We're halfway to knowing who our national champion will be, and Kansas heads into the break with a five-point lead after scoring the half's final five points. Sherron Collins, thought by some to be headed to a fate similar to that experienced by other undersized guards who have encountered Memphis in the Tournament, has been a spark on both ends of the floor. For Memphis, Derrick Rose needs to be much more assertive on offense. One made field goal, and he's giving up his dribble much too quickly thus far. Here's a grade for each player who saw action, beginning with the starters for both teams.
G Mario Chalmers: B
Chalmers has seven points thus far, but most of his time has been spent chasing around Chris Douglas-Roberts on the other end. CDR was hot early, but has cooled down of late.
G Russell Robinson: C-
Two quick fouls for the senior guard, who was supposed to be the main man in slowing down Derrick Rose.
G Brandon Rush: B
Made a couple of shots to tally six points, but he could be the best candidate to get even more in the second half.
F Darrell Arthur: B+
Arthur has done his part in getting the Jayhawks the lead heading into the locker room. 5-8, 10 points in the first stanza.
F Darnell Jackson: B-
No field goals as of yet, but Jackson has been one of the keys in regards to Kansas' advantage in the rebounding category.
G Sherron Collins: A-
You could argue that this man has been the difference thus far, even though he's only got four points to show for it. The longer he keeps Rose from attacking the basket, the better for Bill Self's bunch.
C Sasha Kaun: B
Just like Jackson, his primary contribution has been the work on the backboards. But he does have four points to show for his effort as well.
C Cole Aldrich: incomplete thus far
G Derrick Rose: D
Is he still feeling the effect of the junk-food induced stomach ache that gave him some difficulty yesterday? If the Tigers are to pull this one out, he'd better be much more assertive on the offensive end.
G Antonio Anderson: C
Besides one three-pointer, Anderson hasn't done a whole lot to help the cause thus far. He played well against UCLA on Saturday, but his first half tonight would be manageable if Rose were producing.
G Chris Douglas-Roberts: B+
CDR was Memphis' best offensive option in the first half, going for thirteen points. But he cooled off after a 5-7 start from the field.
F Robert Dozier: C-
Two quick fouls for Dozier sent him to the bench, but at least he didn't pick up number three.
F Joey Dorsey: B
They went inside to him early, scoring the game's first points. And he didn't pick up his second until 2:31 left in the half. All in all a decent twenty minutes for Mr. Dorsey, but he needs some help on the glass.
F Shawn Taggart: C-
0-4 from the field and two quick fouls...not a good first half for Taggart.
G Doneal Mack: incomplete (0-1 from the field in limited time)
G Willie Kemp: incomplete (not much PT, no shot attempts)