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Tyshawn Taylor tries to shoulder blame

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor hangs his head after the loss to Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor hangs his head after the loss to Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Mizzou Arena.

February 5, 2012

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 74-71 loss to Missouri on Feb. 4, 2012.

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— The other guys score the last 11 points of the game and beat your guys, and you want to scream at somebody. That’s understandable.

But when it’s Tyshawn Taylor you want to scream at, that’s where it gets a whole lot tougher to comprehend.

Taylor aimed enough anger in his own direction after he stumbled to the finish line in Kansas University’s 74-71 loss to Missouri in amped-up Mizzou Arena. He doesn’t need any backup singers piling on.

“I feel like I cost us the game, and that’s a sucky feeling,” Taylor said.

That’s a little harsh from a guy who without question was the best player in the game in the first half, a guy who scored 21 points, made nine of 15 field goals, knocked down a pair of three-pointers and defended Missouri point guard Phil Pressey so well that he had more turnovers (three) than points (two).

A selfish player might have taken his 17 points into the second half and tried to see how many he could score. Taylor took a smarter path, fed teammate Thomas Robinson and watched him carry Kansas to a big lead, and then Taylor scored what to that point was the team’s biggest bucket.

Taylor freed himself with one of his too-quick-to-see moves on a baseline drive punctuated with a dunk that put Kansas up, 71-63, with 3:24 left. After that, Missouri couldn’t do much wrong, Taylor and his teammates couldn’t do much right, and the arena that was loud from wire to wire took on disco-like volume. And no disco party is complete without a couple of impossible-to-ignore whistles. Those went the way of the hosts in the waning moment.

Missouri scored the game’s final 11 points in the final 2:04, and Taylor and Robinson, who had played so well, faded as the lead vanished.

Taylor played no small part in the meltdown, which left him thinking he had cost his team the game.

With Kansas up two and 1:15 left, Taylor lost his dribble and turned it over. With 42 seconds left and Kansas trailing by a point, he missed a pair of free throws, and it was difficult to see that and not think for a quick second about Christian Moody, no matter how hard you might have tried to think about anyone but him.

With 10 seconds left, Taylor drove into the lane, put up a shot and was called for a charge after making contact with Michael Dixon. That call could be termed questionable. That term did not fit a bigger whistle that went against Robinson, which was better termed unquestionably bad.

Robinson made a bucket that would have put Kansas up seven with 1:43 left. Steve Moore — don’t be surprised to see him at the Oscars accepting a trophy for the best flop of the 2011-2012 college basketball season — willed himself onto the floor. The ref bit, nullified the bucket and tagged Robinson with a charge.

After the loss, KU coach Bill Self must have been torn, not knowing whether to hug or slug his players. For so much of the game they played such inspired, driven, poised basketball. Yet, because they were bludgeoned at the end of both halves, they had nothing but a loss to show for it and in the process moved from sole possession of first place in the Big 12 into a three-way tie with Missouri and Baylor.

Combine the final 4:08 of the first half with the final 2:04 of the second, and in that 6:12, Missouri outscored Kansas, 22-2. In the other 33:48, the score was Kansas 69, Missouri 52.

“We’ve just got to bounce back,” Taylor said after pointing the finger of blame at the mirror. “We’ve got another tough one coming up Wednesday night.”

Baylor in Waco certainly defines a tough game.

The vocal minority upset with Taylor not carrying the Jayhawks to the finish line Saturday might watch the Baylor game waiting for him to make a mistake. His coach, the only voice that matters to the guard in the midst of a terrific senior year, will expect him to carry the team to victory.

“He’s damn good,” Self said, then repeated himself more slowly to emphasize just how much he meant what he said. “He is damn good. And he played so well the first half and kept us in the game. The second half, he just didn’t make good decisions down the stretch. But I’ll put the ball in his hands any day.”

And doing that will make every opposing coach sweat a little harder.

Comments

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 2 months ago

Several players gooned something up that would have made a difference. Don't forget Young's lane violation in the first half that cost us one free throw, that point would have meant we were tied after Mizzou's final trey. T-Rob driving the lane when he should have kicked it out and killed some clock, Taylor's turnover, Johnson hesitating on the last shot, coaching decisions, no one single player or individual can shoulder all the blame. We just didn't finish as a team and Mizzou did.

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amesn 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh Stevieboy...that was really funny..except that it made no sense to throw Thomas's name into a discussion about TYSHAWN and not to mention Rock Choke was never all that clever and repeating it after you've heard your beer bong buddies say it hundreds of times..well..that's..just...lame...

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stevieboy 2 years, 2 months ago

Every one knew Turnover Thomas would cost kU a game...another Rock Choke performance...lol....emaw!

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rgh 2 years, 2 months ago

I for one was blasting Tyshawn early in the year but lately he's been a real man! The entire team folded not Tyshawn. The charge on T-Rob hurt but Misery made shots and we didn't. We can't let them win in Lawrence though. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

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Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 2 months ago

Tyshawn, if you read these posts at all, you played an unbelievable game. Things didn't work out in the end, but your play was fantastic, and if you continue to play this way, things are going to work out.

No blaming the refs either. Accepting a loss makes you human and ready to play the next game. There are much bigger games ahead, so this is a small setback. We all have faith in your ability. Keep up the great work!

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 2 months ago

The last shot---who was open on the wing, while everybody was "huddled' in the middle??

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dwheidrick 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree...no blame to Taylor. All the blame goes to the refs. The refs were terrible all game, but that call at the end was inexcusable. That call turned everything around for us. Such a shame that a great game could end like it did.

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jiminycricket 2 years, 2 months ago

Very disappointing, to have played so well and lose the game because of two factors.

The ref.. who made the call on T-Rob.

More importantly, to have to live or die based on Tyshawn.

The bigger picture here is that the team needs to believe that the best player on team is any player that's on the floor. The diappointing part of this game was that the team played really well and it should have been the team that cost them game not a single player, no matter if that player is potentially the most talented.player on team. The mind set from the fans, coaches, and players has to be retooled to think that any player on the floor can be the "man" at crunch time.

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CardHawkFan 2 years, 2 months ago

If you put in terms of points, negating a possible and-1 situation for TRob, that player control foul was at least a five-point swing and possibly six. Listen, MU did make plays down the stretch to take advantage, but they aren't in that position without that call. Tyshawn, been a Jayhawk fan longer than you have been alive and I have never lost faith in you. I am proud that you play for our great university. Keep your head up. They still have to come to Lawrence! Let's rock the house in Waco first.

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CardHawkFan 2 years, 2 months ago

If you put in terms of points, negating a possible and-1 situation for TRob, that player control foul was at least a five-point swing and possibly six. Listen, MU did make plays down the stretch to take advantage, but they aren't in that position without that call. Tyshawn, been a Jayhawk fan longer than you have been alive and I have never lost faith in you. I am proud that you play for our great university. Keep your head up. They still have to come to Lawrence! Let's rock the house in Waco first.

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bootlegger 2 years, 2 months ago

Missouri did it; they beat KU on the football field and the basketball court.........

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James Minor 2 years, 2 months ago

KU played a good game. Unfortunately, Missouri had a late surge. Tyshawn shouldn't blame himself. It looked like Missouri was expecting TRob or Tyshawn to take the shot. Hopefully, KU will work on having more players be able to step up and take the game winning shot, if needed. It's not the end of the world and KU this year will win the Big 12, and Missouri fans will still pick their teeth with their toenails and put toe jam on their bread. We will be watiing for them just like we were almost 200 years ago to give them a good ole butt whipping when they cross the border in to Lawrence.

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theotherphogg 2 years, 2 months ago

Do you realize you would have to win 2 games a year for the next 40 years versus KU, to even get close to evening up the series? Congrats on winning your most important game ever. PS. at least the Mizzou players realize the road to the Big 12 title still comes through Lawrence. See you then.....

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bootlegger 2 years, 2 months ago

Missouri has done it; they beat KU at football and basketball.............there are no excuses; we all saw the games Missouri outplayed KU...............on the football field and basketball court.

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jaywalker 2 years, 2 months ago

That one's gonna sting for a while. Helluva game, though, and Mizzou deserves a lot of credit for battling back when it looked like we had 'em on the ropes. Just a great game, one of the best I've seen in a while.

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vegieman 2 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose, sometimes you beat yourself. I just have one question for Billy himself. Why did you play keep away from Withey? He was wide open under the rim at least 8-times, towering 6" over the defender. No one passed the rock for the freebies. Just 2 of those freebies would have won the game. Why Billy Why?

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stargazer66025 2 years, 2 months ago

MIZZOU 74- CHICKEN HAWKS 71. HaHa...NUFF SAID!!!

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newmedia 2 years, 2 months ago

No need to try and sugar coat it. We all saw it. Good luck at Baylor on Wednesday.

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Gerry Butler 2 years, 2 months ago

agreed cat. maybe not the firing, but. that had to be the worst call i've seen made ibn i don't know how long. that call right there was what turned the game FOR SURE. instead of kansas being up by seven and possibly eight some how he calls robinson for a charge? are you SERIOUS? ridiculous call. not even close even the ol blind dick vitale said at the time that it was a terrible call. mizz had no one who could stay with robinson he was a beast. after that call was made i said well christmas just came early for missouri really said to have that happen. anyways the sun still comes up today and lokking forward to the RETURN MATCH. i think we played very well for 35 minutes just have to be able to find way to close out thats all we are still ok. GO HAWKS

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought they lost because Self's peruke was disheveled.

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shotgun 2 years, 2 months ago

How about following Charles Barkley's lead and "lose like a man"!

Jayhawks lead the nation in excuses.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Missouri's a really tough team, but if not for a couple of mental errors at the end, KU should have won this game. 4 losses could still win this league, and with Missouri still needing to go through Lawrence, that gives KU the edge.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 2 months ago

"Robinson made a bucket that would have put Kansas up seven with 1:43 left. Steve Moore — don’t be surprised to see him at the Oscars accepting a trophy for the best flop of the 2011-2012 college basketball season — willed himself onto the floor. The ref bit, nullified the bucket and tagged Robinson with a charge."

That was the worst officiating call inflicted on KU all year. No official who understands the game could possibly have made it. It turned the game around. The official who made the call should be fired, period. It wasn't just the loss of the basket - it should have been an and-1 for Thomas. Really makes you wonder where they get these clowns who call themselves officials.

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grammaddy 2 years, 2 months ago

Chin up, eyes on the prize.We'll get em here.

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 2 months ago

ty you have shown so much improvement this year...no one play cost us the game (except maybe those charge calls)...keep your head up and remember, we brought that excitement to missouri, if there was no ku, there would have been no College Gameday, remember that.

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irvan moore 2 years, 2 months ago

it was a heck of a game and without him we wouldn't have been there at the end, not our day

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pigballin 2 years, 2 months ago

Self ,,you did damn bad the last few minutes. admit it for a change .

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