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Tyshawn Taylor only above-average performer against Iowa State

1. Tyshawn Taylor: The only Jayhawk who did not have a below-average performance, Taylor totaled 16 points, 10 assists, two turnovers and two steals. Was late recovering back to shooters here and there and had just one rebound, but overall his biggest sin was not having enough company in playing well.

2. Travis Releford: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers and had 10 points, four assists and a block and did not have a turnover. In a game in which KU was marred by foul trouble, Releford stayed out of it and stayed in the game, playing all but the final seconds.

3. Jeff Withey: Made his first 15-footer, forcing the defense to play him at least a little bit more honestly than during the game in Lawrence.

4. Thomas Robinson: He said it himself: He's not playing his game and is "sped up again." Defenses are designed to stop him every game and that can wear on a player, even one as strong and strong-willed as Robinson. He'll figure it out and return with better days than he experienced against the Cyclones, when he totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

5. Elijah Johnson: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers and scored 10 points, but also had four turnovers.

6. Kevin Young: A little quick with the trigger, he took five shots in 10 minutes and made just one of them. Did pick up two steals.

7. Conner Teahan: Continues to struggle with his three-point shot, the main focus of his role off the bench. Made just 1 of 6 threes and did not snag a rebound in 14 minutes of action. Has made just 6 of 29 (.207) triples in the past seven games. The law of averages indicates that once he breaks the slump, he'll catch fire.

8. Justin Wesley: Played five minutes and the only number that wasn't a zero came under the "PF" column. On the season, he has more fouls (52) than rebounds (44) or points (34).

9. Naadir Tharpe: Played the final seconds.

10. Merv Lindsay: Also played the final seconds.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (187 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (176 points)
3. Jeff Withey (148 points)
4. Travis Releford (144 points)
5. Elijah Johnson (138 points)
6. Conner Teahan (110 points)
7. Kevin Young (91 points)
8. Justin Wesley (78 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (53 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (10 points)

Comments

Scut Farkus 2 years, 10 months ago

The law of averages state that if Teahan is the best player off the bench this team is in trouble.

KULA 2 years, 10 months ago

Pretty sad state of affairs when your first best option off the bench is a walk-on. Our first five is as good as any in the country, but that's where it ends.

Hank Cross 2 years, 10 months ago

Teahan is bad, but EJ also deserves his share of criticism for being nearly non-existent. I still think this team gets to the S16 and probably wins at least a share of the conference title, but there are only about 4 reliable contributors on the team - TRob, TT, Rele, and Withey. (And who thought Withey would be doing this well?)

Self is doing a fantastic job coaching this year taking a very thin team this far, This team has heart, it just doesn't have the horses to be a great team.

KULA 2 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, EJ needs to step up his game offensively. He's our 2-guard, right? And btw, I always thought Withey would contribute if given the minutes.

ironhead80 2 years, 10 months ago

It never fails me, I get so involved with KU BB. So, when they lose I think of all the bad play. By the way, Teahen looks awful!

baldwinjhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

This team is playing way above their talent level...period. They had an awful day, but it was an away game. We have all been saying 4 league losses can still win the conference, but this one would have not been one of them that i would have picked.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 10 months ago

Travis was well above average. Just because they don't quantify his D performance, doesn't mean it wasn't significant. He held the frontline together when TRob & Jeff both got into foul late. It would be nice if he had more O that he could contribute, but he is still well above average.

fansincewilt 2 years, 10 months ago

Did Releford ever come out of the game? If so, I don't think it was for more than a minute. I agree that we don't give him enough credit. But what can you say about Taylor's recent play? Taylor has raised himself to a different level. Robinson had already done that - Whitey as well. The only missing cog in this engine is EJ which I suspect will get it going before the tournament. I think it is possible to see another elite 8 in this group. Without a little more support from the bench, a final four seems out of the question. Early NCAA rulings really hurt this year's chances. I personally think those men are about as ridiculous as ridiculous can possibly get.

LAJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

"...Whitey as well."

Haha. Did you do that on purpose? Or was it just a Freudian slip? :-)

Clarence Haynes 2 years, 10 months ago

"He said it himself: He's not playing his game and is "sped up again." Defenses are designed to stop him every game and that can wear on a player, even one as strong and strong-willed as Robinson. "

If, aside from TT, the others have limited offensive production, it is going to be a challenge for TRob to get the shots that he has been hitting, as teams will sag on him ( Note that we could not sag on White yesterday for fear of their perimeter shooters hurting us).

We need more offensive production particularly on the perimeter, from the likes of EJ, Conner, and KY and that could open up the inside for both TRob and Withey.Moreover, despite Self having his head swim every which way, I do think that Tharpe should be playing more commencing Wednesday against OU!

LAJayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely agree. If Teahan would actually be 3han, Robinson would easily put up 20 a game. The fact that basically no one else (besides TT, of course) is an offensive threat means opposing teams can pile on top of TRob like a swarm of flesh eating bees.

Someone... anyone... aside from Enigma HAS to step up, or TRob can have all the patience in the world, but he's not going to get open looks.

I honestly think that option should probably come from EJ, as he is the most athletically gifted and has the best basketball skill set. He just needs to not rely solely on the outside shot. Driving will open up the entire floor for him and everyone else, and maybe, just maybe, give Teahan enough of an open look to get out of the funk and become 3han again.

Clarence Haynes 2 years, 10 months ago

Yep! EJ doesnn't have to settle exclusively for the three. He can hit that mid range jumper (as he did late in both the Texas and ISU games) or as you said, take it to the hoop. That'll open up a lot both the inside and outside for everyone. Also, let's face it, we are talking about tweaks here, not massive invasive surgery! We definitely can continue to be a force for the remainder of Conference play as well as tourney time.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 10 months ago

Conner has had ridiculously open looks lately, but just missing. I wouldn't be surprised if the scouting report says, "Play off of him until he hits more than one 3."

Brian Skelly 2 years, 10 months ago

The reality is, by KU standards especially, this is an alarmingly untalented bunch. Even last year, guys like Robinson and Taylor were sorta the complimentary guys. The drop off from the top two guys to the rest of the team hasnt ever been larger than it is now under Self. Losing those Freshman to academics was huge, we just didnt realize it as much at the time.

We now need to hope we get one of the two next week between Mizzou and Baylor. It'd be a pipe dream to expect much more at this point.

These guys are still good, but does anyone honestly think they're the 5-7th best team in the country? With two real players? Hell no.

dek9219 2 years, 10 months ago

I think Royce White deserves a lot of credit. His adjustment on how to go to the rim against Whithey from the previous game was tremendous. I wish TRob could do that. Whithey contained him fairly well, but the man can dish the ball off when he gets inside and sees an open man. I think we should let him have his inside points and stop the man he dishes too for the open 3. We'll see them again in the tournament.

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