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Monday, December 7, 2009

UCLA falters in post

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

Markieff Morris pushes KU past UCLA

KU sophomore forward Markieff Morris scored a career-high 19 points as KU topped UCLA, 73-61, on the road.

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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.

— If he had to do it all over again, UCLA coach Ben Howland would have ordered more attention to Kansas University’s big men not named Cole Aldrich.

“They have such good size. They really did a great job of getting it inside. They exposed our post defense a little bit from the 4-spot,” Howland said after KU’s 73-61 victory Sunday at Pauley Pavilion. “The Morris kid (Markieff) played great. ... We probably should have doubled him some.”

Instead, Howland’s defense focused on only double-teaming Aldrich, KU’s preseason All-American.

Markieff took advantage of the matchup, putting in a career-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

“They spread us out pretty good and just beat us up down low,” UCLA senior guard Michael Roll said. “We knew the twins were good. We obviously weren’t expecting 19 out of (either of) them. He’s a good player.”

Nearly half (36) of KU’s 73 points came from in the paint. KU also out-rebounded UCLA, 43-36.

“They’re just huge down low,” Roll said, “and they took advantage of it.”

Howland, who was frustrated with his team’s defense in three consecutive losses, talked earlier in the week about perhaps changing his team’s primary defense from man-to-man to zone.

The Bruins didn’t play any zone Sunday, though, mostly because Howland didn’t think it would work against KU.

“I just felt like their team shoots it so well. We watched film on them against zone, and they really attack it well,” Howland said. “It’s harder to block out in zone coverage than it is in man coverage. They still got it inside a lot. Maybe it’s something we should have looked at. We’re going to continue to work on it.”

Howland, who led UCLA to three straight Final Four appearances from 2006-08, sees KU as an elite team.

“Where they’re ranked is very accurate,” Howland said. “Just watching film on them then seeing them here live today, I’m very impressed with their personnel and their size, strength, quickness.

“They’ve got all the components to be really, really good.”

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Key comments about the KU team from Ben Howland. A great lesson for opposing coaches who may think all they have to do is doubleteam Cole and make Sherron beat them. This is not the same KU team from last year. Less double teams on Cole because of the Morris Factor, and Cole's stats will blossom.

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Dirk Medema 4 years, 4 months ago

It is cool to hear The Chant anywhere, especially on national TV. It means that the entire nation has the opp to be blessed. Rock Chalk.

This game will look much better as UCLA goes forward with a healthy (physically and mentally) lockerroom. They are much better now than 2-6, tho they will undoubtedly be criticized at some point by ignorant posters that can't get past the team names and final scores.

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jhwkfan162515 4 years, 4 months ago

I still think it was cool to hear the Rock Chalk chant in Pauley Pavillion! Even if UCLA is down, it is an honor to beat them on their home floor.

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gongs4ku 4 years, 4 months ago

“They’re just huge down low,” Roll said, “and they took advantage of it.”

At the very least that had to be a foul...

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thmdmph 4 years, 4 months ago

NO doubt, KU has all the components. The question is, can they put it to work in time by March/April? I think HCBS is relying on Morningstar's return. He's going to be KU's savior this season. Reed and TT so inconsistent. Morningstar = Mr Consistency.

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