‘One More Year?’
Fans in Sprint Center chanted “One More Year” as the Morris twins clipped the nets after Saturday’s Big 12 tournament title win over Texas.
“I mean, it’s definitely nice to know people want us to come back,” Marcus said. “We’ve not made that decision, not thought about that decision (to possibly turn pro). I grinned knowing they want me back. They are special fans.”
Noted Markieff: “I definitely heard it. It definitely sunk in. We’ll just see what happens.”
‘Ferrari’ is back
Tyshawn Taylor, who scored a season-high 20 points after returning to the starting lineup, had a funny line on the court after the game.
“I’m back. The Ferrari is back,” Taylor said of one of his nicknames. He’d just been congratulated by coach Bill Self, who told junior combo guard Taylor he’d played his best game since he’d been in college.
KU’s Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris were joined on the all-tourney team by Texas’ Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson and Colorado’s Alec Burks.
Today’s the day
Today is NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday. CBS will reveal the bracket from 5 to 6 p.m.
“I think Texas should be a No. 2 seed. I think they had that locked up before the game. I think we are a No. 1, and that was locked up before the game. I think today’s game was for pride,” Self said. “I’ll tell you this: This tournament wouldn’t mean as much if it ended Sunday with so much going on. The conference moving it to Saturday is great for the players. This is their day to enjoy this tournament.”
Of Selection Sunday, Self said: “I want there to be a little day of celebration being in the tournament. We should never take it for granted.”
Self was asked how he could best motivate his team for the NCAAs. “Maybe we’ll draw Northern Iowa. That would probably do it,” Self joked of KU’s loss last season in the second round.
Talking about talking
Self was asked about Markieff Morris apparently running into Texas’ players in an arena hall Friday night and informing the Longhorns the Jayhawks wanted them in the final.
“You know what, there’s probably some Texas guys saying stuff to our guys, too. These guys know each other, text each other all the time. That kind of stuff can be done in fun,” Self said. “That doesn’t bother me. These kids know each other from back playing AAU.”
‘T’ for T-Rob
Thomas Robinson was hit with a technical foul late in the first half after a Tyshawn Taylor dunk.
“I was just shouting,” Robinson said. “I screamed, ‘Let’s go.’ The refs gave us a warning earlier. It was a good call. I deserved it after that.”
Faces in crowd
Former KU great Walt Wesley was on hand with ex-Jayhawks Aaron Miles, Brett Ballard, Wayne Simien and Matt Kleinmann.
Self on Tyrel Reed’s vicious one-handed dunk. “It’s his first dunk he’s had since he’s been here. He’s a two-foot jumper. He got it off one-foot. It’s fitting it came today.”
This ’n’ that
KU has 32 victories for the fourth time in the last five seasons. ... KU won its eighth Big 12 Championship title and 12th overall conference tourney postseason title. ... KU is 12-5 in tourney title games. ... KU is 18-7 against Texas all-time. ... KU finished with six players in double figures for the third time this season. KU is now 3-0 when six players score 10 or more points. The entire starting five recorded 10 or more points in addition to sophomore forward Robinson off the bench. ... KU’s 48 first-half points were the most scored by a Texas opponent in the opening frame this season.