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Tyshawn Taylor leads KU in Big 12 championship game

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1. Tyshawn Taylor: Was rewarded with his first start since before the two-game suspension and responded with his best performance. Energized team with 20 points, five assists, a steal and just two turnovers. He made both three-point shots and hit 7 of 10 field goals overall. Played a terrific tournament and absolutely should have made the all-tournament team.

2. Marcus Morris: Earned Most Outstanding Player honors with his third strong performance in a row. Had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and just one turnover. Made 6 of 9 field goals, 1 of 2 three-pointers and 4 of 5 free throws.

3. Thomas Robinson: Had 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes, made 5 of 7 field goals and was the strong presence underneath Kansas needed when Markieff Morris got into foul trouble.

4. Brady Morningstar: Yet another outstanding overall performance for the senior from Lawrence. Had 13 points and six assists and made 5 of 7 field goals. Aggressive effort.

5. Markieff Morris: Had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots and opened the game taking it to talented Texas center Tristan Thompson.

6. Tyrel Reed: Threw down a one-handed jam on the break, skied for a key defensive rebound when Texas made its run and followed his own miss for an and-one. Finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, his second big night in a row.

7. Elijah Johnson: Had a quiet tournament but the experience he gained while Taylor worked his way back from suspension will benefit Kansas during the NCAA Tournament. His stat line in Big 12 final showed two fouls and zeroes across.

8. Josh Selby: Was scoreless and had two turnovers in seven minutes.

9. Mario Little: Played seven minutes, missed all three shots and committed three fouls.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (285 points)
2. Markieff Morris (254 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (211 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (207 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (201 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (188 points)
7. Mario Little (119 points)
8. Josh Selby (117 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (116 points)
10. Travis Releford (101 points)
11. Jeff Withey (56 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (6 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 and postseason standings
1. Marcus Morris (168 points)
2. Markieff Morris (138 points)
3. Brady Morningstar (135 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (125 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (102 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (94 points)
7. Mario Little (85 points)
8. Josh Selby (70 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (66 points)
10. Travis Releford (30 points)
11. Jeff Withey (23 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (2 points)

Comments

HawksWin 8 years, 6 months ago

Job well done TT!! You have Jayhawk fans salivating for more!! San Antonio, here we come! Rock Chalk! Self knows what's best for our Jayhawks.

For TT slammers, here's an article you should read to gain some "fan knowledge".
http://www.ncaatop25.com/taylor.htm

Uhjh 8 years, 6 months ago

Your sports coverage sucks! Had to go to the Kansas City Star to get the final score. Was at the game and left with 12 seconds on the clock top beat traffic. Drove home to Lawrence and had a hard time finding the final score. You in fact need to serve Lawrence and not ego crap.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 6 months ago

you're right. it is hard to find the score on this site. it would be so much better if there was some sort of live in game tracking where we could get regular updates from the ljw reporters in regards to the score and other happenings. and posters could also put down their thoughts. and then sometimes the reporters respond to the posters when they are asked a specific game questions like "how many fouls does player x have" or "what's the rebound total" and even something as random as "what's tait wearing"

Jared Grillot 8 years, 6 months ago

You're right... this site is in desperate need of something like that. I mean, a KUSports site that doesn't even have the scores up? Wow. >.< (d'oh)

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 6 months ago

Uhjh--

You could not be more wrong. Go on over to the homepage of LJ or KUsports and it's in the headline of the lead story on KUsports.com and the lead story of the sports lead on the LJ homepage. Your comment may sound nice, but it's a lie.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 6 months ago

Appropriate response, but the triple post is a bit much. Feel free to remove this post and one or 2 more above this .-)

Dirk Medema 8 years, 6 months ago

Brady also played great D on Hamilton. Obviously he got points, but 1-8 from 3 and less tha 50% from their primary O is great. Generally speaking, the D has been much better lately. Thought Mario should have been a spot or 2 higher based on his D, which obviously doesn't get much in the way of stats to report.

Ben Kane 8 years, 6 months ago

TT played a great and we are all glad to see it.

Brady also had a huge game but what really bugs me about him is how he always drives underneath the basket, never looks to score, gets behind the back board, and then jumps up looking to pass. in fairness, he usually finds a guy to dish to, but it just makes me cringe every time he does it. I'm not bashing on him so don't take that comment the wrong way, he had a great game.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 6 months ago

what bugs me is knowing that selby is either going to put up a shot or turn it over within 3 seconds of touching the ball

KU_FanSince75 8 years, 6 months ago

Chuck--

I know what you're saying about Brady driving to the hole. If he gets himself caught in the air and has no one to pass it to, then, he's screwed. To his credit, he is successful most of the time. Bob Davis, from the Jayhawk radio broadcast, commented during the game about how Brady has a knack of driving to the hole, but yet, finding Tyrel or whoever, to pass it to. It will be interesting to see if teams try and defend Brady according to how he drives to the basket.

Ben Kane 8 years, 6 months ago

i doubt anyone will have in-depth enough scouting to take advantage of it. and like i said, he usually does find someone to pass to, but it still scares the heck out of me every time.

REHawk 8 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, Tyshawn. Precisely the performance which the Jayhawk Nation has long awaited. Keep it up for the remainder of this season! You played like a pro.

Carl O'Hair 8 years, 6 months ago

Tyshawn earned Keegan's one rating today and, in fact, other than the turn overs he does now an then was much better than most people thought yesterday. He proved today that he has to be the starter the rest of the season as he showed his speed to Texas many times in the first half.

I have really thought of him as good as he was today all season but for some reason he always manages to look bad. His three shooting the past three days has been outstanding. I noticed that he kind of disappeared on offense the second half but he was just doing what the point guard is supposed to do. I think that Brady and Tyrel play much better with Tyshawn in the game so he is kind of important to the team.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 6 months ago

Welcome Back Tyshawn. Your smooth drives are lethal. Your focus on defense is intense. You play smart and we go all the way!

deepind 8 years, 6 months ago

Has coach Self become the official "zen master" of college basketball by masterfully bringing out the best in Tyshawn?

REHawk 8 years, 6 months ago

My thoughts, too. Self and staff have worked wonders with this team.

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