Marcus takes top Keegan honor for 7th time this season


1. Marcus Morris: Limited to just 20 minutes because of foul trouble, he struggled early defensively and in keeping Aggies off the offensive boards, but he made several big plays, especially in the final four minutes, to lead KU to its 11th consecutive victory.

2. Cole Aldrich: Didn't keep the Aggies off the offensive boards, but still finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals.

3. Xavier Henry: Continues to play more aggressively and was rewarded with 35 minutes. Totaled 12 points and six rebounds.

4. Markieff Morris: Totaled nine points, six rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

5. Tyshawn Taylor: Has missed all five three-point attempts in the past two games, but otherwise has played better.

6. Brady Morningstar: Had five assists, four rebounds and a steal, but did not score, missing both field goal attempts and both free throw attempts.

7. Tyrel Reed: Hit a big three during an otherwise quiet night.

8. Sherron Collins: First blocked shot of the season didn't put the slumping shooter in a bragging mood. Has hit just 24 percent of his three-pointers in the past eight games.

9. Jeff Withey: Played just one minute.

10. Thomas Robinson: Played less than a minute and had a turnover. Has 23 turnovers in 200 minutes. Averages 14.6 rebounds and 4.6 turnovers per 40 minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (201 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (197 points)
3. Marcus Morris (189 points)
4. Xavier Henry (159 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (135 points)
6. Markieff Morris (122 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (103 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (85 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (72 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (59 points)
11. Jeff Withey (23 points) 12. C.J. Henry (21 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 Standings
1. Marcus Morris (92 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (80 points)
3. Sherron Collins (76 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (59 points)
5. Xavier Henry (55 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (48 points)
7. Markieff Morris (46 points)
8. Tyrel Reed (44 points)
9. Jeff Withey (22 points)
10. Thomas Robinson (16 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (9 points)

First-place votes
Cole Aldrich 7
Marcus Morris 7
Sherron Collins 6
Xavier Henry 3
Markieff Morris 1
Elijah Johnson 1
Tyshawn Taylor 1

Notes: C.J. Henry, though he is a walk-on, will be included in the Keegan Ratings.


kellyrojo78 12 years, 4 months ago

That play where that white guy with the flat top blew by Marcus and dunked was possibly the worst defense I have ever seen--otherwise, great game for Cus. Collins needs to step his game back up

bbro422 12 years, 4 months ago

that was Markieff that got schooled on the baseline not Marcus

PAHAWK1 12 years, 4 months ago

Kieff did not want to pick up his second foul and was hoping for help from Cole. Marcus was already out with 2 fouls.

Drew Alan 12 years, 4 months ago

glad to see someone else give Sherron the rating he deserved for this game... the big men and Xavier provided the offense in this one, while the whole team played pretty solid defense, other than A&M getting a lot of 50/50 ball type rebounds. Nice to win won when the ball seems to be bouncing our opponents' way!

eastcoasthawk 12 years, 4 months ago

Agree on Cole. He was montrous against Davis and stopped about 8 points from the bucket.

Chad Sandwell 12 years, 4 months ago

Take a look at the stats from the Tennessee game on. Sherron has deserved that rating in all the games but 1!

slowplay 12 years, 4 months ago

I doubt if KU is going to place 3 players on the all BIG 12 1st team. The way Marcus is playing, I can't see him NOT being on the 1st team. Collins may be second team only. That said, if they win it all, who cares?

Michael Leiker 12 years, 4 months ago

Sherron needs to utilize some of these next 5 games to get some more shots up. I don't think his recent shooting woes are due to anything changing with his game, he's just not in rhythm. KS will need him shooting well in the tourney so I hope he can utilize the rest of the conference season to find a little rhythm.

b_asinbeer 12 years, 4 months ago

+1 on Cole being #1. Marcus should've been #2.

Cole altered a lot of shots that keegs didn't bother to watch.

Andrew Ralls 12 years, 4 months ago

get more shots up? i think he needs to keep creating for others if his shot isn't falling.

Michael Leiker 12 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely, if this team continues to be inconsistent from beyond the arc they're a good candidate for an early upset in the NCAAs. Sherron has the best chance of getting hot and staying hot. Shooters need to shoot.

kuclay 12 years, 4 months ago

Gotta go with Cole at #1. His defense was the main reason that A&M couldn't score in the paint for the last 6 minutes of the game, and he had some huge rebounds late. I know that Marcus hit some big FT's down the stretch, but Cole scored just as many points to go along with 10 boards and 5 blocks.

LAJayhawk 12 years, 4 months ago

Agree, Cole clearly should be number 1. Yes, he got beat on some boards, but some of them were just bad bounces that he couldn't grab. He was out of position at times and didn't muscle enough, but overall he played a superior game to everyone else. Marcus did play very well, but being out with foul trouble is his fault. We really could have used him on the floor more.

My fear with Collins is that he is wearing out. The fact that his dribble has been looser causing more turnovers and that his outside shot is off suggests to me fatigue. I hope I'm wrong and he's just slumping a bit, because we all know he will come out of that. If it is fatigue, hopefully he can get some extra minutes of rest coming up, because we absolutely need him on his game come March.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 4 months ago

Cole and McM had essentially the same stats except for the blocks. The blocks/Cole's dominance of the paint is what made A&M strictly a 3 pt shooting team. Coach Knight commented late that they didn't need/shouldn't be settling for 3's, but the reality is that they are just the latest victim that got intimidated to the perimeter.

Much like Cole early in the season, with off the court concerns weighin on him, could the birth of Sherron's child be a concern for him. Especially when he has lost his first child in infancy?

My guess is that Sherron will be a new man when he returns from Chi-town this week. Congrats! Let's go get a new ring for your new baby.

LAHawk11 12 years, 4 months ago

you know what i really dont post much but i see all you guys give sherron all this crap but when he does something good everybody is all on his nutz. he is our floor leader and without him on that court we would have alot more than 1 loss. so give the guy a break and just let him win us another NC. RocChalkJayHawk

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