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Red Raiders powerless against Morris twins, KU

Tech coach says twins in particular had an answer for his every move

Kansas’ Mario Little, right, and Thomas Robinson fight Texas Tech’s David Tairu for a possession on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas’ Mario Little, right, and Thomas Robinson fight Texas Tech’s David Tairu for a possession on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.

February 2, 2011

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— It took Texas Tech coach Pat Knight all of 47 seconds to realize his defensive plan against Kansas University forward Marcus Morris wasn’t going to work.

After watching Morris hit his team’s first two shots — both in the lane — Knight screamed during defensive possession three to start double-teaming the post.

Problem was, even the switch didn’t shut down KU’s frontcourt in an 88-66 victory on Tuesday night at United Spirit Arena.

“They made some tough shots when we doubled,” Knight said. “So now, ‘Hey, let’s play zone.’ Now, they hit some threes. I couldn’t do anything else. I can’t throw anything out on the floor or anything like that.”

Barring a chair toss — his father, Bob, might have been proud — Pat Knight said there were few things the Red Raiders could have done to slow down the Jayhawks.

KU made six of its first seven shots to take an early 13-4 advantage.

Knight said the beginning of the Jayhawks’ first half was as good of a start as he’s seen.

“They got rolling there,” Knight said. “I mean, they were just on fire.

“Really, the game was pretty much over after the first five minutes.”

Morris paced KU early, scoring 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first 13 minutes.

“We were trying to double him, but he was just making his moves too quick,” TTU guard John Roberson said. “We really couldn’t get there in time.”

Markieff Morris also made his first four shots, which included two dunks and a three-pointer.

“They don’t even need uniforms. They’re both the same player,” Knight said of the Morris twins. “It doesn’t matter. It got to the point where, ‘Hey, whichever one goes down low, you take him.’ It doesn’t matter, because they both can do the same things.”

Knight said KU was harder to guard this year than past seasons because of the twins’ versatility.

With former Kansas player Cole Aldrich, the coach said he at least knew that the center would always be on the block.

The Morris twins, though, can screen and go to the block, or they can also screen and fade out for a perimeter shot.

Knight also has seen growth from the brothers.

“There’s none of that B.S. with them, talking trash,” Knight said. “They just go out and perform. (KU coach) Bill (Self) has done a good job with those guys. Boy, they’re tough.”

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