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We talk to the guys over at RCT about Wayne Selden and other stuff, I guess.

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Another game, another Q&A.  This time courtesy of misterbrain over at Rock Chalk Talk.  We discuss everything from Perry Ellis out old manning Georges Niang to Wayne Selden resembling... something... to the fact Bill Self finally has a real, live point guard!

Enjoy the Q&A below and we'll link to our responses when RCT's article is up.

Just how old is Perry Ellis? He's not Greg Oden old, but he definitely has more age to him that Georges Niang and his "Old Man Game". Does he have arthritis in his knees and that's why he hasn't been able to carry Kansas when needed this year?

I don't know that anyone here thought to check his birth certificate when he enrolled. We were all a little too distracted by his faces to notice whether his knees are buckling.

Seriously though, I think the idea of him carrying the team is a misguided one, as he seems to work best in the flow of the offense rather than trying to create his own. With Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid there to take most of the pressure off him last year, he put up a really good season. But this year the support just hasn't been there, and now that Frank Mason (more on him in a second) and Devonte Graham are there to create for him will help him significantly going forward. Of course, the fact that he is about to get the Iowa State bump that he gets every yeareven in losses.

And say what you will about his age, but it looks like he was mature enough to be smart and set himself up for after his sports career with a line of menswear.

Frank Mason seems to have finally given Bill Self a reliable point guard. How vital is that in opening the rest of the offense up?

We've been playing with dominant big men and just ok point guards for so long that we kind of forgot how a good one looks. But Frank this year has been a revelation, one that has really changed the outlook of the season. Honestly though, we should have seen it last season when this (NSFW) song dropped.

Now that Graham is back, Frank can stop trying to press so much and instead let his natural talent shine through. I'm excited that this guy is only a sophomore.

What's the biggest thing keeping Kansas from making it 11 straight years with a conference championship?

Turnovers, both the ones they have all too often on offense, and the fact that they can't really force them on defense. They've been able to mitigate this weakness to an extent, but I don't think they've really matched up against a team other than Kentucky that is both good enough to make them pay for it consistently and doesn't suffer from a similar problem of their own.

The Temple game is the outlier because while they are good at the turnover portion of the game, their offense is abysmal. That game is the perfect example of what it is going to look like when KU can't get a handle on their turnovers and can't get bailed out with a big game elsewhere.

Wayne Selden: A 2 trapped in a 3's body, or a 3 masquerading as a 2?

Can I say both? The problem with Selden is that he doesn't really fit the mold for either a 2 or a 3, and as a result he doesn't play either of the positions well. If he had a similar player that could share the positions with him, that would be great for him, but KU relies on him to take on a more defined role in this offense.

He's been getting better, but you don't really know what type of player he's going to be good at playing on any given night. Luckily it hasn't really come back to bite us too badly, but he has to keep improving in order at both positions in order for the offense to run efficiently. Ultimately though, if I had to pick, I'd say he should be playing the 3 a lot more.

What's your prediction for the game? Do you steal one in Hilton again by putting on your cold resistant armor or does ISU finally possessing some length make a difference in the box score?

I'm having a lot of trouble with this game. The way that Baylor was able to control that game Wednesday for multiple stretches gives me hope that maybe the Cyclones aren't as tough mentally as I thought they were. But then I look back and see what they did against WVU in Morgantown, and I have a hard time seeing us competing well with that, especially when they are at home now.

Ultimately, it looks like we have two teams that are about even, and I'm expecting the game to hinge on who gets hottest from the 3 point line. Given the game last year when Iowa State rained them in, I'm going to have to go with the home team. Obviously, that's good for not only ISU but the rest of the league, since if Kansas gets a 2 game lead, I don't think anyone is going to pass them this year. Iowa State 74, Kansas 68