Thomas Robinson tops Keegans against Texas Tech

1. Thomas Robinson: Played just 19 minutes, which was long enough to bury a deep three-pointer, deliver a lob pass and produce 19 points and 12 rebounds.

2. Travis Releford: Scored 11 of his 12 points in the first half and always seemed to come up with a bucket when his team struggled to score.

3. Tyshawn Taylor: Had little trouble blowing by the Texas Tech guards but then made it tougher on himself by adding a few dipsy-doodle moves that increased the degree of difficulty on the shots and decreased the chances of getting two points. Scored 15 points and had five assists and four turnovers.

4. Kevin Young: The guy can rebound. Had seven points, seven boards, an assist and a blocked shot in 21 minutes.

5. Jeff Withey: Had seven points, three rebounds and two blocked shots.

6. Naadir Tharpe: Broke from his shooting slump in a big way, hitting all three three-point attempts. Also mixed in two assists and a turnover in seven minutes in an impressive performance.

7. Elijah Johnson: Is 10 for 39 on three-point shots in the past six games, a .256 accuracy rate. Might his left hand be too much a part of the shot, instead of just stabilizing the basketball?

8. Justin Wesley: Battled for two boards, blocked a shot, played strong defense and, of course, got whistled for three fouls in 13 minutes.

9. Conner Teahan: Drove right, got into the lane, and threw the worst pass of his career — with the possible exception of some he might have thrown when he tried out for the football team — to a defender to the left of him. Quickly atoned by hitting one of his two threes on the night.

10. Merv Lindsay: Picked up a bucket under the hoop.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (146 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (127 points)
3. Travis Releford (110 points)
4. Elijah Johnson (105 points)
5. Jeff Withey (104 points)
6. Conner Teahan (87 points)
7. Kevin Young (71 points)
8. Justin Wesley (65 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (42 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (8 points)



jaybate 2 years, 3 months ago

Isn't it remarkable how closely the Keegan Ratings track with a player's points per game scored? :-)

Keegan Ratings Rank/Player's PPG

  1. Thomas Robinson (146 points) 17.6
  2. Tyshawn Taylor (127 points) 14.8
  3. Travis Releford (110 points) 10.2
  4. Elijah Johnson (105 points) 9.2
  5. Jeff Withey (104 points) 7.3
  6. Conner Teahan (87 points) 7.8
  7. Kevin Young (71 points) 4.2
  8. Justin Wesley (65 points) 2.0
  9. Naadir Tharpe (42 points) 1.4
  10. Merv Lindsay (8 points) 2.0

Basketball is such a complicated game. :-)


Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

EJ has a 4:1 assist/turnover ratio this season.

For the Tyshawn-haters: the season will soon be over, so you can breathe easier, eh? This re-hash after every KU game x 3.5yrs is really boring. The competing concepts of "net-positive" vs. the hypothetical, tantalizing "what if Tyshawn..." is something several on this board clearly cannot get past. Every post lamenting TT's well-known/immaculately-documented "wildness" doesnt show real analytical understanding of why-o-why does Self stay with TT as the lead guard, hmm??? Well, here's the short version-answer: good defender, good penetrator, scorer, almost always "net positive" despite everything by game's end (except vs Duke), despite the bball IQ brain TT shows us at times. It does drive Self nuts--but he is simply playing the +/- odds with Tyshawn running things-->and coming out on top to a ridiculously high%. Tyshawn Jamar Taylor is who he is: an inefficient player, from his FG% to his a/t ratio... But, I dont see what crying about the negatives does for people at this point, year 3.5? Why? And I mean NO disrespect to the well-articulated posters on this issue here. It is not wrong to 'expect' better, just like Self surely does. But specifically the constant, endless, repetetive rehashing about something so, so, so well-known is just something I dont get. So any1, some1, every1 please explain this rehash-posting "necessity"? Dont tell me about Tyshawn, for I had him figured long, long ago. I moved on.

Im more concerned about beating Mizzoo+Baylor. I want to see how Self takes all the +'s and -'s of this particular team and crafts a gameplan to beat the schitt out of Mizzoo in grand fashion, and tries the same vs. a very "legit" Baylor team. Mizzery deserves the biggest royal blue beatin' we can deliver. AFH+Columbia...


tom123kufan 2 years, 3 months ago

This is just me being picky, but i don't really like the chart that goes along with this rating article. It is in the decline and I have, for too long, been watching the stock market do similar dips! I would rather see the chart progress to the positive, much like this season is headed!


William Blake 2 years, 3 months ago

"7. Elijah Johnson: Is 10 for 39 on three-point shots in the past six games, a .256 accuracy rate. Might his left hand be too much a part of the shot, instead of just stabilizing the basketball?"

EJ and Conner both are focusing too hard on the trey... so what should be their strengths ends up becoming a reduced factor. In order for the trey to flow, the rest of their game has to flow, too.

I don't know how many times now I have seen Conner give up the wide open 2-pt shot (with his feet set) to step back and try to add a point to it then miss a contested, rushed trey. The only true master who could pull this stunt off with perfection was Bird.

EJ is in need of direction. His development seems to be going in the wrong direction. There is no reason on earth I guy with so much athletic ability should squander it just to focus on the trey. (and we see what that is producing)

We have Danny Manning to focus on our bigs. Who is in charge of our guards?

It is clear that we need an assistant coach that only works with our guards.

  1. TT needs help controlling his game and maximizing the offense.
  2. EJ needs help with everything. Period. And he has picked up some of TT's bad habits, like the baseball pass.
  3. TRele needs someone to help show him he is easily the only natural scorer on this team and needs to take advantage more often.

We need a guard coach that knows offense. We need a guard coach that understands that the trey may win some games, but it is the mid range that will win day in and day out. Last night was a perfect example. EJ and Conner both drove it right into the paint and passed up wide open 10 ft jumpers. I know at least 300 D1 teams that would love to have those opportunities.

The most gain you get from the trey is not the extra point. It is the power of the trey to pull defenses out further so you can attack closer. So when you have guards not willing to take 10 ft cupcake shots you have something out of whack.


johnsont1 2 years, 3 months ago

Wish these rankings were more about defense in games like this, which was the reason we won the game. No way Elijah, Jeff, and Kevin should be that low. All I see is stats to back up the rankings. I could come to the same conclusion myself without watching the game.


Bill Kackley 2 years, 3 months ago

The biggest mistake in the rankings was T-Rob. He picked up the majority of points and rebounds during the time of the game usually dedicated to the subs. He did absolutely nothing while there a semblance of a game going on. I feel he is by far our best player but doesn't always come to play. To be successful in the long run we have to have him being the man while he is in there. I felt he was allowed to pad his stats by allowing him to play as long as he did the second half. Should not have been in the game the last 10 minutes. So put Travis on top, move t-rob down to 3rd or 4th.


REHawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Releford: consummate team player. Scores 11 of his 12 points in the first half, when the team struggled on offense; eventually opening up opportunities for our other scorers when Billy G. made adjustments. Then Travis settles into his usual high energy defense after the break. Levelheaded and introspective teammates have gotta love playing with him on the floor.


REHawk 2 years, 3 months ago

milehighhawk,, I agree with you re Withey's blocks. Seems as though the official scorer might have gone to sleep for one or two more of those. I have been a persistent proponent of Tharpe's getting more playing time. Those 3s were nice, but I would prefer to see him working more diligently to pass for key assists. It is obvious that he is applying himself more toward improving defense. Slow progress; but any minutes he now gets will enable him to show up next season as a more polished player, perhaps in the Russ Rob tradition. Kevin Young keeps a'comin'. I look to see him make a huge difference for us in a tight battle or two, somewhere down the pike. He looks more and more like a Bill Self type player whose dogged energy will pay dividends. EJ something of a puzzle at this stage of his Jayhawk tenure. Will TT ever pass the ball when he leaves his feet on slashes beneath the hoop? T-Rob, 19 pts in 19 minutes. WOW!


sabd 2 years, 3 months ago

I dont think keegan knows anything about shooting but after he criticized relefords shooting motion he went on a terror. Hopefully elijah will do the same.


Doug Fogleman 2 years, 3 months ago

I wish Kevin Young would have came his freshman year. Hudy could of put some weight on him by now. What a great athelete and high energy.


Clarence Haynes 2 years, 3 months ago

My nickname for Kevin Young is "Stix"! After Hudy gets her regiment on him this coming off season, his productivity will go up big time!


keith horinek 2 years, 3 months ago

I was disapointed in TT's play early in the game. Still too many turnovers vs. assists. He needs to slooooow his play down and play team ball. Against Tech is didn't matter much, but when we play Baylor or Missouri it may hurt more.


milehighhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Could have sworn Withey had more than two blocks...


LAJayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

"Tyshawn Taylor: Had little trouble blowing by [Fill in the blank] guards but then..."

The standard TT opening line. Pretty sure you can go ahead and ink that in for the rest of his career here.

The Tyshawn Taylor enigma continues.


Alohahawk 2 years, 3 months ago

The tale of the tape is pretty clear, as the stats above show, and the order of which I agree with.

However, as has been clear almost every game this season, the true "Hawk that Rocks" award should be presented to KU's team defense. What would the Jayhawk's record be without its defense? Attribute that to great coaching. Can't remember which announcer, during the Texas A&M vs Texas game, said it, but he stated that if KU wins it's 8th straight Big 12 championship, Self deserved the "Coach of the Year"award. I'd agree.

Just one New Year's resolution which I had hoped to see. That Johnson would have resolved to drive more than he shoots the 3. I'd almost gamble in Vegas that he would triple his scoring average, IF (and that's a big if) he would drive inside the arc. He's just not consistent enough shooting 3's. The NBA scouts won't be impressed if he doesn't show that he has the handles, or confidence, to drive the middle.

And, has Tharpe finally found himself and will he continue to improve? There are a lot of us Jayhawk Nation fans who hope so.


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