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Well adjusted: Tyshawn Taylor comfortable with Josh Selby now

Coach Bill Self, far left, and players on the Kansas University bench get up in anticipation as the Jayhawks try to break 100 points against UMKC. The Jayhawks just missed, settling for a 99-52 victory Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Coach Bill Self, far left, and players on the Kansas University bench get up in anticipation as the Jayhawks try to break 100 points against UMKC. The Jayhawks just missed, settling for a 99-52 victory Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 6, 2011



Kansas players Tyshawn Taylor and Travis Releford address the media after beating UMKC Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 99-52 victory over UMKC on Jan. 5, 2011.

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It took Tyshawn Taylor 2 1/2 weeks — four games — to adjust fully to freshman sensation Josh Selby’s presence in Kansas University’s basketball lineup.

“I think it was (adjustment) for all of us, throwing a new player in after nine games. Even though he’d been practicing with us, he’d been on the second team a lot. I’d not been playing with him too much,” junior combo guard Taylor said after collecting 15 points and seven assists against no turnovers in the Jayhawks’ 99-52 rout of UMKC on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

In four games since Selby’s season debut against USC, Taylor had scored just 21 points off 8-of-22 shooting and committed 15 turnovers against 13 assists.

“I love playing with Josh. I think he’s perfect for our offense. He makes plays for himself and others. I think he’s perfect,” Taylor added.

Combo guard Selby had 16 points with seven assists against three turnovers on a night KU had six players score in double figures. The Jayhawks also forced 26 turnovers, thanks in large part to an effective 1-2-2 fullcourt press.

“The defenses have been playing us kind of weird. They’ve been sagging in a lot to help on the twins. The shots have been there, but I haven’t been taking them. I feel I have to start taking them and being more aggressive. I think I did that today,” Taylor said.

Taylor hit four of nine shots (one of three threes) and six of seven free throws.

He said he had a blast running the press.

“I like it. I think all of us like it. We can cheat and do things like that,” Taylor said, adding, “it helps slow the other team down. They’ve got to throw the ball back and forth. It’s been good for us.”

KU coach Bill Self liked Taylor’s play — “He was good, shot the ball well, was active defensively” — as well as the press.

“I think against certain teams it shortens the clock so they can’t run their stuff the entire 35 (seconds),” Self said. “We got quite a few steals off our press and turnovers today.”

Tyrel Reed (11 points, 3-for-4 from three) and Selby had five and four steals respectively on a night KU totaled 18 thefts to UMKC’s two. The Kangaroos had just four assists to KU’s 26.

Quick guards Taylor, Selby and Elijah Johnson (13 points) played several minutes together.

“I don’t know if that’s our best or most athletic team,” Self said. “We could make a strong case it is. Our best teams, I’ve played three little guards. It doesn’t matter to me, if one (of them) is tough enough to defend a three (small forward).”

The Jayhawks had several highlight-reel dunks.

KU led, 52-24, at the break and outscored UMKC, 47-28, the second half. Johnson missed a couple of late dunks preventing KU from winning the second half by 20 points, which was the goal during a season the Jayhawks have had trouble putting some teams away.

“Elijah will hear about it when we’re running tomorrow. He’s heard about it from us already,” Taylor said, laughing.

Johnson had a quick quip: “It’s kind of hard to do math when you are on the floor,” he said. “It’s hard to do math when we are running the floor and playing in a college basketball game.”

The laughs are over for a while.

KU travels to Big Ten school Michigan for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff Sunday, then opens Big 12 play at surprising Iowa State at 8 p.m. Wednesday.


Thats_messed_up 7 years, 3 months ago

Congrats KU on your BIG win over powerhouse UMKC. You can add that to your other BIG wins over Texas Arlington, A&M Corpus Christie, North Texas, Valparaiso, Longwood, Emporia State, and Washburn. Bill Snyder's got nothing on you Self in non-con scheduling! Too bad you're too CHICKEN to play little 'ole Wichita State just down the road. They ARE Division 1, but you don't want anyone to know that. Your snobby fans will say they are just a Missouri Valley team, but isn't that the conference who regularly knocks you out of the tournament? Bradley and Northern Iowa come to mind. Wichita State plays in front of sold out crowds every game but you're too CHICKEN to play them. I guess maybe if you could get 10 games in Allen Fieldhouse with your refs then maybe you'd have the guts to play one game with WSU at a neutral site-probably Kansas City would be your idea of neutral. No that won't happen. Keep playing your Fort Hays States and puffing your chests out. PS I love they way you guys desperately try to score one more bucket on UMKC with less than 20 seconds left up by 43. CHICKENS

Armen Kurdian 7 years, 3 months ago

Is this where the KU fans are supposed to get angry & indignant? At least as how you want it? Would that make you so happy to feel that you said something you want us to react to? OK, I'll react.

WAAAHHH!!!! You're so right! We suck so bad!!! Boo hoo hoo...everything I know is wrong! <<>> It's just awful! Our sound play and perfect record against USC, Cal, Memphis & other teams are no match for your miserable failure of an inflammatory comment! Whatever shall we do, KU fans? Whatever shall we do??

fabian_zimbabwe 7 years, 3 months ago

LOL! Nice post, jhawks1510. Classic!

Yep, you gotta love jealous trolls.

TopJayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes you are messed up. And I think their is a big mess in your britches.

amesn 7 years, 3 months ago

Really?? Wow...I guess we embarrass all the other colleges in the state of kansas why not play WSU and do the same! Bring it! We decided to boost our non-con schedule a bit next year but I guess WSU didn't come to mind as much as Duke, Kentucky, and UNC...shame shame.

Martin Shupert 7 years, 3 months ago

Shame? Please amesn, learn something before you write. Helping in state programs has been a part of KU basketball for a long time. The idea that we humiliated them is absurd. The players know who they're playing. Having a chance to go up against us in Allen Fieldhouse is something they will all talk about 50 years from now. Plus, the revenue, which stays in state, is a huge part of the deal. These programs can afford to upgrade their facilities and support other sports as a direct result of playing us. Shame? Your ignorance is showing.

jonas_opines 7 years, 3 months ago

K-State should probably feel a little shame at their W/L record at their home court.

amesn 7 years, 3 months ago

Ok so "humiliated" may have been the wrong word that better? And please Marty, don't get your panties up in such a tight bunch, I was merely going with the trash talking flow! Sheesh...chill! I wish we would play an annual game against WSU and I am uncertain as to why we don't! I think you overreacted a bit to my choice of wording, just as I did to someone talking with waaaaay more ignorance than I (the first poster on this article). Just defending my hawks! Rock Chalk!

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