Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Notebook: Frank Mason III’s toughness shows up vs. WVU

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. tries to pump up Kansas guard Frank Mason III after Mason took an elbow to the face by a West Virginia play during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. tries to pump up Kansas guard Frank Mason III after Mason took an elbow to the face by a West Virginia play during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University guard Frank Mason III took an elbow to the face, delivered by West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip, in the second half of the Jayhawks’ 75-65 Tuesday victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

Phillip was assessed a technical foul.

“Frank doesn’t always play great, but there’s nobody tougher, nobody,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He’s about as competitive as anybody we’ve had here.”

Mason, who actually was called for a foul before taking the elbow, hit three of seven shots and seven of eight free throws, good for 14 points with two assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

Mason was asked about West Virginia’s press, which helped cause 15 KU turnovers.

“Sometimes they wear you down. They full-court deny you the whole time,” Mason said. “Sometimes they have two guys on us. They make you work the whole time. It’s tiring.”

Stats, facts: KU has won 20 games for the 27th consecutive season beginning in 1989-90. ... KU has won 37 games in a row in Allen. ... Bill Self is 203-9 in Allen. ... KU launched its fewest field-goal attempts this season (41) and fewest shots since 40 against Baylor on Jan. 20, 2014, in Allen. ... KU led by as many as 13 with 12:26 to play. WVU used five turnovers in less than three minutes to bring it back to 54-50 at the under-eight media timeout with a 7-1 run. ... Perry Ellis passed Calvin Thompson (1,548), Kenny Gregory (1,555) and Jeff Boschee (1,560) while moving into 15th place on KU’s career scoring list with 1,563 points.

— See what people were saying about No. 6 KU vs. No. 10 WVU during’s live coverage

More news and notes from KU’s home win over West Virginia

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, West Virginia 65

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, West Virginia 65


Jay Hawk 6 years, 4 months ago

I was curious, so I thought you might be too. Top 15 scorers and points:

  1. Danny 2951
  2. Nick 2097
  3. Raef 2066
  4. Clyde 1979
  5. Sherron 1888
  6. Darnell 1821
  7. Keith Langford (did I need to type his last name?) 1812
  8. Paul 1768
  9. Dave Robisch 1754
  10. Kirk 1753
  11. Kevin Pritchard 1692
  12. Mark Randall 1627
  13. Wayne Simien 1593
  14. Tyshawn 1580
  15. Perry 1563

At this pace, Perry will be Top 10 and possibly Top 8 or so by year end. Rock Chalk to the Blender!

RJ King 6 years, 4 months ago

wow, Kevin Pritchard's name surprised me. I must have been brain dead during his career.

Cameron Cederlind 6 years, 4 months ago

He was the first player ever to make a 3 point shot in Allen Fieldhouse, random fact of the day.

RJ King 6 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Jay Hawk.

Pierce's numbers (2356 if projected over four years), would bump him up to second place. I believe he's the only 3-year player on the list.

And, as HH states below, Wilt's numbers would blow up the list.

Benny Armstrong 6 years, 4 months ago

This sort of thing lends itself to the what if game, which fans love to play. We have a guaranteed 9 games left (7 regular season, 1 in Big 12 tourney, 1 in NCAA tourney). On that low end, if Perry were to keep his average of 19.5 in conference, he would wind up with 1738 total points, good for 11th. Of course as we add in games, say going to the conference tourney title and the Elite 8 (5 additional games), he could wind up with 1836, just edging out Darnell Valentine on the list for 6th.

Of course all of this is speculation and built on what ifs, but Perry has the chance to get way up in the scoring list if he continues in his current form and the team makes runs in both post season tournaments. Very impressive for someone that a lot of fans and most of the country takes for granted. He will definitely be missed once he graduates after a decade at KU.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

My biggest surprise was Wayne Simien. Not that he wasn't a great player but I thought his injuries might have kept him out of the top 20. If he could have stayed healthy throughout his career, both college and NBA, I think he had HOF potential.

Full disclosure: 1977 Leavenworth high school graduate.

It might be a very long time before someone challenges Manning. In today's game, Nick, Raef, Simien and Paul probably would have left for the NBA earlier and in Paul Pierce's case, probably after his second year.

Rae Bricil 6 years, 4 months ago

That list really shows what an amazing scorer Danny was at KU. Almost double Wayne's production--wow.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

Manning almost doubles Perry's production at this point.

2951 - 1563

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 4 months ago

Of course, the list is somewhat deceiving as Wilt's not on there. Had he been able to play 4 years and the number of games like most on the list, he would have surpassed everybody by a mile. His points and rebounds per game averages will likely never be broken.

That's not to take anything away from those on the list. They are all Jayhawk legends, and better yet, great ambassadors for the KU tradition,.

RJ King 6 years, 4 months ago

Have not watched a replay, but what happened on the elbow to the face drive? I get that Mason fouled before the elbow, but I missed the explanation of the ruling.

Why was Phillips elbow ruled a technical and not a Flagrant 1?

Benny Armstrong 6 years, 4 months ago

Frank's reach-in foul stopped the play, so since the elbow came after that, it became a deadball technical rather than a flagrant 1.

Micky Baker 6 years, 4 months ago

Remember at K-State a few years back, maybe like 7 years ago when the same thing occurred and the flagrant 1 was called after calling a foul on the KU guard? Should have been a flagrant 1 because of the malice behind it.

Scott Smetana 6 years, 4 months ago

Looks like Buddy has a chance at #2 at OU. Never heard of 2-4. You?

  1. Wayman Tisdale 1983-85 2,661
  2. Jeff Webster 1991-94 2,281
  3. Tim McCalister 1984-87 2,275
  4. Darryl Kennedy 1984-87 2,097
  5. Stacey King 1986-89 2,008
  6. Buddy Hield 2013-16 1,957

Scott Lippoldt 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow--it amazes me that OU has five, soon to be six, 2,000+ point scorers, and KU only has three.

Jay Scott 6 years, 4 months ago

You weren't following basketball during the Billy Tubbs era.

Scott Lippoldt 6 years, 4 months ago

No, I was--I just forgot about that. Makes total sense now!

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

Even more amazing - Oklahoma has never won an NCAA title (in basketball).

Mike Greer 6 years, 4 months ago

In part thanks to KU (1988). Only King would have been on that NCAA title game team.

Al Martin 6 years, 4 months ago

He was. And Chris Piper shut him down :-).

Cameron Cederlind 6 years, 4 months ago

We tend to have a more balanced squad each year. Kirk, Nick, Gregory, Boschee, and Langford all being on the team at the same time and in the top 20 all time scorers at KU is pretty crazy.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 4 months ago

I heard someone talking about rebounds as well: 1) Danny Manning - 1187 2) Raef Lafrentz - 1186 3) Bill Bridges - 1081 4) Eric Chenowith - 933 5) Drew Gooden - 905 6) Wayne Simien - 884 7) Wilt Chamberlain - 877 (2 years) 8) Cole Aldrich - 860 9) Scott Pollard - 850 10) Dave Robish - 815 11) Greg Ostertag - 770 12) Perry Ellis - 768 *pulled from He could become top 10 in both lists. He probably is on pace to get about 60-90 more rebounds.

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 4 months ago

I remember, especially during the last two years of his KU career, Danny could almost score at will on anyone. His numbers could have been even higher if he would not have been such a team player and amazing passer, always finding ways to help his teammates get theirs.

Vernon Riggs 6 years, 4 months ago

So that makes Danny and Evan the top Father-Son duo...

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