Kansas won it's 60th game in a row in Allen Fieldhouse, and while it was just Longwood, there was a healthy dose of positives to take from the game.
First, some roster things to clear up: Josh Selby sat again, and Self said there was no new news on that front. Elijah Johnson also had the night off in street clothes. Self said that he would address the situation after the game, but some shots of him on the bench showed him smiling and laughing, so it can't be too serious. And Royce Woolridge played, so he is obviously not redshirting.
Positives and negatives after the jump:
Tyshawn Taylor: The much maligned Jayhawk had 17 points and 8 assists. He did have 5 turnovers, but the majority of them were of the aggressive variety and not the careless variety, which is much more excusable. T2 was 1-2 on threes, which was nice to see, and was unstoppable in the open floor.
Markieff Morris: Probably KU's player of the game, Kieffer had 14 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Most importantly, he did it efficiently, going 5-7 from the field and 4-6 from the line.
Marcus Morris: The game's leading scorer, Marcus had 18 on 7-10 shooting and he went 2-3 from the 3 point line.
Jeff Withey: Most of his good play came in the second half when the game was decided, but Withey was a perfect 4-4 from the field, had 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a huge block. He looks like he's almost all the way back from his injury and if he plays like that the whole year this team has a chance to be really special.
Three point shooting: For all of the whining after the first two exhibitions about
Rebounding: Granted they were playing a much much smaller team, but Kansas grabbed 44% of their misses tonight. That's awesome.
Brady Morningstar: I really have no idea what's going on with Brady. He never was a guy that did a lot on the floor, but he played solid D, moved the ball well and knocked down 3s. He was 1-3 from 3s tonight and generally looked lost on the floor. Not a good sign.
Turnovers: This was roughly an 80 possession game, and so Kansas had a TO% of 15%. This is under their turnover rate from last year but again, this is Longwood. The tendency is to turn it over at a higher percentage in a faster game, but hopefully the team cuts down on them.
I don't want to single Brady and the turnovers out, but that's about all I have for negatives. There were some lapses in concentration in the 2nd half, but I would be shocked if that happens against the better teams on the schedule. Something that Self will work on no doubt, but it was a great start for the Hawks.
Random NBA note: at the time of this post, Kevin Love has 31 points and 31 rebounds. First 30/30 night since 1986. Not bad.