KU guards take top three spots in ratings


1. Josh Selby: Made 2 of 3 three-pointers to improve his season percentage to .560. Made all six free throws to up his accuracy rate to .938. Turned just six field-goal attempts into 16 points and mixed in seven assists and four steals.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Seven assists without a turnover to go with 15 points in his best game since Selby’s activation.

3. Tyrel Reed: Opened the game by taking a charge and pretty much did everything right all night. Made 3 of 4 three-pointers, had five assists and one turnover and had five steals and four rebounds. He’s become so much more than a shooter.

4. Travis Releford: Had the play of the game, providing help on Trinity Hall, who was about to turn a back-door cut into an easy bucket until Releford blocked his shot, sprinted down court and got the transition basket on a feed from Selby. Had 13 points in eight minutes and made 2 of 3 three-pointers to jack his season percentage to .462.

5. Marcus Morris: Had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 25 minutes.

6. Elijah Johnson: Played another terrific game offensively, totaling 13 points, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Has just nine turnovers in 199 minutes this season.

7. Brady Morningstar: Did some good things, scoring eight points with four assists and three steals, but will need to stop buggin’ from downtown. He missed all three three-balls and is funked-out to the tune of .269 on treys.

8. Jeff Withey: Fouled out in 14 minutes of action, proving he needs to move his feet far better on defense to earn more minutes. Scored seven points, making every shot from the field and line and had two turnovers.

9. Markieff Morris: Totaled four points, four rebounds, four personal fouls, four turnovers and at least four too-many words of trash-talking an opponent, which earned him a technical foul and a seat on the bench for the rest of the second half.

10. Royce Woolridge: Played four minutes and had a point, a rebound, an assist, a personal foul and a turnover.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
T1. Markieff Morris (107 points)
T1. Marcus Morris (107 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (101 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (91 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (75 points)
6. Travis Releford (67 points)
7. Brady Morningstar (60 points)
8. Elijah Johnson (48 points)
9. Josh Selby (42 points)
10. Mario Little (34 points)
11. Jeff Withey (33 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (4 points)

Note: Once Big 12 season begins, both overall and conference Keegan ratings standings will be kept to take into account Selby's late arrival into the rotation.


William Blake 11 years, 9 months ago

EJ: You would have bumped up a couple notches had you nailed the last second dunk! ha... still... another super showing! It was great to see all the quality perimeter play. Josh is stepping up on d and he's picking some pockets and he's back nailing the skyball! TT... soliddddd! Tyrel... beast! Travis... gutsy d and o!

I hope the twins get back on track. They seem to be frustrated with being pushed. It is all about maximizing potential. Hope they see it that way. So few athletes are lucky enough to have talented coaches pushing for improvement. They'll shake it off and be back on top the ratings soon, hopefully at Michigan.

TRob... we are all sorry for your loss.

Alohahawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Actually, Releford had the best, and the second best plays of the game. The block on Hall leading to the layup, and the windmill dunk. Agree with dagger108's two word salute to drgonslayr. But in one word: "Ditto!" (As in the quote made famous in the movie, Ghost.)

TRob, sorry to hear of your loss. Hang in there. We missed you tonight.

Selby. Dang it. I was hoping you'd get that double-double I mentioned in another thread. Maybe next game.

Scott Smetana 11 years, 9 months ago

For the record, I think we're awesome....

BUT... who have we played that will be in the tourney? Please explain who and why. I think the RPI strength of schedule is bogus. I believe it gives the same credit for playing team #49 as team #2. I think this is gonna hurt us in the long run.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 9 months ago

Memphis, N. Texas, and Arizona all have a shot at being in the tourney. So does Michigan, who we play next, as well as a half-dozen Big 12 teams. By the end of the year, we'll have been reasonably well tested.

It's turned out to be an easy noncon schedule -- no fault of Bill Self's. Too bad the Pac-10 went into a tailspin just as the Big 12 started its series with them a few years ago.

Scott Smetana 11 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the reply... I really didn't say it was anyone's fault, but we should schedule at least 2-3 elite teams each preseason. Who cares if we lose? I just want to see this team pushed. The UMKC win was easier than a practice.

I doubt Memphis will make the tourney, and they shouldn't how poor they are playing. Arizona, maybe. North Texas? Come on... that's sad if that's our 'quality' win.

hawk_of_ages 11 years, 9 months ago

I agree, except that we did schedule 3 elite programs -- Memphis, UCLA, and Arizona. Unfortunately those teams turned out not to be so elite this year. Add to that Michigan, USC, and Cal -- all very respectable major-conference teams -- plus Valparaiso, which is a tournament perennial, plus North Texas and Ohio, both of which made very strong tourney showings last season.

It hasn't been all patsies.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Selby: 16 points (on 6 attempts), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 2.3 A/TO = #1 rating. He just flowed with the game and the team.

Taylor had an excellent game as well.

This was, however, a far, far, FAR inferior team. We should have destroyed them, and we did. Still a long way to go, but we're gettin' there.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Come on, give Keegan a break. He has been overwhelmed chasing a rumor of "whispers in the wind" about that dude from Twilight getting stabbed in the bum by carrot peeler. Turns out the whisper was just Gary Bedore opening a can of Coke, and the rumor was about the other dude from Twilight drinking a Mountain Dew. Coke can, apparently, was none too happy.

Of course, Keegan is calling out Bernadette Gray-Little for screwing up the recruitment of Pepsi Co. as the new quarterback for the football team which, in turn, somehow caused that first dude from Twilight to not get stabbed and instead... um... star in Twilight, I guess....

Whispers in the wind. Whattya gonna do.

hawk316 11 years, 9 months ago

Re: Brady's poor outside shooting... (as I commented on another page) Is it just me or is Brady leaning quite a bit when he shoots from long distance? I don't recall him doing that in previous years, and I wonder if that is hurting his shot. His shooting percentage used to be much higher, so I suspect that the problem may be a mechanical flaw of some kind. He's too good a shooter to be shooting this poorly from long range.

LAJayhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

I already commented on your post on the other article, but, you asked twice, so why not comment twice... :-)

Yes, he's jumping forward (as ralster said). I have no idea why it's happening... my guess is that it's just a mental thing like Tiger Woods' swing... although I'm hoping Brady hasn't slept with every cocktail waitress, porn star and Jersey Shore cast member from here to Albuquerque...

I'm sure he's working on it in the gym, but when he's on the floor, it probably reverts back to this bad form. It doesn't make sense for a guy that has shot 40+% every other year.

Mental. Has to be.

hawk316 11 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for your response, guys. I think we're on to something.

Gordon Penny 11 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, I would have given him a slight break for forgetting to add the 1 in 18, but he wrote it out. He forgot the teen in eighteen (or at least the "een." That's a bit harder to call a typo. Funny stuff.

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