Nothing for me to say or add that hasn't already been mentioned, so I'll say some stuff anyway. Kansas came out and completely dominated the first half and kept the Tigers at arms length the rest of the night. Cole Aldrich once again turns in a great performance, finishing at +24. Marcus and Markieff tied for second on the team at +14, good for a combined +28 for the Morri. Performances like that from the bigs go a long way in covering up a combined -10 from Collins (-7) and Taylor (-3). The guards didn't play that bad, just didn't score or shoot all that well. For the other guys, Missouri recovered a little bit from their +2 in the first half, finishing with a total of +16 (tempo free average before tonight was +47).
|Marcus Morris, F||24||10||1||9||1||0||1||1||2||17||14|
|Cole Aldrich, C||30||5||2||16||2||0||7||2||4||12||24|
|Xavier Henry, G||29||8||0||7||2||2||1||5||4||9||4|
|Sherron Collins, G||29||11||0||2||2||1||0||4||3||6||-7|
|Brady Morningstar, G||27||7||0||3||5||1||0||3||0||9||8|
|Thomas Robinson, F||5||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Conner Teahan, G||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jeff Withey, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||-1|
|Tyshawn Taylor, G||13||5||1||2||3||0||0||4||5||7||-3|
|Tyrel Reed, G||19||6||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||14||6|
|Elijah Johnson, G||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||-1|
|Markieff Morris, F||19||4||0||11||3||0||0||3||2||9||14|
|Keith Ramsey, F||27||7||0||6||0||1||0||1||3||8||4|
|Justin Safford, F||32||15||2||7||1||1||1||0||4||19||8|
|J.T. Tiller, G||22||11||1||5||3||0||0||0||3||8||1|
|Michael Dixon Jr., G||13||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||2||-5|
|Zaire Taylor, G||28||6||0||3||2||3||0||0||3||11||10|
|Miguel Paul, G||15||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||2||0||-4|
|Marcus Denmon, G||21||1||0||2||1||2||0||0||2||3||5|
|Laurence Bowers, F||15||7||0||3||0||0||1||1||1||5||0|
|Kim English, G||20||13||0||2||0||1||0||0||1||9||-2|
|Steve Moore, C||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||-1|
- After the Baylor game I said:
Jayhawks not named Sherron Collins and Marcus Morris totaled a +15.
Last night, Jayhawks not named Sherron Collins and Marcus Morris combined for a +51. That works for me.
- The trend of shutting down the opponents highest +/- contributor continued again, Bowers averaged 9.95 coming into last night. He ends up at 0.
- Last one, last night Nate Bukaty from 810 radio tweeted something along the lines of:
People wonder why KU fans are considered spoiled. Cole plays a game like this and they say "Finally".
If you hear anyone say this, please slap them upside the head. For all the flaws the plus/minus has, it is definitely highlighting what Aldrich does for this squad. Even if you think it's a completely bogus system, the adjusted game score (similar, but more in-depth) used by Rock M Nation had Aldrich as the season leader heading into last night's game. Sherron might have more big moments for this team, but don't let that cloud your judgement of Cole Aldrich. He's a machine.