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Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar top players in loss

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1. Tyrel Reed: Made 5 of 9 three-point shots and has hit 12 of 21 three-pointers in the past three games. Led team with 17 points and had two steals. Lost track of his man, Cory Joseph, who burned him with a pair of three-pointers. 2. Brady Morningstar: Scored eight points, made 4 of 5 shots, had three assists, a steal, a blocked shot and one turnover. Did a strong job guarding Jordan Hamilton when he was on him and annoyed him to the point Hamilton was whistled for a technical for trash-talking him after scoring on him.

3. Marcus Morris: Had a strong stretch late to pull KU closer, but it was too late during what amounted to an off night for him. Misfired on all four three-point attempts and made just 6 of 17 overall. Had 16 points and seven rebounds.

4. Tyshawn Taylor: Had six assists without a turnover but made just 2 of 8 shots.

5. Thomas Robinson: Showed his mental toughness by playing the day after the unexpected death of his mother. Had two points, five rebounds and four personal fouls in eight minutes.

6. Markieff Morris: Was no match for Texas freshman Tristan Thompson. Had 10 points and five boards on a 2-for-7 shooting day.

7. Jeff Withey: Played three minutes and picked up three rebounds.

8. Josh Selby: Made 2 of 9 field goals, missed all three-point tries and finished with four points, four personals and two turnovers. Is shooting .361 overall and .235 from three-point range in Big 12 play.

9. Mario Little: Looked as if he were trying to bust moves that would remind the crowd of his idol, Michael Jordan, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Made 1 of 4 shots, had a jumper blocked, committed a turnover and totaled two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.

10. Elijah Johnson: Played four minutes, missed a shot and had two unforced turnovers.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (154 points)
2. Markieff Morris (146 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (130 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (114 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (113 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (93 points)
7. Travis Releford (71 points)
8. Josh Selby (68 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (58 points)
10. Mario Little (52 points)
11. Jeff Withey (38 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (37 points)
2. Tyrel Reed (31 points)
3. Markieff Morris (30 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (27 points)
T5. Josh Selby (21 points)
T5. Tyshawn Taylor (21 points)
7. Thomas Robinson (20 points)
8. Mario Little (18 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (8 points)
10. Jeff Withey (5 points)

Comments

SNOWWIS 6 years, 4 months ago

I think Hamilton was trash talking because Brady hit him in the head, which still makes for great defense.

Ian Brown 6 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely agree with the ratings (except I believe Tyshawn should not be ranked so high), Keegs, especially your top two apots. I'd been waiting for you to post your ratings all evening, because I was curious to see your take on those two (Reed and Brady.) They were easily the best two out there tonight, and BY FAR, the top the guards. Still, the Brady Basher Brigade won't give him any props.

Ian Brown 6 years, 4 months ago

top spots*. Posting on my BlackBerry is a hassle.

NJHAWK 6 years, 4 months ago

Other than Reed, I do no think that our guards played great. We lost at the free throw line. Texas's guards were 17-21 at FT line. KU guards did not shoot a single FT (excluding Reed's technical FT). All the FTs were attempted by the Twins (who were more aggressive than TT, Selby, etc).

John Randall 6 years, 4 months ago

I do agree with these rankings.

That being the case, no wonder we lost – these two are solid, but can't carry our back court for 30 minutes, much less the whole damn team!

Hank Cross 6 years, 4 months ago

So BM didn't lose any points for being responsible for 5 of UT's points in about less than a minute. Only having a complete hometown call on that T when BM hit that UT player on the head helped mitigate that painful sequence. Then again, there was that pass to no one that BM threw. EJ or Travis would've been kicked off of the team for doing that.

8 points - awesomely awesome. Let's killed the fatted calf.

didjabuti 6 years, 4 months ago

I would have to rewatch it, but I'm pretty sure that was Reed that threw it to nobody.

Brian Conrad 6 years, 4 months ago

it was brady drove way to far under lane we had all the mo on our side and he just completely messed up. not what senior should do in final 2 minutes

Kye Clark 6 years, 4 months ago

It was Brady, but I don't think the play cooonrod mentioned is the one oxcal is talking about. Brady had the ball on the base line, not quite to the corner but close, and just threw it into an empty space surrounded by UT players. It was not in the final 2 minutes.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

I believe Tyrel threw one to nobody earlier in the game, but Brady did it late in the game. The crazy thing is he drove right underneath the wide open basket and didn't even attempt a shot. I have no problem with Brady being a complimentary player, and appreciate the things he does that don't appear in the box scores, but the game is still about putting the ball through the net. When given an open shot, it needs to be taken.

As for him being #2, it says to me how off the rest of the team was. The Morrii were 4-16 late in the game, and that's likely to be repeated as coaches realize they can be bumped off their game. Bumping them isn't particularly dangerous either, since they are shooting worse from the line than the field. I'd expect lots of 2nd string bigs to foul out until they can develop the toughness to score through the contact and make enough FT's to cause the opps to think twice about pushing and all.

Michael Auchard 6 years, 4 months ago

My main argument here is that the majority of Tyshawn's shots were basically turnovers, thus he should be ranked lower. They were mostly wild, out-of-control runners. Even one of the ones he actually made was a crazy shot that somehow, luckily, rolled in. All in all, his game lacked any poise; he looked sped up and was harried the whole time by the opposing defense.

Also, other than a few total bonehead plays, Brady was a bright spot for the team, in my opinion -- at least when compared to the rest of his season. In no way, whatsoever, does that warrant him being second on this or any other list today, though. The Morri are the only reason the game was even close down the stretch. Brady was probably our fifth best player on the floor today, which would still qualify him as a starter.

Why is it either feast or famine with this guy on this site? People either hate him or love him. In reality, he's just an average, semi-athletic (for a D1 athlete) guard whose shot has gone south this year. He's not the second coming; he's not the worst player ever.

hawk_of_ages 6 years, 4 months ago

No one has said he's the "second coming." But there are a lot of trolls here who continually say he's terrible. That's the only reason I'm constantly on here defending him.

Hank Cross 6 years, 4 months ago

When you take a closer look at the second half, BM's high rating is bogus. Then again, since Keegan is a mediocrity on the downside of an undistinguished career, he probably sees a like kind in BM.

Here's what BM did in the 2nd Half:

18:13-Checks in, score UT 25 -KU 35. 16:35-last points of game scored on goaltend. 15:49-fouls Hamilton, who converts 2 FTs, ties up total team fouls at 3 apiece. 14:32-Assist to Reed on 3 pt. 13:53-Fouls Hamilton who scores basket and makes the FT. 13:39-Fouls Hamilton, who makes 2 FTs. 13:38-checks out, UT 35 - KU 42. 12:11-checks in, UT 39 - KU 43, 11:54-pass to McM, misses shot, makes 1/2 FTs. 10:38-fails to come out quick enough on Brown, who hits 3 in his face, giving UT its first lead. 7:48- Turnover leads directly to 3 moments later by Joseph, UT 54 - KU 47. 7:30-shoves Hamilton in back while the two are jogging down court, Hamilton almost falls. 6:05-out until under last minute of game, UT 56 - KU 49.

Yep, heckuva game Brady, heckuva game.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

Were we playing some sort of zone because of the fouls on the bigs when Brown made the 3's?

Alec White 6 years, 4 months ago

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John Proctor 6 years, 4 months ago

The difference, Rock_Chalk, is that one list is verifiable fact, and the other is your own little fantasy. I was not surprised to see that breakdown, as every time Morningstar came in, it seemed like bad things happened.

Doug Merrill 6 years, 4 months ago

What this and all your posts reveal is how ludicrously obsessed you are with being negative about Brady. Usually a pass to nobody derives from the miscommunication between 2 players - in this case the second player was on the baseline, stood like a post behind his opponent and didn't MOVE to help the only teammate who was doing ANYthing on that play. A closer look at the game shows that lack of movement away from the ball was a major problem for the offense on most of the offensive possessions in the second half.

weegee 6 years, 4 months ago

oxcaljayhawk--Really? Don't you have anything better to do? Are you so obsessed with being right about Brady that you will go to any lengths to document each second of his time in the game? Pathetic.

oldalum 6 years, 4 months ago

No, not every second of his time--only every second of the plays that weren't good. You notice he didn't document any of the steals or scoring, etc. Amazing that anyone would take the time to go through a game and pick out and document all those plays with time stamps no less.

Hank Cross 6 years, 4 months ago

You're full of it. It documented every play good or bad that he did in the 2nd half.

hawk_of_ages 6 years, 4 months ago

"since Keegan is a mediocrity on the downside of an undistinguished career, he probably sees a like kind in BM."

I hadn't pegged you as a troll before, but maybe it's time to reassess.

honk_for_hawks 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm not a big Brady fan at all, but other than the pass to no one, he played one of the better games he's had in a long while. And considering EVERYBODY was getting called for fouls on KU, I think that's just a little bit biased to bring up the fouls as if they were horrible plays. I really don't care as much as you so I'm not going to go research each of these plays, but most of the time Brady doesn't commit stupid fouls so I'm guessing that those fouls weren't as bad as you think they are. Lastly, if you want to pick any other player on the team and do one of these little timeline things, I'm pretty sure you could make it sound like everybody played as bad or worse than Brady (which everybody did except Reed). Point is, its fine to think other people should be getting Brady's minutes, but at least take the blinders off and realize when he actually has a good game.

johnsont1 6 years, 4 months ago

Can you do this for Marcus, Tyshawn, or Selby? BM didn't have a standout second half, but neither did anyone else. He was solid in the 1st half, and that's why he's at the 2 spot.

NJHAWK 6 years, 4 months ago

Texas played physical and KU did not have enough energy left in them in the second half. They were sleep deprived and emotionally drained to play the entire game. In addition, Doug Shows did not call the game consistently at both ends. Some of the calls on TRob and Kieff were ridiculous. Marcus never crossed the FT line. In fact, in replay (if you DVR it), one can see that Doug Shows is looking at the ball going through the hoop and then he called Marcus for violation. He was not looking at Cus's feet. His technical fouls called on Selby and Marcus were ludicrous, too. I do not see Self getting as much on the officials as Larry Brown or Roy Williams did in the past.

AirCapJay 6 years, 4 months ago

The one statistic that sticks out like a sore thumb is freethrows: Texas - 25 of 31 Kansas - 11 of 18.

Texas got back into the game at the freethrow line. The announcers commented just how physical the game was. The Morris' were getting pushed around and no foul calls. When the Morris' tried to be physical, they were called fowls. I'm just saying that the fowl calling seemed to be lop sided for how physical the game was.

AirCapJay 6 years, 4 months ago

Oops. Fouls. Sorry. The were kind of fowl however.

Ashwin Rao 6 years, 4 months ago

A few lessons learned: 1) Selby is not ready for prime time 2) We don't have a good stable of point guards without which we can't win the championship 3) We don't have an aggressive center (without which we can't win against taller opponents) 4) Our Free-throws need to improve - drastically for nights like this when we can't shoot ourselves out of trouble 5) Marcus is a beast. Even on his off-night he delivered (regardless of what others say!) 6) We have the best coach ever! He knows where the priorities lie, and he is the calming force. I am so happy that he is the one coaching our team, and will look to him to fix whatever he can at this point.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

Marcus was 3 - 12 late in the second have. That's not delivering much.

He has lots of talent delivered in a myriad of ways, but that doesn't generally include physically tough baskets - though he does like the fade away (from contact).

Bob Thompson 6 years, 4 months ago

KU’s team really is a family, the emotional drain from one of there family members loosing a mother just drained the life out of them. You can only play so long on emotion. Toward the end of the game you could see Marcus fighting with everything he had to win, but it was too late. I am really proud of KU. I think yesterday really showed their heart. Yes we lost the game, but their family got closer together. Thomas is really hurting, and the rest of his family is hurting with him.

Doug Merrill 6 years, 4 months ago

These guys were exhausted and running on adrenalin in the first ten minutes...they were going to lose it in the second half no matter who they were playing. Your comments are inappropriate in that they generalize from this game to the team's 'capability'. Your ongoing hitting on Brady is in remarkably poor form. Whereas he and Reed carried the scoring and he was everywhere on the court, Selby had an off game...yet you persist in sayihng that Selby should be given a break and Brady is a 'drag' on the team. I am sure if a player were a 'drag' on this team, he would hear about it from Coach and wouldn't be on the floor, first off the bench. Give it up, and get some heart.

Brian Conrad 6 years, 4 months ago

jayneb really a KSU fan ... has to come here and bad mouth because his kitties will not make NCaa .. will be out of top 30 this week... Bill Self ten times better coach over any other in big 12 .. Martin starting to show his crazy anger will be the downfall of program. Self, Barnes, Turg, Boyle... Frank not even in top half of big 12 . and again weeks back said KSU would be 1-4 and then 2-6 from there they will have players bolting for other programs... maybe Iowa state can get them with the other 7 transfers...

Jacobpaul81 6 years, 4 months ago

No one should be ranked #1. The team stunk after the first 5 minutes. Just a bunch of walking dead. Texas didn't get any better over the course of the game, we just got worse.

Craig Colgin 6 years, 4 months ago

Just when nobody thinks you could possibly be any dumber, more running of the mouth and there goes all the doubt. You and everyone on this site get dumber everytime you post! TROLL!!!

SoCalAlum 6 years, 4 months ago

Tom - any news of a fund(s) to contribute to (for funeral expenses; for sister's education/care)? I'm ready to send my check.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

Wouldn't that be an extra benefit? I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, especially since she was a single mom, with both grandparents recently passing away. Maybe there is a way for her to come to KU so TRob can take care of her. I seem to recall the NCAA getting it right a few years ago for a similar situation w/ a ?FB? player at UNC(?).

iheartkansashoops 6 years, 4 months ago

I think Tyshawn Taylor is a great, solid player, but certainly has room for improvement as the whole team does. I enjoy watching him and all the Jayhawks play.

slowplay 6 years, 4 months ago

I find it disheartening that some of you are so hard on your criticisms considering the circumstances surrounding this game. I agree that the second half was probably the worst ball that KU has played in a couple of years, but this team had been shot through the heart the night before. Give them a pass on this one. No one expected them to go undefeated and this loss was an anomaly. Let's see how they respond.

rockchalkfz33 6 years, 4 months ago

Brady Morningstar has demonstrated fantastic defensive effort all season and has played extremely hard. He has yet to start hitting shots like in the past, but with a glimpse of offensive production in the tragic emotional loss Saturday I think he'll rock chalk it up the next couple games and be a nice little point producer for the rest of this season. I love Brady, I love the Jayhawks. All my heart is out to Thomas, and God bless him. What a strong courageous young man. How lucky are we to have such caring and sympathetic fans, players, and players families. We are truly the greatest basketball program in the country for many more ways than out incredibly rich history. Rock chalk Jayhawk. :)

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