Originally published December 6, 2009 at 03:33p.m., updated December 6, 2009 at 07:39p.m.

FINAL: Markieff Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU’s 73-61 win over UCLA

Kansas forward Markieff Morris pokes the ball loose from UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt during the second half, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris pokes the ball loose from UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt during the second half, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.


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2009 KU-UCLA

GameDay Cram Session: UCLA online editor Jesse Newell and Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's matchup against UCLA.

Reader poll

Who is KU's most improved player from last year?

  • Marcus Morris 19% 45 votes
  • Markieff Morris 75% 172 votes
  • Tyrel Reed 3% 7 votes
  • Other 1% 3 votes

227 total votes.

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Who do you think is KU's best three-point shooter?

  • Sherron Collins 27% 107 votes
  • Tyrel Reed 14% 55 votes
  • Xavier Henry 53% 211 votes
  • Conner Teahan 3% 14 votes
  • Other 1% 5 votes

392 total votes.

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Box score

FINAL: KU defeats UCLA, 73-61

The “Rock Chalk” chant echoes across the walls of Pauley Pavilion starting at the 1:37 mark. Eerie. The UCLA fans finally start up with a “U-C, L-A” chant, but not after KU fans had about 20 seconds to themselves.

Collins takes a drive all the way to the rim for two, and KU has its largest lead at 17.

UCLA adds a three and two, and Tom Keegan’s GameDay Cram Session prediction is right on: KU wins by 12.

KU 69/UCLA 54 — 2:33 left in 2nd half

A near-turnover by Xavier Henry, but he scrambles to reclaim the loose ball. Taylor hits a long baseline shot with a hand in his face.

Malcolm Lee follows with a three, and UCLA seems to keep hitting shots just as KU is about to pull away.

Aldrich gets his first field goal of the game at the 5:51 mark, as he puts in a reverse layup while standing under the rim.

Collins misses a floater, but Marcus is there for the tip-in.

Two more offensive rebounds by UCLA, and Lee finally cashes in with a short jumper in the lane. Howland uses his final timeout.

Xavier Henry puts in a three after the break, and he’s 3-for-5 from three in the second half.

KU 60/UCLA 46 — 7:34 left in 2nd half

Tyler Honeycutt is fouled and makes one out of two free throws. The Bruins have been consistently hitting 50 percent of their freebies.

Collins uses a quick move into the lane to draw a foul, but he misses both free throws. Aldrich gets the original offensive rebound, but is later whistled for a push. UCLA will shoot the double bonus the rest of the way.

Another missed front end of the one-and-one by UCLA, this time by J’Mison Morgan. Those really hurt.

Aldrich, on a shot from the baseline, tries to bank it in like Tim Duncan. I don't think I've ever seen him try that. The shot misses, but Markieff Morris continues his best game as a Jayhawk, wrestling for the offensive board before getting fouled and making both free throws.

Just when KU has a chance to get some breathing room, Xavier Henry tries an ill-advised pass over two defenders. It’s stolen away, and Roll finishes with a fast-break layup to bring KU’s lead down to nine.

Markieff Morris comes through again for KU, going around his man one-on-one before putting in a finger-roll.

Aldrich has been a better passer than shooter today, as he finds Markieff again under the basket. Markieff misses both free throws after getting fouled, but Aldrich cleans up the offensive rebound. Xavier Henry gets loose for a three from the right side, and KU has opened up a 14-point lead.

KU 52/UCLA 43 — 11:38 left in 2nd half

Marcus Morris misses a short jumper, but Markieff is there on the weak side to put the stickback in.

After double-teaming inside, KU leaves Reeves Nelson alone underneath, and he puts down a two-handed stuff.

Reed finally gets his first three to rattle in, as he drains a shot from the deep corner. The junior is now 1-for-3 from the outside.

Anderson misses a crucial free throw — the front end of a one-and-one. The Bruins’ bad free-throw shooting has held up today (5-for-10).

Collins with a smart play, as he drives baseline and pulls up for a short baseline shot so the big men can’t block it. The shot swishes through, and KU is starting to find a rhythm offensively.

Elijah Johnson creates inside, scooping off to Markieff Morris, but he misses a layup. Dragovic answers with an open three on the other end, and once again, UCLA is down just seven.

Big play to grab the momentum back by Markieff, who snatched an offensive rebound and put it back in off the glass for two with a foul. He’ll have a chance to put KU back up by 10 after the break.

KU 43/UCLA 36 — 15:23 left in 2nd half

KU re-focuses after the break, and a lob from Aldrich over the top gets Marcus Morris an easy dunk.

The next possession, quick passes get Reed an open three, but he misses. KU can’t get a long-range shot to go down.

A charge by Xavier Henry and a reach-in by Marcus means that UCLA will be in the bonus the rest of the way, and we aren’t even to the first media timeout of the second half yet.

In transition, Xavier Henry puts in a three from the left side, and finally KU has snapped its three-point skid. Howland uses a timeout, and he only has one left.

Reeves Nelson out-muscles Xavier Henry for an offensive rebound, and he eludes Aldrich’s block attempt for a layup. He’s fired up about it, too, slapping a teammate’s hand on his way back to the defensive end. The two teams are still even in rebounding at 24 each.

KU 38/UCLA 34 — 17:17 left in 2nd half

Aldrich is fouled inside and makes one of two free throws.

The next possession, Aldrich tries a pass inside, but it’s deflected. Turnover KU.

A pass by Xavier is tipped by an UCLA player, but before it can go out of bounds, it hits off the official. Bad break for KU, and Malcolm Lee adds a fast-break layup on the other end to cut KU’s lead to five. UCLA’s fans are starting to believe they can win this game.

Collins breaks a field-goal drought, keeping his dribble long enough to get all the way to the rim for a layup in traffic.

Taylor fouls Lee on the way up, and KU needs to be careful with the whistles. That’s four fouls on the Jayhawks in the first 2:22 of the second half, and the Bruins will be shooting free throws in the bonus before too long. Though UCLA is a poor free-throw shooting team, one out of two free throws is better than getting no points.

Collins jacks up a quick jumper that misses, and KU is not running any semblance of an offense right now. The first person with any look is shooting it up.

The quick trigger gives UCLA another chance to score in transtion, and Roll does so, getting a layup to bounce in.

Timeout KU, as UCLA has trimmed the lead to four.

KU scoring — Markieff Morris 10 (5-for-6 shooting), Collins 8, X. Henry 7, Taylor 6, Aldrich 2, Reed 2.

KU was 14-for-30 from the floor (46.7 percent), 1-for-7 from three (14.3 percent) and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line (100 percent).

UCLA was 11-for-33 from the floor (33.3 percent), 3-for-10 from three (30 percent) and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line (60 percent).

Both teams had 20 first-half rebounds. UCLA had 11 turnovers to KU’s eight.

Some thoughts

Great half for Markieff, but a disappointing half for the rest of KU’s bigs. Against the undersized Bruins, the stats have Marcus Morris and Aldrich combining to go 0-for-5 (though I swear I remember Marcus making a first-half shot). Either way, those guys need to have better second halves for KU to pull away.

KU getting five first-half blocks is significant. Coming in, the Bruins were first in the nation in least amount of two-point shots blocked (2.2 percent). KU blocking five of UCLA’s 23 two-point attempts (21.7 percent) is pretty impressive.

UCLA might have had 11 turnovers, but the Bruins took care of the ball much better in the last eight minutes. We'll see if the Jayhawks can pick up the steals at the start of the second half.

Getting back to our pregame discussion below, UCLA was just 8-for-23 from two-point range (34.7 percent). Advantage KU.

KU 35/UCLA 28 — Halftime

Aldrich is doing a good job of blocking shots inside, but his teammates can’t seem to help him corral the rebound. Following two offensive rebounds, UCLA’s Michael Roll puts in a jumper over Reed, and Self calls timeout to get his defense straightened out. UCLA leads KU on the boards, 17-16, so far.

Aldrich gets the ball inside, and after drawing a double-team, he’s bumped on his way up. He hits both free throws to push KU’s lead back to 10.

Taylor leaves an alley-oop pass well short for Aldrich, and it’s stolen away. Taylor’s line: six points, no assists, three turnovers. Xavier checks back in for him.

The game has loosened up a bit. Dragovich hits a jumper, but Collins answers with a tough shot on the baseline. Dragovich comes right back, draining a three from the left side.

Collins holds for the last possession, but passes it with just a few seconds left, and a pass back to him rolls away toward mid-court. Time runs out, and UCLA takes some momentum into the locker room only down 35-28.

KU 29/UCLA 19 — 3:37 left in 1st half

Thomas Robinson checks in, and he immediately gets his favorite whistle — getting one with his hands straight up. Jerime Anderson gets the two and foul, but he can’t complete the three-point play, missing the free throw.

Taylor gets a steal and dishes to Robinson, who blows a wide-open layup. Self immediately summons Aldrich off the bench.

Xavier Henry shows some explosion to get a block underneath the UCLA basket, and on the other end, Marcus Morris gets his shot inside to roll in.

Self is exploiting UCLA’s weakness and lack of size inside, as KU clears out the lane and isolates Markieff Morris in a one-on-one matchup inside. After getting the ball, Markieff puts in a short left-handed shot, and credit Self for calling the correct play to put his team in a great position to score.

Collins hits a jumper, and UCLA uses its third timeout of the half.

Michael Roll follows with a stepback three, and UCLA actually is hanging closer in this game than it would seem considering how poorly the Bruins have played so far.

KU 21/UCLA 12 — 7:59 left in 1st half

Markieff Morris seals his man underneath the basket, and Aldrich rewards him by zipping a pass inside. Markieff drops the easy shot in for two.

KU is getting almost any shot it wants inside. Aldrich gets the ball deep on the blocks, but he misses the easy shot off the glass. KU has actually missed its fair share of short shots so far.

Xavier Henry drives in the lane for two, but Dragovich answers with a fadeaway three on the other end.

Aldrich finds an open Xavier Henry for a three, but the official calls him for three seconds in the lane. That’s a pretty ticky-tack call, especially because the whistle came after Aldrich had already passed it.

KU 15/UCLA 6 — 10:58 left in 1st half

Though UCLA coach Ben Howland threatened to have his team play zone, we haven’t seen it yet.

Tyshawn Taylor has two bad offensive possessions in a row, airballing a wild shot in the lane before throwing a pass straight to a UCLA defender on a fast break. Self jumps off the bench and practically throws Tyrel Reed into the game.

UCLA’s shooting has been as bad as advertised. The Bruins are just 3-for-10 so far, missing open and guarded shots alike.

Markieff Morris is the beneficiary of a good pass underneath from his brother Marcus, and the big man puts in a left-handed layup. A few seconds later, Collins scoops a pass to Markieff, who jams it home for two.

UCLA can’t even get a shot up now. Following a full timeout, UCLA turns it over on three straight possessions. Reed puts in a tough, high-arching 14-footer, and Taylor turns his steal into a one-handed jam on the other end. Howland will try another timeout.

The basketball looks like it’s lopsided or something. Most of the KU players (and especially Collins) look like they’re having trouble dribbling it without it taking a funky bounce.

KU 7/UCLA 4 — 15:45 left in 1st half

After winning the tip, KU gets it immediately inside to Cole Aldrich, who misses a short jumper. Marcus Morris gets the rebound, but Tyshawn Taylor doinks an open three off the glass for a bank-airball.

The next possession, good ball movement nets KU an open three, and Xavier Henry hits this one.

UCLA’s Reeves Nelson uses his body to shield Aldrich, then drops a layup in.

Collins get to the glass for two, and Xavier adds two free throws after a defender blocked his way to the rim.

Trying to split a double-team, Collins dribbles the ball off his foot for a rare turnover. Nelson turns it into a layup at the other end, and the way the Bruins have been struggling to get things going offensively, KU can’t afford to give away free points off turnovers.

4:35 p.m. CST

Though Pauley Pavilion seems much larger and more "airy" than Allen Fieldhouse, capacity is only listed at 12,819. And we're not close to having that many fans here today. Makes you wonder what game will sell out this year if the No. 1 team in the country doesn't do it.

4:33 p.m. CST

So it's not 50-50, but there's still a strong KU contingent here. Most of the Jayhawk fans seem to have congregated in the upper sections of the arena. A "Let's go, Jayhawks" chant even made its way across the court a couple seconds ago. Those watching at home should be able to hear the KU fans after made baskets.

4:28 p.m. CST

One quick thing to look for UCLA's strength offensively is going against KU's strength defensively.

UCLA is 42nd nationally in two-point field-goal percentage, shooting at a 53.1 percent clip.

KU, meanwhile, is first in nationally in two-point percentage defense, as opponents are shooting just 34.9 percent inside the arc against the Jayhawks.

The Bruins come in as both poor shooters from three (26 percent) and the free-throw line (55.6 percent), so unless the Bruins duck the early trends, they're going to have to succeed offensively against a Jayhawks team that has been extremely stingy inside the arc.

4:20 p.m. CST

Interesting tradition by the UCLA students, who chant each UCLA player's name before the tip ("Ni-ko-la Dra-go-vich" clap- clap, clap-clap-clap). The students chant the player's name until he raises his hand to acknowledge the crowd during warm-ups.

3:35 p.m. CST

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the UCLA Bruins.

I'd never been to UCLA (or California, for that matter) until this week, and let me say, the campus is as advertised.

To get to UCLA, we drove down Sunset Boulevard along a winding road with trees towering over us. Deciduous trees also line the campus, and the air isn't nearly as unclean as I'd been told it would be.

And, despite what former Journal-World Ryan Wood kept telling me last night, it's not cold here. Yes, it's in the 50s, and without long sleeves, it's a bit chilly, but that's a long way from cold (read: Kansas).

I will have to say that the actual arena didn't live up to its billing, and I wasn't expecting much of it to begin with.

Though I've never actually watched the movie Hoosiers from beginning to end, the gym is what I would expect in a movie like that. The gym does have the old-time feel, but it has it without the same charm as Allen Fieldhouse.

LJW writer Gary Bedore told me that a renovation will take place soon, and the old building needs one. A building doesn't look as nice when it looks old because chairs, paint and other amenities don't look like they've been updated in a while.

If it didn't have such tradition, I would expect a newer arena in a place like this. Then again, how could you tear down John Wooden Court? Or move the intimidating blue banners that have hung for decades? Hopefully, the renovation will bring a bit of the building's charm back.

I'm actually outside the building at the food court, and I'd say, legitimately, that 75 percent of the people around us are KU fans. This game might be similar to the KU-CU matchups in Boulder, Colo. — with the fans about split in a road building.

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Xavier4three 10 years, 9 months ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawk.


Lets Wave the Wheat in the West.

hirschtodd 10 years, 9 months ago

WHAT!!!! you have NEVER watched Hoosiers from start to finish? 1) You're fired. 2) You should be FLOGGED by your co-workers. 3) The next spodcasters should begin with 15 minutes of insults towards you.

booze_buds_03 10 years, 9 months ago

Put down the pipe park. UCLA can't hang with our talent or depth. This is a 20 point victory.

lance1jhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

kupark- lmao at your prediction. This game will be anything but close KU 91 UCLA 74

Jesse Newell 10 years, 9 months ago

Todd — Yeah, I know. Let's see, I haven't seen the Star Wars or Indiana Jones series either. And I haven't seen A Christmas Story.

I'm ready for the hurling of the insults...

CRob2006 10 years, 9 months ago

KU pounds the inside and wears down the Bruins in transition. KU 75, UCLA 60.

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

Hope you are wrong, kupark, but this game has upset written all over it.

Regardless, I would much rather be in KU's shoes that UCLA's right now.

If KU comes in with a swagger and its A-Game, KU could easily smash UCLA.

But traveling, major program, great defensive coach, 6 bigs 6'8" or taller, and maybe some guys mending, plus Bobo Morgan due for his first decent game of the season, and, well, KU could easily be looking past these guys.

ParisHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Jesse, if you want some insults, tell me there is absolutely no place on the Internet to watch this game. If that is so, I will send a few general insults across the Atlantic before going to bed :(((

lance1jhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Jesse- WTF You've never seen A Chrismas Story its a classic and on tv all the time...... I hope you have at least seen Christmas Vacation?

Ben Kane 10 years, 9 months ago

Jesse go see hoosiers! holy crap! How can you even admit something like that? you should be ashamed.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

I bet your dad never let you have a bb gun either!

Jesse Newell 10 years, 9 months ago

Paris — Try, password: phog.

But by doing so, you also promise to keep this game blog open in another browser.

lance — Nope. So which Christmas movie do I have to see first?

hirschtodd 10 years, 9 months ago

I"m not the one you need worry about Jesse....I have told Gina. Begin to quiver.

tstanlick1909 10 years, 9 months ago

Kansas 97, UCLA 69. Collins and Aldrich lead KU to first true road game at historic Pauley, live up to hype.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 9 months ago

chuck — Honestly, I didn't know it was an unforgivable offense. Guess I do now.

Maybe I'll have to download it to the iPod for the trip back...

lance1jhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Jesse- Thats a tough call.....Hmmmmm..... I would say Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase at his finest.

milehighhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

83-61 KU

Hope to be up by 8-12 at half, and pull away a little more in the 2nd.

OCJHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

Its probably sold out. Just fashionably late fans, or ones already giving up on the game.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

Elf is a good Xmas movie, if you can ignore Zooey Daschanel's awful singing at the end.

Joe Joseph 10 years, 9 months ago

I am sorry, but Tyshawn Taylor has been next to atrocious on the offensive side of the court this year.

OCJHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

The refs are letting em play tonight.

Xavier4three 10 years, 9 months ago

Have to resort to 105.9 tonight while at work. :(

But sounds like Tyshawn is his normal self. I think if I were Coach Self, I start letting Elijah Johnson start until Tayler gets his head out of his a$$. I think that gold medal he won this summer went straight to his brain. He needs a reality check or something.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

It this doesnt toughen up our team, nothing will---it is PAC 10 football out on the court!

Eric Hammond 10 years, 9 months ago

Please get Tyshawn off the floor. He seems to care more about show boaten, than playing basketball. His passes this year are aweful. He has become our turnover machine.

fansincewilt 10 years, 9 months ago

It's Taylor's defense that keeps him on the floor. Self's game starts with defense.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

This is going to be a hard game to play...hard contact...three foul....who is that going to favor????? Can someone say STREET BALL???\

RedRed 10 years, 9 months ago

Robinson a miss ....sssssss a lay-in !

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Wasn't Bobo Morgan a big time recruit that we were after? He's sort of fallen off the national radar.

TheTruth08 10 years, 9 months ago

Markieff is looking like Wayne Simien out there.

Xavier4three 10 years, 9 months ago

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NH_JHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

what an effort by Aldrich for that block! A seemingly easy dunk and he swoops in from the top of the key for the swat. NICE!

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Well that half was somewhat ordinary.

kupark 10 years, 9 months ago

All KU players are collectively ruining Cole's year. They do not know how to feed him the ball at all.

OCJHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

We are getting sloppy and UCLA is starting to think they can hang with us. We need to come hard to start the second half

NH_JHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

kupark - I couldn't agree more. Not enough touches for Cole. TT still doesn't have the angles to feed the post effectively.

Also, I like Mk Morris's game so far this year, but c'mon dude... you gotta make more than 1 pass before you decide to pull up for the 3. I'm still not sold completely on the Morris twins shooting the 3 ball.

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 9 months ago


Please tell me you have at least seen "It's A Wonderful Life".

Eric Hammond 10 years, 9 months ago

ESPN is showing that Tyshawn has only 2 turnovers. There is no way that he only has 2 turnovers. Heck, he threw the ball away 2 times in the first 4 minutes of the game. There is no way he has less than 6-7 turnovers this half. I can't beleive I am saying this, but I can't wait for Brady to return. Cut this kids minutes in half.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

There is no comparison of UCLA to Memphis.....UCLA is awful, and we are playing to their level. It starts at the top and I am talking Sherron. Cole is doing everything he can! I would like to be in that locker room at half time. Total lack of focus is what I see~or lack of maturity to understanding of what it is going to take to get the job done! On offense at times we look like whoever has the ball gets to shoot it! The announcer just said he loved the discipline that Taylor shows throughout his game. Are other teams that disciplined as well in preparation for the next level? This is a set up game, as some has said before. If that Europeon gets hot.....he could drop in 40 and we lose...... hope for better second half.

Xavier4three 10 years, 9 months ago

I would be cutting Tyshawns minutes already. Lets ready Elijah Johnson. Give him the playin time he deserves. His offense is miles ahead of Taylors. Defense might not be as good, but give him a chance. Taylor has done nothing but disappoint so far this year. Why is coach still starting him. Bench him a few games and let it soak in. See if he gets his mojo back then.

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Agreed NH - letting the Morris boys jack up 3's would be an adequate strategy if I was coaching against us.

This is the kind of game where you wake up with 3 minutes left, haven't closed the opposing team out, up by a couple and all of a sudden they make some crazy 3-balls and have a chance to win at the end.

We need to come out with some intensity and put this game away.

JayHawkJay82 10 years, 9 months ago

I think they've done a decent job getting it in to Cole. It's just he isn't converting. He's been missing unguarded or only slightly contested layups...

suttonku 10 years, 9 months ago

Cole is playing like his usual weak sister self...

Jesse Newell 10 years, 9 months ago

BC — I actually saw a play of it two days ago. My sister was in the production. Whew.

buckleyhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

UCLA is not a very good team right now. They do have a lot of size, but no speed and don't know how to take care of the ball (and they don't shoot that well).

KU should have been up by 20 at half.

Oh yeah, the Morrises are ridiculous this year. So fun to watch.

RedRed 10 years, 9 months ago

Defense ... Defense ... Crisp passes !!

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

Consider two possibilities.....HCBS doesnt want to show up the legend of CW by blowing the socks of the home team or this shows how overrated we are as #1 at this point of the season!

fansincewilt 10 years, 9 months ago

This is the price we pay for not being willing to play some home and away's early in the season. They are just not ready for any competition. We are getting outplayed especially on the boards.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

But I just KU basketball----an assist on a score....maybe it will start now! Just have to keep up the defense.....

RedRed 10 years, 9 months ago

Get your head into the game !! Get Focused !! Step on their Throats !!

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Marcus may have traveled but that was a really quick baseline drive.

kusayzone 10 years, 9 months ago

Morris gets pushed into the stands ---no call!!!! The little things are going to be the game changer

Dirk Medema 10 years, 9 months ago

Jesse - Don't believe the locals. It only gets cold below 3,000' (snows or has a chance of) about one a year anywhere in CA.

As for the movies, save "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" for a sometime you're with or want to impress a girl. In the meantime, The "Santa Clause" is high in my book.

RedRed 10 years, 9 months ago

MK ... Great Rebound and Put-back !!

JaHawk4Life 10 years, 9 months ago

What's up with these brutal Pac 10 announcers on Fox sports net referring to KU only as "Kansas University"? Is that the best insult they can come up with?

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

JaHawk4Life - these guys are bad. I'm wondering if they've ever seen us play before, not to mention wondering if they've ever been east of the Rockies?

RedRed 10 years, 9 months ago

MK ... the MAN !! even though he just bricked his free throws !!

NH_JHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Keep on exposing Dragovic at the post, Kieff. Some nice post moves and resulting easy buckets. Time to step on their throats and put this game in the books.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

JaHawk4Life---one of those announcers is Steve Phisiok(sp). He used to be at WIBW-TV in Topeka, KS. They are brutul, though. What do you expect out of Marcus (What his name?) He is a former UCLA player.

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

On TV you can hear the Rock Chalk Chant at Pauley Pavilion with over 1:00 left - very nice.

buckleyhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

I think Marques Johnson wants to have John Wall's baby.

NH_JHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Dontcha just love hearing the Rock Chalk chant at Pauley? Back in 2008, when KU played BC @ Conte Forum, we began the chant and their fans were looking at us like what are they doing? Nothing better than that!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

Rock Chalk chant at historic Pauly! GAME OVER -- HAWKS WIN!!!

CRob2006 10 years, 9 months ago

I almost picked the right score! Do I win a T-Shirt? :-)

Good game for the most part. However, I am still concerned about our ball handling and our lack of killer-instinct.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 9 months ago

The ESPN box score says that Mario Little played today.

Is that true? Did he scrap the redshirt?

RockChalk1225 10 years, 9 months ago

Wasnt pretty all the time, but a win on the road is a win. Post played well, Mk Morris especially. Each game I like to see us get a little tougher in spurts, hopefully that will continue and come conference time we will be able to play with that toughness for 40 minutes. Rock Chalk chant on the road.....priceless!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

CRob2006 -- the ball handling and our lack of killer instinct is a concern but check the calendar--it's early December. When March Madness gets here, we'll be ready. How many games do you have to win to win the Championship? Somebody help me out!!!!!!!!

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Here's a recap if you didn't see it on TV:

  1. Markieff was AMAZING.
  2. The announcers weren't so good.
  3. UCLA has great cheerleaders.
  4. We won somewhat unimpressively.
  5. We've got lots of room for improvement.

Trademark Self will dictate that this team continues to improve and I'm confident we will prove to be very good by the end of the year.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

Hawks outrebounded UCLA, 43-36--SWEET! Sherron hit some shots but he had some he should not have shot. How about MK MORRIS? He played large today!

Godisajayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Another game, another leading scorer! I can't wait for the day that Juenneman leads us in scoring

beakem_in_LA 10 years, 9 months ago

I liked hearing, "Oregon got blown by Missouri." Other than that, these announcers didn't say anything worth hearing.

Joe Baker 10 years, 9 months ago

It was a great road game. A little sloppy at times, but we'll take it!

Good game guys!

Steve Gantz 10 years, 9 months ago

Ho Hum. How bad has UCLA gotten and so quickly? Normally a road victory over UCLA is like wow! This feels like we just played UC Santa Barbara or UC Fullerton or something.
I'm not sure what happened but the JHawks made some of the worst passes I've seen in a long time. Lobs to Cole were not even close, other passes that should have been zipped were also carelessly, lazily tossed and easily picked off. Morris' three pointers have got to end too. A game between Self and Howland I think is always going to be ugly like this however. Howland's one of the top defensive coaches out there as is Self. In the 1st half especially the Hawks were stout defensively. Finally the Fox announcers were awful.
At least we won!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

I watch a lot of late night games during the season. Marcus Johnson and Steve Physiok are boring! When I found out they were doing the game, my first thought was, "GREAT!" (I am being sarcastic). The "Prince of Late Night," Jimmy Dykes, would have been better. The former Colorado coach is one of my favorite announcers.

FlaHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

What a dull and boring game. Neither team was sharpe, the announcers were horrible and the teams were truly uninspiring. UCLA has to be about the worst UCLA team in the last 50 years. THey would be lucky to win a game in the Big XII!

MrPilot 10 years, 9 months ago

God you people are hard to please.

Great game, Hawks! Keep it up! Rock Chalk!

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

Cole is a great Jayhawk - complete player, unselfish, all about team. I'm glad he's leading the charge.

Assuming he comes out this year. Is he a lottery pick?

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

bhann-- a lot of the teams you mentioned are playing at a higher level than the Jayhawks--I definitely agree! But the Kentuckys, the North Carolinas and the Michigan States could be like the Memphis Tigers of 2008. Some could be peaking early and other will get upset--just hope it doesn't happen to the Hawks!

kesmithstl1 10 years, 9 months ago


kesmithstl1 10 years, 9 months ago

Ok, so the all caps doesn't transfer over when posted. Still pathetic he hasn't watched "Hoosiers."

melrank 10 years, 9 months ago

MrPilot - There's a big difference between being pleased and satisfied. Unfortunately, this team is being judged on only one criteria - is it playing like the best team in the nation?

Don 't get me wrong - I'm thrilled they won at a tough Pauley Pavillion, but they didn't play like they were the best team in the nation so you will have some fans who might not be satisfied.

I'm willing to bet that HCBS will be critical of the team behind closed doors as he knows this wasn't the type of performance that this team was capable of at this point in the season.


Jack Wilson 10 years, 9 months ago

24 minutes, 1 assist, 3 turnovers .. the Tyshawn Taylor we have come to know and love. We are getting poor guard play and that is what kept this game from being a 25 point blow-out.

KU 10 years, 9 months ago

Horrible defense--Don't fool yourselves by looking only at the final total of only 61 points given up; UCLA is offensively inept with or without the help of an opposing defense. KU's guards couldn't keep an 80 year old grandma from driving by them. Fundamentally just horrendous--nobody keeps a ball-you-man relationship; nobody bends their knees and slides their feet; nobody keeps their head up so they can see the ball and help.

Cole can't handle aggressive double-teams. Until he becomes a better passer, I would double him every time he touches the ball. Still, he played hard 100% of the time.

Tyshawn......where to start? In the name of trying to be positive, I won't even start. We need to see more of Elijah so we can gauge his game. Defensively he's much better and he's a better glue guy in terms of trying to feed his teammates the ball.

X is fine on offense and he rebounded a little today but his defense is offensive to watch. Did you see that textbook backdoor that burned him??

We should be willing to accept by now that Sherron will be equally impressive and utterly frustrating in the same game, let alone the same minute. I still can't accept it. What was that crap at the end of the first half?

The twins have improved by leaps and bounds over last year. Thank goodness for Markieff today.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 9 months ago

Xavier was solid today but definitely showed he is a freshman a few times. Got in the lane instead of hitting a wide open Reed for 3 a couple times and had no idea what to do with the ball. His smooth 3s made up for it, and I was happy he was taking it to the lane this game. I think he has to develop more of an unselfish mentality, though, especially on the fast break. Tyshawn was great at times and dreadful at times. What else is new? Marcus was dominating on the boards early on and Markieff was outstanding all game. Only gripes about the twins is that they each (I think, I know at least one did) forced threes early in the shot clock when the UCLA crowd got back in the game. They can hit them after a few passes and when wide open, but with 29 on the shot clock and double-teamed, not a good look. Cole was a beast on D and pedestrian on O. The good news is that he doesn't need to be a big scorer to have a huge impact on the game or for us to win. And lastly, did anyone else want to shoot himself after about the 243,358th time the announcers said "Good play by Kansas University, nice shot Kansas University, Kansas University, Kansas University." Times are good when we get a double-digit road win our first real trip and still have things to complain about. Great win, and for the most part good poise in front of a good crowd.

Chad Hallack 10 years, 9 months ago


Spot on analysis! I will just ditto your 5 point perspective and save some typing time...

David Howell 10 years, 9 months ago

OMG, I should be excited about a road win over UCLA, but I can't be. These weren't the Bruins of Wooden's wonder years. But I do agree that the cheerleaders were exceptionally hot (especially in the powder blue outfit dress things!)

We all agree that Markief was a beast. But Cole, what was up on the offensive end ? They really didn't have anyone to handle you, so you just decided average was okay ?

X and Sherron were fine, but Tayshawn Taylor acted like he was one of the Morris twins from last year. Good on defense, but turnover after turnover and bad decision on offense. I know the box says only 3 TO's, but it seemed like 8 to 10.

TRob and EJ weren't in the game long enough to break a sweat, but looked lost. We need them to mature against tougher teams and not weaklings.

So here we are almost 2 months since late night. I know we will get better and look closer to a #1 team. But right now I am not close to being impressed that we are the #1 team. The weak schedule hasn't helped us so far and may haunt us come February and March. I hope I am wrong, but right now we seem closer to Okla. State's skill level instead of North Carolina and Michigan State .............

Mike Kendall 10 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, the weak schedule continues in "the House of Phog": Radford on Wednesday. LaSalle & KU, at the Sprint Center on Saturday. Then, finally, some competition--Michigan and Cal in consecutive home games. Cal is much better than UCLA--seen them play twice already this year. Stay tuned!

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 9 months ago


Why "Elf"?

How about "Miracle on 34th Street", seen that one?

What are your top 5 favorite movies in general, just so we'll get some idea about your taste?

Steve Brown 10 years, 9 months ago

KU: your post was spot on.

jhwkr: TT does look like one of last years twins, you are right. what could be in his head, as we know he has talent. He is continuing down a path of confusion and hope it isn't girl trouble as something has taken over his head.

boogeyman: I think you meant to say, Taylor looked 'decent' not great at times. Guess I'm down on him lately.

nice win against 'decent' team in their house, we'll have tape to watch.

one bite at a time.

CasperCorps 10 years, 9 months ago

Our offense reminded me of last years tounament games.. Good thing UCLA was terrible.. We won though on the road and thats always good.. Goodness they really did have some hot cheerleaders.. Keep working on the defense and the rest will come.. Rockem Hawks!!

JOEKU 10 years, 9 months ago

KU -

I appreciate your in depth critique of our defensive play. Most people on the message boards fail to apply a meaningful perspective regarding that aspect of the game.

Cole Aldrich has almost single handedly made this team a formidable defensive team thus far because he bails out our guards from constantly being beat off the dribble by a) blocking the shot or b) Intimidating driver into a low % shot. Cole has avoided foul trouble thus far bc the opposition is afraid to challenge him at the rim. I have a feeling that will change as more coaches watch tape of this team.

But being just a formidable defensive team is not going to cut it come Big 12 play. However, like every season under Self, we will improve by leaps and bounds on that end of the floor. As much as Tyshawn makes me cringe on the offensive end, he has improving on the defensive end bc he is pressuring the ball and passing lanes much more than earlier games. And although Xavier's is offensive to watch for you, he is not too bad for a freshman. I'm not worried about Xavier because he has the work ethic to improve into a very good defender as the season progresses. He did get burned on that back door, but there is a reason that play, along with the pick and roll, is the oldest trick in the book - its tough to guard when well executed. I do recall Self saying "I can teach defense".

The only thing that worries me is - who is the glue guy? The guy who guards, passes, doesn't turn the ball over, plays "within the offense", and does all of the little things it takes to win games. We all know who that guy was in 08, and I'm sure miss him right now. Not saying he won't emerge, but he better come out sooner than later.

Scott Smetana 10 years, 9 months ago

Great win... I'm tired of hearing most of you complain about this year's team. As long as we're #1, everyone will play their best game against us. Even though UCLA is down, they are well coached and played one of their 'above your level' games. No problem for us hawks.
We have lots of time to find our game/chemistry. I'm thinking TT needs to think less about scoring, twins keep hammering the boards, and Collins keep his cool when he thinks he needs to take over. And X, keep on shooting!

Joe Baker 10 years, 9 months ago

PikesPeakSmitty said it fairly well. I do agree with most analyses today. I'm really concerned about TT's play more than anything. I really think the rest of the team will stick well over the next few weeks. Overall X came up huge with some big treys when they were really needed to create some points from single digits back to double digits. That stupid first half-ending debacle with SC will never happen again.

TT attempted that pass over the half court to someone breaking toward the basket and ucla stepped in to intercept. I knew the minute he crossed and started to pick up his dribble that's where it was going. Many of you are looking for the "glue" player. I really believe EJ will be that player. EJ and TRob are the future of the this team after the current players exit to the NBA. Withey will be our more athletic Cole if and when Cole exits to the pros. I know one thing: TT will not go anywhere and that celebratory crap he does after a dunk or fast break has got to stop. He looks absolutely selfish and like a showboat. I really wish CJ was able to play more because his intelligence and maturity would really help in these types of games. I think BM is back against either Temple or Tennessee. I also think Withey's first game will be Michigan or something along those lines.

Joe Baker 10 years, 9 months ago

I really wish our bigs would stop being so timid and start playing with some authority. Cole should be dominating the middle with some power. The twins are strong and they are going to get even better, but they too are stronger and smarter now. It looks like our high-low between the bigs and the drive-dish are going to be huge. We just need to get the trey down a bit more consistently with X, SC, Reed, TT and even EJ had an attempted baseline three in this game from Cole's save.

Fortunately, our rebounding was enough for some put backs when it was necessary. We failed to snatch those little rebounds that gave ucla some chances. I give their shooting some credit. They shot the three a little better with Dragovich than anticipated. They will get better too. Some KU players have yet to experience a high pressure/level game when each shot is crucial. They've all played and shot with very easy games when the lead is huge.

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 9 months ago

A few things I'm getting a little tired of. 1) Stop saying the Morris Twins need to stop shooting 3s. They shouldn't shoot them in the same way sherron or xavier do (with a guy on them), but I played with them a bunch over the summer and trust me, they will hit the open 3 at just as good of a rate as anybody other than our top 4 shooters(xavier,sherron, reed, morningstar). I agree that because of last year, people still are scared of them getting 3 point happy, but they can shoot pretty well. 2) Stop saying tyshawn needs to come out. He is one of our best perimeter defenders at least until Brady gets back and even then he will guard the faster players over brady. Secondly, he makes some stupid turnovers sometimes, but he is one of those players who when he is in rhythm, he can make beautiful, sportscenter worthy plays over and over, but when he tries them and is a little off or the other player wasn't on the same page, everyone wants to throw him to the bench. And the idea of starting elijah over him is honestly a little overkill. elijah is good and will be great before he leaves KU, but he is not ready to be in the starting backcourt of a national championship caliber team, his defense isn't there yet, he isn't disciplined enough on offense, and as much as we complain about tyshawn not getting the ball to cole, elijah is even worse at remembering the bigs. 3) Sherron takes some shots that might be unnecessary or look stupid, but remember, he is a leading candidate for national player of the year, self trusts him, and if you look at his stats, he has an unreal 3.67 Assist/turnover ratio, shoots over 50% from the field, and 47% from 3. considering those aren't just inflated from playing conservative and only shooting wide open shots, I think I'll go ahead and trust his decision making. 4) self needs to get that roll to the basket alley oop that he ran with arthur, kaun, and jackson 2 years ago perfected so we can run that over and over again in conference play. we've done it a couple times this year, but its clear that no one quite has the timing down well enough to run it as much as the NC team did. Can't wait til they click well enough to dunk as much as the NC team. 5) I felt like 5 was better than 4, so tyshawn needs to get more steals, we have shot blockers to help him and I miss the ball hawking of russ rob and mario.

All that being said, ROCK CHALK!

Steve Brown 10 years, 9 months ago

DBlock was my favorite

Seems the team needs the next Brandon.

JoeKU is that who you meant.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 9 months ago

Actually, it appeared to me to be a down year for UCLA Cheerleaders as well. That is not a knock on this year's squad , but just gives perspective to the gorgeousiocity level available in SoCal!!

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