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A sidebar today remains KU’s performance on the road. The Jayhawks are 2-3 in league games, winning their last outing at TCU (75-56) that snapped a three-game skid.
“We showed a tremendous amount of what we can do defensive-wise against West Virginia (in Tuesday’s 74-63 home win),” Ellis said. “It’s a mindset of helping each other out. If we take that on the road, we’ll be good.”
“In order to win this league you’ve got to go beat top 15 teams on the road because there’s so many of them. Texas won at West Virginia. Baylor won at Iowa State. OU played unbelievably well at Iowa State and won big at Baylor,” Self said, noting KU’s win at San Diego State is looking good right now with the Aztecs 18-7 overall and 11-1 in Mountain West play. “The other teams in our league have done it and certainly we need to do that as well,” he added.
Kansas men's basketball senior Perry Ellis has been named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's Late Season Top 20 List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who are the frontrunners for the John R. Wooden Award, based on their performances during the 2015-16 season.
Ellis has scored 19 or more points in five of his last six games, including four 20-point efforts. The Wichita, Kansas senior forward is averaging 19.5 points and 6.6 rebounds during Big 12 play, and 16.9 points and 6.5 rebounds overall. Ellis is the only player in the Big 12 to rank in the top-seven in scoring (third) and rebounding (seventh). He has three double-doubles on the season with all coming in conference action. The 2015 Big 12 Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, who was an All-Big 12 First Team selection as a junior, also ranks among the Big 12 leaders in field goal percentage (fifth at 53.0) and free throw percentage (14th at 76.1).
KUAD Recap, Box Score, Photos, Notes, Quotes
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Perhaps this might be a bit dramatic, but on Sunday morning, West Virginia’s basketball team woke up alone in first place in the Big 12.
The three-year journey there was not an easy one, and it remains incomplete, for there is still half of the Big 12 regular season left to play and the second half begins with the toughest of all assignments, going into Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, to play the 11-time defending champions of the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks.
This is a team that won or shared the last 11 titles and remains hungry to make it an even dozen.
To get there, though, they must gain one game at least on Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers, and this gives them a chance to do that and make a statement right away.
“A buddy of mine told me one time when we were pretty good, ‘Make sure you tell them the dog with the bone is always in danger,’ ” Huggins said in the aftermath of Saturday night’s 80-69 victory over Baylor before 14,069 Coliseum fans. “There’s a lot of truth to that. When you have what everyone else wants, you’ve got a whole bunch of people trying to get it.”
…Perhaps most interesting has been the fact that at this key juncture in the season, they have had to go about their business shorthanded, missing the key element in both their press and their rebounding as Jonathan Holton has sat out the last three games.
…Does Holton return for Kansas?
Huggins said he didn’t know, but wished he did, which would seem to say that the decision is not in his hands.
KUAD: Kansas hosts West Virginia pregame notes
For 40 minutes Saturday, the Jayhawks made TCU’s offense look like it was the one representing the Topeka YMCA. As Kansas put a workmanlike 75-56 victory in the books, the Jayhawks held the Horned Frogs (10-13) to 28.6 percent shooting and 14 field goals.
In some respects, it was not an overly smooth or dominating performance — Self would confide after that the margin might have been greater if his team had made more open shots — but for a program that had lost three straight road games and hadn’t left an opponent’s venue happy since Jan. 9, it was the equivalent of a shot of Red Bull.
“We’re on the back nine of the league race,” Self said. “And so everything is magnified and you’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity.”
…In almost every measurable way, Saturday was a victory for Kansas. But the real challenge could await this week.
“This is the biggest week that we’ve had,” Self said. “Of course, we’ve had some big weeks already. But this is the biggest week to date. And we get a chance to play a team that handled us pretty easily. And we get a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country. Our guys should be pretty jacked for this week.”
KUAD: Postgame box score, recap, notes, quotes
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ABOUT TCU (10-12, 1-8): The Horned Frogs lost at Oklahoma 95-72 on Tuesday but a week ago beat Tennessee, a team that knocked off Kentucky a few days later. TCU played Kansas tough in Lawrence on Jan. 16, falling 70-63. The last four games in the series, all won by KU, have a six-point average margin. The Frogs give themselves a chance when they hold opponents to under 40 percent from the field. They’re 7-0 in those games.
TCU hosts the 7th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, looking to use their 70-63 loss in Lawrence from mid-January as a foundation for continued success. The Frogs kept things relatively close against a Kansas squad that was the #1 team in the nation according to both the Associated Press and USA Today at the time. Kansas has won the last four meetings against TCU, but only by a combined 24 points. The Frogs should have enough experience under their belt at this point in the season to put up yet another competitive performance against the Jayhawks.
KUAD Pregame Notes
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