Marcus Morris, Mario Little lift KU against Oklahoma State
1. Marcus Morris: He received his Big 12 Player of the Year award shortly before tipoff and then spent the next 20 minutes showing why he got it, but was all alone in being prepared for the morning game and the weaker opponent. He scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half and hit a huge three as the shot clock was expiring in the second half. Also led the team with 11 rebounds.
2. Mario Little: Had three huge plays in the late stages of the tight game. He hit a three-point shot, converted an old-fashioned three-point play after getting fouled on a step-through, up-and-under move, and took a charge to foul Marshall Moses out of the game.
3. Brady Morningstar: On a day wide-open three-pointers were easy to come by because Oklahoma State trapped the post all day, Morningstar couldn’t get his long shots to fall, making just 1 of 6 three-pointers. He otherwise played well, scoring 9 of his 11 points in the second half and contributing four assists and just one turnover in 36 minutes.
4. Tyshawn Taylor: Played 21 minutes, scored six points and at times played good defense.
5. Markieff Morris: Had a rough day defensively and fouled out, although it appeared as if his brother might have actually committed the fourth foul for which he was whistled.
6. Thomas Robinson: Missed all five shots from the field and made just 1 of 4 free throws, but as usual, dominated the glass, getting eight rebounds in 19 minutes. Also had two assists without turning it over.
7. Josh Selby: Hit an early three that made the KU crowd go nuts and almost hit the next one, but it popped out. Looked more confident in his 11 minutes than in other recent games.
8. Elijah Johnson: Lost track of the shot clock during a key late possession that ended with Morningstar missing a rushed three. Johnson lapsed into playing defense with his hands instead of his feet and was whistled for four fouls, one of them a charge. Played excellent defense on OSU’s final possession and committed just one turnover.
9. Tyrel Reed: Didn’t have his strongest defensive performance and made just 1 of 8 field-goal attempts, all from three-point range.
The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (266 points)
2. Markieff Morris (239 points)
T3. Tyrel Reed (194 points)
T3. Tyshawn Taylor (194 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (188 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (176 points)
T7. Josh Selby (112 points)
T7. Mario Little (112 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (109 points)
10. Travis Releford (100 points)
11. Jeff Withey (56 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (6 points)
The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 and postseason standings
1. Marcus Morris (149 points)
2. Markieff Morris (123 points)
3. Brady Morningstar (122 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (112 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (85 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (82 points)
7. Mario Little (78 points)
8. Josh Selby (65 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (59 points)
10. Travis Releford (29 points)
11. Jeff Withey (23 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (2 points)