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UCLA falters in post

Kansas forward Markieff Morris pokes the ball loose from UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt during the second half, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris pokes the ball loose from UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt during the second half, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.

December 7, 2009

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Markieff Morris pushes KU past UCLA

KU sophomore forward Markieff Morris scored a career-high 19 points as KU topped UCLA, 73-61, on the road. Enlarge video

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— If he had to do it all over again, UCLA coach Ben Howland would have ordered more attention to Kansas University’s big men not named Cole Aldrich.

“They have such good size. They really did a great job of getting it inside. They exposed our post defense a little bit from the 4-spot,” Howland said after KU’s 73-61 victory Sunday at Pauley Pavilion. “The Morris kid (Markieff) played great. ... We probably should have doubled him some.”

Instead, Howland’s defense focused on only double-teaming Aldrich, KU’s preseason All-American.

Markieff took advantage of the matchup, putting in a career-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

“They spread us out pretty good and just beat us up down low,” UCLA senior guard Michael Roll said. “We knew the twins were good. We obviously weren’t expecting 19 out of (either of) them. He’s a good player.”

Nearly half (36) of KU’s 73 points came from in the paint. KU also out-rebounded UCLA, 43-36.

“They’re just huge down low,” Roll said, “and they took advantage of it.”

Howland, who was frustrated with his team’s defense in three consecutive losses, talked earlier in the week about perhaps changing his team’s primary defense from man-to-man to zone.

The Bruins didn’t play any zone Sunday, though, mostly because Howland didn’t think it would work against KU.

“I just felt like their team shoots it so well. We watched film on them against zone, and they really attack it well,” Howland said. “It’s harder to block out in zone coverage than it is in man coverage. They still got it inside a lot. Maybe it’s something we should have looked at. We’re going to continue to work on it.”

Howland, who led UCLA to three straight Final Four appearances from 2006-08, sees KU as an elite team.

“Where they’re ranked is very accurate,” Howland said. “Just watching film on them then seeing them here live today, I’m very impressed with their personnel and their size, strength, quickness.

“They’ve got all the components to be really, really good.”

Comments

Jerry Collins 4 years, 11 months ago

What a pro Aldrich is. He has no problem letting teamates get the points when he is doubled teamed. He still did his job on the boards. That's All-American.

Gregory Newman 4 years, 11 months ago

Aldrich is getting that Shak treatment as soon as he gets the ball its a triple team. I just wish the guards would quit standing around and watching him getting beat-up. Move down to the corner to be visible so he can kick-out for the 3.

TopJayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Cole played well. If you double the twins, then Cole will go off for twenty. Got to shoot the ball better though. It's all Lews fault.

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