The 2010 "How'd they do against KU" All-Big 12 Team
It's time for the second annual “How’d they do against KU” All-Big 12 team.
The rules are simple: My squad will consist of the five best players I saw while watching them play against the Jayhawks. For this exercise, Kansas players are ineligible.
This year, with so many candidates, I went ahead and decided to add a HTDAKU second team. At the end, you'll also find honorable mention selections to go with a coach of the year.
Without further ado, here are the selections.
"How'd they do against KU" All-Big 12 first team
MVP — James Anderson, Oklahoma State
This was a pick made without hesitation. Not only was Anderson the best player on the only team to beat KU this conference season, he also did it under extraordinary circumstances. OSU coach Travis Ford wasn't even sure that Anderson would play early in the day because of back spasms.
Anderson not only gave it a go, he was the best player on the floor, racking up 27 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He was 4-for-6 from three and added eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. He also held KU's Marcus Morris to 10 points on the defensive end, which can't be overlooked.
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
I still sometimes wonder how KU didn't lose this game at home to Baylor. The Bears were amazing offensively, and it started with Dunn, who had 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor and 5-for-8 shooting from three. He also added nine rebounds, two assists and four steals to go with five turnovers. They didn't ask me, but if I had a vote for first-team All-Big 12, I'd have put Dunn (second in Big 12 in scoring, fourth in three-point field-goal percentage) on that list over KU's Sherron Collins.
Damion James, Texas
Anyone else noticing the pattern of small-forward types giving KU fits? James was spectacular against KU, scoring 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from three. He also posted 10 rebounds and had five blocks. He's probably not too popular around these parts because of his postgame comments about Cole Aldrich, but that shouldn't take away from the strong effort he had even when his teammates were struggling around him.
Keiton Page, Oklahoma State
If James Anderson was beating KU slowly with papercuts, then Keiton Page came in to finish off the Jayhawks with uppercuts. Every shot Page hit against the Jayhawks seemed to come at a time when the Cowboys needed it.
"Little Mac" Page finished with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from three. He also added four assists and two steals to go with three turnovers. Another key was that he held his own defensively against KU's much quicker guards that day.
Fun fact: Page is 1-for-13 (7.7 percent) from three-point range in OSU's two games since the KU game.
Matt Pilgrim, Oklahoma State
To the victors go the spoils, and OSU receives plenty of love on this list because of its 85-77 upset over KU. To be honest, because of Anderson and Page's impressive performances, the play of Pilgrim didn't stand out to me much during the game. The stats don't lie, though. Pilgrim finished with 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting to go with six rebounds. A perfect shooting night in a winning effort is good enough to get you on the HTDAKU first team.
"How'd they do against KU" All-Big 12 second team
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
If Kansas State had been able to knock off KU at Bramlage Coliseum, Pullen probably would have made the first team. He still averaged 21 points, three assists, two steals and just 1.5 turnovers in his two matchups against KU. He made 13 of 29 shots (45 percent) and 7 of 19 threes (37 percent).
J'Covan Brown, Texas
So who scored the most points against KU all season? That's right, it was Brown, who put in 28 points (including 26 in the second half) against the Jayhawks. Unfortunately for UT, most of his points came when the game was already out of reach.
Jorge Brian Diaz, Nebraska
The 6-foot-11 freshman center gave KU's Cole Aldrich all sorts of problems in the paint. In his two games against KU, Diaz averaged 17.5 points on combined 16-for-29 shooting (55 percent). In Big 12 play, Diaz's top three scoring games were at KU (20 points), vs. KU (15 points) and vs. Colorado (15 points).
Marcus Relphorde, Colorado
Here's another guy that seemed to play his best games against the Jayhawks. Relphorde averaged a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) in his two games against KU on 14-for-29 shooting from the floor (48 percent) and 3-for-8 shooting from three (38 percent).
Obi Muonelo, Oklahoma State
KU coach Bill Self singled out the quick Muonelo as a matchup nightmare following KU's loss to OSU. Muonelo scored 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting (46 percent) while adding four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal to go with just one turnover. Muonelo and Pullen are the only two players to pick up at least second-team honors on the HTDAKU list the last two seasons. I'm sure they're both very proud.
"How'd they do against KU" All-Big 12 honorable mention
Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State
Averaged a double-double against KU (14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds), but will be most remembered for his two dunks over Cole Aldrich (and his celebrations afterwards).
Tweety Carter, Baylor
Posted 17 points and seven assists, and KU was lucky he didn't shoot that well (5-for-13). I'm not sure how you defend him when he has a good shooting night.
Justin Safford, Missouri
Contributed 19 points and seven rebounds against KU in Lawrence before tearing his ACL later in the year. The Tigers really missed him in the rematch.
David Loubeau, Texas A&M
Didn't see this one coming. The 6-foot-8 freshman was good offensively (17 points, 7-for-11 shooting, nine rebounds) on a night the rest of the Aggies were bad.
Alec Burks, Colorado
The Grandview, Mo., native was the best of the Buffs (17 points, 7-for-16 shooting, seven rebounds) during his one game against KU.
Denis Clemente, Kansas State
Averaged a lot of points against KU (17) but needed a lot of shots to get those points (11-for-30).
Andrew Fitzgerald, Oklahoma
If he walked up to me right now, I wouldn't recognize him (I didn't include his picture; does anyone remember what he looks like?). But his stats against KU (16 points, 8-for-14 shooting, six rebounds) were pretty impressive.
"How'd they do against KU" All-Big 12 Coach of the Year
Travis Ford, Oklahoma State
As the only Big 12 coach to beat KU this season, Ford gets the nod. Remember, Ford was at a disadvantage in this game, as KU's previous game was on a Monday, while OSU's previous game was on a Wednesday. Ford still had his team ready and fired up to play KU, and it showed. How the undersized Cowboys out-rebounded KU by 10 on that day I'll never know.