Break down the Morris twins — how are they most effective offensively and what have teams done to slow them down?
The only way I’ve seen a team slow them down is by getting them in foul trouble, which isn’t all that difficult if you’re aggressive.
As far as their effectiveness. Marcus Morris is more of a jump shooter. Very good facing the basket, can step out and hit the three but also has the ability to attack the rim. I’d say that’s the weakest part of his offense but he’s a pretty versatile big man as a whole.
Markieff is more your back to the basket, traditional big, but he also has every bit the ability to step out and knock down a jumper and a three pointer. That doesn’t seem to be where he’s most comfortable, but he can do it and that makes him just as difficult from a matchup standpoint.
With 10 players that play between 15 and 27 minutes per game, who are some of the players in that 3-10 range to watch?
Just the other night there were three guys that stepped up big time in that 3-10 range that I think people are very excited about. Tyrel Reed is a senior guard and a three point threat. He’s a leader and a smart player that can have a big game in a quiet fashion.
Tyshawn Taylor is extremely athletic and when he’s on, the team is that much better. He’s not a dynamic scorer, but when he plays smart it’s huge.
Thomas Robinson is the big off the bench and he’s a specimen. The guy can run, jump and most importantly he’s a rebounding machine and no the offensive end he’ll try to rip down the backboard any chance he gets.
Last one, Travis Releford. He’s a player that doesn’t put up gaudy numbers, but he sets a tone defensively off the bench and he’ll rarely if ever hurt the team. I could go on and it is a team that is deeper than last year, but those are four that stand out right now assuming that Selby and the Morris twins are your 1-3.
In a perfect world, what are three things that need to happen for a team to upset Kansas?
Marcus Morris needs to get into foul trouble.
Kansas needs to lack focus on the defensive end.
And Michigan needs to be the benefactor of a higher than normal number of Jayhawk turnovers.
Michigan can contribute to two of those three by taking the ball directly at Marcus Morris and tightening things up defensively, but if Kansas is on defensively…I think they can overcome both of the other areas.