T-Rob tops rankings in first game back


1. Thomas Robinson: Sent the crowd into a frenzy with a terrific second half, throwing down dunks, ripping down rebounds in traffic and playing physical defense. Two days after his mother’s funeral, Robinson contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and a great deal of inspiration. Only turnover came shortly after he checked in when he was called for a travel. Waved to the crowd to acknowledge a night full of ovations in his honor when he checked out of the game with 1:04 left.

2. Markieff Morris: Went to the floor for loose balls, made a beauty of a hook shot, and was one board shy of what would have been his Big 12-leading eighth double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds. As usual, his hands were perfect. Not so much as a bobble all night.

3. Tyshawn Taylor: His length made for a tough shooting day (8 for 22) for Jacob Pullen. Many of Pullen’s points were scored when Taylor wasn’t in the game.

4. Marcus Morris: Doesn’t need to take a lot of shots to be effective. Turned six field-goal attempts into 10 points and also had nine boards and two steals. As usual, his hands were perfect. Not so much as a bobble all night.

5. Brady Morningstar: Nobody makes the pass off the dribble to a cutter better than Morningstar. He would have been perfect in a Princeton offense. Was on the receiving end of a back-door cut bucket as well. Had four assists and one turnover.

6. Josh Selby: Made all three three-point shots and played solid defense on his way to a 12-point night marred only by five turnovers.

7. Mario Little: Made all three field-goal attempts and added a board and a steal.

8. Tyrel Reed: Rare off night shooting against Kansas State. Made just 1 of 6 shots, but had an assist, steal and three rebounds to go with two turnovers in 24 minutes.

9. Travis Releford: Returned to the court for the first time since suffering sprained ankle at Iowa State.

10. Elijah Johnson: Is nowhere near the perimeter defender that Taylor is when Taylor plays the sort of game he did against the Wildcats. Johnson’s shooting touch isn’t what it was earlier in the season.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (169 points)
2. Markieff Morris (161 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (143 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (124 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (123 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (108 points)
7. Josh Selby (83 points)
8. Travis Releford (73 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (62 points)
10. Mario Little (58 points)
11. Jeff Withey (42 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (52 points)
2. Markieff Morris (45 points
3. Brady Morningstar (42 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (41 points)
5. Josh Selby (36 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (34 points)
7. Thomas Robinson (30 points)
8. Mario Little (24 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (12 points)
10. Jeff Withey (9 points)
11. Travis Releford (2 points)


Kevin Studer 10 years, 8 months ago

Robinson's game, given the context, will be remembered. Wasn't D. Daniels in the crowd tonight? The atmosphere of this game should seal the deal.

Rob Keeney 10 years, 8 months ago

"3. Tyshawn Taylor: His length made for a tough shooting day (8 for 22) for Jacob Pullen. All of Pullen’s points were scored when the game was out of reach."


KUFan90 10 years, 8 months ago

FYP = Fixed Your Post. Taking someones post and changing it slightly, usually for comedic effect.

REHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Terrific game for TRob. Best TT performance since conference play began. Markieff played a heck of a good game tonight. Other than Tyrel's experiencing an off night shooting, Jayhawks were a well oiled machine. Good focus and energy.

Alohahawk 10 years, 8 months ago

+1 "Well oiled machine" indeed. Loved all those back door cuts and plays we haven't really seen a lot of this season.

Would have been a great day if Ohio State and Texas (Not very often I root for Missery) would have lost.

One at a time Hawks. Next up, Texas Tech. They've won a couple Big 12 games, so they aren't going to be a pushover.

ancient_hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Not to put too fine of a point on it, and I understand the sentiment. But Kieff had an EFF of 30 in 21 minutes, and T-Rob had an EFF of 17 in 20 minutes. And still you give T-Rob the top dog spot.

Not berry objective, Keegan.

Jim Roth 10 years, 8 months ago

Agree. T-Rob was great, but Markieff led the way. Likewise, it was great to see Releford on the floor again, but one minute of mop-up doesn't outweigh Elijah's team-leading 6 assists.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

Aw, come on, guys. Even Keegs can just have a feel-good moment!

ancient_hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Oh, I was laughing and crying at the same time during that 2 minute stretch when T-Rob was just FEELING it. That was feel-good x 1 million. But numbers are numbers.

I loved what Self said in the post-game. "It's a good thing he got tired, or he might have scored from half-court the next time down". hee hee!

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 8 months ago

So pullen got 21 but meh they came in the second half. But t-rob gets player of the game for scoring all his points in the second half???

ancient_hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

No turnovers? ahem! Either I watched EJ get his pocket picked on a dumbass crossover while literally standing on the Hawk's nose, or I had a stroke during the game. He also pulled the trigger kinda fast a few times, and and his D stunk.

He did NOT win any brownie points from Bill during that last segment before the walkons came out.

Joe Satterwhite 10 years, 8 months ago

this game shows why im proud 2 b a jayhawk fan....rcjh

honk_for_hawks 10 years, 8 months ago

Markieff dominated, no doubt, but you can't underestimate just how much T-Rob pumped up that crowd. A lot of our big runs came when he was in. 17 pts + creating the best atmosphere in the fieldhouse this year > 20 pts off slightly better shooting numbers. And considering the twin's motto F.O.E. (Family over Everything), I'm guessing Kieff would probably give the player of the game to T-Rob as well.

Lacy Mohler 10 years, 8 months ago

In a normal week and after a normal game Kief probably would have been POG. But there was nothing normal about the past week or yesterday's game and Thomas Robinson is an amazing young man. I agree with Honk_for_hawks that Kief would gladly award TRob player of the game. Very proud of this team.

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

Would've loved to see Self call a timeout after TRob's last jam to get him out while the crowd was still maxing out. TRob had several amazing spin moves. I had never seen that kind of quickness from him. Driving the lane with confidence and finishing. The new TRob? Hope so.

Markieff was occasionally scary. One of his steals was exactly that. He ripped it away like a bully on a playground. His confidence is growing every game. That hook shot was beautiful.

You know things are going well when Mario Little trips going to his left, jumps off one foot and sinks a beautiful 15 footer. I hooted pretty good on that one.

Withey was on the floor for what, 5 seconds? Gaffed the inbounds pass and promptly kept a seat warm for the rest of the game. The look on his face showed he knew he was done for the night.

EJ has zero handles.

Reed was off a smidge, but to be fair, when 47 points come from your bigs it's not a Reed kinda game. And K-State seemed determined to keep him under control. Nice to see Selby and Brady pick it up for him.

Loved hearing Dick being called out by Erin Andrews and listening to him grovel a little bit for forgiveness over the "5th in the Big 12" prediction. Then he couldn't get enough Kansas during the deciding stretch in which KU operated with laser precision.

ancient_hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm with you on Withey. Not only is he failing to develop physically, I'm starting to think he huffed a little too much paint in middle school. He just isn't getting it.

Two years with Danny SHOULD be enough for a even mediocre player to figure out how to establish good position on the block. Look how far the twins have come. But he just floats around and takes up oxygen in the lane. Always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As far as DICK-ie V, if the game had been on PPV, I would have paid an extra $100 to hear him choke that crow down without sauce. Hate that guy. He needs a career change. I would recommend MC at rodeos.

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

Oh yeah. As long as we're a little sentimental. Shouldn't Jordan Juenemann's 3 pointer in 1 minute vault him over Releford for his first rating points of his career?

Greg Lux 10 years, 8 months ago

T-Rob was awesome. Think about it... The most emotional week of his life and he finds a way to channel all that grief and support into his best game of the season so far. If he can just quiet his feet under him ( travel calls ) he is going to be almost unstoppable as a big man. He is so quick and once he channels that energy with some screen help from his team mates he is going to be UNStoppable inside. I love the fact that he told HCBS to be hard on him and not let up during practice. He truly wants to improve and he's dedicated to just that end.

God Bless you and your family T-Rob and Rock Chalk

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

I think 0 will get the traveling thing fixed. He showed some improvement. The only travel I remember last night was when he was a little over-aggressive backing down his guy and had the chair pulled out from under him.

But my god, the two or three times he spun around his defender were surreal. Everything seemed to slow down except Thomas. It was like a scene in The Matrix.

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