Originally published November 25, 2009 at 05:58p.m., updated November 25, 2009 at 10:06p.m.

FINAL: Marcus Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU’s 89-59 win over Oakland

KU's Marcus Morris fights Oakland's Will Hudson for a rebound Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Marcus Morris fights Oakland's Will Hudson for a rebound Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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Who was KU's first-half MVP against Oakland?

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KU vs. Oakland

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The Kansas men's basketball team takes on Oakland in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

10 p.m.

Just a couple of quick notes.

KU coach Bill Self said Sherron Collins was ill in the second half and that's was part of what limited his minutes.

Tyrel Reed, who is Cole Aldrich's roommate, said he didn't think Aldrich was 100 percent still after his illness.

KU scoring — Marcus Morris 19 (career high), Xavier Henry 19, Reed 11, Collins 9, Markieff Morris 8, Johnson 8, Taylor 6, Aldrich 4, Robinson 2, Conner Teahan 2, C.J. Henry 1.

KU was 33-for-66 from the floor (50 percent), 10-for-21 from three (47.6 percent) and 13-for-21 from the free-throw line (61.9 percent).

OU was 18-for-54 from the floor (33.3 percent), 7-for-18 from three (38.9 percent) and 16-for-22 from the free-throw line (72.7 percent).

KU out-rebounded OU, 43-35. OU had 13 turnovers, while KU had six.

FINAL: KU defeats OU, 89-59

Johnson shoots a three from the side, and it takes a few bounces off the rim before finding its way through.

C.J. Henry checks in to get some minutes for KU.

Robinson puts up a wild shot that misses by a few feet, but he hustles back on defense to grab the defensive rebound after an OU miss.

C.J. Henry is fouled, and he makes one of his two tries.

Ugly shot by C.J. Henry, who pulled up for a stepback three that only drew backboard.

Following one more OU miss, KU closes out an impressive 89-59 victory.

KU 79/OU 56 — 3:38 left in 2nd half

Xavier Henry throws in another one-handed slam off a lob. OU hasn’t had any answer for his athleticism tonight.

Play gets sloppy for KU, and Self is not happy. Collins airballs a three, and KU plays poor transition defense, which ultimately allows Johnathon Jones to swish a three. Self screams out for a timeout, and he isn’t happy with the team’s effort.

Nelson hits a three over Xavier Henry, and the freshman claps his hands together in disgust. OU’s 10-0 run has trimmed KU’s lead to 16.

Johnson ends KU’s drought, taking it all the way to the rim for a layup.

Marcus Morris is left alone again, and he adds to his career high with another three from straight on.

Aldrich has a jump-hook clang in and out. It’s been that kind of night for him. Marcus Morris corrals the rebond, though, dishing out to Reed for a three from the left side.

An alert Reed hustles to steal OU’s inbounds pass, and he’s fouled on his way to the rim. KU’s fans applaud the effort.

KU 69/OU 45 — 7:45 left in 2nd half

Nice backdoor cut by Xavier Henry, but he can’t get the layup to fall. KU scraps for the rebound, and Marcus Morris is fouled, making both ends of his one-and-one. His 14 points are a career high.

Johnson pushes the ball after an OU miss, and Reed hits a rhtyhm three from the left side.

Benson throws in an alley-oop off a timeout, and it seems like KU has given up as many alley-oops this season as it did all last year in the Fieldhouse.

Reed is beaten on a drive, and Derick Nelson puts a short shot in for two.

On the other end, KU gets fortunate, as Johnson puts in a shot with a foul even though he put his shoulder down into the OU defender. Johnson probably should have gotten a charge on that play.

In transition, Taylor misses a scoop, but Markieff follows with a tip that rolls around the rim and in.

KU 57/OU 37 — 11:58 left in 2nd half

Xavier Henry comes around a screen and gets a leaning three-pointer to go in. That shot might have been a little early in the possession, but it’s harder to complain when it goes in.

Xavier misses a three badly on the next possession, and Self screams to officials for a foul. “He’s our best shooter,” is what I believe he said to the closest referee. Marcus Morris grabs the weakside rebound, though, and he’s fouled on the way up.

After an up-fake, Marcus Morris drives to the basket and draws a blocking foul. A big guy gets to be extremely dangerous after he’s proven he can hit an outside shot like Marcus did earlier.

The negative for KU this game will be free throws. Marcus Morris clanks both of his tries, and KU is just 2-for-8 from the stripe. Marcus does hustle to get his own board, though, and gets fouled, swishing his next two free-throw attempts.

Benson isn’t the only one getting cheapie fouls inside. Robinson gets his third foul with his hands straight up, and that’s three whistles for him in six minutes.

Robinson displays a nice post move on the other end, taking two steps across the lane before scooping a layup off the glass on the other side of the basket.

Xavier Henry puts in another jumper, and he seems to have found a rhythm.

Robinson must have stolen the official’s lunch money before the game. While Robinson is crouched down trying to get out of the way, he is called for his fourth foul.

KU 46/OU 30 — 14:46 left in 2nd half

Nice bounce pass inside by Tyrel Reed, and Aldrich finishes with a short shot and foul. Benson gets his third whistle on a reach-in, and that’s the second cheapie he’s gotten tonight.

Aldrich misses the free throw (only KU’s second of the night), but he draws an OU lane violation. He misses the next free throw, too, but Marcus Morris fights to grab the offensive board.

Away from the ball, Aldrich picks up an offensive foul, and that’s his third whistle. He’ll go the bench, and the Morris twins will be in together.

Marcus Morris shows nice hands on defense, blocking a Benson pass attempt twice before picking up the steal. Reed turns it into two on the other end, putting up a quick layup off the glass.

Markieff Morris decides he isn’t going to get one-upped by his brother, as he drains a three-point attempt from the right side. The dramatic improvement of the Morris twins from last year to this year has to be the best story of the young season for these Jayhawks.

KU 39/OU 28 — 17:17 left in 2nd half

With the shot clock running down, Derick Nelson hits a three over Xavier Henry. The freshman has to play up closer defensively, especially with so few seconds left on the shot clock. Self yells something at Xavier on the way back down the court, perhaps that.

A block from Aldrich leads to points on the other end, as Taylor takes it to the rim and finishes with a tough scoop shot.

Wright hits a guarded three, though, and perhaps I spoke too soon about OU being a poor outside shooting team. The Grizzlies are 2-for-2 from deep this half, raising their percentage to 36 percent, and Self calls timeout.

KU scoring — Marcus Morris 11 (5-for-7 shooting), Sherron Collins 9 (4-for-6 shooting), Xavier Henry 9 (4-for-5 shoting), Tyshawn Taylor 4, Cole Aldrich 2, Markieff Morris 2.

KU was 17-for-36 from the floor (47.2 percent), 3-for-9 from three (33.3 percent) and 0-for-1 from the free-throw line (0 percent).

OU was 7-for-24 from the floor (29.2 percent), 2-for-9 from three (22.2 percent) and 6-for-10 from the free-throw line (60 percent).

Both teams had 20 rebounds.

Some thoughts

The most encouraging number for KU fans has to be the turnovers. The Jayhawks turned it over just two times in the first half. OU, meanwhile, had seven first-half giveaways.

This game has pretty much gone as expected. Benson is good (10 points, five rebounds, four blocks); OU is a poor shooting team (29.2 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from three); and the Grizzlies can hold their own on the glass (Both teams have an identical eight offensive rebounds and 12 defensive rebounds).

Six first-half assists for Collins. Let’s not overlook that with the good shooting game he’s having tonight (4-for-6 from the floor).

KU 37/OU 22 — Halftime

Aldrich goes over the back to pick up his second foul, and he’ll sit the rest of the half.

Marcus Morris continues his NBA highlight video, faking a dribble a few times to clear space before hitting a 14-footer. That kind of move reminds me of something Karl Malone would do for the Utah Jazz.

Robinson picks up his second foul with under a minute left, but he’ll stay in to protect Aldrich.

Benson also will sit the final 49.6 seconds to avoid picking up his third foul.

Collins races up the court, taking a tough shot to attempt to get the Jayhawks a “two-for-one.” KU actually got exactly what it wanted, as the shot missed but Robinson grabbed the offensive rebound. Had he backed it out, KU could have held for the last shot, but the freshman put up an airball instead, and Self looks frustrated on the KU bench.

OU’s final shot bounces away, and KU takes a 15-point lead into the half.

KU 35/OU 19 — 2:59 left in 1st half

Collins with another jumper from the side. He’s up to six points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Derick Nelson puts in a wide-open three for OU. Even bad three-point shooting teams are going to make shots that wide open.

Marcus Morris helps Collins trap on a screen, and the double-team forces an errant throw out of bounds by OU’s Larry Wright.

The Morris twins must know there are scouts in the house, as Marcus takes two steps toward the rim before throwing in a tough shot.

A steal for KU, and Collins throws a lob in transition to Xavier Henry for a left-handed slam. Collins urges the fans to get loud, and they amp up the volume the loudest it’s been all night.

Following a defensive rebound, Collins tries a lob to Elijah Johnson, but the freshman loses the handle in mid-air. He hustles to save it from going out of bounds, though, passing to Collins for a three from the wing that rattles in. Collins tips his head back to let out a scream, and KU has upped its lead to 16.

KU 26/OU 16 — 6:07 left in 1st half

KU forces a shot-clock violation from OU, and Greg Kampe isn’t happy with Drew Maynard, who was slow on his last-second shot attempt.

Markieff Morris with an aggressive move in the lane, clearing out space on the inside before hitting an eight-foot fadeaway.

Maynard doesn’t earn any brownie points on the next possession, as he fires up an airball from three. Kampe quickly checks him out.

With a quick move, Taylor gets all the way to the rim for two.

Marcus Morris shows some of his repertoire, turning to his back shoulder for a nine-foot fadeaway that swishes through. Both Morris twins are showing expanded offensive games tonight.

After starting 0-for-5, Aldrich gets his first shot to go down, as he hits a baby-hook from six feet. So far, OU has been content to play Benson on Aldrich without any defensive help.

Larry Wright breaks OU’s long-range shooting slump, draining a three. The Grizzlies are now 1-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Taylor drives all the way to the rim, but his finger-roll is swatted by Benson.

Aldrich tries a post move, but officials call a ticky-tack foul on Benson before the shot. That’s two fouls on Benson, and you hate to see a good player like him get in foul trouble on a tight whistle like that.

Out of a timeout, Collins lobs to Xavier Henry for an alley-oop that livens up the crowd.

Benson hits a tough, 18-foot baseline jumper, showing nice touch for a big man.

On the other end, Benson dares Marcus Morris to shoot it from the outside, and, after thinking about it, Marcus accepts the challenge, swishing a three from straight away.

KU 13/OU 8 — 11:57 left in 1st half

Bad pass across the court by Tyshawn Taylor, but Collins speeds back to steal the ball back from OU.

Aldrich tries to put up a shot inside, and he’s stuffed by Benson. That’s two blocks by the OU big man, and he adds a 12-foot baseline shot on the other end.

Taylor races down the court to put in a layup with a foul. That’s a flash of the speed and ability level we saw from the sophomore last year.

Collins curls around a screen and hits a tough 17-footer with a hand in his face.

Taylor turns down a three in the corner to get a wide-open look for Collins. Unfortunately for KU, the unselfish play isn’t rewarded, as Collins’ shot hits front rim.

Xavier Henry hits a three from the right wing to give KU its largest lead at 13-8. Meanwhile, OU can’t get anything to go from the outside, starting 0-for-3 from beyond the arc. Perhaps our pregame stats weren’t a fluke for this Grizzlies team.

KU 6/OU 4 — 15:30 left in 1st half

The Jayhawks are already off to a good start rebounding-wise, as Cole Aldrich gathers his own miss and Marcus Morris tracks down another offensive board. Xavier Henry follows with a leaner from eight feet, and KU is on the board first.

Oakland’s uniforms are similar to the black and gold of the Colorado Buffaloes, but they have a unique twist: The players’ first names are under their numbers instead of on top of them.

Two more offensive rebounds for Aldrich, who is muscling inside with Benson. That should be a great matchup all night.

Collins makes a wise decision, driving into the lane and then pulling up for a short shot. If he had taken it all the way to the rim, Benson would have blocked it easily.

After a turnover, Self yells at his players, urging them to “Get up! Now!” The coach hasn’t seen the defensive intensity that he wants out of his players yet in this contest.

Marcus Morris puts in a six-foot baseline jumper over a defender, and KU regains a lead at 6-4.

OU point guard Johnathon Jones is making the Grizzlies’ gameplan pretty clear. Following an defensive rebound, the guard puts his hand up and slowly dribbles the ball up the court. Obviously, OU coach Greg Kampe doesn’t want to get into a track meet with KU.

7:05 p.m.

Starters for KU: Taylor, Collins, Aldrich, X. Henry, Marcus Morris.

7:01 p.m.

I take back my thoughts on the Fieldhouse not being full.

In fact, the arena is packed. We'll see how the atmosphere turns out to be.

6:34 p.m.

Here are some notes about Oakland, which enters the game with a 2-2 record.

Oakland lost at Wisconsin, 58-42, earlier this season, but defeated Tennessee Tech, 77-56, in Cookeville, Tenn.

Oakland has averaged out-rebounding its opponents 41.8-35.2 this season.

Junior center Keith Benson (6-foot-11, 221 pounds) is averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game this season. has him projected as the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, meaning the Web site believes he will forgo his senior year.

The Grizzlies have only made 24.2 percent of their three-pointers (national average is 33.7 percent) and 43.8 percent of their two-pointers (national average is 47.6 percent).

Oakland's opponents, though, have only made 26.8 percent of their three-pointers this year.

6:18 p.m.

This might be a scenario where KU coach Bill Self will wish he could have flipped his schedule.

From walking into the Fieldhouse earlier, I can tell you already that it will be very, very difficult for the fans to fill up the barn tonight. There is virtually no student crowd here, which is to be expected on the day before Thanksgiving when everyone is forced to leave student housing.

I would still guess there will be more students on Friday against Tennessee Tech than there are tonight, simply because it will be the day after Thanksgiving instead of the day before.

KU needs the extra students tonight. Oakland returns five starters from a 23-13 team a year ago and is the preseason pick to win the Summit League.

Tennessee Tech, meanwhile, struggled to beat Central Arkansas by four (and KU beat UCA by 50).

I don't want to go as far as to call this a trap game, but I would say that it's pretty safe to assume we won't see the same energy in the Fieldhouse as we're used to seeing on a typical night.

5:58 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to take on the Oakland Grizzlies.

I know, I know, it's only three games in, and we shouldn't start making comparisons between incoming freshmen and former players.

I'm doing it anyway.

One of the comparisons we hear most is Xavier Henry and former KU player Brandon Rush.

So how are they stacking up statistically so far? Let's take a look.

The full statistical breakdown comparing Xavier this season to Brandon during his junior season can be found here, courtesy

Here are a few highlights from that comparison:

• Minutes per game (Xavier 26.3; Brandon 29.7)

• Points per game (Xavier 16.7; Brandon 13.3)

• Points per 40 minutes (Xavier 25.3; Brandon 18.0)

• FG Pct. (Xavier 48.4; Brandon 43.5)

• Three-Point Pct. (Xavier 53.8; Brandon 41.9)

• Rebounds per game (Xavier 4.6; Brandon 5.1)

• Off. rebounds per game (Xavier 1.0; Brandon 1.5)

• Assists per game (Xavier 1.6; Brandon 2.1)

• Steals per game (Xavier 1.3; Brandon 0.8)

• Blocks per game (Xavier 0.3; Brandon 0.8)

• Turnovers per game (Xavier 1.6; Brandon 1.8)

Again, I know it's too early to make a comparison. The competition for Xavier obviously will pick up later in the season.

Still, the numbers aren't too far off. Though I think KU coach Bill Self would still like to get better rebounding numbers from Xavier, which should come with time.


100 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey Jesse,

Is there a link to watch the game online?

Much thanks,


Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

100 — with the password "phog" seems to be the most consistent.

I've also heard people having success with

Of course, I have to put in the disclaimer that by giving you this information, you solemnly swear to keep this live blog open in another window ...

Thomas Michaud 10 years, 10 months ago

Love ESPN 360 ... especially up here in Michigan where it's next to impossible to catch a KU game otherwise; however, I wish I was back in Kansas for turkey day so I could have tried to get into the game tonight ... oh how I long to be back in there.

kansasbasketball 10 years, 10 months ago

if ku don't come out to play tonight it could be a bad night for ku!

lets go ku!

Andy Godwin 10 years, 10 months ago

It will likely be closer than most expect. Kansas-69, Oakland-59

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm loving Mc Morris's defensive effort so far tonight. His best game of the year so far, imo. saying this as Markieff hits a 3!!

FlaHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like Benspn is at least playing even for Aldrich. Cole is not looking to be his normal self. Is he still ill. He has ill last game. I wonder if this is serious?

esubrett 10 years, 10 months ago

I am tracking the game on gameday and they show Releford as taking a shot. Did they pull his redshirt or does ESPN have that wrong?

kshaw04 10 years, 10 months ago

The blog is definitely quiet! Any thoughts on the 3 fouls at this point by Aldrich and TTs play so far? I just got home from work (one disadvantage of living in Seattle) so missed the first half. Surprised to see Aldrich has 3, especially the last one. Also wondering about his free throw percentage so far this year. Any chance he is still sick? With TT, did Morningstar playing in practice make a difference with his play in the first half?

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

kshaw04 - At least 1 of the fouls called on Aldrich was questionable...hands straight up. Another questionable foul called just now on TRob. Otherwise, the story so far is the balanced scoring and the continued emergence of the Morris Twins. Mc having the best overall game on the floor so far.

jcsmith 10 years, 10 months ago

Pull that F* Taylor out. How many bad decisions are we gonna allow him to make?

FlaHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Benson looks like the All-American on the floor tonight. I had never haeard of him before, but he is definately a 1st rounder in the NBA. He is having his way tonight against KU.

jcsmith 10 years, 10 months ago

Refs have it out for TR as well. Last foul called on him was a joke. Offensive player ran into TRs back as he was defending his own man, not even the player with the ball.

kshaw04 10 years, 10 months ago

Completely agree about the play of the Morris Twins. They are really making a difference this year. Sure is nice to see how their hard work is paying off and is going to be significant in terms of our presence around the basket and onthe perimeter. Sure hope TT makes some better choices to distribute the ball.

BucknellJayhawk3 10 years, 10 months ago

whats going on with aldrich tonight? darn the twins and xavier look good. collins looks efficient and thats all we need from him since they put their best defender on him

Andy Godwin 10 years, 10 months ago

Good thing the twins are playing well, because Cole is sleepwalking

kshaw04 10 years, 10 months ago

Nothing like a role player to show the team how to do it. Nice job Tyrel.

Jesse Newell 10 years, 10 months ago

kshaw04 — Where to start? Aldrich just looks out of it. His short shots aren't falling, and it hasn't helped that Benson has played really well for OU.

Tyshawn Taylor has shown some nice drives, but his decision-making at times is still lacking. Only one turnover, though it seems like he might have had one or two more than that. A time or two, he perhaps has taken his drive a step too far inside and gotten it blocked by Benson.

I don't think the free-throw percentage will stick. KU just had a stretch of bad shooting from the line, and sometimes, bad shooting is contagious, too.

Story of the night is definitely the continued stellar play of the Morris twins. These guys have vastly improved from last season.

XavierWithTheOOOP 10 years, 10 months ago

1:31 left, up by 31, and not rock chalk chant??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

kshaw04 10 years, 10 months ago

Thanks definitely was an off night for aldrich. Wish I could have watched the first half. It appears aldrich will benefit as he wasn't able to have his way tonight. Likewise, glad to see that we can win by 30 when we aren't at our best. I caught a little of the Texas Pitt game and I'm looking forward to playing Texas...just glad it isn't for a couple of months. Impressive that we have a winning streak of 44 and are 1 game closer to 2000. Hope we make it so the UK and UNC folks can have some competition and a slice of humble pie. Doubt they will taste much of it though.

NH_JHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Since Oakland pretty much blew out Tennessee Tech. this season, how many points will the Jayhawks win by on Friday night? Perhaps we can use the game as an opportunity to get Cole train running again.

Still not sure how I feel about the 3 balls from the Morris twins although combined they went 3 for 4 tonight. I'll give them that they were wide open looks, but I thought on some of those possessions there could've been a few extra passes to find a higher percentage shot that would've also be wide open. Regardless, it's clear that both of them have vastly improved. If they maintain that level of play, they could be the deciding factor in some of those tough games we'll undoubtedly play in conference and certainly in the tourneys.

FlaHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

What is bother COle this year. He FT % is about half of last year. His FG % is down and his rebounding has been marginalized to some extent. We are playing stiffs and I am getting concerned that something is ailing him.

THe big fellow is not a complainer or whiner, so it would be hard to know. TR is not ready to replace Cole by a long shot and Marcus Morris is NOT a 5 player especially on defense.

Nice game for Marcus tonight. He has really stepped up his game on an all around basis!


Steve Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

does Cole have the flu? Is Tyshan lost in space somehow threatened by X? It's ALWAYS been tough to be a soph. if you aren't wired right, no longer the frosh. darling and not yet mature to be a star.

PS: Love the twins.

the way we look now, we are a top 10-12 team and certainly not a top 5. Couldn't compete with Texas, and other elite teams right now, will be fun to see the boys mature. One bite at a time.

Achety how was it and where did you park?

Scatterhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

So, Cole basically carries the team to a win against Memphis, and yet folks are wondering whats wrong with him this year because of an off night?

Also, winning by 30 proves you aren't a top-tier team?


RunningBeaker84 10 years, 10 months ago

I am not sure what to think. I like the idea that Cole and Collins can have a off night and we win by 30. I like that on any given night we can have a number of players step up on O and carry us. Reminds me of 07-08. I know it is early, but once the players get to know each other, they will jell even more.

IowaJayhawker 10 years, 10 months ago

I would disagree with the statement that we are not a top 5 team. We consistently are blowing people out of the gym this year. When you are doing this, complacency does tend to creep in.

Also, looking at other ranked teams playing tonight, Arizona state playing Duke (7) close and Calimari's Kentucky team losing at the half.

At this point of the season, looking around. We had an off game against Memphis and still found a way to win, which was a great learning experience and other than that no one has gotten within 25 of us.

To me we are the number 1 team in the country until proven differently. Now that is not to say we don't have room for improvement. We definitely do. This team needs to gel more, and they will as the season progresses. We have big non-con games against @UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan, Cal, and @Temple, which will help with the team building process.

Until then, I am going to sit back and enjoy watching this team come together.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Steve Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

I love Cole. 2 nite wasn't his best.

Did you see Texas play as of right now they would kill us.

Did you hear HCBS say that where we are today is no where near where his champ team was in november of that year, we have a long way to go and he thinks we have the tools to get there. I agree with him.

indeed, we are a top tier team, in top dozen even, yet not yet top 5, just my view.

one bite at a time.

IowaJayhawker 10 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you on that Lighthawk, but again I would just say that this. I have watched Texas play, and yes they are very good. However, I do think if we were playing better competition, like UT has in the CBE classic we would step up and look better. It is really hard to gauge anything with these powderpuffs we have been playing. But I agree we do have the tools, and have a way to go.

It is going to be a fun year. In a few games when we go out to UCLA we will get a lot better feel for where this team is at.

Rock Chalk..Bring on Tennessee Tech.

Dale Kroening 10 years, 10 months ago

Great game. Give Oakland credit, as HCBS said, they are a good team. If you tell me our 2 All Americans score only 14 pts and we win by 30 Im happy. Yes Cole played horrible, but if you didnt know he is fighting the flu ( coach said he was throwing up), and SC only took 7 shots and made 4 of them ending up with 9 pts , 7 assists and no tos. The ONLY bad thing imo tonight was our FT shooting (13-21), which needs to improve.This team needs to learn to play when those guys are having off nights and they did that tonight. Its VERY early people and nobody in the top 25 is exactly dominating. Now lets take care of Tenn Tech and kick Misery's azz this weekend and it will be a good holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Jayhawkers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RCJHGKU !!!!!!!!

Dale Kroening 10 years, 10 months ago

Actually to correct myself Cole and SC only combined for 13 pts and Sherron was the one who got sick, Cole just looked sick lol.

emillasap 10 years, 10 months ago


That powderpuff we played tonight had an NBA first rounder on the court, not to mention a borderline guard.

KU shot 50%, 47% from 3.

Marcus and X had 19 apiece!

EJ looks like he is starting to understand how to move the the ball(He had eight pts on an off shooting night as well)!

Cole had a bad luck shooting night, still grabbed 10+ boards and had 2-3 blocks I can remember.

Sherron had 7-10 assists and ZERO turnovers with 9 pts off 4-7 shooting.

6 turnovers.

Only drawbacks:

Taylor still looks horrible, needs to get his head right but only 1 TO.

Bad freethrowing all game and lackluster rebounding in the first half (seems to be an early season trend).

Kansas is a top team today. Maybe they would lose to Texas, but I would pay to watch. If you think there are 10 better teams than KU right now name them and I will respond.

jcsmith 10 years, 10 months ago

I dont think Texas would beat us. Even before they lost their starting PG.

emillasap 10 years, 10 months ago

"Did you hear HCBS say that where we are today is no where near where his champ team was in november of that year, we have a long way to go and he thinks we have the tools to get there."

Coach Self what do think of your team right now?

" Well Bob, I think we are better than the championship team. We would mop the floor with those scrubs. This team is perfect right now. They literally have nothing left to learn and we are only four games into the season. The NCAA should just mail us the trophy..........."


Steve Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

Emilla: yes, we will be ready by tourney time, yet how many of these would we beat today on neutral court.

UConn, Syracuse, Purdue, Nova, Mich State, Texas.

I said we don't look like a top 5 right now, we have a lot of room to improve.

Which of these 6 would you rank below us as we are playing today? Evidently AP and UPI coaches polls say all of them so who am I to disagree.

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