Not a whole lot can be said about the game that Denver and KC haven't already posted, so I'm going to post the numbers and then address a few concerns that have been posted in the last 24 hours. Cool?
|Marcus Morris, F||25||7||5||3||1||2||0||1||5||10||-2|
|Cole Aldrich, C||24||9||0||5||0||3||1||0||0||11||11|
|Xavier Henry, G||32||12||1||4||0||1||0||2||2||17||5|
|Sherron Collins, G||36||16||2||4||4||2||0||6||2||22||6|
|Tyshawn Taylor, G||27||8||0||3||3||1||0||2||3||8||2|
|Thomas Robinson, F||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jeff Withey, C||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Brady Morningstar, G||16||1||0||0||2||1||0||0||1||0||1|
|Tyrel Reed, G||16||2||0||2||0||3||0||0||3||3||3|
|Markieff Morris, F||22||3||0||4||0||0||1||1||3||6||4|
|Matt Pilgrim, F||23||8||0||6||0||1||1||2||4||18||12|
|Obi Muonelo, G||38||13||5||4||3||1||1||1||2||17||5|
|Keiton Page, G||29||6||0||0||4||2||0||3||4||15||8|
|Fred Gulley, G||29||2||0||6||4||2||0||2||2||0||6|
|James Anderson, G||36||19||1||8||3||2||2||3||2||27||17|
|Jarred Shaw, F-C||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||0|
|Nick Sidorakis, G||25||1||0||2||1||0||0||1||2||0||-1|
|Marshall Moses, F||17||4||0||7||1||0||0||2||4||8||6|
Cole Alrdich ends up leading the Jayhawks at +11. Honestly, that's a pretty generous number and he did earn it. I just don't like it. He finished the game with 11 points and 5 rebounds without committing a foul or a turnover. Basically his numbers look really good because he didn't do anything to hurt the team according to the box score. Sherron finishing at +6 is a minor miracle. His play was fairly awful for the first fifteen minutes and he only played well for less than half of the game. Oklahoma State's final plus/minus looks very similar to what a Kansas one will look like following a good game. Two guys in double digits followed by three or four guys between +5 and +10. Kansas didn't get that great team effort yesterday.
Onto other items of business, first up is Tyshawn Taylor. There is no question that he can be a frustrating player. Throw in some non-basketball related items and it is understandable that a few fans aren't real high on him. However, he's part of this team and going forward this team will be better with him than without him. For fun, a little test. Below is a graph showing four Kansas guards and their Game Score for each Big 12 game.
*Game score is my plus/minus on steroids. It's not perfect but I believe it's better than what I typically use, just takes a little bit more work.
Play along and guess which color belongs to each player. Remember, this is only including Big 12 games.
Sticking with game score, Sherron leads the 1 and 2 guards and averages 10.7 per game. Guess who comes in second? That's right! Tyshawn Taylor averages 5.9 per game. Morningstar isn't far behind at 5.5 and Reed is the least "productive" of these four at 4.1. Basically, Morningstar and Taylor average fairly equal production, just in different ways. One other note on Morningstar, he hasn't made a 3 since February 8th.
*Xavier Henry mainly plays the 3, so I'm not including him with these four guys.
Discussion item number 2, from the game thread yesterday:
Cole pretty much gets taken out of the game when we try to run with people.
24 minutes and no foul trouble for Aldrich, so Oklahoma State definitely took him out of the game. Yet, the game wasn't that up and down, only 71 possessions for Kansas. That's a little above their average, but nothing super fast. It does bring up an interesting question, does Aldrich struggle when Kansas plays up and down games? In order to check this, I'm going to do the same thing I did for Tyshawn Taylor in the Tempo and T2 post. (Cole's tempo-free +/- compared with possessions).
This actually shocks me a little bit. It appears that Aldrich is a more productive as the game speeds up. Though I wonder if even using the tempo-free numbers here throws this off because it still relies on counting stats. I'm not sure if just taking the number of possessions to 70.3 (KU's average) is enough. Thoughts on this?