you guys knew all the problems you would then have a real complaint. If I remember right Traylor got arrested earlier in the year. Last year Tarik Black and several others got into fights at local bars. Im pretty sure the Morris twins one year got into trouble for shooting a bb gun at the Jayhawk towers. These are young kids that don't have a clue about life or the big picture yet. The coach can only do so much. If he suspended the whole damn team we would be down to our walk-on's. One year Tark the old Unlv coach was coaching Fresno St team and starting getting players with major problems and criminal activity. He said he wasn't worried about if half his team was smoking an illegal susbstance. He said he was more worried about getting them to show up to practice. He then said the legal system handles illegal problems. Kind of like the whole Cliff Alexander thing. We don't know any of the real facts but one things for sure Coach Self has made it clear that its a Cliff Alexander problem not a Ku problem.

RJ King 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm pretty sure it wasn't Tarik Black.

All in all, I don't think our off court situations are in any way disproportionate. Look at Syracuse. Or Indiana. Hmm . . . we might be looking pretty damn good after all.

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