Kansas senior forward Tarik Black missed Saturday’s victory over TCU while still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last Monday in a win against Baylor.
KU coach Bill Self said he was hopeful Black would be back for Wednesday’s game against Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse, but it appears Black could be limited if the injury doesn’t make substantial improvement over the next two to three days.
“He was going to try (to play) and then he got it bumped today in shoot-around, and it was just too sore,” Self said. “He’s probably still a few days away. It hasn’t responded to treatment like we’d hoped, but hopefully he’ll be ready to go by Wednesday.”
Black's absence provided an opportunity for redshirt freshman forward Landen Lucas, who finished with seven points and five rebounds off the bench.
“I thought our bench was pretty good,” Self said.
• Sophomore forward Perry Ellis had a team-high 14 rebounds in 27 minutes.
“I thought Perry was the best he’s been on the glass in a while,” Self said.
• Kansas basketball players recorded a combined grade-point average of 2.55 during the fall semester. That was the lowest GPA among all KU sports programs, but Self said he was happy with how his players responded to a tough travel schedule during the fall semester.
“I think everybody can probably do better, but our grades and what we did was good,” Self said. “(We’re) happy with it. Everybody took care of their business. But I think there were some C’s that could be B’s and there were some B’s that could be A’s, along that line. But I was pretty proud of how they did, especially (because) that was a bad-travel first semester. We never miss school like that, especially leading right up into finals.”
As a whole, KU’s programs had an all-sports combined grade point average of 2.95. The KU women’s golf team led the way with a combined 3.52 GPA.
• Saturday’s game was the last time Kansas will play TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum before the building undergoes a $45 million renovation. The new arena is scheduled to be ready in October 2015. The Horned Frogs will play next season at temporary sites around Fort Worth, including a local high school gym.
• The Kansas football program landed some help for its beleaguered receiving corps, picking up an oral commitment from Darious Crawley of Cypress Ridge High School in Houston.
Crawley, a three-star recruit, picked the Jayhawks over Michigan State, his other finalist, according to Rivals.com. He also had interest from Iowa State, Houston and Colorado State, among others. Crawley, 5 feet 11 and 191 pounds, becomes the 20th member of KU’s 2014 class.