Tigers Lose On The Road To KU 84-65

Missouri is no match for Kansas on the road as they lose big

On Monday night in Lawrence, the #2 Kansas Jayhawks (19-1, 5-0) defeated the Missouri Tigers (15-5, 3-2) by the final score of 84-65.


Kansas center Cole Aldrich was dominant under the basket on both ends of the floor (12 points, 16 rebounds, 7 blocked shots), and Missouri shot poorly (28%) from the floor, which allowed Kansas to begin to build a lead about midway through the first half.  That was when Missouri's Keith Ramsey picked up his third foul, on a very questionable call, and Kansas took advantage of the dilemma that resulted for Missouri, pulling away to a 20-point halftime lead on a 25-foot buzzer-beating bank shot by KU's Brady Morningstar.


Marcus Morris scored 17 points for Kansas, and twin brother Markieff Morris grabbed 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks.  Kansas reserve Tyrel Reed made good on all four of his 3-PT FGAs on his way to posting a career-high 14 points. 
Afterwards, Missouri Coach Mike Anderson talked about the game.  "I thought for the first 10 minutes, we came with a game plan, in terms of what we were going to do, and that was to play attack basketball.  Then, I thought we got away from that.  And of course, Kansas had a lot to do with that.  They just imposed their will going to the basket.  Every time I looked up, you had guys coming over the back of our guys.  And that's where the war was won, in the paint.  They had a big advantage, especially at halftime, on the rebounding............  I thought the second chance points were huge in this game, and that advantage went to Kansas...........  At times, I just thought it got out of hand.  Our guys were in there fighting, and they were climbing our backs and all of that.  But, that's the experience of being on the road.  I thought we looked like a young basketball team.  We got rattled a little bit."

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Keith Ramsey played as well as he ever has for Missouri, as he battled Aldrich and the Morris twins.  But, when he went to the sideline, Missouri had no answer for Kansas' inside presence, and the more physical Jayhawks dominated the painted area, and outrebounded Missouri by a 56-28 margin.  Justin Safford played much better in the second half, when Missouri trailed by 20 or more until the last minute, when Zaire Taylor hit a couple of FTs to cut it to 19.  On the night, Missouri shot 88% from the FT line.


The Tigers shot poorly from the field, but what really happened was that they exercised poor shot selection, often appearing to shoot too quickly, and off the dribble following individual maneuvers, instead of working together to get the ball to the right guys where they could get better shots off the catch via an inside to outside pass.  Marcus Denmon made his only shot of the night, a three-pointer off of a screen, in 21 minutes, while Kim English took 13 shots, making only 3 of them, in 20 minutes.  English spent much of his time trying to create his own shot, and taking forced, and low-percentage shots, as did several of the Tigers' players.


Coach Anderson credited Kansas, and talked about what his team can take away from this game.  "This is one game.  That's life on the road.  It hurts, but let's give them (KU) some credit.  They're one of the top teams, and they're pretty good on their own floor..............  You find out a little bit more about your team as adversity takes place.  I just thought we didn't respond in a positive.  We actually looked like a young basketball team out there.  I thought we relied on the perimeter too much.  The second half was a little different.  I thought we fought and scratched and clawed a little bit better, and shot the ball a little better because we attacked the basket.  It opened up some opportunities outside.  But, I thought we had guys just kind of relying on the jump shot too much............  We've got some guys, as you space the floor, you put in on the floor and you make attack moves, that we can break people down.  That's part of our offense............. We're not utilizing that ultimate team philosophy............. We've got to get back, and get the guys that are going to do that.  It makes the game so much easier.  It makes it more fun.  Your assist totals go up.  You score more.  You get to the FT line more.  It's just a matter of us getting back to that rhythm.  I think it's the rhythm that we've got to play with."


Box Score


Missouri 65 • 15-5, 3-2 Big 12


Total 3-Ptr Rebounds


## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min


15 RAMSEY, Keith f 3-7 2-3 0-0 3 3 6 3 8 0 1 0 1 27
23 SAFFORD, Justin f 5-15 1-3 8-10 3 4 7 4 19 1 0 1 1 32
04 TILLER, J.T. g 2-11 0-0 4-5 3 2 5 3 8 3 0 0 0 22
10 DIXON, Michael g 1-7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 13
11 TAYLOR, Zaire g 2-6 0-2 7-7 0 3 3 3 11 2 0 0 3 28
03 PAUL, Miguel 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 15
12 DENMON, Marcus 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 1 0 0 2 21
21 BOWERS, Laurence 2-7 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 0 1 1 0 15
24 ENGLISH, Kim 3-13 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 1 9 0 0 0 1 20
32 MOORE, Steve 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
Team 0 0 0 1
Totals 19-68 6-18 21-24 11 17 28 21 65 8 5 2 9 200
FG % 1st Half: 10-40 25.0%
3FG % 1st Half: 4-9 44.4%
FT % 1st Half: 6-7 85.7%
2nd half: 9-28 32.1%
2nd half: 2-9 22.2%
2nd half: 15-17 88.2%
Game: 19-68 27.9%
Game: 6-18 33.3%
Game: 21-24 87.5%


Kansas 84 • 19-1, 5-0 Big 12


Total 3-Ptr Rebounds


## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min


22 Morris, Marcus f 6-10 0-0 5-6 6 3 9 2 17 1 1 1 0 24
45 Aldrich, Cole c 4-5 0-0 4-6 2 14 16 4 12 2 2 7 0 30
01 Henry, Xavier g 3-8 3-7 0-0 3 4 7 4 9 2 5 1 2 29
04 Collins, Sherron g 2-11 0-4 2-2 0 2 2 3 6 2 4 0 1 29
12 Morningstar, Brady g 3-7 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 9 5 3 0 1 27
00 Robinson, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
02 Teahan, Conner 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
05 Withey, Jeff 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
10 Taylor, Tyshawn 2-5 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 5 7 3 4 0 0 13
14 Reed, Tyrel 5-6 4-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 14 0 1 0 0 19
15 Johnson, Elijah 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
21 Morris, Markieff 3-4 1-1 2-2 3 8 11 2 9 3 3 0 0 19
Team 1 2 3


Totals 28-57 9-19 19-26 18 38 56 23 84 18 23 9 4 200


FG % 1st Half: 19-37 51.4%
3FG % 1st Half: 4-9 44.4%
FT % 1st Half: 8-12 66.7%
2nd half: 9-20 45.0%
2nd half: 5-10 50.0%
2nd half: 11-14 78.6%
Game: 28-57 49.1%
Game: 9-19 47.4%
Game: 19-26 73.1%
Score by periods 1st 2nd Total
Missouri          30  35  65
Kansas            50  34  84


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