The boy was referring to KU super twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris, who propelled the Jayhawks to a 90-83 victory and a berth in the tournament title game today at 5 p.m. (CT) against Texas.
The twins led KU with 20 points each, while Marcus had a game-high 13
rebounds and Markieff added 10 boards. They combined to shoot 17-of-20
from the free-throw line, including 12-of-13 in the second half.
Marcus and Markieff scored in the paint, they crashed the glass, and
Markieff showcased a nifty jump hook and a key three-pointer.
They just may be the best and most unique frontcourt tandem in the
"I would hate to see a team with two good big guys that can play
similar, that can guard and stretch the defense and score inside,"
The Morris twins were certainly double trouble for CU on Friday.
After Colorado gave KU its best punch early with a 11-2 lead and then a
22-10 advantage at the 13:05 mark of the first half, the Morris
brothers went to work and scored 17 straight points on a 17-4 KU run.
Marcus first scored seven points, followed by 10 straight from
Markieff, his last points during the stretch a three ball that finally
put KU up 27-26 with 7:34 remaining before halftime.
"We just started to get the ball down low," Marcus said. "We weren't
doing that much early in the game. That's the strongest part of our
offense and we starting utilizing (it)."
Markieff said the key for him during that period was "stealing extra
"I think I got like three offensive rebounds during that span," he
said. "I felt like I was hot and I hit that three. I felt like I was on
a little roll."
While the twins scored in bunches, Markieff dismissed the notion that
he and his brother want to lead by example offensively.
"We were getting stops at the time," Markieff said. "We were fighting
back. More so on the defensive end, we want to lead by example."
With Kansas leading 43-37 at halftime, the twins stepped up again to
start the second half. They scored 12 of KU's first 16 points,
including the last six by Markieff, to stretch KU's lead to 59-42 with
And when Colorado made a furious comeback late to cut KU's 17-point
lead (74-57) lead at the 10:11 mark to just eight points (82-74) with
1:32 left, the twins scored six of KU's final eight points (all on
6-of-6 from the charity stripe) to seal the victory.
Marcus, who has led or tied KU in scoring in the last six games, was
proud of the toughness Kansas showed in bouncing back from an early
"(We) just have the heart to continue to play because a lot of teams
across the NCAA, once they're down, they're down," Marcus said. "We
don't want to go out knowing we never gave a chance of winning. We just
fixed our mistakes early and got back into it."
Thanks in large part to the twin powers, KU advanced and will meet
Texas today for the Big 12 tournament title.
Senior guard Tyrel Reed, who scored 15 points, believes the Morris
twins are the best frontcourt duo in the nation.
"In my mind, they are," Reed said. "They just do so many different
things. They can score off the block, on the block, and they're great
passers, unselfish guys and rebound well. They just do it all really.
"I'm glad they are on my side."
Twin Powers Lead KU Past Colorado
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