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Jayhawk report (Feb. 15)

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 10:08 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.

Saturday’s box score

No. 7 Kansas 95, TCU 65

Smith III10-10-00-0000

Percentages: FG .463, FT .710. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Anderson 2-2, Fields 2-5, Parrish 1-2, Price 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Price, Parrish). Turnovers: 17 (Anderson 6, Parrish 3, Gore 2, Shepherd 2, Price, Fields). Steals: 2 (Williams, Ray). Technical Fouls: None.

Selden, Jr337-130-21-44115
White III42-30-00-1004

Percentages: FG .615, FT .588. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Ellis 2-2, Wiggins 1-3, Frankamp 1-4, Selden, Jr. 1-5, Mason 0-1, White III 0-1, Tharpe 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Traylor, Selden, Jr., Wiggins, Lucas). Turnovers: 9 (Lucas 2, Ellis 2, Garrett, Selden, Jr., Mason, Tharpe, Black). Steals: 8 (Selden, Jr. 3, Ellis 2, Mason, Manning, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: None.


A—NA. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Rick Randall, Darron George.

Greene suspended

Sophomore forward Jamari Traylor had a near double-double against TCU after returning from a one-game suspension for an undisclosed case of “irresponsible behavior.” But freshman wing Brannen Greene served a game suspension Saturday, sitting for what KU termed as “a pattern of irresponsible behavior.”

Kansas coach Bill Self said Greene would likely return Tuesday, when KU plays Texas Tech.

“We can have slippage from a responsibility standpoint, and that’s basically what happened with (Greene),” Self said. “This could have been a game where he could have played a lot of minutes.… But certainly to me, I would rather try to have their heads right early in their career.”

Traylor, meanwhile, appeared motivated to make up for whatever transgressions led to his benching. He finished with a career-high 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

“I feel like I did something to let my team down,” Traylor said. “So I wanted to get out there and (light) a spark.”

Traylor, who is shooting 77.4 percent (24 of 31) in Big 12 games, said he felt personally responsible when he was on the bench for KU’s loss at K-State on Monday.

“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t want to have to sat out,” Traylor said. “But that’s between me and coach. … It was definitely a physical game at K-State, and I think if I was out there, we would have had a better chance to have won.”

Traylor and Self talked Thursday afternoon, and Traylor said they came to a mutual understanding.

“Pretty much,” Traylor said. “I’m not going to screw up anymore.”

Worth noting

Freshman center Joel Embiid should return Tuesday at Texas Tech. Embiid missed Saturday’s game while recovering from an ailing knee and back. Embiid hasn’t practiced since the loss at K-State.“He could have played today if he needed to,” Self said. “But he wasn’t totally pain free. But we’ll get him back out there tomorrow and see what he can do.”… Former Kansas standouts Jeff Withey, Nick Collison and Brandon Rush were at Saturday’s game. All three players had the weekend off while the NBA’s All-Star weekend took place in New Orleans. Rush, a Kansas City native, took his son into the locker room and met with KU players after the game.

Rustin Dodd

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