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Josh Selby breaks out, tops Keegans

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1. Josh Selby: Scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, but turned his ankle late in the first half and was not effective in the second half. Was on the bench down the stretch because of the injury, but Selby said he will have no problem playing Saturday against Kansas State. 2. Brady Morningstar: Broke from his shooting slump in a big way, hitting 4 of 7 three-pointers on his way to 14 points and three assists.

3. Marcus Morris: Didn’t pick up any offensive rebounds and wasn’t able to get many shots off but made all but one of the six shots he took. Totaled 15 points and five rebounds.

4. Tyrel Reed: Shots weren’t dropping — he made just 2 of 8 from beyond the arc and 4 of 6 from the line — but he hit the boards hard (three on the offensive end) and skied to snare an errant pass to save a turnover on his way to a 14-point, five-rebound, three-assist night.

5. Markieff Morris: Had six points, 11 rebounds and on the game’s final possession a blocked shot. Had three turnovers and was only able to get off six shots.

6. Tyshawn Taylor: Had nine points, four assists and two turnovers in 31 minutes, but made it too easy to blow by him defensively. Scored nine points and had four assists.

7. Jeff Withey: Missed a layup, marring an otherwise decent night that included three points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in eight minutes.

8. Elijah Johnson: Has made 1 for his last 7 three-pointers and 4 for his last 16. But he did dish four assists without a turnover in 12 minutes.

9. Mario Little: Late getting back to his man and was burned by Marcus Relphorde late for a three-pointer that put KU’s lead in jeopardy. In 17 minutes, he committed three personals to go with two points, two blocked shots and one steal.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (162 points)
2. Markieff Morris (152 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (135 points)
4. Tyrel Reed (120 points)
5. Thomas Robinson (114 points)
6. Brady Morningstar (102 points)
7. Josh Selby (78 points)
8. Travis Releford (71 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (61 points)
10. Mario Little (54 points)
11. Jeff Withey (42 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 standings
1. Marcus Morris (45 points)
2. Tyrel Reed (38 points)
T3. Markieff Morris (36 points)
T3. Brady Morningstar (36 points)
5. Josh Selby (31 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (26 points)
T7. Thomas Robinson (20 points)
T7. Mario Little (20 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (11 points)
10. Jeff Withey (9 points)

Comments

Hank Cross 11 years, 10 months ago

Can't argue with any of that. Earlier with Jesse you posted that you didn't think Selby would go to the NBA b/c teams would not want to use a high draft pick on a guard. I think you're right, but if Selby continues on this pace, the conversation will heat up.

Ashwin Rao 11 years, 10 months ago

I didn't see the energy in our team... Given the circumstances (TRob's Mom) & the environment (Colorado), that is understandable. Hopefully they play with more energy against KState.

Clarence Haynes 11 years, 10 months ago

TRob is a major sources of energy! When he returns, it will definitely be a boost to our level of play.

KGphoto 11 years, 10 months ago

How about the Brady doubters?

The kid has been getting kicked in the nuts all year, and for what? A DUI?... Half of the D-bags ragging him have a DUI themselves?

Brady isn't going anywhere. He slumped. He's back. And at 24-years-old, he will be important in March.

bclem23 11 years, 10 months ago

Brady is 25... just had his birthday on Sunday.

Michael Leiker 11 years, 10 months ago

Wow, jealosy and hate. Hoping for a loss? Read into it much?

I think the tell tale sign of where Selby is in his development was shown by where he was towards the end of the game. Unless they needed him in to get fouled and shoot free throws he was on the bench towards the end of the game as Self risk him making a bad decision on either end of the court. I don't think anybody ever said he is not a talented player, but he puts himself in positions to take bad shots and if you paid attention 2nd half yesterday, as soon as he started getting himself in trouble and getting too aggressive with his shot selection he found himself where he will probably continue to end up until he gets that part of his game under control.

Plus defensively he's just not there yet, he plays with his hands but so do 60% of the guys on this team. They just cannot continue to let teams shoot 45+ percent and bail people out.

Kye Clark 11 years, 10 months ago

Actually he was on the bench for most of the second half due to landing on his ankle awkwardly following a drive to the hoop, which in all likelihood affected various aspects of his game

Adam Evans 11 years, 10 months ago

7-14 isn't cold blooded. To me, he needs to be more like 7-11 ish. He forces his offense too much rather than letting it come to him or pushing it through the twins.

Scott Smetana 11 years, 10 months ago

Just got home from the game... I would have Reed at #1, with all the other guards closely behind. Reed drove hard twice late when we needed him and hit huge free throws in the end.

AirCapJay 11 years, 10 months ago

Taylor needs to drive to the basket and draw more fouls. He is a good freethrow shooter.

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 10 months ago

He sprained his ankle in the first half, and wasn't able to do much in the second. It took away all his speed and mobility.

Kye Clark 11 years, 10 months ago

Without a lot of guys KU doesn't even have a chance. Look I love that Brady finally got off and I hope this means he's back, but both players played 25 minutes and Selby contributed slightly more in every area during his time on the court (points, assists, rebounds, & steals). It seems like you are weighting players' contributions in the last couple of minutes far too much (especially given that you think Taylor should be 2nd based on a couple of free throws). I agree that they should be taken into consideration in a close game, but by that token you could easily penalize both Brady and Tyshawn - Brady for throwing the ball to a CU player with under 4 minutes left on a cross court pass, and Taylor for turning the ball over on a charge with less than a minute left. Just because those guys were on the court when the "game was on the line" doesn't mean they were exactly shining in those moments. Brady didn't score the last 14:30 of the game, and both he and Taylor were routinely blown by on the defensive end (not sure why Keegan singled out Taylor here, Reid Gettis pointed out multiple times Brady was just as guilty, saying "one of the best defenders in the conference..."). And Selby both scored and had an assist later in the game than did Brady. All this isn't meant to slight Brady or Taylor, Brady played great and Taylor played well, but thought you needed things put in perspective. Keegs is pretty dead on with these rankings IMO.

rockchalkfz33 11 years, 10 months ago

BRADY !!! my boy :). Some defensive lapses but all and all GREAT WIN for T Rob. Loved the toughness and scoring out of Josh. Jeff Withey looking better, loving the put back slam! Elijah is coming along, should be a great player in the next few years if he can use that tremendous athleticism and make smarter decisions at times. Tyshawn good D at times, those kids were pretty good scorers though, have to give the Buffs that. The twins didn't play great, but definitely did what they could and played solid. Gotta love their intensity and excitement. Tyrell is a leader in the true sense of the word. Mario can score and play tough D for us as that little big, he's a player. Everyone stepped up. Great job hawks!! :) let's get pumped for Saturday, whoop some K-staters!!!!

Jonathan Allison 11 years, 10 months ago

Brady had one errant pass that I was almost very costly. He was trying to hook a left handed skip pass over to Reed and he tossed it right to the defense.

Other than that, he was very consistent, played well, and gave consistent effort.

Reed always plays his heart out, whether he's hitting his shots or not. Some of the other guys could take a lesson from him.

KayyG45 11 years, 10 months ago

I hope you know that it's Selby, not Shelby. And Reed is a much better player than Brady even though I have nothing against him, but Reed has had far better games than Brady this season. Tyrel has started all 20 games this season, Selby has started in all the games he has played but 1, and I am pretty sure that Brady has only started around 3 or 4 if that. So before you go around talkin' smack on them too, get your stats together. By the way, I have nothing against Brady Morningstar. I was just trying to prove a point here.

actorman 11 years, 10 months ago

I thought the most interesting comment of the night -- given the Brady haters -- was when Reid Gettys (sp?) referred to Brady's 6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. I defy those who have been ragging on Brady all year to explain how someone who's such a pathetic player could have such a phenomenal a-to-t ratio. And while you're at it (and we all know the idiots I'm referring to), let's see you find a way to rip Brady for this game.

hawksfan08 11 years, 10 months ago

his A/T is 1.96 on the year. 6 to 1 on the last 4 games. He's played really, really well since Travis went down with the ankle. As EJ has continued to struggle and Travis hasn't been back, he's been our best option as our 4th guard over the last 4-5 games and he's delivered in a big way. Glad he found his shot last night. I hope it sticks around.

actorman 11 years, 10 months ago

Wait, I know: yeah, sure, he had a hot shooting night but he's still the devil incarnate. That's it, right?

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 10 months ago

Glad the guard-play improved in this game. Big win for the Jayhawks. First Big12 team to win at Boulder. Missouri couldn't win there. Looking forward to the Frank Martin "dog an kitty kat" show this Saturday. Rock Chalk!

NJHAWK 11 years, 10 months ago

Why are you only including Brady and Tyrel? Why not inlcude Josh and the Twins? They have been under a lot of scrutiny by some of the posters, too. There have been negative and baseless comments against these players. We as fans should support every Jayhawk player.

Hank Cross 11 years, 10 months ago

This season has always been about the twins. Nobody as yet has figured out how to neutralize them for an entire game. If no one ever does, KU could win it all. If another team does, it's going to be up to primarily Selby to pick up the slack.

Tyrel has really stepped up his game beginning with the end of last year. He plays with heart and intensity. He knocks down 3s when he should, and grabs boards by all rights that he shouldn't because of his size. Nevertheless, it's really hard to imagine him as the primary threat, or as someone capable of carrying this team on his back offensively.

Brady has stepped up his game in the past few games, with CU being his best effort all season. If he can come close to matching this output frome here on out, it's going to be a tremendous plus. However, if KU pins its hopes on him, I don't expect it to work out well at all.

KU_alum_2001 11 years, 10 months ago

ESPN released its first "NBA Mock Draft Lottery" today and they essentially have Selby as a Top 12 pick. I'm a bit surprised by this but also don't know how thoroughly they analyzed the lower lottery picks (but it is ESPN so I'm guessing they did their homework). Should be interesting to see what he decides. Obviously the money game tends to win out and if a guy thinks he'll be a lottery, he's likely going to go for it rather than risk injury (barring an NBA lockout, of course). I guess we'll find out in a few months, though.

If you look at the rosters of KU and Mizzou, neither has a clear opening for Ben (as a starter)... unless Selby were to leave, so I guess we can look at this as potentially having some insurance, although Ben will likely decide well before Selby does.

I clearly think Selby could benefit from another year at KU but also realize that's sometimes immaterial once the term "lottery pick" gets used.

KGphoto 11 years, 10 months ago

The lockout is a done deal. Any ESPN prognosticator, or agent, or David Stern telling us otherwise is for their own reasons. The lockout will happen. It's part of the professional sport business. As a sport grows it needs to be re-structured to accommodate everybody involved. Unfortunately the fans aren't considered to be "involved", we just fork over all the money. When you think of it, being a parent of a teenager is very similar.

Anyway, I think Selby will stay.

jayhawksbiggestfan 11 years, 10 months ago

Anyone doubt Reeds vertical on the pass that was halfway up in the stands that he saved. I wish I had that on video. RCJH,

Tony Bandle 11 years, 10 months ago

WOW....sorry Ralster, your avatar just fell to a close second to jayhawksbiggestfan.

On St.Louis talk radio, the experts are all but conceding that Ben Mac will be a Jayhawk but the Tigers put up a great fight.

Ben has, is and always will want to be a Jayhawk. His Mom has wanted otherwise, but as Ben approaches 18 years old, he will be able to sign a financial help package which will be almost as good as a full committment.

Ironically, there has been criticism of Ben's play this season because he is being too 'generous' and not taking charge of games with his immense talent. Sounds OK to me!!

jayhawksbiggestfan 11 years, 10 months ago

Umm. My avatar is my real picture as I am sure ralster's is. Thanks for the the compliment Oakville. But back to basketball Great job on your win hawks. Now for for the kittys from Haggieville.

Craig Colgin 11 years, 10 months ago

Well, both of your avatars are smokin!!!!! Gotta thank the lord for all things, but especially for making things like that. WHEW!!!!!

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