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Status of Kansas trio uncertain

Kansas lost to Oklahoma on a last-second putback Saturday without three key players. Their status for the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament remains in flux.

Kansas coach Bill Self, appearing on the ESPNU "College Basketball" podcast Monday, said Perry Ellis is still a question mark for the Big 12 tournament after missing the OU game with a sprained knee.

"He will wear a brace for the rest of the season," Self said. "If the doctors say he's not feeling well enough, we will sit him for the tournament. All indications are he is doing well with his lateral movement."

Top-seeded Kansas, which won its 11th straight Big 12 regular-season title, opens Thursday against Kansas State or TCU.

"We will press forward and put him in position, and hopefully he'll be 100 percent by the NCAA tournament," Self said.

Self suspended Brannen Greene for the Oklahoma game.

"It should be a one-game suspension as long as he did what he was supposed to do," Self said. "Hopefully he's been on time for class and done what's required. There's no reason why he shouldn't play. We certainly could have used him. We were short-handed. We're certainly better with him in the long run."

Freshman Cliff Alexander has missed the past three games as he sits due to an NCAA inquiry. Yahoo! Sports reported that Alexander's absence is related to a financial agreement his family made with an agency specializing in loans to agents and athletes before his enrollment at Kansas. Self said he learned information from the Yahoo! report.

"I had never heard of an agent or financial adviser mentioned [with Alexander]," Self said. "That doesn't mean it didn't happen."

Self said Alexander won't play until the NCAA enforcement and the family meet to discuss the situation.

"We're basically moving on and preparing as if we're not having Cliff," Self said. "We won't have him if they're not all on the same page."

Self said he's still optimistic Alexander will return but "the odds would be zero and no chance" if the parties don't meet.

Self said amateurism rules need to be overhauled. Prospective athletes can talk to agents but cannot enter into any agreement or accept compensation before declaring for the NBA draft and retain eligibility.

Self did play Wayne Selden, who was cleared to participate on an injured ankle, but he wasn't effective on Saturday, going 0-for-7 and finishing with no points in 18 minutes.

"Hopefully he'll be 100 percent," Self said. "We didn't have a lot of firepower but still got 73 points on the road."

Self said the Jayhawks have enough to get through a three-day grind at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

"We could go and win three or go home sad Thursday," Self said. "There's no clear-cut favorite."