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Jeff Withey shows toughness against Kansas State

1. Jeff Withey: Showed he could not just hang but dominate in a physical game. Fell one block short of a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks. In the three games since the scoreless Missouri night, Withey is averaging 20.3 points, 12 rebounds and 6.3 blocked shots. Defended his Big 12 player of the week honors the way he defends shooters near the hoop.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Missed the front end of a one-and-one twice in the final minute and had a costly turnover, but, as he has a tendency of doing, took over the game during the decisive stretch. When KU went to a Triangle-and-Two defense and went on an 11-0 run, Taylor scored eight of those 11 and finished with a team-high 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and three turnovers. Look for Taylor to be a late addition to the Cousy Award list of finalists. Taylor continued his hot touch from three-point range, hitting three of six.

3. Thomas Robinson: Not his best night. Thanks to foul trouble, he played just 33 minutes. The highlight of his night: He made four of six free throws. Lowlight of his night: five turnovers. Finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

4. Travis Releford: Did a nice job of chasing Rodney McGruder all over the place, forcing him into difficult shots. Managed to stay ahead of a defender on a runout for a nice, quick dunk. Finished with four points, six rebounds and a steal.

5. Elijah Johnson: Fouled out late, which left Tyshawn Taylor pretty much alone against K-State’s full-court pressure. Had a decent night defensively and on the boards (five rebounds), but had a rough night offensively, committing four turnovers to go with five points and five assists.

6. Naadir Tharpe: Played a minute and made a nice pass.

7. Conner Teahan: Played 18 of the bench’s 30 minutes and scored the only two bench points in the final seconds of the 30th minute of bench play.

8. Kevin Young: Somebody had to be eighth.

9. Justin Wesley: In a game in which K-State’s only chance of scoring was at the free throw line, Wesley committed three fouls in six minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (232 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (218 points)
3. Jeff Withey (192 points)
4. Travis Releford (175 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (172 points)
6. Conner Teahan (134 points)
7. Kevin Young (111 points)
8. Justin Wesley (92 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (68 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)

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Comments

Sandeep Kalburgie 2 years, 2 months ago

Why dont we try to recruit Nerlens Noel? He is a beast!!!!

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

VaJay: Yeah, I did. Thank you.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 2 months ago

Withey was tremendous. You have to wonder where that effort has been all year, and especially in Columbia. Credit K-State big men for some of Thomas' troubles, also ... though he did do a good job of resisting the urge to get into a fight there near the end.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 2 months ago

Tyshawn chokes at the end ... dominates in "regular" time, then can't take the pressure down the stretch, loses his composure and his shot. That last free throw? Seriously?

Look for TT-meltdown syndrome to haunt KU when they face some tough mid-major in March.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Keegan, that has to be a whimsical decision, placing Tharpe above players who actually spent minutes relieving starters, albeit their scoring contributions were almost nil (but for Conner's two clutchtime freethrows). Tharpe made a nice pass, although into easily defended traffic; but how much relief was he able to provide in the way of minutes to TT or EJ? Your RANKINGS have fallen into line with Bill Self's punitive YANKINGS.

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Studogg 2 years, 2 months ago

So I have to share this with my Jayhawk brethren. This morning on the way into work ( I teach in Kansas and my son goes to my school) we drove into some dense fog. As we did I commented something like "Man, this is some thick fog!" And without missing a beat, my 7-year-old son in the back seat replies, "Whoa, are we getting close to Allen Fieldhouse?!" Haha! That's my boy :)

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 2 months ago

To TRob's defense, when he got the ball underneath, he was mugged, with the refs making a bunch of no calls on fouls. Also, I think that teams have learned to try to draw fouls on TRob's dribble drive to the basket. It cost us twice last night and of course, the Moore call at Mizzou albeit questionable did hurt. It is a great weapon, but perhaps he has to develop variations (eg stop and pop, dish it out for a perimeter shot, etc).

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eastcoasthawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought Kevin Young did a good job of defending and setting screens away from the basket while he was in the game. He picked up a couple of fouls quickly but was definitely a positive for us. Keegan must have been getting tired of writing at that point.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 2 months ago

It is good that Naadir is not turning the ball over the way that he had been but I think you have his number inverted. Conner was solid as always, and was absolutely cold blooded going to the line at the end after TT attempted to give the game back to the kitties. Kevin continues to show the energy, but is finding his niche as the that supports the headliners and ALWAYS hustling. Justin is pretty overwhelmed physically most of the time, but filling a valuable role of providing minutes when Jeff or TRob needs some pine time. That is huge. HUGE. It would be nice if Naadir continues to develop in practice and become capable of some quality minutes to both TT & EJ.

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Ferd Magellan 2 years, 2 months ago

With Tech coming to AFH next, Withey could be Big 12 POW for a couple weeks in a row. If he can produce even half as much as he has recently for the remainder of the season, KU is going to be a real threat in the Tournament.

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actorman 2 years, 2 months ago

Man, you click to post something and nothing happens, so you click again. Then it comes up twice! You'd think I'd know better by now.

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actorman 2 years, 2 months ago

I'll put this out to everyone: is there any hope for Wesley to be a contributor this year? He seems to have completely disappeared, to the point where if he doesn't come in and immediately rack up a couple of fouls (and do nothing else) I'm surprised.

Earlier in the year it seemed like he was doing some good things, but now it's been a long time since he's contributed anything. Any insights as to why?

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actorman 2 years, 2 months ago

I'll put this out to everyone: is there any hope for Wesley to be a contributor this year? He seems to have completely disappeared, to the point where if he doesn't come in and immediately rack up a couple of fouls (and do nothing else) I'm surprised.

Earlier in the year it seemed like he was doing some good things, but now it's been a long time since he's contributed anything. Any insights as to why?

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Kye Clark 2 years, 2 months ago

Just always such a drop off it seems after the third guy, and for much of the season it was after the second guy. TRob, TT, and everybody else. I know this was an ugly game and points were hard to come by, but I've been saying for quite awhile now that if we're going to be a legit Final Four team I believe we have to have another perimeter threat. Having 2 post threats is great, but I believe the ascension of either EJ or Travis has to take place for us to make a deep run.

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