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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)

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Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, exactly. Imagine what the Duke boards were like prior to last year's improbable run--they hadnt made a Final4 in maybe 10yrs??? I bet they were calling for CoachK's head on a platter.

There is too much will, determination, and chemistry on this KU team (along with real depth) to assume we will have a 'stretch' of bad games. We have 2 losses, and several "ugly" wins. Dont bet against this particular ku team...

I tend to have "faith" in Self, his recruiting, our overall system, and our record, and our players...even if they have a rare off-game. I may wonder privately (now publicly) about some of the bench rotation, but hard to argue with 30-2. My ideas always get reality-thumped by WildBill. SO, I will stand by our team & system, win or lose...Jayhawk "Faithful", where y'at?

Yet, no team will make the Final4 every year. Not going to happen. This year, I would be disappointed to not make the Final4, just watching the interplay of chemistry, depth, and the Morris' determination. Dont count out Reed, despite 1 bad game. And cannot ignore the determination of BStar, Mario, TRob. Just look at what was missing from the OkieState non-loss, and watch what Colo gets thumped with...

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stuckinthemiddle 3 years, 1 month ago

I guess most of you can remeber a few years back... the reginal-final game against Davidson in the NCAA tournament... it was very similar to this game... and there was very similar hand wringing and questioning of coach Self that followed... and then came the horrible thumping of Roy's boys... and then came a national championship...

Colorado could (and I say c-o-u-l-d) be in for a horrible thumping...

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eagle64 3 years, 1 month ago

Nazi mods deleting posts, SIMPliSTIC !!!

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actorman 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm amazed at how many people are acting like the sky is falling. People, some perspective please! Did you honestly expect KU to come out on fire for a game like this?!?!? It was practically meaningless and the team knew it! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they were able to pull it out as wins are always nice, but the team played exactly like I expected they would. And to think this game has the REMOTEST connection to how they'll play in the NCAA's is utterly ridiculous!

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Hank Cross 3 years, 1 month ago

Why Reed played all those minutes while contributing so little is puzzling. If his foot is bothering him that much, it's time to sit him. That type of non-productivity in the tourney won't cut it. The 8/9 team will be better than OSU and will be thinking that if UNI can beat KU in the tourney, why not them.

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REHawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Too bad we could not break loose to allow Reed more time to rest that heel. In clutch time, he is absolutely invaluable to our staying the course. Releford evidently has lost his skates.

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Scott Smetana 3 years, 1 month ago

Despite not hitting the 3 ball, I thought we played pretty well. Okie St. could have beaten many, many teams in the country today. Their big men are huge!!! We could really use a couple of them next year.

The parody in college hoops this year is great. Anyone can beat anyone this year. Gonna be a tough bracket to fill out. There are so many wild card teams that could go far or fall earlier...ala KSU.

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KGphoto 3 years, 1 month ago

This was the worst shooting performance I can remember. We just seemed to be lacking that key, demoralizing 3 pointer that would have started a run and turned this into a 12-15 point win. We're so spoiled in that regard. We always seem to get one of those to fall.

In their defense, Okie St. had impressive energy throughout the game. Moses is an animal.

Imagine if they had won. Oklahoma State or Colorado would be playing in the final.

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fansincewilt 3 years, 1 month ago

There's not much to say after a game like this. We certainly didn't impress anyone. I hear things like this will make us better, this was a good win, etc. A game like this in the 2nd round and we are gone again. I am concerned after today's game. Ok State will not be the only hungry team we will face. Our team just didn't show up.

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ralphralph 3 years, 1 month ago

Wonder if the bum foot is hampering Reed more than he lets on, or if it was just one of those days. Saying it was "not his best day" is a little too kind; it was a really rough one.

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Michael Auchard 3 years, 1 month ago

Tyshawn Taylor is tied for third as our most valuable player this season? Seriously?

This egregious, this is erroneous, this is false, and you are off your rocker.

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Dustin Gudde 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Keegan actually! I've never been a big fan of taylor, but today showed why we need him. If he can keep the same mentality he has now off the bench, he will play with many less mistakes. EJ today, just looked like a guy that was afraid. I felt like the ball stuck a lot and he didn't do much for creating for others, penetrating, or hitting open shots. This is coming from a big EJ fan, but I have to report what I see. We definitely need him to be more active and aggressive to be affective. Tough win though! Rock Chalk!

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panalytic 3 years, 1 month ago

We needed Tyshawn to do some good things today during a real tough game and he was able to pull through. He was an important part of us moving on in this tournament.

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Kye Clark 3 years, 1 month ago

How about Brady at 3? He fell down at least twice, and if I'm not mistaken once it caused the broken possession in which Keegan is blaming EJ for losing track of the shot clock.

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Craig Lang 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Keegan. I thought Tyshawn played much stronger today, and Elijah kind of looked like the player who used to come off the bench.

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jasonsgill 3 years, 1 month ago

I think Tyshawn and Elijah are switched here.

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ku98 3 years, 1 month ago

I realize most played like crap, but there's no way Tyshawn should be ranked #4.

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ku98 3 years, 1 month ago

I realize most played like crap, but there's no way Tyshawn should be ranked #4.

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