Markieff's career day pushes him to top of ratings


1. Markieff Morris: Bounced back from a three-point, zero-rebound non-performance in K-State loss to have the best game of his career. Relentlessly hit the boards, skillfully passed out of double-teams and produced 26 points, 15 rebounds (eight offensive), two assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

2. Brady Morningstar: Out-played Colorado star Alec Burks, flustering him into taking tough shots. Morningstar scored all of his 16 points in the first half, attempted one shot in the second half, and finished with five assists, two steals and no turnovers. Made 4 of 6 three-point shots and is 21-for-35 from long range in his past eight games.

3. Marcus Morris: Nearly joined his brother with a double-double, chipping in with 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

4. Tyrel Reed: Made 3 of 4 three-point shots and totaled 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.

5. Tyshawn Taylor: Made 3 of 4 three-point shots and had five assists, but still had too many turnovers (four).

6. Josh Selby: Couldn’t hit his shots and didn’t have a great defensive performance, but did penetrate and dish nicely and finished with five assists in 21 minutes. Foot still isn’t 100 percent, but has improved.

7. Jeff Withey: Made a nice move in hitting a bank shot and blocked a shot in eight minutes.

8. Elijah Johnson: In an active nine minutes, he missed a pair of three-point shots, had three rebounds, two fouls, two assists, two turnovers and one blocked shot. Has made 3 of 14 threes in the past 11 games.

9. Travis Releford: Flushed it after Selby bounced a fancy lob for him high off the floor for KU’s final bucket.

10. Mario Little: Played 10 scoreless minutes and picked up one rebound and three fouls.

11. Royce Woolridge: Played the final minute and missed a three. For the season, he has played 40 minutes and has produced nine points, seven rebounds and nine assists with three turnovers. He’s made 3 of 12 shots and 1 of 5 three-pointers.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (219 points)
2. Markieff Morris (204 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (176 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (159 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (157 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (146 points)
7. Josh Selby (96 points)
8. Travis Releford (94 points)
9. Mario Little (90 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (78 points)
11. Jeff Withey (55 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (5 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (102 points)
2. Brady Morningstar (91 points)
3. Markieff Morris (88 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (77 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (67 points)
6. Mario Little (56 points)
7. Thomas Robinson (52 points)
8. Josh Selby (49 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (28 points)
10. Travis Releford (23 points)
11. Jeff Withey (22 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (1 point)


Marcia Parsons 7 years, 3 months ago

You might want to recheck Tyrel Reed's line. You have him with three assists and two assists. Is one of those steals?

jayhawksbiggestfan 7 years, 3 months ago

Ratings sound about right. Keep voting for Tyrel. Might help some of the east coast bias. Great job Jayhawks.

JayHawkFanToo 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree with your ESPN comments. ESPN would never do that to an ACC or Big East school but they do it regularly to Big 12 teams. While at it, I hate how slow they are updating the game score at the bottom of the screen; it seems like it takes for ever to roll the score up after a basket.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Understand the frustration. I watched a large portion of the game on ESPN3.

Robert Brock 7 years, 3 months ago

Somebody needs to tell EJ just to pass the ball.

jhox 7 years, 3 months ago

I have to say, I'm loving how stupid all of the Brady haters are looking these days. You guys love statistics, let's talk statistics. I understand he lead the Big 12 in 3 point percentage going into today (not confirmed, but I heard that on the radio and presume it true), as well as in assist to turnover ratio. Today just padded those numbers. Oh, and Coach Self considers him one of the best defenders on the team.

We better put him on the bench. He's not a contributor... There's a reason you haters are not coaches.

I would argue the team was better with him in the line up even when he wasn't hitting his shots. He's a glue guy. Now that the shots are falling, even you haters have to be taking notice.

Ben Kliewer 7 years, 3 months ago

Psh, don't you realize that Coach Self doesn't know anything about basketball? I mean, he's proven it by consistently having losing seasons, terrible recruits and not winning any national championships. And don't you realize that all the real coaching geniuses post on blog boards in between bites of macaroni salad while having a "working lunch" at their desk, where they're constantly Facebooking and posting comments on and wondering why they're on the block for layoffs? Oh, wait. No, you're right jhox...

I realize that the sarcasm of this comment will be lost on some of you, so I chose to post script this disclaimer for all those people who will undoubtedly be confused by by the preceding comments. I am making fun of Brady Haters and agreeing with jhox...

kusayzone 7 years, 3 months ago

+1000000 I couldn't have said it better myself!!! Thank you!

Hank Cross 7 years, 3 months ago

Name for me a time where he's had a big game against a good team. In the second half of the UT game he had 3 fouls which lead to at least 6 points, he also had a turnover which resulted in a 3. In the loss to KSU, he had a whopping 6 points and had 3 assists. That's not a starter stepping up when everyone was struggling. He can feast for now on these lame teams, but watch what happens in the tourney.

ParisHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

oxcal, you do like to rise to the challenge. So are you saying Brady lost those two games single-handed? Why call him out for not being the "savior" in our two losses instead of calling out our starting point guard or our two best players?

If and when this team is healthy, our rotation will concentrate on our 7 best players, 3 bigs and 4 guards. Of them all, the one who is closest to Self's expectations is Brady. Not that he's the star, just that as a piece of the puzzle he fits into his spot pretty snugly right now.

Hank Cross 7 years, 3 months ago

The point was to answer Jhox who basically said that those who were/are critical of Brady don't know what they are talking about. Brady didn't singlehandedly lose the UT or KSU games, but he sure was part of the problem. Yet, some around here called his game against KSU "great" and "fantastic."

If you're a shooting guard and you're playing 35 minutes and you're getting blown-out by your in-state rival, only shooting four times isn't "great." In that same situation, you're not helping your teammates score if you only have 3 assists. That's not someone trying to make an impact on the game.

ParisHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

For what it's worth, Brady was second in the Keegan ratings in both our losses. You say he didn't "step up", but he didn't "step down" when lots of other guys did.

Jim Roth 7 years, 3 months ago

And he's second overall for Big12 play. I'd call that stepping up.

waywardJay 7 years, 3 months ago

And yet people fail to see a flaw in Snoopy Morningstar.

His skill an ability in defense are about position, once the player makes a move... if he cannot cut off the move, he's toast. he lacks elite speed, and athletic ability so as long as his psoition hoolds up he's a decent to wonderful defender.... Go rewatch the second half tape on Lacedarius dunn, You'll see a guy dragging Snoopy all ove rthe floor.

As the case has been with Brady, it all depends on the jump shot....

Brady's shot is falling, he does enough intanigbles to make him benmficial to this team ( which in conference p[lay he has been shooting lights out ) Kudos Brady!

When he's not hitting shots, his intaigbles aren't making up for the plays he's getting burned and we should be playing someone who has better athleticism ( IE Travis/ ELijah )

Brady's shootin 60% from 3.... Fabulous. Considering our team's willingness to pass the ball, He SHOULD be hitting up near 60 % from three, He's getting wide open looks and often in rhythm !!!!

actorman 7 years, 3 months ago

"Somebody needs to tell EJ just to pass the ball."

Hey, if I wanted the ball to be thrown 10 feet over someone's head, I'd do it myself.

Seriously, I'm not sure that passing is much of an improvement for EJ these days ...

ralphralph 7 years, 3 months ago

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KU_FanSince75 7 years, 3 months ago

Like the Cox Communications commercial says, "You da man! No, you da man!"

No, Kieff, you da man against Colorado! Nice!

LAJayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Brady in conference play is shooting 52.4% from 3 with an assist to TO ratio of 12.1..... yeah, 12.1... sweet merciful crap. 85 assists to 7 TOs in all of conference play.

Those numbers are what you might call good.

Bob Forer 7 years, 3 months ago

According to USA Today and not counting Saturday's game, for the year Brady is ranked 17th in the country in A/T ratio. Not too shabby.

Bob Forer 7 years, 3 months ago

And no other Kansas player is in the top 100 in A/T ratio.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Yeah.... my assist stats are WAY off. I have no idea where I got 85 assists for conference when he only has 83 for the year....

Regardless, 49 assists to 7 TOs (A/T 7.0) is absolutely remarkable.

Greg Lux 7 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if Royce Woolridge wishes he had said Yes to the redshirt request? I sure wish he would have said yes.

Rock Chalk

Michael Luby 7 years, 3 months ago

Keegs, I really think you should switch Tyshawn and Selby's rank. Sure Tyshawn had a better shooting night but Selby played the point better when he was on the ball and didnt turn it over nearly as much.

REHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

I was really outspoken in declaring that Royce might best consider redshirting. However, it did not appear that Bill Self pushed for that to happen. Perhaps, even though Royce played a super year of Arizona high school basketball, there was still some question about his being a fit for Jayhawk ball. He did commit early, and Kansas seemed to be well set for guards at the 1 and 2 positions by the time he arrived. That being said, he does appear to be a jewel for the future, if he spends 4 or 5 years in the program. His 40 minute statline ain't too shabby.

HawkKlaw 7 years, 3 months ago

So many Brady haters...

Morningstar is awesome, in my opinion. He may not have all the stats, but there's a reason why Bill Self has stuck with him for so many years (remember when he started every game during the 2008-2009 regular season?). And that reason is his defense. Maybe he doesn't have "elite" speed, but he undeniably plays solid defense. That's something this team really needs. And he hits his free throws, for the most part. That's more than we can say for a lot of the players this year. When tournament time rolls around, we're going to need Brady to hit some free throws for us. We don't need Brady to drive the lane and drain 3's (although he certainly can light up the three point line on occasion). I've always loved the idea that a Lawrence kid is such a huge part of KU basketball.

...Plus Brady gets bonus points for shaking my hand when I saw him at the Damian Marley/Nas concert.

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