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Taylor active for KU's final home game

Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:54 am
Tyshawn Taylor could be playing his last home game at Allen Field House.

Posted by Eric Angevine

I actually try really hard not to be cynical about these things, but is it a coincidence that Bill Self has opted to get Tyshawn Taylor off the bench and back into uniform in time for tonight's visit from Texas A&M? As KU's final home stand of the year, the game will be a showcase for Bill Self's seniors. Tradition dictates that Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Mario Little will get at least a token start, though each of the three has started on his own merits in the past.

Taylor is a junior, but there has been some talk in the past of his jumping to the pros before his senior season. His reputation for off-court shenanigans (though this latest may actually have occurred more or less on the court, in a perverse sort of way) may make that a pretty dicey situation, though. Nonetheless, this could, conceivably, be the final home game for Taylor and fellow junior Marcus Morris..

Taylor won't start, but he will likely play some. That could be part sentimental, as outlined above. It could, in my more cynical heart, also mean that Bill Self wants every weapon in the quiver as he finishes out his quest for an unprecedented seventh straight Big 12 title and a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Playing A&M at home will make that task difficult enough, but a season-ending game at high-pressure Missouri will make Taylor's speedy presence even more crucial.

Since tonight is Senior Night at KU, the true resolution of the Kansas point guard drama will likely be suspended. Normal rules of starting and substitution do not apply on the most emotional of nights in Allen Field House.

In all likelihood, we won't see this team's true postseason lineup until Saturday, when Bill Self will honestly have to juggle Elijah Johnson, Taylor, and Morningstar in his season finale.

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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:36 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game

jhawk613-As a die hard KU fan football and basketball both, I find this funny more that anything else. Its not like he robbed someone-he had "relations" with a girl at the most historic college basketball arena-all I can say is sweet.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:20 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game

If the allegations are true about Taylor fornicating with Women's BBall player, Eric Angevine seems to think this is deserving of an indefinite suspension.

I understand why people are cynical when Urban Meyer suspends a star player for 1 quarter of play for gauging/spitting in an opponents eye, but are we seriously supposed to throw a fit that Bill Self is letting him come back?

Bill Self kicked JR Giddens off the team, CJ Giles off the team. He has put many others in the doghouse including Taylor before. I think some journalists and opposing fans want to see players banished from the sport and anything less than that is unacceptable.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:50 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game

He got suspended cause He got nailing a KU WOMANs Basketball player at allen field house. LOl I think its funny as hell-not going to hate on him for getting his freak on.


Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:41 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game

I heard that a KSU spit on him or got in his face and he punched him in the face.  I wasn't a huge Tyshawn Turnover Taylor fan to begin with, but you have to hold your own when in the small apple.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:13 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game

The rumors I have heard are that Taylor was out past curfew with a girl. Does anyone seriously believe that this action is worthy of more than a 2 game suspension? Get serious. I am shocked he was out that long. The VAST majority of schools probably wouldn't even suspend a player for that same offense, but Self took advantage of the timing of it to try to get Taylor a little more focused.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:12 pm

Taylor active for KU's final home game


Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:57 am

Taylor active for KU's final home game

Angevine, did you watch Kansas the last two games without Taylor? Johnson played far more controlled than Taylor has all year. Taylor coming back now is a result of a 2 game suspension for being out past curfew and maybe bumping uglies with one of the female basketball players (all rumor), hardly worth more than a 2 game suspension.

Taylor is wild, and lacks focus and that COULD actually play to the teams detriment against more defensive minded teams like A&M and Missouri so it is unlikely that Coach Self re-instated him specifically for A&M and Mizzou, especially since Coach Self was quoted as saying:

“It doesn’t matter if we bring Tyshawn back or not. Elijah has earned that right (to be first guard off bench),” Self said, noting Johnson would be starting point guard if the NCAA Tournament started today. “I like Tyshawn and his game and a lot of things, but we played pretty well when he didn’t play. It’s not something I feel we have to change what we’re doing.”

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