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Kansas defeats Memphis, 81-68

  • 6 p.m., Dec. 7, 2010
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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Memphis ‘out-toughed’ by Kansas basketball at Madison Square Garden

Memphis guard Will Barton needed only a few words to explain what went wrong for his team on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Gary Bedore's KU hoops notebook: Elijah Johnson denies transfer rumors

Elijah Johnson, who had seven points, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes against Memphis on Tuesday, spent some of his postgame interview session commenting on transfer rumors that never seem to die.

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KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis

Ideally, by the time conference play starts Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa, Markieff Morris will have mastered the art of playing defense with his feet, not his hands, and can consistently play 30 minutes a game.

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Garden party: KU basketball's Tyshawn Taylor has happy homecoming in New York City

Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor bumped fists with head coach Bill Self as he headed through the center tunnel of famed Madison Square Garden toward the locker room following Tuesday’s 81-68 Jimmy V. Classic victory over Memphis.

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KU coach Bill Self

Selections from KU coach Bill Self's press conference following the Jayhawks' 81-68 victory over Memphis on Dec. 7, 2010.

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FINAL: KU cleans up play in second half, takes down No. 14 Memphis, 81-68

Markieff Morris scored 16 points to go with seven rebounds, helping KU to an 81-68 victory over No. 14 Memphis on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Marcus Morris added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Tyshawn Taylor contributed 13 points.

Thomas Robinson also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

KU led just 37-35 at halftime before making 17 of its 27 shots from the floor (63 percent) in the second half.

The Jayhawks outrebounded the Tigers, 44-31.

After the game, KU guard Elijah Johnson said he was frustrated with rumors that indicated he might transfer away from KU and reiterated that he was not leaving KU.

KU (8-0) will play Colorado State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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KU guard Taylor excited to play in N.Y.

KU guard will be near New Jersey home

Tyshawn Taylor is looking forward to a happy Homecoming today through Tuesday.

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