Josh Selby lives up to hype in opener

1. Josh Selby: From the moment he hit a three-pointer with such beautiful form to the time he hit the game-winning three pointer, Selby never for an instant left the audience asking, “Why all the hype?” He made 5 of 8 three-point shots and all but one of seven free throws for 21 points in 27 minutes. On the downside, he was out of position defensively more than once and had four turnovers. He’s obviously a talented, gutsy player and a great entertainer. 2. Thomas Robinson: Always lends team a tremendous energy boost off the bench. Contributed 10 points, seven boards and a blocked shot, but still looked a little sped up offensively at times and still hasn’t broken from his free-throw shooting slump.

3. Marcus Morris: Made just half his free throws and totaled 11 points and seven rebounds. He made the diagonal pass to the perimeter to Selby for his game-winner and prepared for that during a break in the action, telling him he would be looking for him when he got double-teamed.

4. Markieff Morris: Had some troubles with USC’s physical center Alex Stepheson, but managed to contribute 11 points and eight rebounds and mixed in a couple of nice post feeds. Made all four of his free throws.

5. Brady Morningstar: Didn’t have the smoothest game offensively, but again made key contributions at the other end. Had three steals and played such good defense on USC’s final set play to try to tie or win the game that his man, Jio Fontan, stepped on the out-of-bounds line with the ball in his hands. Morningstar also pitched in with two huge offensive rebounds in the final minutes. He had three on the season coming into the game.

6. Tyrel Reed: Missed both three-point attempts but had five assists and not a single turnover, compared to a combined seven assists and 13 turnovers for the rest of the team.

7. Travis Releford: Got the start, but other than two steals in 15 minutes, didn’t do much.

8. Tyshawn Taylor: Had one assist and six turnovers and scored seven points in his poorest performance of the season.

9. Elijah Johnson: Had a quiet eight minutes.

10. Jeff Withey: Had two boards and a blocked shot in three minutes, but missed both of his free throws.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (82 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (81 points)
3. Markieff Morris (79 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (67 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (51 points)
6. Tyrel Reed (48 points)
7. Travis Releford (41 points)
8. Mario Little (34 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (31 points)
10. Jeff Withey (23 points)
11. Josh Selby (10 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (3 points)

Note: Once Big 12 season begins, both overall and conference Keegan ratings standings will be kept to take into account Selby's late arrival into the rotation.



focojayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

I am sure someone already said this, but our piss poor free throw shooting will lose us a game, and dang near did yesterday. I will say this, they won't hurt us against kstate, however. Jeez! I heard they are second to last overall in basketball. I know we are 11th in the big 12.


voygr1 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow I can not believe what I am reading on all of these stories...Are the Jayhawks not 10 & 0?? Fans now know what is best for a team that is coached by the best coach in college basketball!!! And that means coach K at Duke and coach Roy and Izzo!!! Execution was horrible against USC. How many times did the ball stick...How many times did players on offense not move or rotate??? Josh was super for a first time division 1 game. We at KU are lucky to have the dedicated coaches we have. Defense in first half was great but stunk the place up in second half by every one that played period. If you look back at past seasons every team has down periods where they do not play well its when they get that second wind you find out what you have.
Elijah and Travis are key parts of building this team into a championship team.. Markief has to play with fire in his eyes you need to find that mean streak all of us have seen...Everyone remember this is a team and these men are giving their all for us Kansas Jayhawk students Alums and Fans...


Jared Grillot 3 years, 3 months ago

Lots of people have lots of up and down reasons, but what I see right now that has me head scratching is 12 assists. 12? From us? That tells me our offense was playing half-asleep. Maybe it was too early for them. This bears out in our shooting %, at 39%. Offense played like they were on cruise control. Then again, better than the total and utter offensive meltdown that KSUck had today. 44 points. Total. Enjoy the drop, purple kittens.


faceit 3 years, 3 months ago

It's too bad Bill Self can't show up for a whole game. Geez, I'm sick of watching all of our talent be overwhelmed by less talented squads. Self just can't motivate players in the second half of games. He sure as hell doesn't make them practice free throws either.


Marc Frey 3 years, 3 months ago

Everybody just chill out. KU is a very good team and trying to close in on Great. We will not go undefeated so just sit back and enjoy a fun team. Even if we have two or three losses going into the Big 12 tournament we will be a top 5 team.
They are finding ways to win against tougher competition. Each team has thrown a different set of skills and challenges at KU still they have won.


slowplay 3 years, 3 months ago

Selby can score but that's about it. He played terrible defense and never looked to the post on offense. The team just looked bad when he was on the floor. I would imagine he'll get better at both, but I don't think he helped the flow of the offense and USC made their run while he was in the game. That said, he looks like the go-to-guy when KU needs a basket.


wrwlumpy 3 years, 3 months ago

Brady's best game this year and TT'S worst. Self will get the twins playing like they should.

Xavier had 27 in his first game, Wayne had 20 in his first game but Selby's 20 had to be the most clutch of them all.


REHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

I think we will have to forget Mario Little, other than to hope he can pull himself together personally after his blowup. Other things were more important to him at 2:45 a.m. than preparing for this Sat. contest. Playing Jayhawk basketball calls for a major commitment, and is an honor which bears tremendous responsibility. Only a slim chance that he will return to the floor by Big 12 tournament time. I thought Travis played lockdown defense prior to the first Jayhawk timeout. Though he has worked dilligently to improve his shooting touch, I think he must primarily think defense and ball movement if he is to play an essential role with substantial minutes. And Withey's has to keep pushing himself to post those blocked shots and rebounds, as well as focusing on position down low. The guy just has to step up, esp. when we are paired against giants. Bill Self's postgame comments were really fine. Was he surprised that Josh took that 3 point attempt in the closing minute? Naw. He would have been more surprised if he hadn't! What a breakthrough game for young Josh Selby. Now if he can stay focused on learning how to improve his total game.... Kudos to Keegan for deciding to keep game ratings for both total season and conference play. Should help keep Josh on a steady keel...if he pays attention to such "stats". Zags beat Baylor today; Longhorns upended Roy's Tarheels. K State went down to Florida.


William Blake 3 years, 3 months ago

And never was it illustrated better than this game: the first 10 minutes of the game we dominated because our perimeter defense got with it. USC could barely get a shot off. As the game progressed our perimeter defense sagged, and USC started making easy passes to the post, and also hit several key 3s.

We all love to see our offense... but it is the execution of our defense that will carry us far in March (or not).


William Blake 3 years, 3 months ago

So the twins right now are saying "ahhhh... we can chill out on the court now, help his here." Sorry, but that is what it feels like. I'm feeling that same feeling I felt last year with these two. When the going gets tough they get soft. I hope they get it together after the break. USC ate our lunch in the post... just wait until we play KSU!

Clearly, we are vulnerable at the post!


Hank Cross 3 years, 3 months ago

Agree Selby lived up the hype. We'll go as far as he can carry us on offense. Without his production, we probably would've lost.

As for the Brady - Fontan drove on him at will and Brady only got bailed out on the last play by Fontan's mistake. Brady let the shooter convert on at least two of his fouls. Had Fontan made the second free throw on Brady's last foul, the game might have turned out differently.

Travis did have a nothing game, but the minute he missed that 3, I knew was coming out b/c he can't make any mistake w/o being benched.


Michael Luby 3 years, 3 months ago

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have another Mr Clutch in the KU ranks. Once Selby picks up his defense some more, the kid will be unstoppable.


hawksince51 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree it was Taylor's worst game and 6 TO's vs. 1 A is certainly cause for concern from the PG. I wish that EJ had done more when he was in there, and like others wish he had been given more minutes. I agree that Selby is not ready to play PG with his 4 TO's and 1 A. His ball handling skills were unimpressive, his D was spotty, but he certainly showed the ability to hit the 3. Releford a disappointment, Brady and Reed showed no O but contributed in other ways. So, assuming Selby is solid at the 2, the 1 and 3 spots are my biggest concern. I had hoped that Little would work his way into lots of minutes at the 3 but...


tical523 3 years, 3 months ago

It sucks that Elijah Johnson doesn't play more. Makes it very very hard for a dude to know how to play when you think you are only going to get a couple minutes or if you make one mistake you are benched. Self is the man but I don't understand why he does not use EJ more, I'm not saying 25 minutes but a solid 15 seems reasonable. He can knock down the three, attack the rim and handle the rock. He does need to get better at off--ball defense but his on--ball defense is much better than Tyrel, Travis and even Tyshawn. It is hard to play when you can't gain confidence with minutes, and allowing to continue to play even if you make some mistakes. Imagine how few of minutes Sherron or Tyshawn would have gotten/get with the same rules. I'm pulling for EJ big time next year big time, seems like a real great teammate (& 5-star recruit).


smuckjhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Can I say this was a much better opener for Selby than Xavier's opener last year? X's 27 pts came in a blowout, but Selby came through when it mattered against a tough opponent. Imagine if he improves throughout the year instead of disappointing late like X did. I can't find a reason not to feel optimistic.

Can Selby finish first in the Keegan's this year? Even if he finishes first consistently, hopefully Marcus is not far behind him. I think Marcus will top the season-long Keegan ratings.


LAJayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Addition to Selby:

I chalk it up to the first game, over-excited energy, but he didn't seem to have as much ball control while putting it on the deck as I had hoped. If he settles down and can penetrate... sweet Jesus, look out....


LAJayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

--Brady's offensive boards were enormous at the end.

--TRob has started to develop consistency which is huge for us.

--TT had a fairly awful game and seemed to lack focus throughout. Hope he shakes that off.

--As for Selby... I mean, come on. Did this kid somehow actually EXCEED expectations? He did force a couple of shots and does still seem to be learning defensively, but still... unbelievable. When he wasn't on the floor, you could tell. We seemed out of sync and lacking motivation offensively. Selby was much more than a spark today... he was pretty much the burning flame.


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