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Player Ratings to the Theme of Man-Made Landmarks

Some of the world’s greatest architectural accomplishments.

Pope Francis Leads The Stations of The Cross At The Colosseum Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Today’s rankings are based on best landmarks around the world. Let’s see how KU players compared to some of the finest sights in the world after their 109-64 win last night against Omaha.

5 Stars: The Colosseum. Rome, Italy.

The Roman Colosseum tops the list because it checks every box. Historical significance: check. Easy accessibility: check. Well known to the layman: check. Awesome: check. It’s one of those places that you know about but still blows your mind when you see it in person for the first time.

Another possible five-star attraction: The Parthenon. Athens, Greece.

Sviatoslav Myhailiuk. Fresh off his game winner against Nebraska, Svi picked up where he left off. He nailed six of seven from three point range, got to the basket with ease, and finished with 26 points.

4.5 Stars: Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world and while it is a surprise for the 4.5 slot, from personal experience, it was the most rewarding place I’ve ever been. Plus, you can tour more than just Angkor Wat, the most famous of the temples. There are more than 15 other well preserved temples and if you wanted to visit all the minor temples, you’d have to spend weeks in the area. A true spectacle.

Another possible 4.5-star attraction: Macchu Pichu. Peruvian Andes.

Devonte’ Graham. The senior was five of seven from behind the arc. He finished with 17 points and eight assists.

Udoka Azubuike. Another big game from the big Nigerian. Eleven points on five of seven shooting, and he also grabbed 12 rebounds.

4 Stars: Taj Mahal. Agra, India.

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Majestic. Pure. Elegant. Just a few words to describe the Taj Mahal. The only qualification that takes it down from 4.5 to four is the fact that the other attractions above it are even more amazing (just an opinion). Spectacular nonetheless and worthy of a great performance.

Another possible four-star attraction: The Alhambra. Granada, Spain.

Malik Newman. Malik did a little bit of everything in the game last night and it’s good to see him reach his highest point yet in these very scientific ratings. He had four assists at the break and ended the game with the same amount. That’s the only disappointment. Finished with 14 points.

Lagerald Vick didn’t have to be his usual self in this game to be effective. Sure, he had a few explosive dunks, but he limited himself to only two three-point shots, making one. Good discipline from the junior. He tallied 15 points and nine rebounds in this one.

3.5 Stars: Eiffel Tower. Paris, France

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Many of you might have believed the Eiffel Tower to be higher on the list, and I truly considered it. But once you see it and ascended the stairs or the elevator once, you never really have to do it again. Plus, there are at least three views in Paris that are much superior to the one you get from the Eiffel Tower and those vistas include the Eiffel Tower which is obviously a bonus.

Another possible 3.5-star attraction: The Empire State Building, New York.

Sam Cunliffe. This guy made quite the appearance in this game with an alley-oop dunk as his first basket as a Jayhawk. He’s about what I expected him to be, and it was nice to see him log 20 minutes.

James Sosinski. Speaking of KU debuts, Sosinski made both of his buckets in garbage time. I put him at 3.5 because of his reaction after he made his first ever hoop as a Jayhawk. He looked like what I would look like- ecstatic.

Marcus Garrett. Looked far more poised out there this time. Maybe it was the lesser competition, but maybe Bill Self got in the freshman’s ear.

3 Stars: The London Eye.

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Once again, I had to pick something for the 3-star spot that would be a little divisive. The Ferris Wheel in London is pretty dang impressive (I mean, look at that picture!), but the vistas from the locale are the true wonder. So because of this 50/50 split, London’s most modern landmark lands squarely in the middle.

Another possible three-star attraction: The Space Needle. Seattle Washington.

Mitch Lightfoot. Why is it that at one turn, Mitch’s grip seems to snag anything and everything, and the then the next minute, the ball is bumbling out of his hands like he’s never caught anything but a cold?

Chris Teahan. Canned a three pointer.

2 Stars: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy.

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I mean, they did it on purpose, right? They didn’t? It’s all a colossal misunderstanding and architectural screw up? Two stars it is.

Another possible two-star attraction: Corn Palace. Mitchell, South Dakota.

Happily, no Kansas player’s perfromance was as poorly constructed as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

1 Star: Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri.

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I’ll say it on the record: Without the arch, St. Louis would be nothing. It sucks and the arch, while cool, sucks because of its location.

Another possible one-star attraction: World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Cawker City, Kansas.

Luckily, no Kansas player was as bad as the Gateway Arch.

Non-Rating: Clay Young.

Again, down in the comments section, please tell me why I’m wrong and I’m always up for suggestions for future lists as well.