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Three things KU can improve to win Big 12 Tournament

1. Play the guys who are playing well, regardless of reputation: If Sherron Collins is off his game, which has been a pretty frequent occurrence during the last month, KU coach Bill Self shouldn’t hesitate to play Tyshawn Taylor with Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed as he did at times on Saturday at Missouri. When Collins is at his best, there’s nobody on the team who can impact the game like he can, but if he’s not feeling it, there’s no reason to keep him in the game and wait for him to get going.

2. Ride Marcus Morris. Morris has become the Jayhawks’ most dependable offensive option. He can score the ball by shooting a jumper or driving into the lane, he can score by cleaning up offensive rebounds and he also just happens to be one of the best passers on the team. Particularly against a zone, Morris is irreplaceable.

3. Stop playing to the situation. Can Kansas go on to accomplish the rest of its goals by playing its best only when it feels challenged? The Jayhawks have been a team defined by their ability to create a run when they need one. The Big 12 Tournament, with a first-round matchup against Colorado or Texas Tech, would be a good opportunity for Kansas to play 40 strong minutes and bury an inferior opponent.