Notebook: Jayhawks overcome free-throw struggles
The Jayhawks defeated Kentucky, 90-84, in overtime Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but they didn’t do so without some struggles.
KU made 30 free throws but missed 17. Perry Ellis (10 points, nine rebounds, 31 minutes because of foul trouble) was 8-of-13 at the line.
“He missed the first one (and hit second to send the game to OT),” Self said. Ellis tied the game at 76 with 9.0 seconds left.
Self said he didn’t expect the airball Ellis shot on the first of two technical foul shots in the first half. He made the second.
“Not when you can pick who you want to shoot. It was not only short but way left,” Self said. “He did that one other time when he was hit in the head a couple years ago. He didn’t have a great game, but he really battled.”
Freshmen shine in first half: Freshman forwards Carlton Bragg Jr. and Cheick Diallo had six and two points respectively the first half as Ellis played just six minutes because of foul trouble.
“Cheick and Carlton bailed us out. They came in and did a great job,” Self said.
The rules: KU grad David Booth and his family members at halftime officially presented KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and AD Sheahon Zenger the original rules of basketball he purchased at auction. The crowd gave Booth a thunderous ovation.
This, that: Selden’s 33 points marked the most by a Jayhawk in a game since Ellis scored 30 against Iowa State in the 2014 Big 12 Championship semifinals. … Selden’s 33 points marked the most scored by a KU junior since Marcus Morris posted 33 at Iowa State on Jan. 12, 2011. … Selden has eclipsed the 1,000 career scoring mark. He’s the 57th Jayhawk to hit 1,000. … KU now trails the all-time series with Kentucky, 22-7. KU has won four in a row over UK in Allen. … KU extended its overall home win streak to 35 games. … Since the 2006-07 season, KU’s record in overtime games under Self is 14-3. KU has won four straight OT games. … KU outrebounded UK, 42-31 … KU’s 47 free-throw attempts were the most since the Jayhawks shot 52 against Niagara on Jan. 9, 1997. … KU hit 12 of 16 free throws in OT after shooting 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) the first 40 minutes. … Ellis scored 10 points to move past Bud Stallworth into 20th place on KU’s all-time scoring list with 1,500 career points.
Poll: A College GameDay Twitter poll of fans selected Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Jo Jo White and Kirk Hinrich members of KU’s all-time starting five.
Kentucky’s five: Jamal Mashburn, Tony Delk, John Wall, Dan Issel and Anthony Davis.
“I think I could win a couple games with that roster,” Self said on Saturday morning’s GameDay program, which attracted about 5,000 fans into Allen Fieldhouse. “That would be a hard game. I thing we could win a couple of games (with that lineup).”
Self and Ellis received a thunderous ovation from those who attended the 10-11 a.m. show.
“It’s different from conference. We’re excited,” Ellis said of the KU-UK matchup. “We’re a team that can be great. If we can put things together, we’ll be good.”
Asked about what he learned from KU coach Larry Brown, Self said: “I stole from all my mentors, whether it be coach Brown, coach Sutton (Eddie, Oklahoma State) or coach Hamilton (Leonard, OSU). They are maybe the best the game has seen in their respective traits, what each did best. I believe I learned more in nine months with coach Brown.”
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