Saturday’s box score
No. 9 Kansas 74, TCU 48
Percentages: FG .362, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Anderson 2-7, Green 1-2, Hill Jr. 1-3, Dincer 0-1, Butler Lind 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 5 (Abron 2, McKinney 2, Crossland). Turnovers: 15 (McKinney 3, Anderson 3, Butler Lind 2, Hill Jr. 2, Crossland, Green, Abron). Steals: 6 (McKinney 2, Anderson 2, Dincer, Butler Lind). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .491, FT .947. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (McLemore 2-6, Johnson 1-1, Releford 1-2, Tharpe 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Withey 3, Young 2). Turnovers: 11 (Releford 2, Tharpe 2, Withey 2, Traylor, Wesley, White III, Young, Johnson). Steals: 10 (Johnson 2, Traylor 2, Young 2, McLemore 2, Adams, Releford). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–16,300. Officials–Joe DeRosa, Duke Edsall, KC Ely.
Kansas coach Bill Self said after the game that senior guard Elijah Johnson had been battling a stomach issue in the days leading up to Saturday’s game.
Johnson finished with seven points and four assists while making his only three-point attempt.
“He’d had some stomach issues that we thought potentially may be serious about the last three or four days,” Self said. “But we know what’s wrong, and he’s gonna be fine. But he was struggling out there a little bit today.”
Johnson, who has played through a prolonged shooting slump, is averaging nearly 10 points in KU’s last three games and has attempted one three in KU’s last two games.
When asked to elaborate on Johnson’s stomach problems, Self said Johnson had cramps that could have been related to a bout with the flu.
Self has a chance to reach a milestone victory on Monday at Iowa State. Self, who recorded career win No. 499 against TCU, can notch his 500th against the Cyclones. The fact the game will take place away from Lawrence led to an amusing moment during Saturday’s postgame news conference. Self was asked whether he’d rather reach the milestone at Allen Fieldhouse.
“That’s not a very good question,” Self said, adding that he had plenty of other reasons to hope for a victory on Monday.
Self, who has a career mark of 499-162, has a 292-57 record in 10 seasons at Kansas. He was 55-54 in four years at Oral Roberts, 74-27 in three seasons at Tulsa, and 78-24 in three seasons at Illinois.
Ellis for a dozen
It had been a while since freshman forward Perry Ellis had seen the ball go in the basket with consistency. That changed when Ellis finished with 12 points off the bench on Saturday, his best performance in Big 12 games.
“It starts in practice,” Ellis said. “I’ve just been trying to practice hard every time, and Jeff (Withey) and Kevin (Young) and all them really helped me out. They’re really pushing me to step up to the next level.”
— Rustin Dodd