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Marcus' career day lands him top spot

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1. Marcus Morris: A brilliant basketball player put on a clinic in the various ways to score inside the arc. Tied Julian Wright’s record for points in a Big 12 game with 33, hitting 11 of 15 field goals and 11 of 14 free throws. Mixed in 13 boards and a pair of assists. 2. Markieff Morris: Contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

3. Josh Selby: Put up some questionable shots and committed three turnovers, but also made 2 of 5 three-pointers and finished with 14 points.

4. Brady Morningstar: For the most part did a nice job of hounding three-point threat Scott Christopherson and kept the ball moving well on offense, pitching in with four assists and a steal.

5. Mario Little: Obviously remained committed to staying in shape during his suspension. Battled hard underneath for 19 minutes and finished with eight points and four rebounds.

6. Tyrel Reed: Not his best night, he totaled three points, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

7. Tyshawn Taylor: Missed all three three-pointers and is shooting 28 percent from long distance. Was beaten badly on the dribble repeatedly by Diante Garrett. Hasn’t been the defensive stopper many figured he would be by this point in his career.

8. Thomas Robinson: Three personal fouls and three turnovers in six minutes didn’t help the cause.

9. Elijah Johnson: On a night Taylor didn’t have it, Johnson played just eight minutes. He still struggles to keep his man in front of him on defense.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (127 points)
2. Markieff Morris (125 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (113 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (97 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (87 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (73 points)
7. Travis Releford (71 points)
8. Josh Selby (55 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (52 points)
10. Mario Little (40 points)
11. Jeff Withey (33 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (10 points)
2. Markieff Morris (9 points)
3. Josh Selby (8 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (7 points)
5. Mario Little (6 points)
6. Tyrel Reed (5 points)
7. Tyshawn Taylor (4 points)
8. Thomas Robinson (3 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (2 points)

Comments

Scott Smetana 11 years, 4 months ago

How does Self possibly know how to manage the lineup with such a deep team?! I would never have guessed TRob to get 8 minutes and Little & Brady play so much. I think this was Little's best game ever!

I hope Taylor gets his Mojo and defense back. We will see many more and better slashing guards.

chalmers2wright 11 years, 4 months ago

This is really his first bad defensive game. In fact last game he was the best defender on the floor. Keegan is very short sighted. One bad game and he is not "the defensive stopper many figured he would be by this point in his career."

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 4 months ago

Not a good night for Taylor, but 4 assists on an off-night is not exactly the hallmark of a "terrible" offensive player.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 4 months ago

6 out of 9 guys on that list played probably in the lower 20 percentile of their games so far at KU. How great is it to just know as a fan that if 2-3 guys have good or great games the team will more than likely pull out the win. + the fact that everybody plays hard whether shots are falling or not doesn't hurt either.

Keegan's right about TT, Selby, EJ and Brady ha regressed as well. They just lack the consistent focus to beat their man to the spot every posession of every game. At this point it probably won't change which is why I think you see so much more pressing and 3/4 stuff. If you rely on those guys to lock someone down in the 1/2 court for a full 35 they are going to give up a much higher percentage of good scoring opportunities than what they do mixing it up. Generally this team is one of Self's worst man to man defending teams. It's a catch 22 in man because guys get beat more, teammates rightfully expect their teammates to get beat more so they naturally are one step cheating to the helpside instead of holding their ground and reacting once the on ball gets beat which as we saw tonight opens up a ton more drive and dish.

I'd really like to see this team do a lot more full or 3/4 quarter dropping back into a zone. At this point they're not going to be the man to man defenders we'd all like them to be which is what is they just need to adjust.

NJHAWK 11 years, 4 months ago

In that case, opponents will have more opportunities to launch uncontested threes. KU would have lost yesterday's game with that strategy.

Joe Joseph 11 years, 4 months ago

Iowa State shot plenty of uncontested threes yesterday.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 4 months ago

Zones don't necessarily mean uncontested threes and KU closes out very well as a team.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

"Generally this team is one of Self's worst man to man defending teams."

While I think this team can most certainly get a lot better, that is a dramatic overstatement. Jayhawks are ranked 9th in the country in opponent FG% and 2nd in the country in opponent 3P FG%. We are also in the top 25 in assists allowed and blocked shots (which is remarkable considering we don't have a true shot blocker like Cole).

Again, with this athleticism, they can definitely do a better job -- especially at keeping the guards out of the lane -- but calling them a terrible man to man team is simply incorrect.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I was going to say... A top 10 defensive team switching to zone? Talk about fixing something that ain't broke.

Hank Cross 11 years, 4 months ago

Agree. They can do better, but there is no way that this is a bad defensive team. I really don't understand this constant hand-wringing about the defense, when it's the offense that's more suspect.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 4 months ago

Well, we are still the #1 offensive team in the nation as well. We do turn it over too much.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 4 months ago

Calling them Self's worst Man to Man defensive team is far from calling them terrible. I do think opponents field goal percentages are more a product of who they have played and where they have played them as well as just their general size and athleticism.

I am definitely guilty of comparing every KU guard since to Mario and Russ Rob...probably need to start judging by more realistic standards!!

Tam Bui 11 years, 4 months ago

I really really really want to see TRob and TT move up in the rankings. But it's on them. What happened to TRob, he was doing so well at the beginning of the season! I wish him and his family the best, and that he's able to get back into that zone again. As for TT, I wish him the best, but let's take the burden off of him bringing the ball down the court...his first thought is always to get rid of the ball, instead of leading the offense! And that one-handed underhand pass? Get rid of it for good! If you think you have to "squeeze" the pass in underhand, then maybe it's not a good pass to begin with. Love ya TT, hope you find your groove!

kusayzone 11 years, 4 months ago

I am humored by all the changes that the posters suggest. I say, if it aint broke, dont fix it!!! 16-0 Baby~~trust in Self and you will enjoy the ride so much more....

Kye Clark 11 years, 4 months ago

Just like last year it wasn't "broke" going into the NCAA tournament 32-2 having just won the Big 12 regular season and conference tournament and being the favorite to cut down the nets. There's a saying - "winning covers a multitude of sins". Coach Self has said as much many times, and I guarantee you he is trying to fix several things he sees deficient with this team.

Hank Cross 11 years, 4 months ago

I agree with the first sentence. I think last year's UNI team could beat this year's team as it did last year's.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 4 months ago

I don't really buy all this revisionist history based on the UNI loss. Xavier had a very good freshman season, and we had an excellent season overall. He just didn't quite live up to the (ridiculously high) expectations, and Cole and Sherron didn't play as well as they had the previous season either. There were a number of factors in why we lost to UNI, but to blame it all on X is ludicrous.

Sure, UNI could beat this team. UNI also COULD have beaten our 2008 team under the right circumstances, just as Davidson almost did. There are no guarantees in single-elimination tourneys played by 18-22 year-old kids.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

"UNI also COULD have beaten our 2008 team under the right circumstances, just as Davidson almost did. There are no guarantees in single-elimination tourneys played by 18-22 year-old kids."

Well said. Totally agree. Although, I don't even think you need the "18-22 year-old" part in there; it's competitive sports in general....... remember the 20-0 Patriots team a few years ago? Oh... no we don't because they lost the Superbowl to a slightly above average Giants team. Patriots probably beat that Giants team 4 out of 5 tries.... just like us with UNI.

College basketball every year develops more and more parity. This year especially. It just takes one game, and those lower seeds are much more evenly matched these days. The tournament should be wide open.

Kye Clark 11 years, 4 months ago

I personally think Little should move up to the #3 spot in the Keegan ratings for this game. I thought he was clearly the best player on the court for us not named Morris, and on a night where TRob just wasn't in sync (and Releford wasn't available to play inside as he has been doing of late) Little helped spell the Twins to let them recharge before re-entering the game and dominating for stretches.

TommySmithElbow 11 years, 4 months ago

The way Markieff closed the game over the last 10 minutes masked the three treys that Iowa State scored directly off his possessions.

Twice he threw lazy passes that got picked off and become treys, and then he took one of those ill-timed three point attempts from the top of the key (where he hesitated and then shot in anyway), it led to a long rebound that Iowa State grabbed and immediately took down the court and drained a three before our defense could catch up.

That's "minus 9" in hockey stats. At many points early on, he looked tired or lazy, unless he had the ball in his hands. Plus his free throws were atrocious! So it was surprising, but very appreciated, to see him get it together and close strong.

P.S. He wasn't totally to blame, but the 4-on-1 fast break that he muffed off the ill-timed pass from Brady also initiated Iowa State's big run in the second half. His late-game effort hid a lot of poor play, but in this game, that will still get you into the top 2 or 3 of the ratings.

baldwinjhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Obviously you guys haven't been watching the games that closely. Tyshawn gets beat on the the dribble all the time, but usually one of the other guards picks up his man quickly. Last night Diante was just faster than everyone. Tyshawn is up for the the Bob Cousy award.... That's a joke. I wish HCBS would switch Selby to the point. It would fix a lot of our dribble penetration problems. Especially if we face a 1-3-1 again.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 4 months ago

Self usually does not have any one guy doing all the PG duties; it's a multi-player operation.

Robert Brock 11 years, 4 months ago

Taylor is going to get some great, wide-open looks this season. Pity he can't shoot. My recommendation: pull it down and make sure that the ball finds its way to Marcus.

dtownhawkfan 11 years, 4 months ago

I vote you have to be above 50% from the free throw line to towards the top of the list for any game. 15 feet uncontested Markieff

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