Elijah Johnson gives KU offensive spark against Texas A&M


1. Elijah Johnson: Scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, made 7 of 11 field goals and 3 of 7 three-pointers, didn’t turn it over once and had two steals. Fell two points shy of the career high he set against UCLA.

2. Jeff Withey: Blocked four shots and altered a ton to go with 11 points and seven rebounds.

3. Tyshawn Taylor: Didn’t penetrate as well as usual and got into foul trouble that limited him to 30 minutes. Scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

4. Thomas Robinson: Unnecessary technical that came on a shove and was his fifth foul could have been costly had the game gone into overtime. Made just 3 of 10 shots, and finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

5. Travis Releford: Scrapped his way to seven rebounds and had four points and two assists.

6. Conner Teahan: Missed all six three-point attempts, but had his first blocked shot since November 2009 and set a career high with eight rebounds, three off the offensive glass.

7. Kevin Young: Hustled his way to four points, two boards and a blocked shot, but also took an ill-advised shot.

8. Justin Wesley: Played five minutes without fouling and picked up a rebound.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Threw a pass that missed the intended receiver by so much that if it had not been intercepted, he might have drawn a flag for intentional grounding.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (247 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (231 points)
3. Jeff Withey (211 points)
4. Travis Releford (190 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (186 points)
6. Conner Teahan (145 points)
7. Kevin Young (122 points)
8. Justin Wesley (96 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (72 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)
11. Jordan Juenemann (3 points)


litlmikeyb 6 years, 1 month ago

I think Tharpe's confidence is shot for the year. At this point, all we can hope for is that he takes a Withey-type improvement leap over the summer.

Saguaro_Jayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Pretty tough to come in cold when the momentum is often against your team.

Jayhawk444 6 years, 1 month ago

Man Tharpe had me excited after those very-early-season performances in exhibitions when TT and EJ were suspended. I do hope it's just a matter of playing time confidence before he can shine again

dylans 6 years, 1 month ago

I hope Tharpe doesn't transfer before he becomes a good player. The potential is there (to be good).

REHawk 6 years, 1 month ago

This is the way I would have ranked our players. Could it be that all the focus on national POY has begun to affect Thomas' game? Some coach like Ratzo is bound to steamroll T-Rob's emotions bigtime in the Tournament.

Steve Kubler 6 years, 1 month ago

His shot is gone but you got to appreciate his hustle. Eight rebounds is pretty good and there was a period of time at the end of the game he seemed to be the only one moving. That drive to force a foul and the resulting two points ended what I believe was an 11-0 run by the Aggies.

Bitch about his shot all you want but CT is making valuable plays all over the court. He picked off passes, got assists, blocked out and his defense is not all that bad. I'd love to see him start hitting his shot but make no mistake KU needs what he brings.

stinkybulldog 6 years, 1 month ago

He did a nice job rebounding the ball, I'll give him that. When he gets blown by on defense and can't hit a wide open 3, he is a liability. I mean seriously, 0-6 beyond the arc? Hitting the 3 is his trade and if he's not doing that, he doesn't deserve to be on the floor. I'd rather see Juenemann get some playing time.

LAJayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

"...and his defense is not all that bad."

Well, don't oversell it... ;-)

Steve Kubler 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, I could have compared it KYoungs. I thought the Matador defense was regulated to the NBA. ;)

John Randall 6 years, 1 month ago

Could you please relegate your regulation to somewhere it's not so noticeable?

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 1 month ago

Other than the fouls and the slow start in the first half, TRob had another double double night and dished out four assists. Nonetheless, TRob has to play within the system and be less improvisational including not playing point, as the latter adversely affects KU's ability to set up its offense which could be advantageous to TRob's overall production. Also, KU has to take greater advantage of TRob's jumper as it creates options including his taking the ball to the rack. It also will positively affect his ability to score down low. Finally, TRob does not have to watch himself and keep his cool, as a number of coaches are encouraging their players to become overly physical against him and it is evident that the refs seem open to "letting them play".

VaJay 6 years, 1 month ago

My brain hurts from trying to absorb this stream of consciousness...

John Randall 6 years, 1 month ago

A stream it surely is ... of consciousness? not so sure.

Jeff Schartz 6 years, 1 month ago

Pekka Markkanen would've had, say...about, oh, 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and, um, probably 4 fouls. But, the blocks he would've had, ah, jeez, probably around 4, pushing him way up in the 'ol Keegans, say, about 3rd. Yep, I'd have him right in there about third, yup.

prusso25 6 years, 1 month ago

...Teahan with 8 rebounds.....


REHawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Teahan did some good things last night. By the time he lofted his 5th and 6th clangers from the arc, I was shrieking No! Not again! But the 8 boards, 3 on the offensive end, and his clutch 4 freethrows were very significant to our victory. Is a shame that his neurolgy goes into diminished control from longrange in clutch situations. When the team sails breezily along at The Phog, he is often Deadeye Conner.

REHawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Wouldn't it be dandy to see Angel Morris fly T-Rob's little sister Jayla to Lawrence for the Mizzou game? Jayla would feel like Alice, entering a cacaphonous WonderLand. I suppose that the only time she has seen her brother play college ball might have been last year at The Garden.

REHawk 6 years, 1 month ago

On the other hand, the Jayla scenario might turn into a heavy distraction for all concerned. I'm just spinning my provocative thoughts into these posts...sometimes, under very little forethought or self control!

REHawk 6 years, 1 month ago

But, at least, I do not post under the influence of crack cocaine, as one of our brassier and more pugnacious posters recently suggested.

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