Luke Winn on KU's Guard Play

Luke Winn, columnist for SI, lauds the Jayhawk's lock-down perimeter D:

What everyone remembers most from the Jayhawks' stunning, 16-point comeback to beat Oklahoma 59-58 on Super Bowl Sunday are the clutch buckets -- the Brandon Rush 3s that kick-started the rally and the Mario Chalmers floater that dropped with 20 seconds left to claim the lead. What's easily forgotten is that KU managed to hold the Sooners to nine points in the final 9:30. The Jayhawks' resurgence -- from a 3-4 team in early December to a 15-6 squad in early February that leads the nation in defensive field goal percentage (at .358 through Jan. 30) -- has been founded on the strong backcourt D of freshmen Chalmers and Rush and sophomore Russell Robinson. The duty of checking opposing star guards generally falls on Robinson, with an occasional assist from Rush (he shut down OU's Terrell Everett in the final four minutes on Sunday), while Chalmers is leading the nation in steal percentage by creating turnovers on 6.2 percent of his defensive possessions. "We feed off of each other," says Robinson of Chalmers, his partner in crime, "and he gets a lot of my steals."

 I couldn't agree more.

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