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Thomas Robinson tops ratings against Missouri

1. Thomas Robinson: Had 25 points and 13 rebounds and scored 19 second-half points. Had a rough final couple of minutes, made rougher by a brutal offensive foul call that nullified a bucket that would have given Kansas a seven-point lead with 1:43 left.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and played terrific defense on Phil Pressey, forcing him into a night in which he had more turnovers (three) than points (two). Then in the final two minutes Taylor lost his dribble for a turnover, missed a pair of free throws and was whistled for a charge.

3. Elijah Johnson: Here's an idea: For the rest of this season, Johnson needs to shoot more pull-up jumpers, abandon the three-point shot and keep driving to the hoop when he gets a first step on a defender. Made 4 of 5 inside the arc, 1 of 7 behind it.

4. Travis Releford: Didn't have a smooth night offensively at all, but did a nice job of slowing hot-shooting Kim English after he switched onto him.

5. Jeff Withey: His length clearly bothered Ricardo Ratliffe (six points in 20 minutes), but other than being a defensive presence, Withey didn't do much, perhaps because the fast pace of the game didn't suit his game ideally.

6. Conner Teahan: As expected, Teahan broke from his shooting slump and he made both three-point shots. Didn't let a couple of early turnovers derail his focus and he compensated with a pair of steals.

7. Justin Wesley: Had three points and three rebounds in nine mostly strong minutes.

8. Kevin Young: Missed a bunny that he might have been able to flush had he gone up stronger. Had a terrific blocked shot at end of first half, but otherwise didn't do much to force his way into more minutes.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Played but a minute.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (207 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (193 points)
3. Jeff Withey (162 points)
4. Travis Releford (158 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (152 points)
6. Conner Teahan (120 points)
7. Kevin Young (98 points)
8. Justin Wesley (85 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (57 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)

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Comments

Hank Cross 2 years, 8 months ago

Releford and Withey were huge disappointments. Connor made some shots, but his poor defense made it a wash. Feel worse about this game than any other loss this year. The refs sure didn't help, but there were more than enough opportunities in the 2nd half to put this game away.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Agree with your point... But Releford definitely counts as a KU starting caliber player. Not certain if we have a KU rotation caliber player on our bench though. Our bench now is far from the days of Jackson, Kaun, and Collins coming off the bench!

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KGphoto 2 years, 7 months ago

I had all of these things I wanted to say, and you just said them all.

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LAJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

EJ has a tremendously accurate jump shot off the bounce. I wish he would take every single shot that way. He is so smooth when he stops and pops from 15ish feet like that. I agree with Keegan, that is absolutely what he needs to do going forward.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

Connor proves that you can't completely abandon the 3, even if it isn't falling for you, but certainly agree in hoping that EJ takes a LOT more shot inside the arc than outside in the future. He and everyone else needs to be attacking and not settling for the shots that are being left open.

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 8 months ago

I repeatedly looked at that charging call against TRob at 1:43 and frankly, I did not see it! Nonetheless, on TV, many said that TRob had to be more agressive in the second half and was he ever! Fellas, put this one behind, beat Baylor, and let the KU-Mizzou game at AFH be get back time!

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Robert Brock 2 years, 8 months ago

With the game on the line, Taylor, a fourth-year starter, needed to control the ball. Instead, He made several mistakes and wrapped up the night with 6 turnovers. Ouch!

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Kyle Sybesma 2 years, 7 months ago

Conner was taking some heat on the message boards a half but he played an excellent second half. 2 for 2 behind the arc, one steal and cut off their guards much better when driving to the hole. He doesn't have to be great off the bench he just needs to eat minutes make his open shots and not turn the ball over. He did that in the 2nd half.

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Blake Brown 2 years, 7 months ago

Generally, our bench kills us. Tharpe is a mistake per possession whether it is offense or defense and thankfully, is sitting it out now; Wesley is a foul per minute; Young is clueless and his needless lane violation cost us a point and his missed layup, two; Teahan is almost Tyshawns idol when it comes to making cross court passes into a defenders waiting arms; he has to make 3`s to help us and that has been a struggle for the most part al season long.

For 5 guys to play 35 minutes or so every game, at some point the legs have to go and the shots and free throws do not fall and the defense rests and the other teams 3`s are open and most teams can compete against that.

All in all, a pretty amazing year so far for what we had coming back and the lack of experience of playing together.

Now, if we can just get TT to hold down the brain dead plays to a minimum.......

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eastcoasthawk 2 years, 7 months ago

TT - "Then in the final two minutes Taylor lost his dribble for a turnover, missed a pair of free throws and was whistled for a charge." Oh yeah, he also fouled their best free throw shooter in the bonus at half court. His worst two minutes as a Jayhawk that I can think of.

Would have been nice to see HCBS sharp enough to call a timeout as he saw TT dribbling into 3 defenders instead of watching him lose it. Man, that was painful to see us gift wrap our hated rival the game.

Need to stay focused for the next one.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 7 months ago

Give the POY award to T-Rob right now! He played great in the second half. KU was feeding the beast (T-Rob) most of the time and Missouri couldn't stop him. Just too bad that we had a combination of things happen the last two or three minutes of the game:

 1)  TT misses the free throws
 2)  The officials got excited and called two incorrect charging calls on KU
 3)  Went brain dead and did not make sound wise decisions

T-Rob hang in there. Did not catch this fish in Columbia but there bigger fish to fry in March and April. Rock Chalk!

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mtnhvn 2 years, 7 months ago

Thomas, you are a positive influence on so many of us! Keep your faith and praise God when you win and praise God when you lose.

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lrahardja 2 years, 7 months ago

The switch of KU's #24 to MU's #24 was rather late. English practically nullified us with his threes.

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