Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lie inspires Marcus

Kansas forward Marcus Morris swings on the rim after finishing a dunk against California during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris swings on the rim after finishing a dunk against California during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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2009 KU-California

Reader poll

Who was KU's MVP against Cal?

  • Xavier Henry 1% 27 votes
  • Sherron Collins 35% 799 votes
  • Tyshawn Taylor 27% 615 votes
  • Marcus Morris 9% 206 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 23% 532 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 1% 41 votes
  • Other 0% 10 votes

2230 total votes.


KU vs. California

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KU takes on California

Reader poll

What will KU's toughest home game be this season?

  • Tonight vs. California 9% 8 votes
  • March 3 vs. Kansas State 64% 53 votes
  • Jan. 25 vs. Missouri 8% 7 votes
  • Jan. 16 vs. Texas Tech 12% 10 votes
  • Other 4% 4 votes

82 total votes.

Marcus Morris admits he was inspired by a lie.

Kansas coach Bill Self told his big men in the halftime locker room that Cal had outrebounded KU by two in the opening 20 minutes.

Turns out that wasn’t entirely accurate. The Jayhawks actually had outrebounded the Bears, 23-21, in the first half.

“I was looking at him like, ‘Down two? I feel like we out-rebounded them by a lot,’” Marcus said after KU’s 84-69 victory on Tuesday. “At the end of the game, he just joked about it.”

Marcus said he was glad the coach fibbed on the stats to prove a point.

“Yeah, definitely, because when he tells us stuff that’s wrong, and when he tells me I’m not on the boards, I’ve got to get on it,” Marcus said. “I make a drastic effort the next half to get on the rebounds.”

KU’s four big men — Marcus, Markieff Morris, Cole Aldrich and Thomas Robinson — gathered together before the second half, encouraging each other to fight for every rebound.

KU ended up outrebounding Cal, 39-33. The Bears came into Tuesday’s game averaging 7.1 more rebounds than their opponents.

“I think I told them they were getting outrebounded (at half),” Self said with a grin, “but I think we were plus-two, if I’m not mistaken. Yeah, I challenged them. ... We didn’t rebound the ball unbelievable, but we didn’t rebound it poorly, either. I thought we did a decent job on the glass.”

Marcus, meanwhile, contributed his second consecutive strong performance.

After scoring a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds against Michigan on Saturday, Marcus posted 14 points and seven rebounds Tuesday.

Perhaps more importantly for Marcus, he registered his second straight, 30-plus minute game. He played 31 minutes against Cal after playing 32 against Michigan.

“That does mean a lot. That means that (Coach) trusts me more,” Marcus said. “I feel like he trusts me a lot more to leave me in there for 32 minutes.

“It’s not just this game. He does it all the time. That’s where I’ve got to earn my trust with him, and I feel like during practice and during the beginning of the year, I have earned my trust with him that he can leave me in there.”

Self’s confidence in Marcus was evident Tuesday, as Marcus was subbed out after letting Cal’s Theo Robertson by him a couple times on defense.

The sophomore was subbed back in a few minutes later.

Marcus made the proper defensive adjustments on Robertson in the second half. After scoring 12 before halftime, Robertson mustered just one point on 0-for-4 shooting in the final 20 minutes.


jayhawker_97 10 years, 7 months ago

go Twins!!! keep it jammin', keep it pumpin', guys!!! we love you!!! go Bigs!!!

Timmay97 10 years, 7 months ago

Totally agree njjayhawk!!!

Marcus has been all over the floor the past two games. I actually think this team showed something last night. That was their first real test. I don't want to count Memphis as it was too early in the season.

Next big test......on the road at Tennessee. KU desparately needs to win that game to show the nation that we truly are the best team. Beat them by 20 in their own house!

KU1992 10 years, 7 months ago

Don't look past Temple. They beat Villanova by a good margin.

FSUJHAWK 10 years, 7 months ago

Great job Marcus. Bill Self does not recruit kids who he believes cannot contribute and are not tough. You've improved tremendously in both categories since your freshman year. Keep up the dedication and good work.

Don't get it twisted guys: Next big test = Temple on the road.

okiedave 10 years, 7 months ago

uh coach, hope your boys trust you next time you tell them they are being out rebounded. The story of the boy who cried wolf comes to mind.

Blake Post 10 years, 7 months ago

I love this vote... 7 for misery as our toughest home game this year. They are quite miserable. It will be great to clock those clowns.

Ben Kane 10 years, 7 months ago

showing the rest of the country that we are number 1 means little to nothing for me. I'm confident I know more about this team than any of the national pundits and I love our chances in any game. Even if we don't play get we will never be out of the game and will be able to give ourselves a chance to win.

temple scares me more the Tenn for some reason. Probably because I think the SEC is overated and I find it ironic that if you take out Calipari's team the SEC is way worse than conf USA this year.

the big12 is going to be brutal this year. We will be in for a dogfight just about every night, so don't get accustomed to blowing teams out. Winning by a bunch is overated anyway, it teaches you that you can get away with a lower effort level and isn't something we need to be in the habbit of doing. When tournament time comes around then it will be nice to beat teams by 50!

redlegger 10 years, 7 months ago

It's alot of fun seeing Marcus and others develop in their game. It's very apparent that Marcus is really going after the boards.

For Christmas, I would like to see the bigs go up strong to the basket - it seems they are a little tentative when they have defenders on them. For me, this was one of the biggest improvements in Sasha Kaun's game - making him a force to reckon with.

BTW - Please change the title of this article - "Lie" is a very strong word, and I don't think that is what Coach Self was doing.

Have a Safe and Joyous Christmas Jayhawks!

gchawk 10 years, 7 months ago

okiedave, I was thinking the same thing. Marcus, great job so far this year, keep it up. I, too, am concerned about Temple, but I worry about all of our games from this point on, but we truly do seem to play to the level of our competition.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago


I agree--lie is a strong word. How 'bout, just a little white lie," which sounds a tad better.

Man, Timmay97, how can you look past Temple. They beat Villanova comfortably, for Pete's sake. I remember the Jayhawks made a trip to Temple, in a snowstorm, no less, and got thumped. I believe Roy boy was in charge, at the time. Can't look past Temple--they're legit.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 7 months ago

You have to hand it to the twins. They really took that loss to Michigan State seriously last year. I loved the article about how they went straight to Andrea Hudy and committed themselve to getting stronger. Not only do they physically seem faster and stronger, but their basketball IQ has dramatically improved. They are making getting their own shots and have shown some nice moves in the low post. Of course, it's also a testament to Danny Manning and Bill Self. Is there a better program for a big man to go to? Guys like Kaun, Jackson, Aldrich and the twins came here with tons of potential but very rough games that needed to be refined and I'll be damned if our staff didn't transform them all into beasts down low.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 7 months ago

Liar, Liar, gets team on fire! It worked that time!

I wonder if Coach Wooden ever used that trick?

Calipari has his kids drinking so much Kool-Aid that he could tell them they're behind when the scoreboard shows otherwise!

Bobby Knight wouldn't stoop to trickery, he'd just tell them they'd have to sleep on the team bus if they fell behind in a given stat category!

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago


Andrea Hudy--what a celebrity! They have talked about her during Jayhawk games. She's getting a lot of credit for the players success. I think that great!

stravinsky 10 years, 7 months ago

Man, who is this bill self? Telling T Rob he has a nice body, lying about boards to the Morris twins...

Just kidding. I love me some HCBS.

The Super Morris Bros have been my favorite players to watch this year. Which is saying a lot considering Sherron is doing what he does best, Cole, even with bronchitis, is a beast, and Tyshawn has been regularly putting up ankle-breaking crossover highlights. Oh, and can't forget X.

Michael Leiker 10 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like it worked, but I don't know if that's something he should be doing all the time. Don't want to be second guessed at 1/2 time of the NC Game.

justinryman 10 years, 7 months ago

Motivation comes in so many different varities, kinda like ice cream. Thats why Baskin Robins is so popular.

Thats why Coach Self Coaches and we read the paper the next day.

Matt Bowers 10 years, 7 months ago

Love the Twin Towers and glad they are at KU. Have to admit that Marcus Morris is my favorite Jayhawk. Last year when they got their jersey numbers I was beside myself. My twin brother and I grew up practically on KU's campus and spent most of our free time as kids training to be Jayhawks. We moved to the East Coast but never lost our passion for KU and when MM and MM became Hawks and their numbers were 21 and 22 that was something. My identical twin was born on the 21st of Feb and I was born on the 22nd of Feb.

More importantly then the numbers is the fact that in the last five seasons we have had three sets of brothers play at KU. Hope this trend continues. Merry Christmas.

Rock Chalk

Steve Brown 10 years, 7 months ago

Twin Towers rock, watch tape last year, their arms went up like the Pisa Tower, more front than up, then they made face, like I didn't foul him, when they did.

This year, both of them have much better arms up, 90 degree up and much improved players in shape and in better mental shape.

Love the twins.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 7 months ago

Ok kustrong, I'll bite. We know the Henry's and Morrisses. Who are the third set of brothers to play at the same time in a season?

Martin Shupert 10 years, 7 months ago

Actually, I hope we "sink" to number two before we play Texas just to take the chip and put it on our shoulders instead of theirs. I don't want to lose, but I think it would be great to go into that game as the number two team and come away as number one.

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 7 months ago

Agreed Marty, instead of having a bulls eye on their backs, better to be aiming at one!

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