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Even with foul trouble, Marcus grabs top spot

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1. Marcus Morris: Picked up fourth foul with 16 minutes and never fouled out. Has to do a better job than that at avoiding foul trouble because even this deep team isn’t the same without him on the court. Attempted just eight shots from the field and scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Made both three-point shots and has made 62 percent from there and 68 percent overall. Talk about hard to guard. 2. Tyshawn Taylor: Scored 10 points, even though he took just six shots from the field, and had seven assists. Quick hands and feet came in handy on defense as well.

3. Thomas Robinson: When he wasn’t dunking he was hitting outside shots. Made 5 of 7 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws and contributed a blocked shot and three rebounds during his 14-point night. Still needs to play smarter, but has improved a great deal.

4. Markieff Morris: Foul trouble continues to plague him, but he’s become a better scorer. Scored 15 points to go with three rebounds.

5. Travis Releford: Played a terrific game for the second night in a row, contributing 10 points, four boards, one assist and two steals. Made 2 of 3 three-pointers. He’s doing it all and playing with so much confidence.

6. Tyrel Reed: Misfired on all five three-point attempts as his long-range percentage dropped to 28, but man did he take it hard to the hoop, exhibited strength, jumping ability and body control on key drive and one late in the game. Has made all 10 free throw attempts, including five in this one.

7. Mario Little: Nifty scorer knows how to score down low against bigger scorers and can rebound. Contributed five points, four rebounds and a steal off the bench.

8. Brady Morningstar: Had a couple of sick passes, but missed both wide-open three-point shot attempts and got caught taking his eye off the ball playing off-the-ball defense a couple of times.

9. Jeff Withey: Had a big blocked shot and two rebounds.

10. Elijah Johnson: Pitched in with two assists and solid defense.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (54 points)
T2. Markieff Morris (50 points)
T2. Tyshawn Taylor (50 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (37 points)
5. Travis Releford (30 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (29 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (26 points)
T8. Jeff Withey (19 points)
T8. Mario Little (19 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (13 points)
11. Royce Woolridge (3 points)

Comments

87BurnUp 11 years, 5 months ago

T Rob continues to develop and impress, Taylor continues to be more consistent and point-oriented, and Travis continues to excite. Yet I still feel a piece missing...

A neat note: Kenpom had ranked Kansas #1 and Arizona #12 before the game. After the game, Kansas was still #1 and Arizona improved to #8. http://kenpom.com/rate.php

87BurnUp 11 years, 5 months ago

Markieff Morris Marcus Morris Brady Morningstar Tyshawn Taylor Josh Selby

Thomas Robinson Mario Little Travis Releford Tyrel Reed Elijah Johnson

Jeff Withey

How, oh how will Self ever figure a 7-9 man rotation with such a deep team? And does he need to trim the rotation or can he go deep in the tournament with this whole line-up? Is there a risk of what happened to Texas last year happening to Kansas this year? What does everyone think?

Greg Lux 11 years, 5 months ago

I know its a no no to talk about the stripes but MM didn't have 4 fouls he had 2 fouls and 2 very ticky tack calls that should not be called in a game of this quality. Especially the 4th call ... Horrible. Good job big guy you got a raw deal in that game.

Rock Chalk

HutchJHAWK 11 years, 5 months ago

imo Put if Brady doesn't keep it up on the defensive end, they shoud just stick with EJ of Mario instead of him. I think EJ will turn out to be a great player if he gets some more playtime.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 5 months ago

87----your next to last question is a legit one. I think he needs to play the guys off the bench if the ones on the floor aren't doing the job. I don't think he can limit the rotation to 7 to 9 players. I know there are so many minutes in the game---one can do the math. As a team, we looked good under dire straights. Notice I said good, especially in the second half, not great. The first 10 minutes of this game, we looked great. I don't think I have ever seen a Jayhawk team looked so good than when we started out in the first 10 minutes. I have seen a lot of basketball in my time---Hawks were awesome at the start. If we could just bottle that 10 minutes and say to the guys, "hey, this is what we always strive for!" Rock Chalk!

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 5 months ago

BTW, looking forward to move ahead of the K-State Kitty Kats in the poll next week.

Clarence Haynes 11 years, 5 months ago

Would love to see Releford take advantage of his improved outside shooting by showing the jumper and then driving more to the hoop. Defenders won't know how to cover him! He's good!

Lacy Mohler 11 years, 5 months ago

Arizona got at least three wide-open treys because Reed lost his man. Not his best defense.

Otherwise a great win.

REHawk 11 years, 5 months ago

Barring injury or discipline situations, it is hard to imagine fewer than 10 players earning at least 4-5 minutes per contest. 11 players if Withey becomes a dependable spot sub. And those 11 might not include Elijah and Royce. Elijah has gotten considerable minutes of playing time since his benching; but doesn't yet appear to have solidified his dependability once the going gets really tough. Outstanding potential, but he has not yet grasped the brass ring. We are all aware of Bill Self's propensity to whittle to 8, perhaps 9 dependable players by crunch time (sometimes even 7). The machinery functions so well, at this juncture, with a dozen players popping in and out of the lineup...perhaps SelfBall will take a new twist.

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