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Kansas/USA advances to World University Games semifinals

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Late in the third quarter of the Kansas/USA team’s World University Games quarterfinal matchup with Lithuania, Bill Self’s team led by just one point (43-42) and appeared to be locked in a struggle similar to that of their one-point win over Serbia in group play. However that would not be the case, as the Americans clamped down defensively and Lithuania could not hit a shot.

A 15-0 run established the distance needed to put the game away, with Self’s team going on to win by a final score of 70-48. After scoring eight points in the third quarter the Americans outscore Lithuania 25-6 in the fourth, with Frank Mason III leading a balanced offensive effort with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Joining Mason in double figures were Wayne Selden Jr. (13 points, five rebounds) and Perry Ellis (11 points, six rebounds), with SMU’s Nic Moore adding nine points and six assists. Kansas received solid efforts from big men Landen Lucas and Hunter Mickelson as well, with the latter making the start at the center position. Lucas contributed seven points and nine rebounds, with Mickelson adding six points and four rebounds and freshman Carlton Bragg grabbing five rebounds during his time on the floor.

Paulius Dambrauskas, who scored 12 points and was a difficult matchup for the Americans in the first half, led Lithuania with 18 points but did not score again until just past the halfway point of the fourth quarter. Also of note on the Lithuanian team was Evansville rising senior forward Egidijus Mockevicius, who had a quiet night after rolling his right ankle chasing down a rebound just over a minute into the game.

Mockevicius, who has led the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding each of the last two years and was a first team all-conference selection in 2014-15, finished the game with two points and five rebounds. As a team Lithuania shot just 27 percent from the field, with their percentage plummeting after they made seven of their 13 shots from the field in the first quarter.

Next up for the United States, which has reached the semifinals of the World University Games for the first time since 2009, will be either Russia or Estonia. That 2009 team, coached by Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, won the bronze medal.

Perry Ellis is returning to Kansas for his senior year

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Just days after getting news that Wayne Selden will be returning to school for his junior season, Kansas fans found out that their leading scorer and rebounder will be back in Lawrence for his senior year.

During a banquet to announce that he’s won the Mr. Jayhawk award, power forward Perry Ellis made it official.

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“There’s still a lot left on the table,” Ellis said, according to the KC Star. “It will be best for me to come back.”

“I went through the process, I heard some first round, a lot of second round. You can’t rush it. I’ll know when the time comes, and it hasn’t come yet.”

Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander are both off to the NBA, but with Ellis and Selden returning — along with Frank Mason, Devonte’ Graham, Svi Myhailiuk, Brannen Greene, Jamari Traylor and Landen Lucas — Carlton Bragg joining the program and the Jayhawks in the mix with every elite recruit left uncommitted, Bill Self looks like he’ll once again be a favorite to win the Big 12.

Had he gone pro, Ellis was a likely second round pick.


Kansas head coach Bill Self updates status of three players who missed last regular season game

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Kansas finished its regular season with a road loss at Oklahoma without junior Perry Ellis, sophomore Brannen Greene or freshman Cliff Alexander. Ellis had a sprained knee, Greene was suspended and Alexander was being held out due to eligibility concerns and Jayhawks head coach Bill Self gave an update on the trio in a podcast with ESPN‘s Andy Katz.

The most concerning loss is Ellis, a first-team All-Big 12 selection who is arguably the team’s most important player. Self said they’ll take precaution when it comes to playing the junior forward.

“He will wear a brace for the rest of the season,” Self said to Katz. “If the doctors say he’s not feeling well enough, we will sit him for the tournament. All indications are he is doing well with his lateral movement.

“We will press forward and put him in position, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent by the NCAA tournament.”

Greene, a key shooter off the bench for Kansas this season, missed the game due to suspension.

“It should be a one-game suspension as long as he did what he was supposed to do,” Self said. “Hopefully he’s been on time for class and done what’s required. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t play. We certainly could have used him. We were short-handed. We’re certainly better with him in the long run.”

So it sounds like Ellis and Greene could be back for the NCAA Tournament, which means that Kansas will nearly at full strength.

The same can’t be said for Alexander, however, as the freshman is dealing with the NCAA looking into his eligibility. Self didn’t sound optimistic that his McDonald’s All-American power forward would be back.

From Katz’s podcast:

“I had never heard of an agent or financial adviser mentioned [with Alexander],” Self said. “That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”

Self said Alexander won’t play until the NCAA enforcement and the family meet to discuss the situation.

“We’re basically moving on and preparing as if we’re not having Cliff,” Self said. “We won’t have him if they’re not all on the same page.”

Self said he’s still optimistic Alexander will return but “the odds would be zero and no chance” if the parties don’t meet.

Things don’t appear good for Alexander’s freshman season at Kansas, and the Jayhawks might have to move on without him. They still won plenty of games against good teams this season in which Alexander had poor outings and played minimal minutes so it shouldn’t be that big of a loss. But if Alexander can return, and he plays with confidence and returns to form, he can be a bruising presence in the paint and gobble up a lot of rebounds.