Robinson Remains Modest After Career Night

Dec. 30, 2010


Making his first start of the 2010-11 season, sophomore Thomas Robinson grabbed an offensive rebound after a missed three-pointer by freshman Josh Selby and emphatically dunked the ball with two hands for Kansas’ opening basket against UT Arlington Wednesday night. Robinson’s night only got better from there, as he posted a career-high 20 points and tied his season high with 10 rebounds to register his third career double-double in KU’s 82-57 victory over the Mavericks.

Three different Jayhawks -sophomore Elijah Johnson, Selby and Robinson – made their first start of the season against UT Arlington. Kansas head coach Bill Self chose to start Robinson in place of junior Marcus Morris for KU’s final game of the 2010 calendar year, pointing out that Robinson had been the best big man for the Jayhawks recently.

“Thomas is, without question, our best post guy right now,” said Self. “That has been very evident the last three or four games. He deserves to be out there. He has certainly outplayed everybody else right now. At halftime Thomas had five offensive rebounds and the rest of our team had two.”

Robinson, whose previous best scoring game as a Jayhawk was 16 points against Longwood, remained modest following his career night, downplaying his big offensive numbers. Knowing he was taking Marcus Morris’ starting spot, Robinson said he wanted to match the production that KU typically receives from the Preseason All-Big 12 First Teamer.

“The career high is cool, but it’s just another step in the season,” said Robinson, who has scored double-digits in six of Kansas’ 12 games this year. “I’m not thinking too much of it. I’m just worrying about the next game. We have a good team so whether Marcus comes off the bench or if I come off the bench, I feel like it is going to be the same result. I just keep doing what coach asks of me.”

Robinson opened the second half by scoring KU’s first seven points, including a powerful one-handed dunk that helped spark a 15-2 run by the Jayhawks to turn a five-point game, 40-35, into a 55-37 lead with 12:34 remaining in the game. Robinson said the team focused on executing its offense better after halftime.

“We knew we were a better team at the end of the day, so we needed to execute,” said Robinson, who shot 8-for-10 from the field, including three dunks and five layups. “If we executed our stuff, they shouldn’t have been that close.”

Kansas will return to action when it hosts Miami (Ohio) in Allen Fieldhouse Sunday at 5 p.m.