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Marcus tops ratings against Lehigh

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1. Marcus Morris: Had 26 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Made 12 of 15 field goals, including the only three-pointer he took and other than his free throws (1 for 4) had a tremendous night. What a super player.

2. Sherron Collins: Made sure the team played extremely aggressively offensively in the second half and finished the night with 18 points, six assists and just one turnover.

3. Cole Aldrich: Made up for some of the defensive deficiencies on the perimeter by swatting five shots. Added 11 points and eight rebounds.

4. Tyrel Reed: Made 4 of 7 three-point shots. He is to this team what John Paxson and Steve Kerr were to Michael Jordan’s Bulls championship teams.

5. Xavier Henry: Wasn’t his best defensive effort but he did pitch in with 11 points and six rebounds and attempted just seven field goals.

6. Tyshawn Taylor: Had six steals but didn’t always play sound defense and missed all three three-point shots.

7. Markieff Morris: Blocked three shots, but other than that didn’t play particularly well.

8. Brady Morningstar: Scored four points in 17 minutes.

9. Thomas Robinson: Blocked two shots and picked up three rebounds in seven minutes.

10. Jeff Withey: Made the most of his minute on the floor with one board and one spectacular blocked shot.

11. Elijah Johnson: Checked in at the end and committed a turnover.

12. C.J. Henry: Had a chance to inspire quite an ovation from the hometown folks but his three-point shot from the right corner clanked off the rim on the far side.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (275 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (267 points)
3. Marcus Morris (247 points)
4. Xavier Henry (226 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (190 points)
6. Markieff Morris (182 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (149 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (120 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (93 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (62 points)
11. Jeff Withey (27 points)
12. C.J. Henry (21 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12/Postseason Standings
1. Sherron Collins (160 points)
2. Marcus Morris (150 points)
3. Cole Aldrich (149 points)
4. Xavier Henry (112 points)
5. Markieff Morris (106 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (103 points)
7. Brady Morningstar (94 points)
8. Tyrel Reed (90 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (37 points)
10. Jeff Withey (26 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (12 points)

The Keegan Ratings: NCAA Tournament only
1. Marcus Morris (10 points)
2. Sherron Collins (9 points)
3. Cole Aldrich (8 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (7 points)
5. Xavier Henry (6 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (5 points)
7. Markieff Morris (4 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (3 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (2 points)
10. Jeff Withey (1 point)

First-place votes
Cole Aldrich 9
Sherron Collins 8
Marcus Morris 8
Xavier Henry 6
Tyshawn Taylor 2
Markieff Morris 1
Elijah Johnson 1

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

Comments

Kye Clark 9 years, 10 months ago

drgnslayr - I agree about Tyshawn. I liked his game last night. Keegan has proved all season though that he has a personal disliking of TT

Drew Alan 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm right there with you guys about Tyshawn, 6 steals is 6 less opportunities for the opponent to score, he only had 1 turnover, and yeah he missed his 3's, but he was 3 of 4 inside the arc so he obviously did a good job of driving to the hoop under control and finishing.

ellsworthhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Agreed with above. Thought TT had a good game.

Only 56 out of 4.7 million brackets filled out on-line are right so far. Mines not one of them.

Isn't KU in the final slot all that really matters though?

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm not sure what HCBS sees in Thomas Robinson. Seems to play out of control, turns the ball over a lot and got stuffed on both his shot attempts. However, he does play with energy and rebounds well.

BringBackNike 9 years, 10 months ago

billhawk, you honestly don't see what Bill Self sees in T-Rob? He's sees an absolute, NBA-body monster just waiting to come out of his shell. The only way to break his nerves is to play him and we have seen improvement all year. Mark my words, T-Rob will be an absolute beast for this team next year and also will have one huge game, much like Cole in '08, during this tournament.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Re: T-Rob,

When he's played under control he has had moves that would make Danny Manning's jaw drop. Kid has a ton of game (one example I'm specifically thinking of is a spin move that was one of the fastest I've ever seen out of a guy his size), he just has to figure himself out first. Luckily he has the time and opportunity to do it on an extremely talented team. He will be a big time player next year playing high/low with Marcus. And one thing I love about him is you always see him asking Self questions as he plays. He knows he needs to improve, and you can see it in his face how bad he wants to get better.

T-Rob will be a monster player before his time is done.

TommySmithElbow 9 years, 10 months ago

While Marcus had the points, it was Sheron who came through with the big baskets, the big assists, and the only one to MAKE his free throws, when Lehigh was closing in and nobody seemed to be able to do anything offensively. I'd argue that he was the #1, or at the very least, the MVP of the game.

Now if we can just get some of Sheron's basketball chutzpah and decisionmaking skills to transfer to Cole during an opening half. While Cole had some good defensive plays yesterday in the first half, his lack of poise in two very poor fouls put the team in a position where Lehigh had the opportunity to exploit his absence. He typically plays like a demon in the second half, and just needs to be jazzed at the start of the game like those minutes he threw at Hansborough in 2008. Channel Sheron's passion!

And if you're going to make a poor decision and throw away an opponent on that second foul, be the Tommy Smith version and really make your arm send a message! (For the record, Tommy liked the scrums under the basket and not doing it in the wide open view of the officials. Just a thought.)

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

I always go for the guys that don't get much pub. Tyrel Reed---how many times have we seen him hit big 3's this season---all lot of them were daggers!

Marcus, was, well, a very good Marcus. He gives us so much effort and, then some.

Tyshawn---I agree, he should have been ranked higher. I still think there are more better games coming up with Tyshawn.

Rock the Panthers, Jayhawks! Good luck!

Jim Darnall 9 years, 10 months ago

I think today will be a real test for Cole. He doesn't get to play against a real or true center very often. His decision making and foot work will be what he needs to step up on the offensive side.Takes too long to decide what he wants to do. Hopefully he will come out charged up but in control and be aggressive. He needs to make a statement today.

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