Kansas forward Perry Ellis will likely play Friday night against Baylor after missing the past two and a half games with a hyperextended right knee. Ellis suffered the injury in the first half of the West Virginia game on March 3 and miss the following two games, a loss at Oklahoma last Saturday and Thursday’s slugfest, a 64-59 win over TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Kansas coach Bill Self has used caution, as Ellis will be vital if Kansas is to make any sort of run in the NCAA Tournament.
“Perry practiced a little bit Monday, noncontact,” Self said after the TCU game. “Some contact Tuesday, full speed Wednesday, and then we practiced him this morning (Thursday) at 8:00. He felt really good. When I talked to him he said, ‘Coach, I feel really good. I think another day would probably do me some good, but I can play.’
“And I said, ‘Well, if you think another day would do you some good, then we're going to wait another day.’ He said he wanted to play, but when he threw in there, ‘I think another day would help me,’ I made the decision right there, we're going on play him (Friday). Hopefully he will play (Friday). But we will get him up and practice him in the morning. He went through a 30-minute workout (Thursday) and if he feels good, which he tells me he feels great; he said he could have played today. So there was no reason to put him out there, but I would like to see him play in this tournament, because I think he would do well to put him in competitive-type situations before next week.”