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1. Tyrel Reed: Smart, loose and aggressive from the start, Reed totaled eight points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal and did not turn it over once. He was the one player who never looked nervous.

2. Marcus Morris: Shots weren't dropping in the first half, but he stayed aggressive and led the team in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and nine boards. Some players get a shot or two blocked and allow that to alter their shots. Marcus never alters his shot, never loses his aggressiveness.

3. Markieff Morris: Hit a huge three-pointer during a run of three threes in a row for Kansas. Shook a poor first half to play the best second half of anyone and finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

4. Brady Morningstar: Forced it a little in the first half, but bounced back to have a strong game. Had 13 points, five rebounds and two assists and made 3 of 5 three-point shots.

5. Tyshawn Taylor: Played a little out of control early but settled down and used his quickness to get to the hoop. Had 10 points and seven assists and made 4 of 8 shots, including 2 of 5 three-pointers.

6. Thomas Robinson: Even when nervous, as he acknowledged he was after the game, Robinson gets the job done on the boards. Had six rebounds in 16 minutes.

7. Josh Selby: Had two quick buckets that helped Kansas to get going in the second half. He'll learn from the bad post pass that was intercepted. The 15 minutes he played could prove valuable in making him more comfortable when needed as KU gets deeper in the tournament.

8. Mario Little: Scored two points in four minutes and picked up a rebound.

9. Elijah Johnson: Committed four fouls to go with an assist and two steals in nine minutes.

10. Jeff Withey: Played just two minutes, time enough for a nice jam. His shot-blocking might be needed down the road.

11. Travis Releford: Missed all three shots he attempted.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (294 points)
2. Markieff Morris (262 points)
T3. Tyshawn Taylor (217 points)
T3. Tyrel Reed (217 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (208 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (193 points)
7. Mario Little (122 points)
8. Josh Selby (121 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (118 points)
10. Travis Releford (101 points)
11. Jeff Withey (57 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (6 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 and postseason standings
1. Marcus Morris (177 points)
2. Markieff Morris (146 points)
3. Brady Morningstar (142 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (135 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (108 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (99 points)
7. Mario Little (88 points)
8. Josh Selby (74 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (68 points)
10. Travis Releford (30 points)
11. Jeff Withey (24 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (2 points)

Comments

Gregor Southard 9 years, 6 months ago

I like that 10 players played during meaningful minutes. We were smoking teams early in the year when we did that.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Jesse, odd seeing you post this. Off the topic question, did you get a chance to ask Coach Self if he felt like he was "coaching tight," while his players were playing tight? The post-game audio clip is quite short.

Back on subject, couple of things:

1) Keiff is lucky that 25 footer dropped. Self might have eaten him whole if it hadn't. Unhinged the jaw and swallowed Keiff like he was Owen Wilson in Anaconda. It did drop, though, and that was the shot that basically ended BU's chances. It was over right then.

2) TT played better than it seemed to me. Maybe I was wearing Self's angry glasses as well. 10 points, 7 assists against 3 TOs is a solid game, especially considering we struggle most of the game offensively.

3) Selby had 1 single play that really stood out to me. It's probably something very few noticed, but it seemed like a turning point in his game. There was a 3 on 2 break that Selby was leading, and he made a very nice pass to Brady (I think it was Brady) for the layup. What stood out was that it was the right move. He didn't try to force anything, he just took what the defense gave him and made the easy and correct play. Seems like a sign that he's starting to get a feel for the game at this level. His shot's not falling, but it will eventually. He just needs to play in the flow of the game, and that pass was exactly that. I could, of course, be looking too far into a single play, but it just seemed like something clicked right then.

Finally, 4) It's weird seeing this blog without the usually sarcastic slam on someone. You need to work on your mean side, Jesse..... :-)

Jesse Newell 9 years, 6 months ago

No, didn't get a chance to ask. It's a zoo with coach Self after these games. Also, this was the Keegan ratings. Shouldn't have had my face anywhere on here. It's fixed now.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Ah, internet error. I thought that was strange since Tom was clearly at the game for you to be posting his blog.

REHawk 9 years, 6 months ago

LAJ, that was indeed a terrific pass from Selby to Brady for the score. Was reassuring to see Self utilizing his bench players, even when we were struggling in the first half. A fine sign to 11 players to be at the ready as we advance into the tournament.

hawk_of_ages 9 years, 6 months ago

Agreed on that Selby assist being a turning point. I thought, "oh no, he's going to try to force it again -- here comes the turnover!" Instead, he makes the simple, solid play and Brady makes the sweet reverse. That play, along with Josh's short jumper in the lane that bounced around before going in, might be a turning point for his confidence.

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