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Brady Morningstar best Jayhawk against Richmond

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1. Brady Morningstar: Woofed his way to a technical after burying a three, but other than that had a terrific night. He made 7 of 11 field goals and 4 of 7 three-points, dished four assists and had two steals and just one turnover. Morningstar no longer is content to run the offense. He’s making things happen.

2. Thomas Robinson: Dominated the glass yet again. In 16 minutes he contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds. He’s so quick, so strong, so explosive and tracks the ball so well out of the shooter’s hands he’s one of the nation’s best rebounders.

3. Tyshawn Taylor: He was a huge reason Kansas got off to such a great start. He did a terrific job of blowing by his man and finding the three-point shooters. Finished with four points, seven assists and two blocked shots. All three of his turnovers came in the second half.

4. Marcus Morris: Had 13 points and seven rebounds and had four of his rebounds off the offensive glass.

5. Josh Selby: The same guy who had made just 4 of 24 three-pointers in the 11 games since his return from injury heading into Friday, made 3 of 5 three and drew praise from his coach for his defensive effort. Scored nine points and didn’t make any of his four two-point field goal attempts.

6. Mario Little: In 16 minutes he played aggressive defense, made 3 of 4 field goals and finished with six points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal and he did not turn it over.

7. Tyrel Reed: Had a very similar stat line to Little’s, finishing with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He didn’t commit a turnover.

8. Elijah Johnson: In a solid effort at both ends, Johnson contributed four points and an assist and didn’t miss a shot.

9. Markieff Morris: Got into early foul trouble and never really became the factor he normally is.

10. Royce Woolridge: Played two minutes and grabbed a rebound.

11. Jeff Withey: Played two minutes and grabbed a rebound.

12. Travis Releford: Third-year sophomore primed to compete for starting spot next season played two minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (310 points)
2. Markieff Morris (274 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (233 points)
T4. Tyrel Reed (225 points)
T4. Brady Morningstar (225 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (208 points)
7. Josh Selby (130 points)
8. Mario Little (129 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (126 points)
10. Travis Releford (102 points)
11. Jeff Withey (57 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (7 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 and postseason standings
1. Marcus Morris (193 points)
2. Brady Morningstar (159 points)
3. Markieff Morris (158 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (143 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (124 points)
6. Thomas Robinson (113 points)
7. Mario Little (95 points)
8. Josh Selby (83 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (76 points)
10. Travis Releford (31 points)
11. Jeff Withey (24 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (3 points)

Comments

Michael Luby 9 years, 6 months ago

Without a doubt, Releford will start at the 3 next year. He should be playing more minutes this year but with bad timing on an injury, it prevented him from doing so. There isnt a 3 man left on this team after this year with the length and experience of Travis. He will start.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 6 months ago

There isn't a 3 starting ahead of him this year either, but he's still not starting. Hopefully, he'll continue to improve a be ready to contribute, but there is just too much talent on the team for anyone to be a sure starter.

But the real concern is another Richmond team in 2 days. Focus, and Houston is ours.

Kye Clark 9 years, 6 months ago

I hope you're right, but we are still actively recruiting McLemore & Daniels, both 3 men (McLemore a 2/3). Ya never know.

Jonathan Even 9 years, 6 months ago

Or what if Selby comes back and they run a three guard lineup with Taylor, EJ, and Selby? You know Bill likes running the three guard lineup as long as they can defend. And if EJ doesn't start we'll have a 5 star guard that doesn't earn a permanent starting spot until his senior year? They'll still have two+ guards that they can bring off the bench plus Releford.

But it's way too early to start thinking about lineups for next year.

actorman 9 years, 6 months ago

It's mind-boggling how good a rebounder TRob is. Imagine if he plays 30 minutes a game next year. Could he average close to 20 rebounds a game and lead the nation?

Dirk Medema 9 years, 6 months ago

As always, love Mario's mid-range game and even more the D intensity. They once commented about Micheal that he was just an O players, so he went out and became the most dominant D player in the league. It is great that Mario is picking up the Chi-town mantle.

Glad to see that at least half of Josh's O game is returning. Can't imagine him leaving, and it's crazy to think what he can become when he settles in for a year. And yet there are still more games this year also. On to Houston.

TheStonesSuck 9 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, but I think its short changing both MJ and Mario to compare the two. Mario is doing his best to become a solid contributor, while MJ could basically do whatever he wanted on the court (I'm old, and he was simply THAT dominate). Mario will never be MJ, cuz no one will. But I get your point about the picking up of D and becoming more of a force on both ends of the court.

Michael Auchard 9 years, 6 months ago

I know teams are focusing on the Morris twins these days, but we can't rely on guard play to carry us through this tournament. Tough opponent D cannot shut down, or even temporarily immobilize, our Twins Morrii in the later rounds -- it just won't work.

Congrats are due, however, to Lawrencian Brady Morningstar for a masterful game. Your city is proud of you. Yes!

Markieff, I'll take this one as an off game -- this stuff happens. But, your team needs you to monster it up from here on out. You got jobbed on one early foul, no doubt, but your fans were expecting a big performance out of you the second half tonight. Your teammates need you to dominate. Ultimately, you need to do this for yourself.

Thom-Rob time: 14 rebounds in 16 minutes. That's incredible -- by any standards. I'm starting to worry less about next year's team. You may be the #1 rebounder in all of the NCAA next year... but that's next year.

I hope our team continues to remember its focus from here on out. Because this could be special.

Caveat: There's a lot of ESPN nonsense going around these days about us being a favorite. Let's leave it at that -- complete nonsense.

For now.

FOE

Alohahawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Ratings right on the money today.

If Morningstar keeps his offense on this level, it will force the opposition to play him tighter and help to open up the middle.

If the twins jump to the NBA early, TRob, the rebounding maniac, could very easily end up the top NCAA rebounder next year. My concern is that he will be pestered by agents who try to get him to jump early as well. After the support he received from his Jayhawk family this year, and because he has matured beyond his years, I believe he has the smarts to stay at least one more year.

Congratulations on a tremendous win, Hawks. Defense was fantastic.

One game at a time, Hawks. VCU is next on the blocks. Sounds like another team with Civil War implications. Make like Sherman's March and send them home to Richmond.

RCJHGKU

Michael Luby 9 years, 6 months ago

Hey everybody, I just ran into this story on twitter. I lost this guys handle on twitter but here is his post and his email is in there too. Please for the love of the KU Jayhawk Gods and the best fan base in the nation, give this guy some major hell for this one. He deserves it bigtime! Post this link anywhere and everywhere you can. I want him to know the wrath of the Jayhawk Nation!!! http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/03-25-11-kansas-turning-into-the-ncaa-tournaments-embarrassment-easy-draw-taints-national-championship-race/

Michael Luby 9 years, 6 months ago

Jaybate, where are you, we need your expertise and killer jayhawk prose!

John Randall 9 years, 6 months ago

Why jump this guy's case –– he describes exactly what's going on this year, then comes right out and says it's a shame not to have KU proving, at least a few times, superiority over teams who could compete on more equal terms.

I feel the same way myself. This team is good enough to forge through as tough a tourney string of games as could be had, yet we aren't getting the chance to see it. They aren't to blame, but still will have to listen to detractors saying all they've accomplished is to trip up a few of the little kids on the way to the park . . . not the truth, but sure can look that way from outside the Jayhawk circle.

The blame for this near-fiasco properly belongs on L'ville, Purdue, Notre Dame, Pitt, Duke and OhSU . . . but they are gone and have left KU to bear the slings and arrows of all the jealous fans and disappointed press.

Lulufulu seems to be enjoying the sight of girls being chased barefoot through sandburrs on the playground. I'd rather see my heroes dig as deep as I know they can to overcome some real opposition, and I'm not silly enough to think we've seen much, or that there is none around.

Ben Kane 9 years, 6 months ago

i agree. the guy seems to be telling it like it is. as i said on the other thread, this has nothing to do with anything kansas can control. and once again I will post this...

if you root against kansas you root against america:

http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/03/march-madness-if-you-root-against-kansas-you-root-against-america/72991/

Ron Franklin 9 years, 6 months ago

maybe so, but what about last year when KU was #1 seed, dealt the worst bracket, while Duke was given the cakewalk? Who cares, you always have to beat the team in front of you, and that's all you can do.

Besides, this entire argument is based off the seeding that was set forth by the NCAA committee, and I think the committee sucks and their seeding is wrong anyway.

true_patriot 9 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, but all the naysayers said VCU was an awful pick for the big dance blah blah blah and now they will be playing in an Elite 8 game. Too much arm-chair quarterbacking I think

Michael Luby 9 years, 6 months ago

BlownJay and True Patriot, Thanks guys, thats exactly what Im talking about. Last years team was the best on the field but they didnt bring their A game and they went home early. The writer of that article I posted doesnt have any grounds to call KU weak and call all the teams that have made it this far, the same thing. Let him hear about it!

jayhawksbiggestfan 9 years, 6 months ago

Excellent playing from our our team. Kudos to Brady for his top honor as player of the game. It is nice to know that one or two Jayhawks can have a tough evening and two more can fill in that gap . There is so much talent on this team it is unreal. I do believe we could have made two top 25 teams out of the players that we have. I am liking our chances against a very good VCU team Sunday. RCJH !!!!!!!

irvan moore 9 years, 6 months ago

Morningstar was great, so was the rest of the team. a lot of these experts tend to forget that these "cupcakes" they talk about us playing beat some teams that were supposed to be pretty tough. who cares? we're there and they're not.

jmsuther 9 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of the future is it bothersome to anyone else it looks like ku will have 2 post next year?

Ben Kane 9 years, 6 months ago

can anyone tell me if this is the first time in his career $rady has led the team in scoring? I think it might be.

Adam Evans 9 years, 6 months ago

ummm...brady has led the team in scoring several times. Twice this year alone I believe.

Kurt Eskilson 9 years, 6 months ago

This season, Brady led the team against Nebraska on the road with 19. He was tied for second with Marcus with 16 against Colorado at home … the game Markeiff had a monster 26 points.

REHawk 9 years, 6 months ago

10 days ago no one was declaring the Southwest Regional to be a shoo-in for the Jayhawks. The city of Richmond just delivered a couple of terriers to the tournament to disrupt the plans of loftier seeds.
Enroute to the Regional Final tomorrow, KU must not overlook the 4 hardy wins of VCU. As a marginal play-in squad, they defeated Southern Cal, Georgetown, Purdue and Florida State. They are a quick scrappy team with emotions soaring skyhigh. Lotsa parity in Div. I hoops. Of the 18 teams seeded from Big East and Big 10, only UCon left standing. Kansas the only #1 seed churning forward. RCJH!

ralphralph 9 years, 6 months ago

Markieff = No Show. A little early trouble, and he pouts and takes the rest of the day off. Even when he wasn't riding the pine, he was not working hard on the boards, not blocking out and not aggressive to the ball on missed shots .... Richmond had what, 16 offensive rebounds. No, it didn't matter ... but it will matter if the Hawks ever face a decent team, perhaps one with a high-single-digit seed, even. Markieff was the Dog of the Day.

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