Kansas head coach Bill Self wanted his wounded team to become just that following their loss to Kentucky two weeks ago. He pointed to the Orlando Classic as a prefect opportunity to gel as a cohesive unit.
If the past week was indication, Self may have gotten his wish, as the Jayhawks took home the championship of the tournament, beating Michigan State 61-56 Sunday afternoon. Coupled with solid wins over Tennessee and Rhode Island, Kansas (5-1) returns home a much better team than it left.
Perry Ellis was named the tournament MVP. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds Sunday, after recording a double double in the previous outing. For the tournament, he averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
They now prepare to embark on a fun two game stretch, starting with Friday’s much anticipated showdown with Florida, Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. They’ll then travel to Georgetown the following Wednesday.