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Tyshawn Taylor shoulders blame for KU basketball’s loss to K-State

A frustrated Tyshawn Taylor reacts after fouling Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen during the second half on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Bramlage Coliseum.

A frustrated Tyshawn Taylor reacts after fouling Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen during the second half on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Bramlage Coliseum.

February 18, 2011

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Bill Self weekly press conference, Feb. 17, 2011

Kansas head coach Bill Self discussed the "contact above the shoulders" rule and said that he would not call the reputation the Morris twins may be getting "unfair" at his weekly press conference Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University junior point guard Tyshawn Taylor cringed Wednesday as he watched the film of Monday’s 84-68 blowout loss at Kansas State.

“I’ve played a lot of bad games in my career here so far. That’s probably one of the worst, on both ends of the court,” said Taylor, who committed six turnovers against one assist on a night he scored eight points.

“I was not tuned in. I was not focused on guarding my man (Jacob Pullen, who scored 38 points). I wasn’t getting my team into offense. I played real bad. I (stunk). Everybody who watched that game will tell you that,” he added.

He gave himself quite a scolding Thursday in front of the media.

“I was really rattled,” Taylor said. “The crowd was into it. It was one of those games I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know what to do right now.’ I know all of us played our part in losing, but I think if I’d played a better game, we had a better chance.

“I messed that up. I want to come back out and work hard. I feel I owe my team a little bit.”

KU’s other two junior starters — the Morris twins — also faulted themselves in responding to questions for the first time about the KSU game.

Markieff Morris (three points, no rebounds) was called for his second intentional foul in three games. He’s remorseful about that.

“Once you watch the film and see the things you do, you say, ‘That’s not me. Why did I do that?’ I need to make better decisions,” Markieff said of clipping Jacob Pullen in the face while setting a screen.

“We (twins) are supposed to be leaders of this team and set examples for younger players. By doing that, it’s not a good look for our program.”

Marcus Morris earlier this season was ejected for committing a flagrant foul at Cal-Berkeley and also was whistled for a technical foul at Nebraska.

“We can play without talking to the refs. Me and Marcus are emotional players,” Markieff said. “Everybody doesn’t realize we are into the game so much. When we feel we are being taken out of the game, we get that attitude. We’ve definitely got to change it. We definitely will change it.”

Marcus had some bad body language at times during the KSU game, during which he scored 13 points with three rebounds and four turnovers.

“That’s people’s opinions. Sometimes they like us. Sometimes they don’t,” Marcus said of those who have criticized the twins’ behavior on the court.

“It’s definitely our fault giving that vibe to people, showing such emotion in a game, but I think that’s how we are as players. It’s the only way we feel we can come off the court — by getting fouls and stuff like that — so it’s frustrating at times. We show emotion. It’s a sign of immaturity. We are leaders of the team, and we can’t act that way.”

Marcus Morris addressed one of his recent Twitter posts that said: “I see how it is. When the grass is cut the snakes will show. F.O.E (Family Over Everything) it’s us against the world in my eyes.”

“I think a lot of people took it the wrong way. It was never focused on our fans,” Marcus Morris said. “As I said on Twitter afterward, we have the best fans in the country. I think people thought I was talking about them. I wasn’t talking about fans, just about a lot of people. It’s stuff we have to move past. It’s one game. We’re 24-2. We still don’t have a bad record. The season is far from over.”

Taylor said there has been no players-only meeting this week, but several individual players spoke during the film session Wednesday.

“Coach (Bill Self) welcomes our input. We all want to do what it takes to get better,” Taylor said. “We saw so many dumb plays we all made. Once we focus in, we can be a good defensive team. It starts with me. I’m pressuring the ball all the time. I have to be more intense defensively.”

Self did have a one-on-two meeting with the twins.

“We met with them. They have to do some serious things. The things that have transpired in games have hurt their team. Are they going to be willing to modify, change — and (they) don’t have to change much — but do the things to make sure these things don’t happen again? I thought we’d addressed it. We didn’t execute it in a way I’d hoped. Hopefully from this point forward they will,” Self said.

No. 1 boast revisited

Self was asked if, in retrospect, it was smart for Marcus Morris to speak about wanting the Jayhawks to be No. 1 in the polls after last Saturday’s rout of Iowa State.

“Why would you go public and say something if somebody could ever throw it back at you? Why would you do those things? That’s what I’m talking about — focus,” Self said.

“It was all from an ego standpoint: ‘We did this and have earned it.’ Now we’re going to do something totally out of character of what we believe in. We don’t believe in doing that. That’s a very small example of us not being quite as focused as we should. Why would we make a statement like that? Not that it was awful. Not that it was good. Why don’t you let your play do all your talking? That’s how I believe and that’s how we’re going to be.

“It wasn’t an issue of why we lost. It was an example of a plethora of things that occurred that maybe didn’t allow us to be our best that night.”

Next up

Self on the Jayhawks (24-2, 9-2), who meet Colorado (16-10, 5-6) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“We are 24-2. I mean, regardless of what some people might think, the sky is not falling. The reality is that things have to be addressed. I think we have a perfect opportunity to address them,” Self said.

“If you told us before the season we’d be 24-2, we’d be pretty excited probably after losing what we lost last year. The thing about these guys, and we’ve had other teams like this, they frustrate you because they spoil you. You see what they can do when they are really good, and then it’s frustrating when we are not that good at other times.”

Injuries

Self said Josh Selby (stress reaction right foot) is about “80, 85 percent. There’s nothing to keep him from playing unless he re-injures it. It’s February. That’s the whole deal. Everybody is nicked up now,” Self said. He said he had no plan as to how many minutes Selby would play Saturday.

Thomas Robinson, who had surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus, will have his sutures removed today. “I anticipate Thomas practicing pretty soon,” Self said.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 10 months ago

"When we feel we are being taken out of the game, we get that attitude. We’ve definitely got to change it."

Like my wife, these guys make up their own rules as the game goes on. Thoughtlessness is the recipe for disaster. Hotheads dig their own grave. Might as well give 'em a bottle.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

At this level, playing with emotion is essential. But a player needs to learn how to direct that emotion.

Tyrel Reed likely plays with a lot of emotion. But he doesn't let it take over his actions. There are many other players on KU's team who know how to play with emotion without getting out of control. The Morris twins need to learn from them.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm having to guess at what you meant by that, but have you ever watched an NBA game?

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 10 months ago

I have to question whether this team has the intestinal fortitude and wherewithal to stay focused every game.

TheYetiSpeaks 3 years, 10 months ago

Sadly, I think this team doesn't have the poise or competitive fire to take a couple good shots from a good team and fight back. This doesn't bode well for the tournament considering they will most likely find themselves down at some point of 6 games in a row against good competition. I think this team stops at the Elite 8.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

Every team has emotional highs and lows, good games and bad games. This team is no exception.

The NCAA tournament doesn't really determine the "best team." It determines which of the (now) 68 teams is at least just a little better (and/or luckier) than each of the 6 (or 7) teams it will play over the three weeks of the tournament.

This team is perfectly capable of being that team. But there are probably 15-20 other teams in the country that are nearly as capable of winning it all.

We'll know which one puts it all together in a few weeks.

martyks 3 years, 10 months ago

I think the idea of playing with emotion is the wrong way to look at this. There are good emotions and there are horrible ones. Playing with anger or frustration or being whiny is NOT a good thing! Playing with passion IS what we need to see.

I'm glad Taylor took the blame. After throwing everyone under the bus during the game with his body language and mouth, it was way over due. It wasn't only his lack of hustle or his unforced errors or his lack of composure or his complete inability to guard Pullen, or his lack of commitment to running the offense. (and that list is pretty overwhelming). It was the fact that he badgered nearly everyone on the team after he made a turnover. It was ugly.

However, if he is of the mindset that the fault of the loss was his, and he owes his teammates something, that is a HUGE step forward for the man, and I look forward to seeing the change. I'm glad to see he owns up to it. There were others who also needed to own up, but these comments from him really show the maturity that this team needs.

The twins do need to just play. I still see no malice in the Pullen foul. I thought Pullen was trying to sneak through an area that just wasn't there and our guy was simply trying to close the door tighter. Pullen runs into him. There was no swing, no elbow, nothing except a prior history. Reed was knocked silly later in the game and no one rushed to the monitors. I think the only time the twins need to talk to the refs is just before the beginning of the game to let them know they are trying to learn from their past and play the game the way it should be played... show a little respect and humility and go from there.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

Taylor didn't play well in that game. But the loss was hardly his fault alone. It's a mistake for him to take all the blame on himself-- that's more likely to just get him down on himself than to lead to his making the necessary corrections.

Prairielander 3 years, 10 months ago

I think Coach needs to cut-off these Twitter accounts.

crimsonwithblue22 3 years, 10 months ago

Perfect reactions, perfect quotes. Now, if they truly buy-in to their statements and go forward each day to improve on their "faults", this team will finish the season in fantastic fashion. That doesn't necessarily mean national championship, but it will mean giving ourselves a chance and not losing a game because of mental weaknesses.

sr80 3 years, 10 months ago

WOW !!! when did they start having 5 against 1 basketball,i could of swore i saw what looked like other jayhawk players on the court,guess i was mistaken!!!!

Bladerunner 3 years, 10 months ago

Why not blame it on Pullen and the other Wildcats. They played an incredible game!

amesn 3 years, 10 months ago

Ty had a bad game Monday-he fully admits that by saying "I sucked". Tyshawn still marks a positive assist to TO ratio at least 80% of the time. He is not a huge bucket maker himself, but can be found dishing a pass under pressure to someone who does. I admit, I find myself doing a facepalm or cussing at the tv after some of Tyshawn's mistakes, but I still truly believe he exists on this team as a Russell Robinson type of role. Other than Monday night, Tyshawn has been known to play some pretty good pressure defense. Judge his play for the entire season, not just one or two less than stellar performances. I also believe people are reading Tyshawn's body language incorrectly-I am pretty sure he is upset with himself not a team mate after a poor play. I love how people assume they know exactly what someone is thinking just by a certain movement or twitch!

Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

I doubt the outcome of the game would have been different had TT played better, but the score certainly would have been closer. Kudos to TT for having the guts to man up publicly There's a lot of ego involved in national caliber basketball and making public comments is a lot harder than simply standing up and speaking some words.

The proof will be in the pudding of the next few games. Good luck TT and men.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 10 months ago

The problem is TT always says stuff like this. This is hardly the first time he has done the coach speak. They are trained to say this so really don't feel it means much.

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