Archive for Friday, February 24, 2012

Tyshawn Taylor expects ‘crazy’ game

Kansas University students K.J. Hadjis, Colorado Springs, Colorado junior, left, and Tyler Betz, Montrose, Colorado sophomore get wild during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University students K.J. Hadjis, Colorado Springs, Colorado junior, left, and Tyler Betz, Montrose, Colorado sophomore get wild during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

February 24, 2012


The end is near for Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who has just two home games left to play in his college career.

Both figure to be major happenings — Saturday’s 3 p.m., clash against Missouri in what is being billed as the last game in history between the rivals in Allen Fieldhouse, and an 8 p.m., March 3, Senior Night contest against Texas.

“I think it’s definitely going to be the biggest in my four years,” Taylor said, asked if Saturday’s rematch of a 74-71 loss to the Tigers on Feb. 4 in Columbia, Mo., could be the biggest game since Allen Fieldhouse opened.

“Look at all the people we have out there (hundreds of student campers). This is the most campers we’ve had in a minute, so I think it’s gonna be crazy. I’ve been a part of probably three or four like really crazy games, and I think this is probably going to top all three or four of those,” Taylor added.

The Jayhawks are eager to make up for the game at Mizzou Arena in which KU squandered an eight-point lead late.

“We’re still kind of bitter about that,” Taylor said. “We kind of let that slip away, so we’re going to try to bounce back at home.”

KU coach Bill Self believes this has the potential to be the greatest game-day atmosphere in at least his nine seasons at KU. After all, a victory would assure KU a tie for its eighth-straight Big 12 title with two games left on the slate. What’s more, the country’s top high school prospect, Las Vegas’ Shabazz Muhammad, will be sitting behind the KU bench as part of his official recruiting visit.

“I haven’t been here that long, but this is my 10th year counting the year I was here with Larry Brown,” Self said of the 1985-86 season. “I don’t think there will be anything that compares to it. The only night I can think of that would be close to as energized would be the inaugural event, the opening of the building. I would think that would have been a special, special night when KU played K-State to open the building (March 1, 1955, when KU beat the Wildcats, 77-67).”

KU junior Jeff Withey realizes the roar before the opening tip could raise the roof.

“You can barely hear yourself think when it’s like that,” Withey said. “It’s real exciting playing in an atmosphere like that. I know it’s going to be really intimidating for the other team.”

T-Rob says he’s sorry: KU junior forward Thomas Robinson apologized for his technical foul in Wednesday’s victory over Texas A&M; on Twitter late Wednesday night.

He wrote: “Let my emotions get the best Of me tonight apologize to all my jayhawk fans and anybody who supports me or our program won’t happen again!”

Self said Thursday that he speaks with Robinson “all the time” about teams trying to frustrate him.

“We had a kid at Oklahoma State named Byron Houston that was a beast, but he was emotional. When you’d put a reserve or two reserves in to lay on him or something like that, he’d get frustrated. Thomas has really handled that, for the most part, really well,” Self said. “Last night, there was nothing that Texas A&M; did that was even remotely worth getting frustrated over. You’ve just got to finish plays. That led to his frustration as much as anything.

“I think it happened (shoving A&M;’s Ray Turner as they fought for a loose ball) strictly out of frustration because he hadn’t had a good game. I don’t think it had anything to do with the actual play. It was frustration for a lot of reasons, how they defended him and that kind of stuff. That is what disappoints me. I think kids can get emotional in a scuffle or a loose ball, that doesn’t bother me. You have to think for the team’s benefit, and you can’t push anybody, which was a bad play on his behalf and probably gave them the only chance they had to possibly win the game.”

Missing Mizzou?: Self was asked if he has personal feelings about playing Missouri for the last time.

“No,” he said. “I love playing Missouri. I loved playing them when I was at Illinois, and I’ve loved playing them since I’ve been here, but it’s not anything that I’m going to sit around and think about. I don’t feel that strongly at all about it.”

Jayhawks to attend: Plenty of former KU players will be in the house Saturday. They include: Eric Chenowith, Nick Collison, Matt Kleinmann, Raef LaFrentz, Christian Moody, Brady Morningstar, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Kevin Pritchard, Tyrel Reed, Bud Stallworth, Billy Thomas and Stephen Vinson.


Jerry Collins 3 years, 7 months ago

TRob has conducted himself with a lot of class and has represented Kansas well while playing for the Hawks. His apology for a temporary lack of cool is an example of his character. I am proud that he is a Jayhawk and look for a big game out of him against MU.

mortonsville 3 years, 7 months ago

I need help. I'm Kansas born and bred, my daughter graduated from KU and they are showing an SEC game at 4:00 locally instead of the Kansas Missouri game. Can I watch the game on line somewhere. It's not clear to me that I can watch the game on CBS on line. Please help!

David Lignell 3 years, 7 months ago

Try espn video. Not sure if there's a fee involved, but regardless, you can watch anywhere there is internet access:

Evan Ridenour 3 years, 7 months ago

It might be on If not, there is always a stream of it on

fancy80 3 years, 7 months ago

I love it that some of our former players will be here for the game. I wish I had tics for this game, but will be watching at home with friends and beers. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 7 months ago

Wipe Mizzou from the face of creation and kick them in the balls on their way out the door of the Big 12. 100-0 isn't good enough for me.

Matt Woodard 3 years, 7 months ago

172-95. That's the only score I want. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Joe Hyde 3 years, 7 months ago

I remember watching Byron Houston play at Oklahoma State. He of the "kung fu elbows"? Wow, Houston would go up for rebounds, come down with the ball and everybody better just clear a space around him unless you want your ribs caved in or your teeth knocked out. Tremendous player. I always looked for Byron Houston to do well in the pros and don't know why he didn't get there. Or if he did get there why he didn't play for years. Just sorta disappeared from the game. Trading elbow shots with the likes of Karl Malone, Darryl Dawkins and Dennis Rodman may have given him incentive.

monkeehawkSL8 3 years, 7 months ago

This is my 1st post. I would like to thank GOD that I was born in Lawrence. I want to confess my standards for JAYHAWK performance are so unrealistic, that I am incapable of watching a game without becoming apoplectic. With that said, to all Hawk players past & present please forgive my inappropriate behavior, simply put if I ever had the opportunity to play ball in front of 16,300 x T.V. #s I'd soil myself. JAYHAWKS, please, run what is asked OF YOU by the c.staff. stay as much in the moment as possible. REGARDLESS of what takes place, lob dunk, double back door for a layup, perfectly run screen giving birth to a N.B.N. 3. OR, dribble off your foot throw the ball to the crowd, air ball. NO MATTER WHAT ,JUST GET BACK ON DEFENSE. 40 minutes. To the fans at the game. As I have admitted my own shortcomings, well, 1 of them, please,PLEASE, SHOW CLASS. Yes MOZU is leaving. It may be the Tigers last trip to the FOG. None of the young men playing on sat. have anything to do with that decision. As Jayhawk fans we love to talk about tradition, history of the game, " OUR" place in the record books etc. Truth is, that without the teams we play against we don't count. This may be an unpopular idea, but, if your at the game on sat. please give the Tigers an ovation when introduced, Not a standing ovation, just class. If I may wax biblical, my prayer is that each JAYHAWK PLAY TO THIER ABILITIES IN THIER CHILDHOOD DREAMS. WAIVING WHEAT ,ROOOCK CHAAAALK JAAAAAAYYY HAAAAAAWK KAAAAAA UUUUUUUYOU for the last 5 minutes.

Carolyn Colvin 3 years, 7 months ago

Your prayer -- was perfectly said. That each Jayhawk play to their abilities in their childhood dreams. This is their moment. They are a team. They were meant to be together. Rock Chalk

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