The game has been called a "statement" game by more than a few people and the plus/minus agrees. Kansas ends up with a total of +48 while Texas ends up at +20. As far as team efforts go, it wasn't near that close. Damion James played a hell of a game and ends up at +18 and J'Covan Brown comes off the bench to turn in a +11. The rest of the Longhorns combined for a -9. That is ugly. For the Jayhawks, a solid all around effort by the team. McMorris leads the way at +17 and Sherron finishes with a +10. Xavier and Kieffer follow the leaders at +8. We'd take that every game from those four guys, right?
|Marcus Morris, F||29||10||1||8||4||1||0||1||2||18||17|
|Cole Aldrich, C||26||10||1||5||1||1||6||2||5||7||2|
|Sherron Collins, G||33||13||0||2||5||4||0||2||1||15||10|
|Brady Morningstar, G||32||7||1||3||2||3||0||0||2||8||6|
|Xavier Henry, G||31||13||0||5||2||1||1||0||3||15||8|
|Tyrel Reed, G||11||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||-2|
|Tyshawn Taylor, G||19||6||2||2||0||2||0||2||2||7||-1|
|Markieff Morris, F||19||3||2||9||0||0||3||3||4||8||8|
|Damion James, G-F||35||13||2||10||1||0||5||3||4||24||18|
|Gary Johnson, F||32||8||3||8||1||0||0||1||3||10||4|
|Dexter Pittman, C||21||5||0||3||2||0||4||2||1||3||4|
|Dogus Balbay, G||16||1||0||3||0||0||0||2||3||0||-3|
|Avery Bradley, G||35||6||0||2||1||3||2||3||4||3||-2|
|Matt Hill, F-C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Justin Mason, G||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Clint Chapman, F-C||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||-4|
|Alexis Wangmene, F-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||-2|
|Jai Lucas, G||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|J'Covan Brown, G||32||19||1||4||1||1||0||2||1||28||11|
|Jordan Hamilton, G-F||18||6||0||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||-6|
- Initially, I thought Sherron's +10 was a cheap +10 because of the free throws late. After thinking about that, I couldn't have been more wrong. A point guard that goes 8 for 8 when getting fouled at the end of the game is anything but cheap, it's a necessity for a team with National Championship hopes. Get a lead and he holds it.
- Cole's game was far from pretty and his +/- reflects that. A +2 is the lowest game for him that I can remember. He looked awkward offensively all night and didn't get to the glass as often as we are used to seeing. 6 blocks keeps him out of the red.
- A +48 is fairly low for as well as the team played. Going 26 for 65 from the field will do that, though the FT% was much better.
- For Labba, T2 being a -1 confirms some of your concerns. I'm not too worried about him this year. This team could definitely use a very good Tyshawn Taylor, they just don't need him right now. Morningstar, Reed, and Henry all contribute enough to put us in a position where production from Taylor becomes a bonus.
- KGRTC found that our bench produces as well as any of the other contenders, confirming our depth. As I commented in that thread, our depth isn't only on the bench. All five of our starters routinely outproduce the man they are matched up with. That's probably common for teams that are 24-1, but that also shows depth. Aldrich has maybe his worst game of the year and McMorris takes over. Kieffer adds in solid production. Xavier produced. Brady finishes with his average line. This team is far from a one trick pony. It matches up with KC's line from last night about James. One man isn't going to beat a team. I'm looking at you Kentucky.