Scouting Oklahoma State

News, notes and quotes on KU's ESPN Big Monday matchup tonight against Oklahoma State in Allen Fieldhouse at 8 while wondering how the Jayhawks will react with junior guard Tyshawn Taylor out of the lineup.

KU coach Bill Self announced Monday morning that he has suspended Taylor indefinitely for violating team rules.
"Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition," Self said in a statement.
Taylor has started 26 of 27 games this season for KU (25-2, 10-2 in Big 12) and is averaging 8.8 points per contest. He ranks third in the Big 12 with 4.7 assists per game and is seventh in the conference with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.

SCOUTING Oklahoma State

OSU returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last season's team, which went 22-11 and 9-7 in the Big 12.

The Cowboys (16-10, 4-8 Big 12) have dropped eight of their last 11 games, including two straight defeats at No. 3 Texas (73-55) and to No. 21 Texas A&M (67-66) at home on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Reger Dowell, who averages just 2.9 points per game this season, scored a career-high 22 points against the Aggies.

Oklahoma State, which is 1-7 on the road, is led by senior forward Marshall Moses, who averages a team-high 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Junior guard Keiton Page is next in scoring (13.8 ppg), followed by sophomore guard Jean-Paul Olukemi (11.6 ppg), sophomore guard Ray Penn (6.1 ppg, team-high 57 assists) and freshman guard Markel Brown (6.0 ppg, team-best 20 blocks).

OSU averages 69.3 points per game and allows 66.8. The Cowboys shoot 43.4 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from three-point range, and 72.4 percent at the free-throw line. OSU is holding opponents to 41.4 percent shooting and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc, while outrebounding foes 35.2 to 32.4 boards per game.

Head coach Travis Ford is 61-33 in his third season at Oklahoma State and 251-179 in his 14th season overall.


The Jayhawks hope to perform better against OSU than they did last year against the Cowboys at Stillwater in their 85-77 loss on Feb. 27, 2010.

"Last year they kicked our butts down there and we didn't have a very good game," Self said. "Certainly they know some things on how to attack us and we've got to be a much better basketball team on Monday night. ... They did a good job against our stuff and (won), so our guys will remember that."

"The guy that always gives us problems is Moses, and of course, Pilgrim (Matt, senior forward) was 8-of-8 against us last year," Self added. "We know they don't have James (Anderson, former Cowboy) and Obi (Muonelo, former Cowboy), but they've got players that can obviously do some good things."

KU will be playing its third-straight Big Monday game.

"Big Mondays are great, but they're quick turns," Self said. "I would think our guys will understand that if we play good on Monday the rest of the week has a chance to be more enjoyable than this past week was for them," Self added about the hard practices following KU's loss to K-State in Manhattan on Feb. 14.

"Hopefully we'll play better."


Senior guard Brady Morningstar has been playing the best basketball of his career. He's coming off a grand performance against Colorado on Saturday in KU's 89-63 win, posting 16 points (all in first half), five assists, and two steals with no turnovers in 36 minutes. Morningstar shot 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range.

He is averaging 11.5 points in KU's last eight games, while shooting 63.6 percent (21-33) from beyond the arc during this stretch. Morningstar, who is averaging 6.6 points this season and 8.8 ppg in Big 12 play, leads KU with 42 steals and has averaged 2.0 steals in his last six games. He leads the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.9 mark in all games and 7.0 in conference play. Morningstar has 17 assists and just two turnovers in his last five games.


KU leads the all-time series with OSU 102-53, including a 56-10 record in Lawrence and a 41-8 advantage in Allen Fieldhouse. KU has won the last 14 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to the 1990 season. The Jayhawks, though, have just a 5-4 edge against Oklahoma State overall since the 2004 season.

Four of the nine games under Self have been decided by three points or less.

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