SAN ANTONIO -- The Southwest Region final was a strange game for the Morris twins, although it ended with their being absolved of being buttholes.
Hey, that's not my word. That comes from VCU senior Jamie Skeen, who uttered one of the more improbable quotes I've ever heard when he was asked after the game -- he had 26 points and 10 rebounds -- about Marcus and Markieff Morris.
"I'd like to start off by saying that both of those guys are really good," Skeen said. "They're NBA talent, as everybody already knows. I respect both of them. I came in the game thinking that they were not so cool on the court and I thought they were some buttholes on the court -- that's what everybody told me, at least -- but when I got on the court I found out they were really cool."
Glad that's cleared up. As for the Morris' future, that remains murky. Markieff was asked afterward if he and his brother would enter the 2011 NBA draft as juniors, and he didn't say no.
"I have to sit down and talk to my coaches and family about my future and my brother's future," Markieff said. "Whatever happens, it will be the best decision."
Sunday was a mixed bag for both brothers. They showed they can produce, combining for 33 points and 28 rebounds, but the VCU frontcourt is small. Skeen is the biggest regular, and he's not as big as his listed 6-foot-9. The most shocking statistic was the number eight: Marcus had that many offensive rebounds, and Markieff had that many turnovers.
Other than Tyshawn Taylor (14 points on nine shots, plus three assists), the twins were Kansas' most effective players by far. Starting guards Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed were a combined 2 of 16 from the floor, and 1 of 10 on 3-pointers. Thomas Robinson, the sixth man who had a brutish double-double in the Sweet 16 against Richmond, was scoreless in six foul-plagued minutes.
"Sometimes in sports the harder you try the worse you play," Self said. "Our guys tried hard. This is one of those games where I think they tried really hard and obviously care so much and it may have taken away from our performance because, you know, the [shots] didn't go in -- and the harder they tried to go get the rebound and put it up, it just didn't go in again."