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Aldrich, Collins rise to top of ratings

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1. Cole Aldrich: He made all the shooters hesitate in the second half and finished the game with 12 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots.

2. Sherron Collins: Whistled for three first-half fouls, Collins played only 26 minutes, time enough to score 19 points, even though he attempted just eight field goals. He also dished six assists.

3. Markieff Morris: He continues to do strong work on the boards and plays physically down low, but he’s still turning it over too often. Finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots and three turnovers.

4. Xavier Henry: Had his three-point touch working and it was the highlight of a day in which he totaled 13 points, six rebounds and two steals.

5. Marcus Morris: Contributed 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.

6. Tyshawn Taylor: Had trouble finishing and scored just two points, but did contribute four assists without a turnover.

7. Brady Morningstar: Had Tyrel Reed wide open for a three on the left wing and kept the ball himself. Otherwise, Morningstar played a solid game and pitched in five points, four assists and a steal and did not pick up a turnover.

8. Tyrel Reed: Always brings energy and on this day, KU lacked that quality. Scored four points in 17 minutes.

9. Thomas Robinson: Threw a horrible pass and failed to finish a hard drive to the hoop, but did block two shots in five minutes.

10. Elijah Johnson: Didn’t get in until final minute.

11. Jeff Withey: Didn’t get in until final minute.

12. C.J. Henry: Didn't get in until the final minute.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (246 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (245 points)
3. Marcus Morris (225 points)
4. Xavier Henry (208 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (177 points)
6. Markieff Morris (165 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (129 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (105 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (87 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (62 points)
11. Jeff Withey (26 points)
12. C.J. Henry (21 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12/Postseason Standings
1. Sherron Collins (131 points)
2. Marcus Morris (128 points)
3. Cole Aldrich (127 points)
4. Xavier Henry (94 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (90 points)
6. Markieff Morris (89 points)
7. Brady Morningstar (79 points)
8. Tyrel Reed (70 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (31 points)
10. Jeff Withey (25 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (12 points)

First-place votes
Cole Aldrich 9
Marcus Morris 7
Sherron Collins 6
Xavier Henry 6
Tyshawn Taylor 2
Markieff Morris 1
Elijah Johnson 1

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

Comments

Drew Alan 12 years, 2 months ago

The leaders did their jobs, leading us to a win. nice to see us get a win while Collins only played 26 minutes for several reasons. Keep him rested, get the other guys comfortable with playing without Collins.

Robert Brock 12 years, 2 months ago

Does Taylor ever take a standard shot? Even doing a layup, he seems to put up some side-saddle, odd-looking, dipsy-doo, weirdo whirly-bird stuff. Maybe he is afraid of contact and just help it.

trueblue9 12 years, 2 months ago

Brock, no, his only move is driving right and scooping with his right hand in a swooping move that some have applauded as an "NBA move" for whatever reason. To his credit, he has also developed a consistent 3 pter when open. My real problem with Tyshawn is his general demeanor. When he gets the ball, I think he makes up his mind that (A) he should just swing the ball or (B) its his turn to shoot and does something stupid. Rarely does he dribble to create for others. He also has consistent brain farts on D, not just forgetting to cover his man, or making stupid fouls, but just half-arsed plays like that foul for an and-one in the first half. Either make the play or don't, but at least act like you want to be there. He does neither, in my humble opinion.

trueblue9 12 years, 2 months ago

I guess my question to Keegan is this: what did Tyshawn have to do to get ranked last? 0-3 from the field (all within 5 ft), 2-4 from the line, a few assists (granted he deserved a couple more because we can't make lay-ups) but none of them memorable, and he gets applauded for no turnovers (I'd have to watch again which I can't bear to do, but can't believe this was an accurate stat). His defense was just awful all game. On ball, off ball, transition....terrible. It was no coincidence that when BS benched him after he got Cole that foul in transition to make it a 2 pt game, that we went on the run that put it away.

Alec White 12 years, 2 months ago

I disagree with the notion that Tyshawn shoots just because he thinks it's his turn. I can almost guarantee that Coach Self was just telling him to be aggressive because that's when we are playing at our best and that's when Tyshawn stops thinking about playing and just plays. Remember last game when Tyshawn was in attack mode in the second half against Missouri? He had one of the best halfs a Jayhawk has had in recent memory---something along the lines of 12 pts, 4 ast, 2 or 3 rbs, and a steal or two. Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that this time around but it was just the fact he couldn't finish his lay-ups, something ALL of our Hawks' had a problem with today.

In regard to the rankings, I would give Sherron a slight nod over Cole for the fact that he led both of our surges in the first and second half. But 12 pts and 18 boards is nothing to scoff at. Either way, I think it's an excellent sign that Cole and Sherron were our top two performers...I wonder when the last time that has happened in the Keegan Ratings?

Alec White 12 years, 2 months ago

On another note, found an article that just might be the best I've ever read regarding Coach Self and our 08' National Champs...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/joe_posnanski/03/11/bill.self/index.html

Scott Smetana 12 years, 2 months ago

Thanks RockChalk... I never heard the story how he got the assistant job at OSU. The guy knows how to win.

Speaking of winning... we have our work cut out for us. But I think we're saving our best for last.

I'm thinking if we beat A&M we get St. Louis, regardless of Saturday's result. It would be nice, though, if Kensucky loses.

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