Marcus tops ratings for third straight game


1. Marcus Morris: Scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to lead KU’s comeback. 2. Tyrel Reed: Put together two good halves, made 4 of 7 three-point shots, mixed in three assists, did not have a turnover and scored 16 points.

3. Thomas Robinson: Supplied tremendous energy and power off the bench with nine points, five boards and three blocked shots in 15 minutes.

4. Brady Morningstar: Made two terrific plays that saved the ball from going out of bounds and soared to block a shot out of bounds that ranks as the best highlight play of his career. Looks completely lost shooting the ball and went 0 for 3, all three-point attempts, to go scoreless. He made a strong contribution in every area but scoring, contributing three assists and a steal.

5. Markieff Morris: Had seven points and seven boards, but exhibited questionable shot selection, missed both three-point shots and had three turnovers. Made some big plays down low late to compensate for one-point, one-rebound first half.

6. Tyshawn Taylor: Threw a horrendous pass out of bounds and was picked clean driving on his way to a two-assist, four-turnover day. Hasn’t been playing like a veteran of late.

7. Mario Little: Two points, two assists and a blocked shot came in handy, but he could have done a better job on the boards.

8. Elijah Johnson: Two turnovers early in his less-than-one-minute of second-half playing time spelled the end to his day.

9. Josh Selby: Didn’t play the final 16 minutes of the game and finished with four turnovers, three points and no assists in the roughest outing of his college career.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (137 points)
2. Markieff Morris (131 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (118 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (105 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (96 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (80 points)
7. Travis Releford (71 points)
8. Josh Selby (57 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (55 points)
10. Mario Little (44 points)
11. Jeff Withey (33 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (20 points)
2. Markieff Morris (15 points)
T3. Brady Morningstar (14 points)
T3. Tyrel Reed (14 points)
5. Thomas Robinson (11 points)
T6. Josh Selby (10 points)
T6. Mario Little (10 points)
8. Tyshawn Taylor (9 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (5 points)


kthawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I would have placed Tyrel in the top spot. Otherwise, sounds about right.

KGphoto 11 years, 6 months ago

Ahead of Marcus!!?

Where do you buy your grass, cuz I gotta try that?

kthawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Tyrel kept the Hawks in the game while Marcus was deciding whether he wanted to play this game or not. If Tyrel does not keep this team in the game it does not matter what Marcus does in the second half.

KGphoto 11 years, 6 months ago

You were obviously watching a different game.

Tyrel was nice, but Marcus would not be denied when it mattered. And in case I'm mistaken, the second half if when the game was won.

KGphoto 11 years, 6 months ago

With the game on the line Tyrel missed his crucial free-throw, and Marcus hit both of his.

jayhawksbiggestfan 11 years, 6 months ago

With the game on the line. He made 1 of two which was good enough for them to have to make three to tie. I would say making one was crucial enough. Who do you want on the line at the very end if we need two to tie a game.. My guess is Tyrel. Do not be so foolish as to compare Marcus to Tyrel a wgho is better at free throws.

pizzaboy225 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm with kthawk. I don't have a big problem with marcus getting the top spot but reed was consistent most of the game. Marcus, especially because he is more athletically gifted than reed, should have produced more against a team like nebraska. i was definitely disappointed with reed for missing clutch free throws but each of them missed two and if i remember correctly, marcus missed the front end of at least one and one which counts as an additional miss

NJHAWK 11 years, 6 months ago

I would like to know your source too.

Marcus was playing out of position against NU's big frontline. In the second half, Self realized it and played him at 3 for a while. That created a mismatch at 3 and Mook took advantage of it.

Ashwin Rao 11 years, 6 months ago

I would recommend that Brady start taking shorter jump-shots in a game to get his rhythm and confidence going before attempting the next 3... He is truly an asset to the team.

waywardJay 11 years, 6 months ago

except for actually being an asset to this team. It's amazing to me people are watching the same game with him.

KGphoto 11 years, 6 months ago

Marcus' level of play the last two games is lottery material. He has shown deadly prowess in almost every offensive category. He's dunking (remember when he couldn't?) He's driving. He's fighting for rebounds under the rim. He's finishing in the paint. He's shooting. He's being a badass! This kid has grown up.

wrwlumpy 11 years, 6 months ago

Did Ya'll see what ISU did to Baylor? 99% of the crowd knew that we had to go to Brady for stability in the 2nd half. Mario and Brady are going to get their share of the minutes in conference play. We need Travis to be healthy for Waco Monday night. This is CONFERENCE. Be Happy with a win. Ohio state is playing squeakers also. This was a trap game before Baylor. The Bears didn't do so well with their trap game. This was fun and we learned a lot about who Self trust in crunch time and who has to sit.

jayhawksbiggestfan 11 years, 6 months ago

I think the top Keegan spot could have been shared. Just no telling how good we could be if Josh and even Brady were on their game. We do need to work on our zone play as far as attacking it the right way. Stay healthy hawks.

Robert Brock 11 years, 6 months ago

Brady kept the ball moving, set up others with nice assists, and did not suffer a single turnover. Plus, he made two terrific saves that resulted in scores. Brady is a glue guy. Self likes that.

Josh and Tyshawn played like freshmen.

Joe Ross 11 years, 6 months ago

Marcus was neutralized the whole first half. On that basis, the tie-breaker goes to Tyrel Reed. Not only that, but his buckets were more timely and gave Kansas life when it looked like we were out of it. Im sorry but this is not close in my mind. Tyrel Reed was the player of the game.

Sean Doherty 11 years, 6 months ago

Seriously though, Reed was the man of the game. 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, and 16 points. That is versus Marcus's 11 rebounds (he is 6' 9" compared to Reeds 6' 3" frame) 2 assists, PLUS 2 TURNOVERS, and 16 points. Tyrel is the smartest player on the court and won this game for us. Agree to disagree but we would have won with Tyrel and lost with Marcus. Plain and simple. Tyrel would have given it or taken it from T-Rob or Markeiff, but you cannot say the same for Marcus. Think intelligently and you'll realize it wasn't Marcus who won the game for us. It was Reed.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 6 months ago

Actually the best highlight of Brady's career was his half-court heave at the halftime buzzer vs. Mizzou last season.

Hank Cross 11 years, 6 months ago

The only reason we're talking about a KU win is that NE missed some very easy shots in the second half. Many of them were not missed due good D, they were good looks that didn't go in. Don't expect a better team won't make those in the tourney. Of far more concern should be the first half which strongly resembled the UNI game when KU couldn't hit a 3 and couldn't figure out how to jump start their offense.

Joe Ross 11 years, 6 months ago

Oxcal...check the stats for points in the paint in the first half vs. the second half. Finding offense down low in the second half had A LOT to do with the win. In that respect, I credit Marcus Morris. It's just unfortunate that they had to wait until the second half to get going.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 6 months ago

I know it's not popular, but I'm gonna say it again... this team needs to press, whether 3/4 or full and drop back into a trapping zone or run and jump man in the 1/2 court. Playing 1/2 court bball w/the man to man defensive abilities of these guys could cost KS this year. Maybe even a 4 loss Big XII...Freaking Devastating, i know (we are spoiled SOBs).

You have to lower the seconds per posession in the half court for KUs opponents. I said after ISU that this was HCBS worst m on m team...still think so...but this team anticipates the bball progression like no other, and they're athletic enough (understatement) to exploit it...let'em play coach...easy buckets are the key.

I understand Self's hesitation. Pressing or running and jumping opens up M&M to unnecessary these guys haven't learned to keep their hands to themselves at the age of whatever the F they are. But at some point if this team is going to be it's best they are going to have to take that chance.

Self makes all the right decisions in game situations. Sitting Selby today was just GD balls deep genius. I mean someday I hope to have offspring with 1/10 the cojones this guy has (or 1/20th of the Kjoes I have).

Aside, anybody else noticed the stop word for focus at important late game TOs...pretty useful coaching tool...check the USC replay last KU TO (I think it was the last, going from memory). Again...genius.

Greg Lux 11 years, 6 months ago

I must admit I was surprised at both Josh and EJ's performances yesterday. After about half of the season, and especially at home, I didn't expect them to get rattled as bad as they showed. Monday will be a real test of their ability to make a comeback. I know they have the talent so I expect no problems.

Rock Chalk

baldwinjhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Tyshawn is a playing like he did last year. He's just putting the ball out there on the dribble for anyone to take.. Not really how you want your starting point guard to play..

HawkBBall 11 years, 6 months ago

9 to 19 on the offensive rebound stat means a lot of one and outs. Our bigs are not getting into position to rebound on offense.

Although he is still reckless on offense, Tyshawn Turnover started playing defense for the first time this season.

Brady needs to quit shooting the 3's.

Everyone needs to practice their free throws.

Reed is the glue.

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