Thomas Robinson back to old self against Oklahoma


1. Thomas Robinson: He’s baaaaaaaaack! Absolutely punished the rim with dunks and dominated the defensive boards (15) on his way to a 20-point, 17-rebound night that also featured four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Shook free from a spacy first half and in the second half had 13 points, five assists, no turnovers and 5-for-5 shooting from the field. Led team with 21 points and six assists.

3. Jeff Withey: Athletic center showed made hook shots with both hands, used one of those hands to poke a dribble away to start a run-out, had 15 points and just two rebounds and made all seven free-throw attempts.

4. Travis Releford: Had 12 points, made 5 of 6 shots and had six boards, three offensive.

5. Elijah Johnson: He and Releford did a nice job taking turns on Steven Pledger. Johnson also had four assists, one turnover and three steals. Scored seven points and made 2 of 8 field goals.

6. Conner Teahan: Had three points and two rebounds in 20 minutes. Look for him to break out of his shooting slump at a key moment Saturday.

7. Kevin Young: Had three turnovers in 13 minutes, but played aggressively down low and contributed four points and a blocked shot.

8. Justin Wesley: Had two points and a rebound in 11 minutes. Releford played a lot at power forward and likely will take most of those minutes when either Robinson or Withey catches a rest.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Had an assist, a rebound and a turnover in three minutes.

10. Merv Lindsay: Missed a shot and dished an assist in three minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (197 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (185 points)
3. Jeff Withey (156 points)
4. Travis Releford (151 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (144 points)
6. Conner Teahan (115 points)
7. Kevin Young (95 points)
8. Justin Wesley (81 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (55 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)


bradb 8 years, 5 months ago

Sure would be nice to be able to see our bench during tv games as we could for decades before Perkin$ got here and moved the cameras to the west side of the fieldhouse. The cameras should be returned to the east side.

bradb 8 years, 5 months ago

Sure would be nice to be able to see our bench during tv games as we could for decades before Perkin$ got here and moved the cameras to the west side of the fieldhouse. The cameras should be returned to the east side.

Alohahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

At least the bench scored some points and had a few rebounds. For a minute there at the end I thought Kruger was going to leave his first team in against KU's bench.

Sure wish Tharpe could survive a game not getting picked. He's needed next year, but at this rate a safer option might be a walk-on guard to come in, instead.

As for your suggestion that CT will break out of his slump on Saturday against Mizzery, I'd be the first to hope that it would happen. However..... Don't egg him on to shoot a bunch of 3's. Just compare KU's percentages shooting 2's and shooting 3's against OU, as well as for the season. KU's bread and butter is in the paint, not turning the ball over by shooting too many 3's. 3 pointers should be KU's last option each possession, and only if all else fails.

And TRob shooting 3's? No way! Unless KU has a 25 point lead. That takes KU's best rebounder away from the basket and has much less chance of success over his thunder dunks. Now if he fakes the 3, then drives. That might work.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I definitely agree on your point with respect to focusing on jamming the ball inside. However, if someone -- ANYONE -- could hit an effing three point shot, the paint would be soooooooooo much more open. It's considerably harder to score in the paint when teams can pack it inside because they know no one is a threat from the outside....

Plus, you do have to remember that with the extra point means that you can shoot less efficiently from the outside and have it count for more. If you shoot 50% from 2, you only have to shoot 34% or better from 3 to have it be more valuable of a shot (of course, rebounds and transition come in to play as well, but the basic point is still there).

In the end, though, your point is quite valid, as we see more success focusing through our POY in the paint, especially when we are shooting 20-25% from 3. I just wish we had a consistent shooter from outside. It would make this team exponentially better.

Alohahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Agree on the 3 point advantages, but I have just lost faith in KU's 3 point shooting this season, because they're soooooo inconsistent! It's like a turnover waiting to happen. KU needs to run a play or two before they hoist up 3 pointers. Give the high percentage shot a chance first.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, absolutely. I completely agree with you. We have no consistent 3 point threat (which is partly why TRob has struggled a bit as of late with guys collapsing down). So, as I said before, your point is completely valid. Since we don't have much consistency from the outside -- we are currently ranked 152nd in 3-point % at 34.6 -- we do need to push it inside on every possession.

It would just help tremendously if someone could get hot from the outside....

NMJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I'd be interested to know Conner's 3-pt percentages from different spots along the arc. Seems like he takes almost exclusively corner 3's; it'd be nice to see him get some looks from the top of the key.

broddie 8 years, 5 months ago

Ditto on the camera thing. Why is Allen the only basketball venue in the nation where you don't see the coaches and the benches from the main pedestal camera? Because Perkins was trying to eke out a few thousand more advertising dollars per year by displaying the cheesy banner ads in front of the media tables. Only a real douchebag would do that to the fans. Real pain in the ass for the producer and directors of the TV crews, too. It's a shame, because it makes KU look absolutely bush league on national TV. Everyone's all like "LOL@Kansas."

Scott Oswalt 8 years, 5 months ago

Busch league? Far from it broddie noochie.

Mike Kendall 8 years, 5 months ago

I would have put Withey #2. At one point in the game, I thought Jeff was going to be #1, but T-Rob took over. He is a beast when he plays well. TT had a good game, too. This will help him going into Mizzou. Go get the Tigers, guys!

Robert Brock 8 years, 5 months ago

Withey grabbed a measly couple of rebounds in twenty minutes. He was beaten for position many times. Needs to tighten that up on Saturday.

johnsont1 8 years, 5 months ago

This is a team game, individual rankings are meaningless.

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