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Game 35: KU vs. Lehigh, NCAA Round 1

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Eye test: B+. Unspectacular in stretches, but the second half we dominated on offense, and they racked up some points by pressing and taking the ball to the hole hard.

Average Grade: 8.9 (B+)

Weighted average: 9.9 (A-)

A+: Marcus Morris. Didn't start the game with the necessary effort, but Self recognized it immediately, informed the player, and Morris made an immediate adjustment. 26 points on 15 shots is excellent efficiency, despite going 1 of 4 from the line. Also had 10 boards and 2 assists against 3 turnovers. Was the interior offensive force we needed. (B+, B+, A-, B+)

A+: Tyrel Reed. At one point one of the announcers said "maybe they should guard him", and I couldn't agree more. Reed was left WIDE open, and attempted 7 shots, all 3's, making 4 of them. also collected 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and matched up really well on defense as well, not getting exposed often at all. Nice to see Tyrel's outside stroke clicking. (B+, B-, B+, A-)

A: Sherron Collins. Very solid game from Collins. 50% from the floor, 50% from 3, 100% from the line, 6 assists and 1 turnover, 4 boards and a steal. We has some tremendous will and energy, and is regularly seen barking at teammates telling them to play with something close to his own energy. (B+, B+, B+, A)

A: Tyshawn Taylor. Wasn't connecting from distance (0-3 from 3), but was 3 of 4 from inside the arc, grabbed 2 rebounds, had 4 assists against 1 turnover, and collected a whopping 6 steals. You need defense? He's got it. (B, B, B+, B+)

A-: Jeff Withey. A minute, a board, and a block. His time will come. (B, B-, B, B+)

A-: Thomas Robinson. Got 7 minutes, several of them in the first half when Aldrich was on the bench with 2 fouls. Had 3 boards, 2 blocks, no turnovers and no fouls. Did get a 1 and 1 opportunity and firmly bricked the front end... (B-, C+, B, B-)

B+: Xavier Henry. Another quietly efficient game. 11 points on 7 shots. 6 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 3 turnovers.

B+: Cole Aldrich. All but disappeared in the first half, and this might be the only game of the tournament where we can afford for that to happen. Still finished with 11 points on 10 shots and 8 boards, and was an absolute force on defense in the second half. Finished with 5 blocks. (B+, B+, A-, B+)

B: Markieff Morris. Did not stuff the stat sheet, but as the announcers pointed out, he did a lot of things that don't show up in the stat sheet. Did have 2 points on 3 shots, 3 boards, 2 assists, 3 blocks, and a turnover. Did an excellent job, along with his brother, of double teaming the post player in the second half, and that proved to be a key in extending the lead. (B+, B, B+, A-)

B-: Connor Teahan. Played a minute, would have had an assist if CJ had made his 3 point attempt. (B-, C+, B-, B-)

C+: Brady Morningstar. Took 5 shots, only made 1 of them, a 3 pointer, and had no rebounds, but did have 2 assists against 1 turnover. Played solidly on defense. (B, B+, B, B)

C+: CJ Henry. Played a minute, missed a WIDE open 3. (B-, B, C+, B-)

C: Elijah Johnson. Played a minute, and threw an UGLY interior feed right by Thomas Robinson. (B, B, B, C+)

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