The Kansas Jayhawks welcomed the TCU Horned Frogs to town on Saturday a little short-handed. Starting center Joel Embiid was sidelined with back and ankle injuries and reserve Brannen Greene was serving a one-game suspension for a “slip” in responsibility. But that didn’t slow Kansas down one bit as Perry Ellis took his game to a whole new level and carried the Jayhawks to a 95-65 blowout win.
Ellis poured in a career-high 32 points, shooting a phenomenal 13-of-15 from the floor, including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the three point line. He found an easy rhythm from all over the floor, long-range, mid-range and on drives to the rim. While the forward has been one of Bill Self‘s more consistent producers on the court, this was a whole new level of play from the sophomore as he took the game completely over.
That ability to take his game to a new level bodes well for Kansas as they ramp up to the NCAA Tournament. Having a consistent star like Ellis show that he has the capability to take a game over adds another weapon to the Jayhawks’ arsenal this March and shows that Ellis is continuing to grow in his role as a team leader and a star in the making.
Getting a game-breaking performance like this one out of Ellis, even against the bottom of the Big 12 in TCU, is a good sign for Kansas and for Ellis. Can he continue this level of play into the tournament and help lead a deep run in the Big Dance this March?