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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Morningstar, Reed rise to occasion

Guards prove KU’s depth as starters languish on bench

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pushes the ball up the court against against Texas Tech Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pushes the ball up the court against against Texas Tech Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reader poll

Whose performance were you most happy with following the Jayhawks' 89-63 victory over Texas Tech?

  • Marcus Morris 50% 1176 votes
  • Brady Morningstar 31% 736 votes
  • Tyrel Reed 10% 238 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 6% 152 votes
  • Undecided 1% 42 votes

2344 total votes.

On a day when two of his starters (Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor) combined for just 13 points while playing an average of 19 minutes each, Kansas University coach Bill Self sure was glad to have Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed on his bench.

“You look out there today, and if you were going to pick out who our five best players are, it wouldn’t probably be all the starters, which I think is a positive thing,” Self said. “It means you have depth.”

Nine Jayhawks played more than 10 minutes during Saturday’s 89-63 steamrolling of Texas Tech, with seven playing between 20 and 26 minutes each. Morningstar and Reed provided the bulk of the production from KU’s depth, combining for 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

At times, the two junior guards played so ferociously and with so much energy that it might have been difficult to tell them apart. In the first half alone, Morningstar and Reed combined for five of Kansas’ nine steals. That stat is made even more impressive considering that, as a team, Kansas has had more than five steals total just once in the past four contests. In addition, KU entered Saturday averaging 8.8 steals per game for the season.

“I thought Brady and Tyrel just played hard,” Self said. “I thought they were everywhere. Of course, they made some plays they shouldn’t have made. Usually they do a better job of taking care of the ball. But I thought their energy was great the first half.”

As solid as their stat lines were — Reed (in 20 minutes) finished 2-of-4 shooting with five points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Morningstar (23 minutes) made two of five shots for eight points and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals — the two reserve guards were more interested in explaining what they did wrong than celebrating what went right.

“We played pretty good in the first half,” Morningstar said. “We had some stupid turnovers. I know I threw some stupid passes, and Tyrel can attest to that, too. I think we had six (turnovers) together, which is not very good at all.”

Added Reed: “I thought we came out and competed and were active. We forced a lot of turnovers in the first half (14). We didn’t do a whole lot with them. We had quite a few turnovers in transition, and that’s not what we do usually.”

Several of those give-aways came during a two- or three-minute stretch during the first half when the two teams went up and down the court rapidly without hoisting a shot. That’s when a handful of their steals came, too, which helped Self overlook the mistakes.

“When guys are out there competing, I can live with whatever,” Self said.

Comments

illuminatironin 4 years, 7 months ago

Morningstar and Reed did play well in this game. No doubt I think we would all agree that we are lucky to have them! That being said I am not a coach and I am not second guessing Coach, I am sure he has a method to the madness. But, when we are up 30 in a blow out, do Reed and Morningstar need the game experience? I mean I think EJ could of played and shaken the rust off. But, only playing him three minutes at the end of the game? What, does he look too much like TT and Coach holds it against him? And, I am becoming more impressed each time I see CJ play. I especially liked the play where he drove the baseline and dished it out. We need someone who is aggressive like that. If TT cant start playing more consistently he should worry about his "role"!

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hawk316 4 years, 7 months ago

soobawls, as I have argued elsewhere, although good athletes in their own right, Brady and Tyrel may not wow you with their athleticism like certain other players. Still, they bring the intangibles that you need to beat the top teams. Athleticism alone can fall short when playing the very best teams.

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Sean Rodger 4 years, 7 months ago

If the headline to this story doesn't sound like a porno movie - I don't know what does!

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Sean Rodger 4 years, 7 months ago

LOL. Actualy I thought this was the whole article, it was actually two seperate headlines:

Tech Gagged & Handcuffed, Morningstar & Reed Rise To The Occasion

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hawk_of_ages 4 years, 7 months ago

If all you had to go on were soobawls' comments after every game, you would have to assume that we were 1-16 instead of the other way around. Why even watch sports if it makes you so miserable?

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hawkstl 4 years, 7 months ago

Watching Reed dunk in warm-ups, his block at Nebraska, goal tending if called correctly, he is the fastest player on the team. Brady was a force in the last 2 games. They actually are very athletic, and a great example for the even more athletic freshman learning the game....

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Dale Kroening 4 years, 7 months ago

Coach has said it NUMEROUS times that Reed is one of the best athletes on the team. I trust what HCBS says much more than soonuts.........................

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kujay20 4 years, 7 months ago

reed is ten times better than morningstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Vincent Patterson 4 years, 7 months ago

Hawkstl

Yeah, I've seen Reed jump out of the gym at Late Night and pregame. Dude is very athletic, but you would never guess that he could jump like that by watching him play in games. For some reason he just doesn't have the confidence to attack the basket, which I was hoping he would add to his game in the offseason.

On the subject of "hops", I sure would like EJ to get some more time so I can watch him attack the basket. The dunk was nasty! Explosive hops!

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