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Tyshawn Taylor dominates OT, tops ratings

1. Tyshawn Taylor: In the five-minute overtime alone, Taylor scored on a three-pointer, a sweet one-hander, a two-handed jam off a back-door cut and a pair of free throws with 8.3 seconds left. For the math-challenged, that’s nine points. Thankfully, the absurd questions about whether the ball should be in his hands with the game hanging in the balance can go away forever. Taylor had one turnover in 44 minutes, scored 24 points and had five assists and four rebounds.

2. Thomas Robinson: His blocked shot sent the game into overtime and he scored 18 of his 28 points after the first half and led the team with 12 rebounds.

3. Elijah Johnson: Hit a pair of three-pointers in 65 seconds to cut the deficit from 19 to 13, starting the comeback. He made several key, pinpoint passes after that. Finished the day with eight points and eight assists without a turnover, which meant KU’s starting backcourt combined for 13 assists and one turnover in 45 minutes.
4. Conner Teahan: Took four three-point shots and made four three-point shots for 12 gigantic points.

5. Kevin Young: Hustled his way to eight rebounds, four blocked shots, one vicious dunk and five points in 28 minutes.

6. Travis Releford: On a day he couldn’t shoot straight (1 for 7) he came up with a huge steal and played a big part in causing another turnover, both keeping the comeback rolling.

7. Jeff Withey: Sprained his ankle early in the game, picked up two quick fouls, and wasn’t effective against Missouri’s four-guard lineup. All those factors added up to two points in 10 minutes.

8. Justin Wesley: Made just 1 of 4 free throws and snagged an offensive rebound in six minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (256 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (241 points)
3. Jeff Withey (215 points)
4. Travis Releford (195 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (194 points)
6. Conner Teahan (152 points)
7. Kevin Young (128 points)
8. Justin Wesley (99 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (72 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)
11. Jordan Juenemann (3 points)

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Comments

Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

Will mizzoo lose 3 in a row? They have ISU next, which will be a battle for 3rd.

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rwhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I said something before the K-State game, when people were saying it was a trap game, that KSU was not the trap. I thought then that potentially a healthy A&M before MU and at OSU after beating MU would be our trap games.

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William Blake 2 years, 1 month ago

Congrats to the entire Jayhawk team for hanging tough and for getting it done down the stretch. It was a great win!

TT - great poise in OT!

TRob - perhaps the greatest block in KU history!

Kevin Young - great spark off the bench! Much of his contribution doesn't show up in the stats... but it was huge and helped us, big time!

EJ - those 8 assists really stick out.

Conner - you'll have a great story to tell your entire life! Conner came through!

Travis - continues to fly under the radar... but played a huge role in our second half comeback with his sticky defense.

Mr. W - I know I will be curious how he responds after this game. We know what the last game with MU set up for Jeff. Maybe CS needs to get out a broom for Jeff to clean off all those steps in AFH... We haven't heard the last of Mr. W. It is obvious that MU is a tough match up for Jeff's game.

I hope Mr. W becomes psyched up for Monday's battle at OSU because he may just save us from an "L" in that one.

Am I the first to scream "trap game?"

Suck it up, Hawks, and get ready for battle on Monday.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 1 month ago

It's difficult to single out one player as having contributed the most to the victory. Fact of the matter is this victory was truly a team effort. TT and TRrob were insane, but without every other Hawk playing as well as they did, we lose.

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fansincewilt 2 years, 1 month ago

When is the last time a team with 5 losses was ranked #3, yet that is what this team deserves?

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Now the debates begin:

Who is the National Coach of the Year? After those late game baseline cuts by KU, sent in by HCBS, and with the resultant win over MU and another Big 12 championship under his belt, you have to give Self the nod for Big 12 COY (over Haith).

Who is the National POY? TRob held up his end today. Will the sports writers agree? The next two games should tell the tale of the tape.

How far will MU drop in the polls, having dropped their last 2 games?

Where will KU be ranked in next weeks poll? Will they be third? or stay at #4?

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Scott Smetana 2 years, 1 month ago

Just read over ingame comments.
Please never read or respect these 3 posters again. I hate clueless, fair-weathered fans.

Halftime comments:

HawkinHays, Multiple Posts. "This is what's called 'being exposed.' No D, no rebounds, no heart" tweek. Multiple Posts. "We just lost all our recruits. This is all on Self" President Obama - multiple posts

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Kye Clark 2 years, 1 month ago

"Thankfully, the absurd questions about whether the ball should be in his hands with the game hanging in the balance can go away forever."

Sadly this is the way so many KU fans' minds work. They only live in the now. The level of hyperbole used to describe various aspects of this game was pretty staggering. And then there's this. I love TT. Maybe this quote is more in response to The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy saying that Taylor shouldn't even be in any game late in the contest due to his poor free throw shooting late in games, but two things to consider: First, this is one clutch performance. One. It doesn't erase the Duke game, or the other MU game, or some of the other games where we won but he struggled down the stretch. Don't get me wrong, if I had to pick a game for him to show up and deliver, it would be this one. And I definitely want him in the game at the end. But even Self took away a lot of the PG responsibilities from him. It was EJ who had the ball in his hands and was responsible for delivering the pass to Taylor on the back-door play out of the time-out with KU trailing late in the overtime period. Just as it was EJ entrusted to throw the ball into Thomas Robinson on a beautiful post feed with KU trailing by 3 late in regulation, a play in which Robinson was fouled and hit the free throw to tie it at 75. Both were set plays in which Self called on EJ to initiate the offense. The second thing to consider is this - how would we all feel if Tyshawn hadn't gotten that foul called on Phil Pressey at the end of the game? It sure didn't seem like much contact, and it reminded me of Sherron late in the NC game against Memphis taking an ill-advised shot after driving into a sea of defenders and getting it rejected. No one else was even down there for a rebound or other offensive option. Without seeing any other looks/angles it is hard to say if it was a foul or not, but had there been no call we'd all be singing a different tune right now.

I'm sure I'll get blasted for saying all this, and trust me I'm not taking away from anything Tyshawn did today. I just thought the quote was a bit of a reach. I mean, "absurd questions"? I thought the questions were perfectly legitimate given the track record. Props to Tyshawn, he got it done in the biggest game of the season. Hopefully he has a few more clutch performances late in games that make the shortcomings earlier in the year seem like distant memories.

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Alohahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

KU needed every positive in this game, by every player that played. Without any of them, and add one more second, and KU loses on that final shot by MU. Whether it was one rebound by Wesley, any one of his 4 blocks by Young, or just one of anyone's made freethrows.

The bench came through on a number of plays today. And they scored points.

Obviously, KU's 3 pointers falling played a big part. Who would have predicted they would make 9 of 19. Teahan finally finding "the touch" was gratifying. All those made 3's had to have helped TRob find space to maneuver down low.

Young's play today is probably going to effect his minutes next year. There's no way HCBS forgets this performance when tight games occur next year.

You have to believe that the schedule KU has played this year, against all those top ranked teams, helped them overcome the 19 point deficit today. They never gave up.

I admit when KU was down 19 in the second half that I was ready to throw in the towel. But this team has surpassed everyone's expectations this season, and their play in the last 15 or so minutes today, and because it was (most likely) the final Border War, will make today's comeback game one that KU fans will remember forever. Doubt MU fans will forget either.

I may not have been at the game today, but you wouldn't know it. I yelled so loud and so often that I'm hoarse.

Today's game would be well worth putting on DVD to sell to the Jayhawk Nation. (Reason being, the late runnung UCLA - Arizona game forced CBS to cut off the first 5 minutes.)

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 1 month ago

Keegan----I get it. Tyshawn should have the ball in his hands when the game hangs in the balance. Kind of been saying that for a while. HCBS knows that more than anyone. That's why he is 2012 COY. Rock Chalk!

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Scott Smetana 2 years, 1 month ago

At the end of the ratings should be CBS. Here in Colorado, I missed the first 5 minutes of the game because they had to show the end of the Arizona/UCLA game. Then they repeatedly showed the game from the camera above the scoreboard that makes you feel dizzy. I enjoy that view 1-2 times a game. They were showing it every 3 or 4 possessions. Then they had no post game interviews. And Gumble??? They are so clueless.

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theotherphogg 2 years, 1 month ago

Everyone still paying attention? TT scores 9 pts in OT and plays an incredible game. Tyshawn MVP !!!!

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rwhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I thought Young deserved #3. He played with so much energy and his hustle plays and defense kept them afloat when they were really struggling.

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gthejayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Jhawkrulz, I heard him say that and I was thinking of not only that, but the charge called against T-Rob and Taylor in the game at Fizzou.

I was so peeved at the 3 horrible calls in the first half that put us in the situation to be down by 12 at the break. Both calls on T-Rob were without a doubt, absolutely the wrong call. And the block shot by Withey that they called a foul was, at the least, suspect,

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 1 month ago

Anybody else here Jay Bilas on Gameday closeout meeting, say that the Block TRob had at the game was a blatant foul and that is was otrocious that it wasn't called.

He must not have watched the phantom calls in the first half.

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wrwlumpy 2 years, 1 month ago

Is Conner Teahan the only Jayhawk ever to have 5 Championship rings?

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REHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Marvelous inbound to TT for that backdoor cut in overtime! Fortunate to face a new league coach who might not have predicted or prepared for that Bill Self staple.

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RockyMountainHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Way to go, Kevin. I was worried that he wouldn't be ready to play on such a big stage, this being his first year and all. Love this kid.

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lawrence_is_my_middle_name 2 years, 1 month ago

I guess it was close between the two players but how is TRob not on the top here? When he wasn't in the game, Missouri killed us. When he played, we clearly had the upper hand. Taylor was nothing today without his complementary big man, who by the way tied the game on an old-fashioned three-point play to send it into OT. That was so clutch, this game ball should go to TROB!

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Joel Thomas 2 years, 1 month ago

Best came since the NC. Even better comeback. KY had a great game. I'm happy he and Wesley get off the hook for the FT issues. Clutch FTs by TR. Crazy plays by TT, ones for a half a second you hate him for it, but one of his best games. Good for him this turnabout in reputation. Johnson's makes now almost seem lucky, but great assists at the end. Releford missed some he normally makes but you can hardly ever find fault with his shot selection. Some key defensive plays. Withey tough luck, but difficult match-up for him. Too fast, the game. Teahen... just when you thought he'd never make another shot. Best night so far for him to do so. Maybe it will be like shooters of the past who did so well only to have an off game in an unfamiliar environment in the NCAAs; except vice versa, of course. Good to give Self get this too. He is often saddled with memories of disappointments, reminders of conference championships, etc strong, convincing, true... maybe his luck will turn this year. Hopefully there is a good match with the recruits in the house. Cool to see all the alumni, etc.

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Brian Friess 2 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know the names of the KU recruits watching the game at AFH today??

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Brian Stoops 2 years, 1 month ago

Kevin Young did not hustle his way to one vicious dunk and 5 points in 28 "points"

Thankfully, he did hustle in 28 minutes

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