Aggressive Xavier tops ratings


1. Xavier Henry: Taking it to the basket with more purpose than ever, Henry made all seven field-goal attempts, both three-pointers and both free throws in an 18-point first half on the way to 23 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist without turning it over.

2. Sherron Collins: Caught fire in the second half and finished with 17 points, six assists and two turnovers.

3. Cole Aldrich: Struggled early against the muscular freshman Tiny Gallon but hung tough and didn’t let lack of whistles in his favor discourage him.

4. Marcus Morris: Some shots that usually drop didn’t, but he had a solid performance with 10 points, seven boards and three assists.

5. Tyshawn Taylor: Stayed in aggressive mode, but was not without an occasional defensive lapse.

6. Markieff Morris: Could have done without his three-point attempt, but overall did some good things, such as getting six rebounds to go with five points.

7. Thomas Robinson: Played much calmer than usual and finished with four points, two rebounds and a steal in seven minutes.

8. Brady Morningstar: Jumper is off, but he’ll figure it out.

9. Tyrel Reed: Took just one shot and scored with an aggressive drive to the hoop. Also had two assists without a turnover in 14 minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (217 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (215 points)
3. Marcus Morris (201 points)
4. Xavier Henry (178 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (149 points)
6. Markieff Morris (133 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (108 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (92 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (78 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (60 points)
11. Jeff Withey (23 points)
12. C.J. Henry (21 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 Standings
1. Marcus Morris (104 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (98 points)
3. Sherron Collins (92 points)
4. Xavier Henry (74 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (66 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (62 points)
7. Markieff Morris (57 points)
8. Tyrel Reed (49 points)
T9. Jeff Withey (22 points)
T9. Thomas Robinson (22 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (10 points)

First-place votes
Cole Aldrich 8
Marcus Morris 7
Sherron Collins 6
Xavier Henry 4
Markieff Morris 1
Elijah Johnson 1
Tyshawn Taylor 1

Notes: C.J. Henry, though he is a walk-on, will be included in the Keegan Ratings.


LAJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

This is nitpicking, but I think Tyrel should be above Brady.

Was impressed by just about everyone on the floor, with the exception of those last 7 or 8 minutes in which we shut down. Sherron looked tired the first half, but seemed like a different guy in the second. Hopefully 2nd-half Sherron will be here to stay from here on out.

Cole and Marcus fit together so well, and we really are starting to find our groove, especially with the aggressiveness of X coming on. Now if we can only do it for a full 40 minutes..........

HairMan69 9 years, 11 months ago

Yes, Mr. X's aggressiveness is coming on, but the team lacks discipline. Why do their defensive skills completely melt with a lead over 10 pts? it is embarrassing.

tyshawn taylor is an unpredictable mess. he needs a weekend in bhudist centering camp. or a kick in the *ss.

xxxx O

Robert Brock 9 years, 11 months ago

Taylor is easily beaten on the wing and it puts Cole in a vulnerable position. I am amazed that Cole has, for the most part, been able to defend penetrating guards without getting into serious foul trouble.

Drew Alan 9 years, 11 months ago

pretty fantastic all-around game from all of the guys. yeah we had the little defensive let-down from the 10--17 minute mark of the second half, but the game was never in jeopardy, and only Fitzgerald and Davis got their points without having to take a ton of shots to get them. These guys knew they had a Big XII championship in hand, and they wanted to start enjoying it.

Steve Brown 9 years, 11 months ago

On more than one occasion SC drove the lane into a crowd & had open wing or an unguarded forward for the assist and kept the ball for the foul and missed the shot or got one FT. His decisions are not up to his past personal standards... his 17pts. at times looked selfish, not that he hasn't earned it. before you disagree watch the tape,

Kye Clark 9 years, 11 months ago

lighthawk - I agree. I noticed that last night several times that someone was open for what would have been an easy lay-up, lob pass, or wide open 3. Sometimes it's good a good thing; get the other team's bigs into foul trouble, get yourself into the bonus faster. But last night I didn't much see the point, up so much for much of the game. It makes me wonder if he makes up his mind beforehand that once he drives he's putting it up.

Kye Clark 9 years, 11 months ago

As for the overall ratings, you can tell Keegs (and a good portion of the fans, as is evidenced on this and other posts) has a personal disliking of Tyshawn. Who didn't have defensive lapses last night? (aside from maybe Cole). Particularly in the second half. Cade Davis and Mason-Griffin both made our defense look pretty bad last night at times, and you can blame Tyshawn for one of those guys, for the 23 minutes he was on the court, but Davis played 36 minutes and Mason-Griffin played the whole game and yet Tyshawn is the only one singled out for occasional sub-standard defense? Instead fans should be applauding the fact that he had no turnovers (considering Keegs and the anti-Taylor fans all too often berate him for his carelessness with the ball). I think you could say that the team as a whole played great defense early, when it mattered, and then (as was referenced numerous times by Knight & Musburger) they let up and took their foot off the gas. I agree with LAJayhawk that Tyrel should be ranked above Brady. And while you can't really move rank him any higher given his limited minutes, I was really impressed with TRob's play last night.

milehighhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Pretty surprised Tyshawn is this low. He provided us with an offensive spark the entire game.

Christopher Hauser 9 years, 11 months ago

I would just like to point out that Taylor had no turnovers against much better guard competition from Oklahoma than Colorado had. He also got to the free throw line six times and had that second burst of speed that seperates him from a lot of guards in the country. This is good news, I am very proud of how Taylor has stayed the course and is now turning it around when it is needed. This is what college basketball is all about, watching kids make mistakes and grow from them. TT I am very proud of you and I think that all of Hawk nation would say the same.

justanotherfan 9 years, 11 months ago

There are certain people that will hold TT's Facebook posting habits against him for his entire career, regardless of what he does on the court. I am not one of those people. I don't think Coach Self is, either, so it doesn't matter if Keegan and others constantly nitpick TT's play. Coach Self has made it evident that he feels like we need TT on the floor to be at our best, so TT will play, and we will win in March.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 11 months ago

Justanotherfan---Include me in on not holding TT's Facebook posting habits against him. We need him to win in March---totally agree.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Taylor is an IMMENSELY talented guard. He has ridiculous speed and body control and can finish maybe better than anyone in the big 12 and possibly the country. He has lacked common sense at times (both on and off the court), but he seems to be learning from it, and if he can continue to control himself like he has the last few games, then we NEED that amount of talent on the floor. End of discussion.

That being said, he did get beat on D a handful of times, but, then again, so did seemingly everybody at one point or another. I would love to see us play a full 40... at least defensively.....

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