12/5/14, 9:26 PM
Selden screaming at Perry Ellis to box his man out. Rare show of emotion for any KU player.
12/5/14, 9:49 PM
I kno it's loud in there !!!
12/5/14, 9:53 PM
Wayne gunna realize soon he can do this to everybody thats gunna guard him ..
12/5/14, 10:01 PM
That's at least four Florida shots in a row hitting front rim. Allen Fieldhouse in their heads.
12/5/14, 10:04 PM
115db in Allen Fieldhouse. #easily #loud
12/5/14, 10:04 PM
It's pretty loud in here. #kubball leads 60-52 with 3 minutes left
12/5/14, 10:05 PM
Cameras are shaking AFH is so loud #kubball
12/5/14, 10:13 PM
Yeah baby now we playing jayhawk basketball way to step up Wayne #big, also S/O to that yung killa from Chicago #bigcliff keep eating boiii
12/5/14, 10:18 PM
Tonight was the Wayne Selden that Kansas needs moving forward. Has to be the perimeter go-to-guy.
12/5/14, 10:23 PM
12/5/14, 11:10 PM
Allen Fieldhouse is the best basketball venue in the world and yall are what makes it that! We don't take you guys for granted! #RockChalk
It might be time to stop questioning the magic of Allen Fieldhouse.
What else can explain Kansas’ 71-65 victory over Florida on Friday night in front of a raucous home crowd?
Here are the facts: KU overcame an 18-point deficit with 16:43 left in the second half and actually took an eight-point lead 13 minutes later.
Wayne Selden — the same guard who had made 0 of 10 field goals in his last game against Michigan State — suddenly became Dirk Nowitzki in his prime, knocking down 18-foot jumper after 18-footer jumper on his way to a 21-point performance.
TCJ (Uh, who has EVER questioned AFH? This ain't Hilton we're talking about!)
"As a freshman, you get down on yourself a lot," Selden said. "You struggle with confidence, you just don't really know what to do. Now if I miss shots I'm not really thinking I'm not going to play. I try to defend and do the other things to help me stay with it and stay on the floor."
Selden is aiming to become a well-rounded player whose game isn't affected by a poor shooting night.
"I think he's always been a streaky shooter, but the one thing about him is I think he's got confidence in himself and belief in himself," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "That's what really good players do ... he came back and responded really, really well."
The scouting report on Kansas is defend the 3-point line and protect the paint. All midrange shots are fair game and Donovan said he was willing to concede those. Selden blew up that blueprint, and if he can continue to do so moving forward, the Jayhawks will soar.
After Florida’s Devin Robinson missed the 3-pointer, Perry Ellis wasn’t able to completely seal off his defender, fighting for the rebound before knocking it out of bounds to give the ball back to the Gators.
The dead ball led to the second half’s first media timeout, and Kansas guard Wayne Selden didn’t hesitate. He walked up to Ellis, thrusted both elbows backward in an exaggerated motion and yelled, “Box out!” a few inches from Ellis’ face.
“I want that. I want him to do that,” Ellis said following KU’s 71-65 victory over Florida on Friday night. “That’s going to make the team better, and it’s going to make me better. I want my teammates to get after me when I’m doing something wrong.”
The on-court show of emotion was a rare sight for this year’s KU team, which is filled mostly with quiet personalities like Ellis, point guard Frank Mason and freshman Svi Mykhailiuk.
Selden’s tactic, though, might have done some good. After getting outhustled to loose balls in the first half, KU’s big men overwhelmed Florida in the second half, outrebounding the Gators, 24-9, after the break.
With 8:11 to go in the game, the 11th-ranked Jayhawks were down, 52-45. Some five minutes later, it was 60-52 the other way, a 15-0 run by the hosts. Selden was responsible for six of those points, all on long, arcing jumpers, like a game of "NBA Jam" come to life. Old school. Mid-range rainbows.
The only thing missing was the short shorts. Every ball that left his hands had a vapor trail on its backside. Swish city.
"He made real points in the second half," said coach Bill Self, whose squad moved to 6-1 after wiping out the biggest halftime deficit KU had seen at the Phog since 1995. "Those are real college baskets. Those weren't easy points."
Selden could end up being a poster boy for why it’s sometimes good for the hot-shot, one-and-done types to return to school for another season or two. It could end up being the best thing that ever happened to Selden, who finally played like a future NBA draft pick during the Jayhawks’ 71-65 comeback win over Florida on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
It was an incredible game. And it was a breakthrough performance for Selden, who scored a game-high 21 points.
Florida spent the first half impersonating the Harlem Globetrotters with crisp passing, uncanny shooting and a big 25-4 run to go up by 15 at the half. Meanwhile, KU was obliging with its Washington Generals act.
But at halftime, it was if the teams switched uniforms.
He did say that he'd stopped considering a school he really liked, Texas, because it was too far from home – a somewhat interesting statement because UCLA is a lot farther away from Cleveland than Texas.
He'd once thought he would commit to a college in December but has pushed that back and has no timeline for a decision. In part, he wants to see which players come and go from the teams he's considering.
It seems like the No. 14 prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals, has changed his mind and will announce in the spring. According to a report from Chip Miller of Zag’s Blog, Bragg will wait and bypass that rumored December announcement.
“I was going to do it in December but stuff got changed,” Bragg said to Chip Miller at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
Considering that Bragg might still want to visit and see some games of each team — and he’s smart to wait and see who leaves for the NBA — this is probably a smart decision for him. Now the forward can get a feel for if certain players at each school leave in the front court and Kansas and Kentucky have very deep rotations of big men. UCLA has a player who could leave in Kevon Looney. Things could really change in this recruitment between now and the spring.
Midway through the second quarter Saturday, the hype surrounding Marcus LoVett's transfer to Morgan Park proved worthy.
LoVett scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the quarter to fuel No. 4 Morgan Park to a 71-58 victory against host Larkin in the final game of the Mac Irvin Diabetes Classic in Elgin.
LoVett shot 11-for-24 from the field and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
"Today was the game for me to show that (I can play) to the crowd and my teammates," LoVett said. "I just tried to do whatever I could to help us get a win."
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