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History lesson inspires Markieff

Kansas guard Sherron Collins cuts through the Missouri defense for a shot during the first half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins cuts through the Missouri defense for a shot during the first half, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 26, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated January 26, 2010, 11:11 a.m.

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Kansas dismantled Missouri in 2010's first installment of the Border War on Monday, Jan. 25 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Markieff Morris found himself a little more amped up than normal before Kansas University’s most recent game against Missouri.

“Last year, I kind of didn’t understand what was going on. But after having a year, you pick up on what the rivalry’s like,” the sophomore forward said following KU’s 84-65 victory Monday. “Coach (Self) explained it to us right before the game. It got us just more juiced up for the game.”

So what exactly did Self say to get Markieff so energized?

Turns out it was a history lesson on the Civil War.

“They (Missourians) came and they killed the horses and the wives, the families,” Markieff said. “That type of stuff. It’s just more than basketball. That’s what he’s saying.”

Markieff said Self’s speech was an attention-grabber.

“He’s always fired up for the Missouri game,” Markieff said. “He always keeps a smile on his face, but he might, sometimes, get a little red. You already know it’s time to go.”

Markieff certainly looked like an inspired player in the first half against MU.

In just 11 first-half minutes, Markieff grabbed 10 rebounds.

“I didn’t even know I had 10,” Markieff said. “It was just attacking the board. I finished with 11, so I could have crashed the board a lot better the second half.

“I feel like a lot of them were coming to me also. Just boxing out and being able to be in the right place at the right time.”

By halftime, Markieff and teammate Cole Aldrich had combined for seven more rebounds (22) than Missouri had as a team (15).

“He just needed to get back to the old Cole he was,” Markieff said. “He’s playing wonderful. He’s blocking shots. It’s hard to come in and get a free shot without him contesting a shot. He’s grabbing every single rebound that goes up, and he’s scoring in the post.”

Markieff finished with nine points — including a three-pointer — on 3-for-4 shooting in 19 minutes. He played just seven minutes in KU’s previous game against Iowa State, partly because of foul trouble.

Markieff’s 11 rebounds against MU were one off a career-high.

“This game is like no other,” Markieff said. “We have fans sleeping outside (while camping), so it was more than just basketball.”

It also was an important enough game to get Self riled up beforehand.

Markieff came away with one main impression after his coach’s fiery speech.

“That he’s juiced up too,” Markieff said. “So we’ve got to get to his level.”

Comments

mom_of_three 5 years, 4 months ago

Someone needs to give him the correct history lesson cause all the bloodshed happened BEFORE the civil war.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

Here's another history lesson-- the civil war has been over for nearly 150 years.

Rivalries can add interest to games, but this particular rivalry has absolutely nothing to do with the civil war, which more than anything else was a fight about the institution of slavery.

Does anyone really think that Missouri's basketball team, with a black coach and mostly black players, in any way supports the reinstitution of slavery, as the supposed basis of this rivalry would imply?

anon1958 5 years, 4 months ago

Anyone that has a real appreciation for history and sympathy for the terrible loss of life that occurred during the American Civil war should be aghast at the trivialization that takes place when some ignorant coach invokes those events to motivate his players to win a game.

I really would like to know what depth of knowledge Bill Self possesses about the American Civil war. My guess is not much. Despite popular opinion "a basketball game" is an exceedingly trivial activity of "the moment". The American Civil War on the other hand is of tremendous importance now and at the time it was the most important thing experienced by millions of people.

Using the horrors of events leading up to the civil war to motivate basketball and football players is just contemptable and narcissistic beyond measure. Your arbitrary little games are very quaint and entertaining to spectators but they are of zero lasting consequence to more than a few people.

College coaches do enough damage to players without piling on some bs mythology or inaccurate version of important historical events. I jeer at the KU fans that think their games deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as the historical events preceding and related to the civil war.

Evan Ridenour 5 years, 4 months ago

"Anyone that has a real appreciation for history and sympathy for the terrible loss of life that occurred during the American Civil war should be aghast at the trivialization that takes place when some ignorant coach invokes those events to motivate his players to win a game."

I think it has more to do with Misery fans doing things like printing and wearing the shirt below.

http://www.fanhouse.com/media/2007/11/mizzoushirt07.jpg

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