LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris each had double-doubles and Kansas (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) romped past Valparaiso 79-44 Monday night for the Jayhawks' 61st consecutive home victory.
Kansas can tie its school record for consecutive wins at home on Friday night against North Texas.Marcus Morris, one inch shorter than his 6-foot-10 sibling, had 11 rebounds and 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Jayhawks (2-0), who have launched their season with a pair of lopsided victories.Markieff Morris, who had a double-double against Longwood in the season opener, added 12 points and 13 rebounds.Valparaiso (1-1), picked fourth in the Horizon League, had one lead -- at 2-1. Cory Johnson and Kevin Van Wijk each had 10 points for the Crusaders and Brandon Wood had nine.Tyrel Reed scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, and Mario Little added seven in a 27-10 first-half run that put the Jayhawks firmly in control.After Howard Little -- Mario's cousin -- made a bucket to draw the Crusaders to 14-11, Reed drilled the Jayhawks fifth 3-pointer, Little blocked a shot and Travis Releford converted on the other end.Two straight buckets by 6-9 Thomas Robinson gave the Jayhawks a 23-14 lead, then Robinson scored again and Reed drained another from behind the arc. Tyshawn Taylor stole a Crusaders pass and fed Reed, who was fouled by James Harris and sank a pair of free throws for a 30-17 lead that went to 32-17 on another bucket by Little.Marcus Morris' bucket sent the defending Big 12 champions into halftime with a 44-27 lead that climbed to 69-42 on consecutive buckets by Marcus, Markieff and Taylor.Casting a shadow over the Jayhawks' two lopsided season-opening wins is the uncertainty surrounding freshman point guard Josh Selby, who again sat on the bench in street clothes. The No. 1 recruit in the nation, Selby is awaiting clearance by the NCAA over amateurisn issues. Kansas officials continue to say a decision is expected any time, and they believe he will get the green light.In the meantime, Taylor is handling most of the point guard duties, with sophomore Elijah Johnson benched for unspecified disciplinary reasons. The 6-3 junior, who had 10 assists in a victory over Longwood last Friday, had five assists and eight points.Reed had 11 points and Little had nine for Kansas, which outrebounded the Crusaders 47-33.