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Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Kansas can count on Tyrel Reed

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed looks to move the ball against Colorado guard Cory Higgins during the first half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed looks to move the ball against Colorado guard Cory Higgins during the first half on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Sprint Center.

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Kansas defeated Colorado 90-83 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The win advanced the Jayhawks to the 2011 Big 12 tournament championship game.

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 90-83 victory over Colorado on March 11, 2011.

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— On a night Kansas University, the nation’s second-ranked basketball team, defeated Colorado, 90-83, Friday in the Sprint Center and ran its record to 31-2 and its two-year mark to 64-5, it rode its preferred inside-out approach to scoring.

Balance and depth of talent make coach Bill Self’s teams hard to guard year in and year out. Still, even though balance is the goal, it’s always nice to have one player the team knows it can count on to deliver the big shot when things get a little dicey.

Long before he hit the three-pointer that sent the national-title game into overtime three years ago, Mario Chalmers had established that sort of trust from teammates. Tyrel Reed’s that guy on this year’s team.

“I think Tyrel’s more of a spot-up-and-we’ll-get-you-the-ball-type shooter,” teammate Brady Morningstar said. “Mario had the ball in his hand and would come off a screen-and-roll and pull up and hit a shot, but both those guys have hit a ton of big shots. And I think on this team, if we need a three, it’s probably going to Tyrel.”

Tyshawn Taylor, who in having a big night off the bench had no trouble getting to the paint and making things happen by scoring, dishing to teammates and getting to the free-throw stripe, knew where to send the ball late when hard-to-kill Colorado kept hanging around.

Taylor found Reed twice late for three-point shots, and Reed made both of them, pushing a nine-point lead to 12 points both times. The first came from the right corner with 4:22 remaining, the second from the left corner with 2:14 left.

For a guy who doesn’t have the basketball in his hands very often, Reed certainly knows how to impact a game. He either takes an open shot, keeps the ball moving with a quick pass or makes a quick decision to drive. He moves so efficiently without the ball that teammates know just where to find him and when. The same goes for Morningstar. Mix in Marcus and Markieff Morris, and it’s tough to find a college basketball team with four players who mesh such high basketball IQs.

Morningstar and Reed, given the two most challenging defensive assignments Friday, showed they know how to play efficiently at that end as well, though Alec Burks began to get the better of Morningstar at the end.

Reed pestered Colorado’s Cory Higgins into a 1-for-11 shooting performance in which he scored six points, one night after he lit up Kansas State for 28 points.

“Whoever was guarding him at the time did a good job of keeping him in front of them and forcing him into tough spots,” Reed said, careful to avoid blowing his own horn.

His coach gave Reed the credit he wouldn’t give himself.

“Tyrel’s a modest kid,” Self said. “Tyrel guarded him. That’s the bottom line. We had a couple other guys guard him a few possessions, but that was Tyrel’s job.”

Reed and Morningstar have a habit of outplaying stars who have bigger names and glossier statistics. Not always, but more often than most realize.

“If you would have told me going into the game that Tyrel would get 15 and the guy he guarded, who was arguably one of the best offensive players in our league, would get six, I would say that definitely shifted the scale to our favor,” Self said. “So I thought he did a great job on him.”

Morningstar likely draws the toughest assignment in tonight’s hoped-for Big 12 tournament final against Texas. Jordan Hamilton will have a big size advantage. Morningstar’s accustomed to such on-paper disadvantages and so often carries out the task so well. It will be just one of the fascinating subplots in tonight’s Big 12 title game between the schools that compete nearly ever year for the regular-season crown.

Kansas didn’t get its desired rematch with Kansas State, but is eager to pay back the Texas team that ended its 69-game Allen Fieldhouse winning streak.

Between games, Markieff Morris crossed paths with Texas players in the hall outside the court and told them, “I hope you’re next,” echoing the sentiments from all Longhorns and Jayhawks.

Just before Texas tipped off a 70-58 victory against Texas A&M;, Morningstar was informed of what Markieff had said and agreed: “I’d like to get another crack at them for sure.”

And if it comes down to a final shot for KU and Reed takes it, the spectators in burnt orange ought to be more nervous than those in blue.

Comments

100 8 years, 10 months ago

Keep it up Tyrel!!!!

Incredible defense yesterday by the entire team for about 25 minutes....

It's all about effort today..... Just beat UT.

"Do your best... That is success."

-- John Wooden

Alohahawk 8 years, 10 months ago

+1 One at a time, Hawks.

Winning over Texas in this game is for your second championship this season, your second goal. (Regular conference games was the first). This is where you truly get to cut down the nets after the game and celebrate, confetti and streamers flying. It's also for respect. Let the commentators say what they will about the Big East Conference, This is the marquee game of all the conference tournament championship games. None of the Big East schools were ranked as high as these two made it all season.

Go out, have fun, and win the game. RCJHKU

KansasComet 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel Reed is Tyrel Reed. There is no need for a comparison to Mario Chalmers. He just needs to be the best Tyrel Reed that he can be.

John Randall 8 years, 10 months ago

The only comparison in the article was the confidence teammates and coach have in crunch time. His best seems pretty damn good to me.

Kevin Studer 8 years, 10 months ago

The whole team seems to be peaking defensively right now (especially Reed and EJ). If the shooters can get hot, this could be a really fun tournament run!

ParisHawk 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel Reed is now very close to Sherron Collins in career wins. They played three seasons together, so the comparison boils down to Sherron's freshman season (33 wins) versus Tyrel's senior season (31 wins and counting).

Anyone think Tyrel is not going to get at least three more wins?

Since Self has coached his own recruits at KU, he is averaging about four losses a year. Outside of the NCAAs, his record is unmatched.

Woody Cragg 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel can stroke those daggers and Brady can be the flypaper.- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/seth_davis/03/10/all.glue.team/index.html These guys will be almost impossible to replace next year.

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel has had some daggers lately. And the poor kid is playing on a bum heel. I feel for him. He is a real trooper. Love the kid. Keep it going against Texas. Rock Chalk!

Ben Kane 8 years, 10 months ago

agree. we are definitely going to need his shot in the weeks to come. I would not be upset to see him sit today and rest. this game is practically meaningless for the overall picture. However, I'll bet our guys are going to take this game personally based on the circumstances and result of the last meeting.

true_patriot 8 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of the injury, there was one point last night late in the game where he was positively limping for a while - but of course Knight and his slavish crony talked over it without noticing.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

So amazingly true. Obviously, Coach Knight has tons of BB knowledge, but listening to his commentary makes me wonder if he's become senile. There was a game earlier this year that the 2 were doing when Tyrel got 2 fouls early in the game and even a 3rd early in the second half, so Self had to really alter his line up. They even questioned the line up, but somehow missed that Tyrel had foul trouble and wasn't playing.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel was amazing with the spot-ups last year when they would do the clear-outs for Sherron driving the lane and he would sit in the corner waiting for his man to leave and help on SC. Glad to see his game growng beyond those spot ups too.

Statistically speaking tho, if it comes down to a last possession and the option is Tyrel spotting up for a 3, the odds are 3:2 that the horns will end up celebrating, and that is without factoring the other possible O miscues. The solution is to not let it come down to a last possession.

John Randall 8 years, 10 months ago

Your conclusion is so obvious as to be mundane.

Your 3:2 odds don't take into consideration whether or not the team really needs the shot to fall. His percentage is phenomenal in those situations, far better than overall 40%.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if Self will match-up Mario against Hamilton. It is a better size match, and Mario's D seems to have improved lately. Hopefully, the Morrii and TRob can stay out of foul trouble, and he won't need to sub in for them. My guess is that it will have to do with how UT defends and we respond on O.

Benjamin Clay Jones 8 years, 10 months ago

Is a foul being committed in the photo at the top of the page? Sure looks like it.

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