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The Keegan Ratings

Heeney brings it (as usual) vs. Longhorns

1 - Ben Heeney: He ran down player after player and used all that momentum to bury the guy with the ball because that’s what he always does. Sometimes bad football teams have a great player and this one does. Heeney had 10 tackles, nine of the solo variety, 1.5 tackles for losses, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. He plays with speed, passion and toughness.

2 - Andrew Bolton: It looks as if Kansas has a good one in the junior defensive tackle. He has adjusted to the speed of the game after a junior-college career shortened by a knee injury. Bolton made his presence felt in a variety of ways, often in the Texas backfield. He had five tackles, a half a sack, 1.5 tackles for losses, batted a pass and forced a fumble.

3 - Michael Reynolds: He had a sack, two tackles for losses and a quarterback hurry and looked quick doing it. UT has serious problems at tackle and Reynolds exposed them.

4 - Cassius Sendish: The next time a QB runs the option, watch Sendish running horizontally and then watch his burst of acceleration when the QB pitches the ball to the back. Impressive. Had four tackles.

5 - Jake Love: Made his five tackles count and did a nice job of getting into the face of the quarterback.  

6 - Dexter McDonald: Had four tackles and ripped a ball for a forced fumble.

7 - De’Andre Mann: Ran hard again and had 83 yards on 17 carries to show for it (4.9 yards per carry).

8 - Nick Harwell: Crisp route runner was rewarded more than usual for getting open. Made five catches for 39 yards.

9 - Trevor Pardula: Pinned four of his six punts inside the 20 and averaged 41.3 yards.

10 - Corey Avery: Averaged 4.9 yards on eight carries. In the early stages of what should be a terrific career.

SEASON STANDINGS

Ben Heeney - 27

Tony Pierson - 23

De’Andre Mann - 20

JaCorey Shepherd - 17

Michael Reynolds - 16

Jake Love - 16

Dexter McDonald - 16

Corey Avery - 14

Nick Harwell - 14

Cassius Sendish - 10

Montell Cozart - 10

Trevor Pardula - 10

Andrew Bolton - 9

Justin McCay - 6

Jimmay Mundine - 5

Joe Dineen - 3

Fish Smithson - 2

Pat Lewandowski - 1

Ben Goodman - 1

Reply 3 comments from Randy Bombardier Dirk Medema

Jake Love breaks out against Central Michigan

1. Jake Love -- Monster day from the oft-overlooked linebacker. Five tackles, four for loss, one sack and two huge plays late in the game to end the CMU threat. "Really big plays that changed the momentum," teammate Michael Reynolds said. "Took the air right out of them."

2. Tony Pierson -- Preventing the first half offense from being completely worthless, Pierson streaked down the left sideline for 74-yard TD run on first snap. He finished with 89 total yards and sported stylish glasses after the game.

3. Michael Reynolds -- Picked up his first sack of the season with a big-time move off the edge that also allowed him to force a fumble. Finished with three tackles in the run game, as well. 

4. JaCorey Shepherd -- Cornerback made a highlight-reel interception, going horizontal near the sideline, to seal the game and also showed good toughness and solid skills in the return game. Five tackles, one interception and one pass break-up

5. Justin McCay -- One week after being praised for blocking and physical play, McCay stood out for his production. Two receptions for 66 yards, including a huge 60-yard TD that proved to be the game-winner. 

6. Jimmay Mundine -- Had six catches for 67 yards and kept the chains moving all day. 

7. Montell Cozart -- Made the throws he had to make and looked much better running the offense overall. Passed up running opportunities in the first half, but did a better job with that the second half. Staying mostly with short passes, Cozart completed 22 of 33 with 226 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once and threw one interception on a play in which the football was rocked loose from Tony Pierson and caught by a Chippewa before it fell to the ground.

8. Ben Heeney -- Ho, hum, seven tackles, forced fumble, a QB hurry and two tackles for loss — all kinds of energy. Just another day at the office for Captain Heeney.

9. Corey Avery -- Carried 11 times for 37 tough yards and added two receptions for 34 yards, including a 30-yard TD that sealed the deal. 

10. Pat Lewandowski -- Made the key block that enabled Avery to turn a screen pass into a 30-yard TD. "That whole play is dependent on the tackle getting a block on the second level, the whole play. When he got in the way, we scored, it's a two-score game and the game is basically over,” Weis said.

SEASON STANDINGS

Tony Pierson - 23

Ben Heeney - 17

JaCorey Shepherd - 17

De’Andre Mann - 16

Corey Avery - 13

Dexter McDonald - 11

Nick Harwell - 11

Jake Love - 10

Montell Cozart - 10

Michael Reynolds - 8

Trevor Pardula - 8

Justin McCay - 6

Jimmay Mundine - 5

Cassius Sendish - 3

Joe Dineen - 3

Fish Smithson - 2

Pat Lewandowski - 1

Ben Goodman - 1

Reply 6 comments from David Kemp Stupidmichael Ray Winger Erich Hartmann Robert  Brock Scott Wooten

CB Shepherd stands out for KU in loss at Duke

1. JaCorey Shepherd: Did a strong job of covering leading receiver Jamison Crowder, who caught just two passes for 14 yards.

2. Ben Heeney: Led the team with 15 tackles.

3. De’Andre Mann: Averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 65 rushing yards to go with a 36-yard reception. 

4. Corey Avery: Looked shifty running the ball for 87 yards on 16 carries (5.4 average), but missed a block on the play on which quarterback Montell Cozart was smoked so hard he didn’t re-enter the game.

5. Trevor Pardula: Averaged 51.8 yards on eight punts with a long of 72 yards.

6. Tony Pierson: Caught two passes for 17 yards, but was standing alone in the flat all day, providing Cozart with a safety valve he didn’t use.

7. Nick Harwell: Consistently got open on short-to-medium routes, and at least once on a deep route, but was not spotted or was missed by Cozart. Caught two passes for nine yards.

8. Joe Dineen: Ran the ball hard in his first college action, gaining 28 yards on six carries.

9. Anthony “Fish” Smithson: Had four tackles and was active on special teams. On the down side, he was flagged for a person foul for a horse-collar tackle.

10. Dexter McDonald: Was picked on early, but grew better at covering 6-foot-6 receiver Issac Blakeney as the game progressed.

SEASON STANDINGS

De’Andre Mann - 16

Tony Pierson - 14

Ben Heeney - 14

Dexter McDonald - 11

Nick Harwell - 11

Corey Avery - 11

JaCorey Shepherd - 10

Trevor Pardula - 8

Montell Cozart - 6

Cassius Sendish - 3

Joe Dineen - 3

Fish Smithson - 2

Ben Goodman - 1

Reply 8 comments from Mike Nicco Bob Bailey Dirk Medema Doug Roberts Jonathan Briles Robert  Brock

McDonald’s play in secondary highlights KU’s opener

1. Dexter McDonald: Allowed a completion on third-and-8 for a first down and decided that would be enough for the night. Picked off two passes and returned them for 72 yards and added two pass breakups.
2. Tony Pierson: Made a great spin move to free himself for a sprint down the right sideline for a 67-yard touchdown reception. Rushed for 44 yards on three carries, including a 39-yard rush. Also had 95 receiving yards.
3. De’Andre Mann: Rushed for 121 yards on 15 carries in his KU debut. Mixed in one of his signature moves, the Walter Payton high-step, in impressive fashion.
4. Nick Harwell: By the end of his first quarter in a Kansas uniform, Harwell had more touchdown receptions (two) than any KU wide receiver had in the entire  2012 and 2013 season combined. He finished the game with four catches for 46 yards As a sophomore at Miami (Ohio), Harwell ranked third in the nation with 129.5 yards per game.
5. Montell Cozart: Completed 12 of 24 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 28 yards.
6. Ben Heeney: Led the team with 11 tackles and did his best work after the game, calling out KU fans for leaving at halftime.
7. Corey Avery: Impressive debut. Rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Has the ability to make something out of nothing.
8. Cassius Sendish: Had four tackles and hit a receiver so hard the ball popped out and landed in Eric Boateng’s hands for an interception.
9. Trevor Pardula: Kicked two touchbacks, punted four balls inside the 20 and averaged 45.2 yards per punt.
10. Ben Goodman: Made his four tackles sting, sting, sting and two of them were for losses, including KU’s only sack.

Reply 14 comments from Jay Beakum Inbillwetrust Steve Corder Dirk Medema Max Ledom Robert  Brock Steve Jacob Kingfisher John Randall Cairo_jayhawk and 1 others

Tarik Black top Jayhawk in season finale

1 - Tarik Black: Lone senior played an outstanding game, doing everything he could to bring his team to his hometown of Memphis for the South regional, but didn’t get enough help to make it happen. Had 18 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out.

2 - Conner Frankamp: Scored 12 points, six in the first half, six in the second, all on three-pointers. He made two threes in the final 3:34 of the first half, plus had a rebound and a steal in that stretch. He added two threes in the final 25 seconds of the second half, but was guarded too tightly to get anything resembling a good look and forced one up to try to tie the score. Increased his single-game career-high in both games of the tournament.

3 - Perry Ellis: Missed some easy shots on his way to a nine-point, eight-rebound effort. Had three turnovers and made just 3 of 10 shots.

4 - Frank Mason: Defended well and contributed two rebounds, two assists and a steal, but couldn’t get his shots to drop, going 0 for 4 from the floor, 0 for 3 from three and 2 for 2 from the line.
 

5 - Wayne Selden: Had three steals, but made just 1 of 5 shots and picked up four personal fouls in 18 minutes of action. Outside shot needs work.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Had five points, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Will face a tough challenge from Frankamp and Mason in competing to keep his starting job at point guard.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Played well when Kansas applied full-court pressure and picked up two steals. But he also turned it over three times and made just 1 of 8 shots. Had five rebounds.

8 - Andrew Wiggins: Rough swan song for the freshman, who played tight. Limited to four points, four rebounds and two assists, Wiggins faced a defense that took away his driving lanes. Even when he did get to the hoop, he couldn’t finish and he couldn’t get his perimeter jumpers to fall.

9 - Landen Lucas: Threw down a dunk during his two minutes on floor.

10 - Brannen Greene: Played three minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 298

Perry Ellis 279

Wayne Selden Jr. 254

Joel Embiid 246

Naadir Tharpe 231

Frank Mason 207

Jamari Traylor 199

Tarik Black 187

Brannen Greene 94

Conner Frankamp 87

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 61

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 12 comments from Armen Kurdian Perses Cshjhawk Stupidmichael Jason Wilson Jayhawkmarshall Rodney Crain Dirk Medema Robert  Brock Surrealku

Jamari Traylor’s career-highs put him atop ratings

1 - Jamari Traylor: He never looked more athletic, stronger, more bursting with energy, than he did on his way to a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in 22 strong minutes. He made 7 of 8 field goals, blocked a shot and assisted two baskets. Two of his seven offensive boards came off missed free throws. One of them resulted in the signature play of his career. In a blink, he was above the rim, slamming home the miss with two hands, his knees folded toward his chest. Amazing play.

2 - Conner Frankamp: Kansas was caving to the Colonels' extended pressure defense until Frankamp entered the game and everything changed. He calmly found the open man and hit mid-range jumpers. His 25 minutes, 10 points and four assists all were career-highs on a night he extended his streak of minutes without a turnover to 122. 

3 - Perry Ellis: Eastern Kentucky was vulnerable inside and Ellis capitalized with 14 points, 13 rebounds and active defense. He contributed two steals and several key deflections.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Just when you think you have seen him soar as high as man can, he climbs a little higher to catch a lob and throw it down as he did for one of his four dunks.  Led KU with 19 points.

5 - Tarik Black: Had four of KU’s 11 dunks and made all six field-goal attempts. Totaled 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, firing up teammates with every loud contribution. 

6 - Wayne Selden: Didn’t have a field goal or a rebound, but played strong second-half defense and did a nice job of getting the ball into the hands of KU’s bigs so they could use their size advantage to take over the game. Had four assists and one turnover.

7 - Frank Mason: Played nine minutes, time enough to contribute two points, four rebounds and four assists.

8 - Naadir Tharpe: Rough, rough first half in which he turned it over four times in 10 minutes, but he bounced back with a strong second half that did not include a turnover. Made 2 of 3 shots on the night.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 295

Perry Ellis 271

Wayne Selden Jr. 249

Joel Embiid 246

Naadir Tharpe 226

Frank Mason 200

Jamari Traylor 195

Tarik Black 177

Brannen Greene 93

Conner Frankamp 78

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 59

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 9 comments from Jason Wilson Tony Mishler Texashawk10_2 Surrealku Dirk Medema Sebastian Sanchez Stupidmichael Table_rock_jayhawk

Perry Ellis misses one shot, tops ratings in Big 12 semis loss to Cyclones

1 - Perry Ellis: Made 11 of 12 shots from the field, made his only three-pointer and made 7 of 8 free throws. Also had seven rebounds in 37 minutes. Tight spin move was his go-to shot. Cyclones changed defensive tactics on Ellis in the second half. They double-teamed him every time Kansas fed him. He scored 21 of his 30 points in the first half.

2 - Andrew Wiggins: The ball kept spinning out on him and he made just 7 of 21 shots and 1 of 4 three-pointers, finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds. When he came flying in from the right wing and the shot glanced off the left wing, a blink later he was tapping it in with from the left side of the basket. Or was it his identical twin? Amazing play. 

3 - Naadir Tharpe: Had nine assists and two turnovers, made 5 of 6 free throws and didn’t have a field goal.

4 - Tarik Black: Committed four fouls in 18 minutes, time enough to contribute six points, 10 rebounds and a steal.

5 - Wayne Selden: DeAndre Kane is a tough matchup for everyone in the Big 12 and Selden is no exception. Selden made just 1 of 7 three-pointers and scored nine points with three rebounds and two blocked shots. 

6 - Jamari Traylor: Had six points and two rebounds in 16 minutes. Once he develops more confidence in a mid-range jumper teams won’t be as comfortable playing as far off him as Cyclones did.

7 - Brannen Greene: Was on the floor when Kansas went on its 16-0 run and he had the final three points of it, nailing a three from the top of the arc. 

8 - Frank Mason: Two points, two fouls, a turnover and a steal in 12 minutes.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Played two minutes. 

10 - Landen Lucas: On the floor for less than a minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 290

Perry Ellis 265

Joel Embiid 246

Wayne Selden Jr. 246

Naadir Tharpe 225

Frank Mason 198

Jamari Traylor 187

Tarik Black 173

Brannen Greene 93

Conner Frankamp 71

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 59

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 7 comments from Erich Hartmann Jayhawkmarshall Surrealku Hawk90 Tony Bandle Bernard Gregory

Andrew Wiggins plays all 45 minutes, tops ratings

1 - Andrew Wiggins: A gutsy competitor, during the overtime period Wiggins didn’t score a point, but he hit the deck chasing loose balls, played disruptive defense and came away with two huge rebounds. He still had fuel in his tank, even though he played all 45 minutes. And come to think of it, he wasn’t too shabby in regulation either. He brings so many competitive traits to the floor. He always wants to be the one to guard the hot shooter and is very comfortable being the one to take the big shot, such as the tightly guarded jumper from the left corner to tie the game with 1:04 left in regulation.

Wiggins scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. For the game, he made 9 of 17 shots, 3 of 6 threes, 9 of 10 free throws and added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal.

2 - Wayne Selden: He guarded Marcus Smart and based on the way he embraced the assignment, he must have been looking forward to it from the moment the Big 12 tournament pairings were released. He played Smart in physical fashion, chucking him when he didn’t have the ball, slapping him on the forearm in mid-shot and generally letting him know he was there and enjoying being there. Smart made 4 of 14 shots, 1 of 4 three-pointers on his way to 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Whatever he got, Selden made him earn it.

Other than making just 1 of 5 three-pointers, Selden also had a nice game at the other end. He matched Smart’s 14 points and had four rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

3 - Jamari Traylor: With Joel Embiid there to protect the rim, weak-side help became even more important than usual and Traylor made sure to provide it in aggressive fashion. Smacked two shots off the backboard, bruised his way to nine rebounds and six points.

4 - Tarik Black: Contributed a strong defensive effort, used his bulk well and, as always, supplied verbal encouragement to teammates. He’s a senior and he played like it. Finished with seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

5 - Perry Ellis: Scored twice in a row in the second half and looked as if he was going to become the go-to scorer, but then was tagged for his fourth foul and headed to the bench. Totaled nine points and eight rebounds.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t let defensive lapses and missed shots drag him down. He competed hard for 41 minutes and made some big plays in the clutch, including a blow-by drive with Markel Brown on him. Had seven assists and just two turnovers.

7 - Frank Mason: Played four minutes and made his lone shot, a three-pointer from the top of the arc.

8 - Landen Lucas: Blocked a Le’Bryan Nash shot, picked up a rebound and was whistled for three fouls in four minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene: Looked like a freshman playing in his first postseason game. In a word, nervous. Rattled against Oklahoma State’s pressure, he turned it over twice in seven minutes, picked up a defensive rebound missed his lone shot, a three from the top of the key. One thing he did not look was overmatched. He never does. He’ll be back out there and will perform better now that first-time jitters are out of the way.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 281

Perry Ellis 255

Joel Embiid 246

Wayne Selden Jr. 240

Naadir Tharpe 217

Frank Mason 195

Jamari Traylor 182

Tarik Black 166

Brannen Greene 89

Conner Frankamp 69

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 58

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 6 comments from Allison Steen Surrealku Dirk Medema Ben Schwartz Brian Mellor Steve Kubler

Andrew Wiggins far and away top Jayhawk in loss at WVU

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Unstoppable driving to the hoop, Wiggins drew enough fouls to go 15 for 19 from the line and he made 12 of 18 shots from the field. He made 2 of 5 three-pointers. Positively influenced the game in every area and totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Leading his team to a regular-season championship in what some consider the toughest conference in the country, Wiggins has positioned himself well for first-team All-American consideration. Set KU freshman record for points in a game and was the first KU player to reach 40 since Terry Brown in 1991.

2 - Jamari Traylor: His non-stop hustle during the comeback from a 25-point deficit was big. He finished with six points, seven rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal and earned the praise of coach Bill Self, who wasn’t giddy with team’s overall performance.

3 - Frank Mason: Scored 10 points and made 3 of 4 three-point shots, two of them pulling KU within five points in the final 1:29. Made some rookie mistakes, including fouling with a couple of seconds left on the shot clock, which enabled Mountaineers to grow lead from five points to seven in final minute-and-a-half.

4 - Perry Ellis: Needed to insert himself into battles in the paint and did not. Had a quiet 14 points and five rebounds.

5 - Wayne Selden: Made 2 of 5 shots outside the arc but just 1 of 4 inside it. 

6 - Brannen Greene: Two rough defensive possessions limited him to five minutes, time enough for him to pick up a rebound and an assist and to make a three-pointer from way beyond the top of the arc.

7 - Tarik Black: Picked up two fouls by the first TV timeout and didn’t get into a rhythm all day. Totaled two points, four boards and an assist in 22 minutes.

8 - Landen Lucas: Quicker West Virginia players drew four fouls from him in seven minutes. He did contribute two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot.

9 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t produce a point, rebound or assist in 16 minutes. He had so much trouble at the defensive end that it seemed to impact his play at the other end as well.

10 - Conner Frankamp: So wide open that he appeared to be aiming his shot instead of catching and shooting, Frankamp missed all six shots, including four from long distance.

11 - Andrew White: Played three minutes, had a steal and a turnover and had his only shot, a three-pointer, was blocked.  

12 - Justin Wesley: Played two minutes, zeroes across the board.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 272

Joel Embiid 246

Perry Ellis 250

Wayne Selden Jr. 232

Naadir Tharpe 213

Frank Mason 192

Jamari Traylor 175

Tarik Black 160

Brannen Greene 88

Conner Frankamp 69

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 56

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 4 comments from Jason Wilson Erich Hartmann Len Shaffer Surrealku

Tarik Black’s near perfect Senior Night places him at top of ratings

1 - Tarik Black: The team didn’t need him just to supply energy and a physical presence. His scoring was needed as well and he responded in a huge way. Black made 9 of 9 field goals, two on dunks, blocked two shots, one a real crowd-pleaser, had an assist and a steal and didn’t turn the ball over on a near perfect night. His 19 points were a season-high and three of his six rebounds came off the offensive glass.

2 - Naadir Tharpe: Had 16 points, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 18 minutes of action. Made half of his six three-point attempts and all five free throws.

3 - Perry Ellis: Made all four field-goal attempts and totaled 13 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Jaye Crockett, Tech’s leading scorer, had two points next to his name with five minutes remaining. Wiggins took him out of the game. Crockett finished with nine points, but Wiggins wasn’t on him for his final seven.

5 - Brannen Greene: Hustled his way to six points, two rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes. Made all four free-throw attempts and turned a great pass thrown off the dribble on the break from Frank Mason into a breakaway dunk.

6 - Wayne Selden: Shots weren’t dropping (2 for 7) but played well otherwise. Threw a beauty of a cross-court pass to Conner Frankamp on the break, but didn’t get rewarded with an assist. Four points, four rebounds two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Six points, a block and a rebound in 14 minutes. Showed a nice spin move for one of his buckets. His blocked shot of Dusty Hannahs at the hoop on the break was so effortless Traylor almost looked as if he felt guilty for picking on the guy.

8 - Frank Mason: Had three assists and three rebounds and looked good running the break.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Made 1 of 3 three-pointers and picked up a rebound and two blocked shots in 14 minutes. Inch-for-inch, he might have been the nation’s best shot-blocker Wednesday night.

10 - Landen Lucas: Had four boards and one point in 11 minutes, but his steps were off. Whistled for two turnovers.

11 - Justin Wesley: Started, played nine minutes, blocked a shot and missed all three field-goal attempts, two of them three-pointers.

12 - Andrew White: Fired up a guarded three from on top of the arc and it missed. Did mix in an assist in seven minutes.’

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 260

Joel Embiid 246

Perry Ellis 241

Wayne Selden Jr. 224

Naadir Tharpe 209

Frank Mason 182

Jamari Traylor 164

Tarik Black 154

Brannen Greene 81

Conner Frankamp 66

Andrew White III 64

Landen Lucas 51

Justin Wesley 17

Reply 7 comments from Len Shaffer Perses Kris Weidling Plasticjhawk Dale Stringer Dirk Medema

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