Monday, February 22, 2016

Perry Ellis OK; Jayhawks ‘obviously need’ him

Kansas forward Perry Ellis leaves the game next to trainer Bill Cowgill after suffering a cut on his head during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis leaves the game next to trainer Bill Cowgill after suffering a cut on his head during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.


Kansas University’s basketball team certainly looked like a squad worthy of winning a 12th straight Big 12 title — at the same time resembling a definite Final Four/national title contender — in building a 52-35 lead with 14:46 left in Saturday’s KU-Kansas State game in Bramlage Coliseum.

“We came out the second half and almost played flawlessly. We go up 17. We’re running, then after Perry got hurt, it shut down. I mean, it shut down,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks held on for a 72-63 victory.

KU led 55-41 with 12:02 left when senior Perry Ellis had a deep cut opened on the top of his head. After a team doctor sewed in 12 stitches, Ellis returned to the floor at 6:05, the Jayhawks’ lead down to seven points, 60-53.

Ellis left for good at 1:12 — KU up by four — this time getting blinded by teammate Wayne Selden Jr., who inadvertently hit him in the eye, scratching it. Ellis is OK and expected to play in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. contest at Baylor.

“We obviously need Perry out there, but we competed hard. The guys hung in there. We were able to piece it together,” Self said.

Devonté Graham hit four key free throws in the last 30 seconds as well as a crucial step-back jumper for his only six points of the game.

“Devonté has five turnovers and an oh-fer and scored six points in the last three minutes, basically to win the game,” Self said. “It was a great win. Now we need to get rested up, get Perry healthy and get ready to play another very good team.”

The good news Sunday was that Ellis was cleared by doctors to practice today and play Tuesday. Baylor (20-7 overall) joins West Virginia and Oklahoma at 9-5 in the league, two full games behind the 11-3 Jayhawks (23-4 overall) with four to play.

“Perry is good to go,” Self said Sunday night, noting Ellis would not have to wear protective goggles. “His head is fine. His eye is sore but getting better.”

Ellis was checked out by doctors Saturday night after returning to Lawrence and again Sunday.

“Reports from the ophthalmologist was positive. It is a scratch, and it should heal up in a couple of days. We gave him today off, and he should be able to practice tomorrow. With his head, he is fine. He just has some stitches on top of it,” Self said.

The Jayhawks feared they might have to play without Ellis down the stretch Saturday after he first left the court bleeding.

”We were kind of worried about Perry. We didn’t know if he’d make it back in the game or not,” junior guard Frank Mason III said. “We knew the next guy would have to step up and make plays for us.”

One hero Saturday was Svi Mykhailiuk, who hit two threes the first half and another in the second. He had played just seven minutes total in the last three games.

“Svi was our best player in the first half. He made a couple great plays the second half. He shot one about 22 feet, but he was only 19 feet out there,” Self joked of an airball from the corner. “All in all, it was a really solid win. I just wish we’d have closed it a little better.

“We did make free throws late after we shot ’em horrendously during the game,” Self added. “We hit five of our last six (and seven of 10).”

For the game, KU hit 18 of 30 free throws to KSU’s 18 of 22.

Now it’s off to Waco for a game against the Bears, who won Saturday at Texas (78-64) and prior to that at home against Iowa State (100-91, overtime).

“We’re 11-3, and we have three teams at 9-5. Obviously, if we’re not successful in Waco, you’ve got a one-game lead, which isn’t enough in this league,” Self said. “We’re going to play what may be the hottest team in the league right now.”

Cuss words OK’d by K-State?: KSU on Saturday brought back the previously banned song “Sandstorm” in the final minutes of the game.

The song had been taken away this season because the KSU students chant “(Expletive) KU” over and over during the melody, to the chagrin of ESPN, which must abide by FCC rules and not air vulgarities during broadcasts. Observers at the game said the music was played louder than usual Saturday to try to drown out the vulgar part of the song/chant.

Last Wednesday, the K-State Collegian authored an article indicating “Sandstorm” purposely was removed by KSU administration this season with sportsmanship in mind.

“We want an environment that is intimidating for visitors to play in, but I think we have to do that without crossing the line,” Scott Garrett, senior associate athletic director for external operations, told the student newspaper. “We do not think it is responsible to play that song when every time it is played the F-word is chanted in unison.”

Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle on Saturday tweeted “the story behind Sandstorm: Wasn’t planned initially, debated among administration in second half. K-State president Kirk Schulz said go for it.”

KU senior Evan Manning had a humorous tweet on the topic Saturday: “Hopefully I never have to listen to Sandstorm ever again.”


Yonatan Negash 6 years, 5 months ago

Glad to hear Perry is doing well.

Can't really say a whole lot about KSU other than I'm so glad we beat them.

As for our next game, we have a very tough game coming up.

Baylor is not going to be easy.I'm hopeful the KSU game did not take too much energy out of us.

If we are up to the challenge and play our game, than we will have a chance to wrap things up as early as Tuesday.

Dave Miller 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, so much for the K-State Administration's attitude toward sportsmanship. I can't say I'm surprised. Desperate people resort to desperate actions at desperate times. I really want KU to win the league's regular season title outright this year. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

Nor am I. The officials at KSU have no backbone and no testicles.

Deb Fitch 6 years, 5 months ago

I hate k state more that any one but this is no different than our administration trying to figure out how to get the students to stop yelling rip his f#$%$ing head off at football games.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

God are they still doing that? Is that the best that fertile creative minds can come up with. Sad.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

They got to yell something...I just wish they were yelling that towards the other team.

Steve Macy 6 years, 5 months ago

Lol, we're all for being classy, unless it helps us to win to not be. Epic failure KSU, only one other question. Which halftime show will be dedicated to KU? Seems you started a tradition.

Martin Rosenblum 6 years, 5 months ago

The Wildcats have purple as their color because they won't use crimson and blue as they are jealous of, so they just blended the two colors together and it came out as purple. That's my theory on that.

Max Kandinsky 6 years, 5 months ago

For a school that touts family so much, the decision by admin to allow their school to repeatedly sing "F___ KU" shows their true priorities. If I were a K-State alumni, I would be furious if I brought my kids to the game. It's college yes, but these games are always family filled events.

Douglas L. Boehr 6 years, 5 months ago

they are just trying to pick up were the Antler Club left off at MU

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

Wish the students would spend more of their time studying so that they hopefully can get a job after college that doesn't require them to say "Do you want fries with that?" One thing is for sure, that kind of public language won't get them very far.

Unfortunately, our students have gotten into the act sometimes as well, especially back when we were playing Mizzou.

Mike Greer 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeh, do you remember the T-shirts with Muck Fizzou on them? I actually thought that was a bit clever, my KU student daughter didn't think that would look good on me, oh well. We won that football game though. I think they played a video before the game on how Kansas was raided by Missouri during the civil war, and why it is there is so much bad blood, literally, between Kansas and Missouri. I got all that in 7th grade Kansas history class.

RJ King 6 years, 5 months ago

Your right. People who live in glass houses . . .

In the early 80's we were selling "Pound the Pussies" t-shirts the weekend we played K-State in football. It was clever, but um . . .

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

Maybe our band should march in a formation portraying a Powercat pounding a...well, you know.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

Not many job interviews at athletic advents..

Yonatan Negash 6 years, 5 months ago

Could West Virginia lose tonight?

We may get some help from ISU tonight.

There is a good chance they'll lose their third consecutive game tonight.

Rooting for an Iowa State win tonight.

That should make things interesting for us.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

Anyone know why K-State no longer plays at Ahearn? I always assumed it was too small but Bramlage is only 300 seats bigger. Ahearn is a very nice looking arena. Way better than what they're playing in now.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

When Bramlage Coliseum first opened in the 1988-89 season, it could seat 13,500, as opposed to Ahearn Fieldhouse's final capacity of 11,200. Capacity in Bramlage Coliseum has been reduced to bring the building in compliance with fire codes, to add luxury boxes, and bring handicapped seating in line with ADA regulations.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

Too bad, it's a nice looking arena. Looks like a smaller AFH.

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Perry should put on a black eye patch during warmups in Waco on Tuesday. That could be REALLY cool. Could be a rather disorienting visual that would look so stupid, the Baylor players could become amused to distraction. Of course, Scott Drew wouldn't get the joke and would ask the refs for a clarification on legality of a player wearing a Pirates eye patch. Coach Bill could tell them it is really a gimmick on a new drill technique to teach Perry to spin left once in a while, instead of always going right. Coach could then offer the refs an autographed Perry Ellis eye patch to wear during the game to help them see better! Did I say that? OMG.

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