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Game 34: KU vs. Kansas State (in Kansas City)

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Eye test: K-State is a very good team. Not as comfortable of a win as home, but not as tight of a game as the one in Manhattan. I'll give them an A-.

Average grade: 8.5 (between B and B+)

Weighted average: 9.21 (just above a B+)

A+: Marcus Morris. Tenacious. 18 points on 13 shots. Tied with Cole for team high and game high 8 rebounds. Had a block and 2 turnovers. KSU's starting forwards combined for 3 of 15 shooting. A good bounce-back game after Marcus couldn't keep himself on the floor against A&M. (B+, B+, A-, B)

A+: Tyrel Reed. Up to this game this season, Tyrel Reed was 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Against K-State he got to the line 9 times, equaling his prior season total, and cashed 7 of them. He was aggressive, made shots (3 of 4 from the floor, and both of his 3 pointers) and he took care of the basketball, (one assist and no turnovers). Nice to see Tyrel step up and have a game like this, because at the very least, he'll have to do this next season, if not sometime before this season is over. (B, B-, B+, B+)

A-: Sherron Collins. My god does he want this so badly! He is rounding into form at the perfect time. Today was a perfect example. He only took 2 three pointers, did score on a few nice drives to the hoop, made his free throws, got 4 rebounds, and distributed the basketball like a true point guard, 7 assists versus just 2 turnovers. Also held his own on defense against Pullen, holding him to 5 of 17 shooting. The oft overshadowed 6th man from the '08 title team wants a title that he'll be remembered for. (B+, B+, B+, A)

B+: Brady Morningstar. Only got 13 minutes, but made the most of them. Collected 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds, a turnover, and made one of two shots. (B+, B+, B, B)

B: Cole Aldrich. A steady, if unspectacular, game from Cole. Got into foul trouble, and struggled with his shot a little bit, did do his job of rebounding (tied for a game and team high 8 boards) and clogging the middle (2 blocks, 3 of 15 shooting from starting forwards for KSU) but K-State's main weapon is transition driving by Pullen or Clemente, and that doesn't really play into Cole's strengths. (A-, B+, A-, A-)

B: Markieff Morris. Did have 3 turnovers, but he made his free throws, and grabbed 6 boards. Helped the overall solid interior defense as well. (B+, B, B+, A-)

B-: Xavier Henry. The kind of game that shows Henry's maturity as a player. He didn't shoot well from the floor (just 1 of 7), but he maintained his defensive effort, grabbed 5 rebounds, had a block, an assist, and didn't turn the ball over. (B+, B+, B, B)

B-: Tyshawn Taylor. Didn't force much, had trouble staying in front of Clemente (but everybody does?) but didn't do anything to really hurt the team, was just overshadowed by others. 2 boards, 2 assists, a block, and a turnover, 3 points on 3 shots. (B, B, B+, B)

B-: Connor Teahan. Just got in at the end of the first half to avoid having a starter pick up a stupid foul. (B-, C+, B-, B)

C: Thomas Robinson. Needs to go up with authority. Got blocked by Samuels on two consecutive shot attempts sandwiched around an offensive rebound. Needs to figure out how to score the ball better from so close in. (B-, C+, B, C+)

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