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.
SELF ON OSU
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."
MORNINGSTAR THE STAR
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.
THE KU-OSU SERIES
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
This series dates back to 1926.
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