Thomas Robinson leads KU for second straight game


1. Thomas Robinson: For the second game in a row, Robinson came off the bench and contributed 17 points and nine rebounds. He did it in 21 minutes.

2. Marcus Morris: Led team with 18 points and made 8 of 11 two-point attempts. Missed both three-point shots.

3. Brady Morningstar: Had 12 points, four assists and one turnover. The team’s best at passing to the post kept finding the big men with over-the-top passes and has fixed his three-point shot. Has made 8 of 13 long ones in his past four games.

4. Markieff Morris: Big 12’s leading rebounder picked up another double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.

5. Josh Selby: His pure stroke is back and he used it to tally 14 points. He added four assists and a steal and was charged with just one turnover.

6. Mario Little: Scored nine points and had five boards in 13 productive minutes.

7. Tyshawn Taylor: Scoreless in 25 minutes, Taylor had three assists without turning it over.

8. Tyrel Reed: Had another off shooting night, making just 1 of 4 shots and 1 of 3 three-pointers.

9. Travis Releford: Scoreless and 0 for 3 (all three-pointers), Releford had two assists and did not turn it over in nine minutes. Is it just me or is his right elbow not tucked as well when shooting as it was early in the season?

10. Elijah Johnson: Hit a three to improve to 2 for 10 on three-point shots in the past nine games.

11. Jeff Withey: Putting the ball on the floor resulted in him making 1 of 2 free throws, instead of just scoring a two-point bucket. Bad habit.

12. Royce Woolridge: Played two minutes and missed the only shot he took. The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (178 points)
2. Markieff Morris (168 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (147 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (134 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (126 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (116 points)
7. Josh Selby (89 points)
8. Travis Releford (75 points)
T9. Elijah Johnson (63 points)
T9. Mario Little (63 points)
11. Jeff Withey (42 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (61 points)
2. Markieff Morris (52 points)
3. Brady Morningstar (50 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (44 points)
5. Josh Selby (42 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (40 points)
7. Tyshawn Taylor (38 points)
8. Mario Little (29 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (13 points)
10. Jeff Withey (9 points)
11. Travis Releford (4 points)


Kye Clark 7 years, 4 months ago

Props for TRob hitting all 5 of his throws too! Good to see Brady hitting his shots, especially with Tyrel being in a slump.

Joel Thomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Tyrel is in a slump, maybe the minutes? At least one of those 3-pointers was essentially a halfcourt heave at the end of the first half.

James Miller 7 years, 4 months ago

It's all about averages. He will miss some and make some. Don't dig too deep. He will soon start hitting.

KGphoto 7 years, 4 months ago

A mini slump. He's been really inconsistent the whole year. Like everybody else, I love Tyrel, so it's easy to sweep his bad nights under the rug. When he strings together 3 of those games, you tend to take notice.

I actually think he's better with fewer minutes. His percentages have taken a big hit this year going from 15 to 27 minutes a game. Now that Morningstar has found his stroke and Selby is settling in, I think he'll get back to his natural role in the offense, and we'll see his efficiency stabilize.

Marcia Parsons 7 years, 4 months ago

According to coach, Tyrel has a "tender" foot that is hampering him in all areas of the game. Notice that he can't push off on his shot, and it has even messed up his free throws. He says they are going to try to get him some rest this week.

Alohahawk 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't think you're giving TT enough credit. You start by saying scoreless in 25 minutes. He didn't need to score. The bigs were taking care of that. And he played pretty good defense. No turnovers, well, that means less chance for points by the opposing team.

Points vs assists: TT plays better when he concentrates on assists, not scoring, and I think the team plays better when he does, as well. For me, assists should always be a point guard's first priority. In fact, I've always considered them of equal value on a player's stat sheet. I think it was for Miles, and he gained recognition for it. Doesn't he still hold the assist record for Big 8/Big 12 assists?

All in all, the Hawks played a darn good game. Not perfect, but darn good. Nice to know that each played good enough to deserve points. By the way, since he played tonight, shouldn't Royce have at least one point under the Big 12 standings?

HawkBBall 7 years, 4 months ago

Tyshawn is showing maturity, finally. He stayed concentrated during the game, but for a few seconds when Josh tried to pass him the ball.

Ben Kane 7 years, 4 months ago

pounded it inside against an inferior team with no size. as we should.

Paul Mitten 7 years, 4 months ago

I voted for Jimmer as well. That guy is nasty.

REHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Alohahawk: +1 Assists and defense; few turnovers. That is the formula for Tyshawn to lead this team to the Final Four. Keegan's point system and verbal assessment is counterproductive in regards to the team's needs for TT's strengths. Lots of scorers on this squad. The point guard needs to work toward leading the conference in assists and assist/turnover ratio. Is great to see Brady's re-emergence.

Michael Leiker 7 years, 4 months ago

Seemed like they were trying to get Releford shots at any cost in the last few minutes. Not sure if that was the actual strategy but it seemed like he was abnormally aggressive shooting when he was in. Still think he can be a good contributor down the stretch and was glad to see them try to get him back in the flow.

RockCaCO3 7 years, 4 months ago

Good to see Brady lighting it up again.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 4 months ago

T-Rob is becoming a force inside. With the Twins being consistent night in and night out, T-Rob is a weapon that most teams will fear, especially, those teams like Tech that didn't have much size. One game at a time, right? Nebraska, in Lincoln, isn't going to be as easy as Tech. Rock Chalk!

kusayzone 7 years, 4 months ago

I am bothered by this statement....Tyshawn was scoreless...true! But if his defensive prowess held the man he was guarding to 5 points when the normal average for that player is 19 points, then Tyshawn doesn't have to score 14 points to make up for his lack of defense just for his team to break even. Tyshawn has really shown this ability in the last few games. Consideration for weighing this defensive factor could and should be part of the ratings??? I realize you only need to score one more point than the other team to win, but some guys dont have to score to be a successful member of the team. But they should not be rated lower because they dont throw the ball through the basket. My two cents worth.....its TK's column.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Very well said. Plus you add in assists and the offense vs defense output becomes even more lopsided. As a point guard, if you are shutting down the opposition's best player, and then getting the ball to your guys in perfect position to score without turning it over, you are playing a great game.

Only 1 guy on the floor needs to score.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

The closer we play to our top ceiling as a team, the more frivolous and invalid the Keegan ratings become.

The top 2 through 5 could easily be switched to any order, and TT certainly deserves significant credit for what he contributed defensively (as well as handling the ball well). When there is no clear person or persons playing better than anyone else, that is when KU basketball sees the most success. Spread out the wealth and solid play, and these guys are impossible to stop.

In the end, these guys are at their best when they make this point system a fruitless and irrelevant exercise.

Of course, it helps when your opponent plays defense like their in the NFL Probowl.....

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