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Kansas defeats Memphis, 81-68

  • 6 p.m., Dec. 7, 2010
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Garden party: KU basketball’s Tyshawn Taylor has happy homecoming in New York City

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor whips a pass beyond Memphis defenders Tarik Black, left, and Charles Carmouche, right, during the second half. Taylor and the Jayhawks beat the Tigers, 81-68, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor whips a pass beyond Memphis defenders Tarik Black, left, and Charles Carmouche, right, during the second half. Taylor and the Jayhawks beat the Tigers, 81-68, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Selections from KU coach Bill Self's press conference following the Jayhawks' 81-68 victory over Memphis on Dec. 7, 2010.

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— Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor bumped fists with head coach Bill Self as he headed through the center tunnel of famed Madison Square Garden toward the locker room following Tuesday’s 81-68 Jimmy V. Classic victory over Memphis.

Shortly after, Taylor — a Hoboken, N.J., native who scored 13 points and dished four assists against four turnovers in 34 minutes — exchanged texts with soon-to-be-eligible freshman guard Josh Selby, who was not allowed to make the trip in accordance with NCAA rules.

After showering, hometown hero Taylor met with media members in a crowded hallway for 20 minutes, finally returning to the arena stands where he visited with his high school coach, Bob Hurley, Sr., and a plethora of extended family members.

“It went great,” Taylor said of his happy homecoming to the Big Apple. “Madison Square Garden is a great arena, great place. I’ve got so much family in the stands right now. It was an awesome experience.”

The 6-foot-3 junior scored KU’s final four points of the first half, making sure the Jayhawks carried a narrow 37-35 lead into the break in spite of 12 first-half turnovers.

“It was a big game for Ty,” KU coach Self said after the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks improved to 8-0 and sent No. 13 Memphis to its first loss against seven victories.

“I think he started out real nervous, but made some big plays late in the first half when we had nothing going on. He’s a good player, but he’s careless. We know that. We live with that.

“Our whole team was ridiculously careless tonight. It was the first time we faced any pressure,” Self added after his squad’s 22-turnover performance.

Of course, Taylor wasn’t the only Jayhawk guilty of turnovers. Marcus Morris, who had five turnovers against five assists to go with his 14 points and eight rebounds, at one point went behind the back, only to lose the basketball.

“We’ve got a fun team, but we’re wild,” said Self, who will gain a ball-handler in Selby in Game 10, a Dec. 18 home game versus USC.

“Josh is wild, too,” Self added with a smile, “so he’s going to fit in great.”

He did add that Selby will be the second guy on the team who can “break down pressure.”

The first is Taylor, of whom Self spoke in glowing terms after Tuesday’s game in Taylor’s backyard.

“He’s our most valuable player to date,” Self said, “because he’s our primary handler. Without him breaking pressure down or being athletic on the perimeter, this team would be very deficient.”

Taylor grinned when told of Self’s team MVP comment.

“That’s definitely good, especially when it’s coming from the man, from the boss,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely good to hear. I’m going to continue to try to be solid for my team.”

With Selby’s debut coming sooner rather than later, the Jayhawks have been flooded with Selby questions of late, especially Tuesday with a large national media contingent on hand.

What did Selby say to Taylor in his text?

“He said, ‘Good game,’’’ Taylor said. “I talk to him a lot. I felt bad he couldn’t be here with us tonight. He had family in the game (cousins Will and Antonio Barton).

“I think it just adds to the craziness,” Taylor added of Selby’s return. “He’s a young player who hasn’t gotten to play yet. I do think he’ll help us a tremendous bunch.”

Noted Self: “I think our USC home game will be as anticipated a home game as we’ve had maybe in years in Allen.”

Both Self and his players alike hope they cure the turnover bug in big games.

“I think that’s exactly what we are,” Taylor said, agreeing with Self’s “wild team” assessment. “Just the dumb stuff that we do. We just make careless turnovers and mental lapses on defense. We’re supposed to know our scouting report. We do some dumb stuff, man, but I think coach likes us, because we play hard for the most part, and I think we’re a pretty good team.”

Noted Markieff Morris (16 points, seven rebounds): “We’ve got a fast point guard, and he just likes to go. When you get Ty in the open floor, there’s not a lot of people that can stop him. We sometimes get wild because we try to play with him, and then other times, he can slow us down and control us. But I think he does a good job of controlling the team once we get wild.”

The Jayhawks, who led, 52-46, with 12:32 left, went on a 6-0 run (Travis Releford four points, Thomas Robinson two) to go up by 12. The run continued to 22-13, and KU led, 74-59, at 3:31.

Elijah Johnson (seven points, three assists) had a vicious dunk off an alley-oop pass from Marcus Morris in that surge. Markieff Morris also slammed off a lob from his brother and rammed another vicious dunk off a pass from Taylor, saluting to the fans during the entertaining run.

“Memphis will be terrific,” Self said of the Tigers, who were led by Will Barton, who had 16 points, and Chris Crawford, who had 15. “It was nice to come to New York. We don’t get a chance to come back often. It’s a great place. The Garden has a different feel. Our guys definitely had a difference bounce to them before the game, which is cool.”

One guy had a bit more bounce than the others: Hoboken’s Taylor.

KU will meet Colorado State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

Comments

wrwlumpy 3 years, 4 months ago

It seems to me that the Brady haters are the same people that wanted Cole to start instead of Darnell. After the Memphis press had 3 straight turnovers, I was pleased that HCBS put Brady back in the game. Yes, Selby will be much better at breaking the press and be a breakdown scorer, but Brady will always be in the game when Senior leadership is needed.

Also, thanks to ESPN for giving KU a recruiting edge for the next 3 years by including us in the pre-season Champions Tournament.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I thought 2nd half KU was methodical in our half crt- O, great 1st shot D, and@ least trying for rbds. Of course we still had careless passes, were shaky against pressure, & had spotty FT form.

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ChicagoJHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Were any of you guys at the game? Just curious if the place was majority KU fans or not?

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 4 months ago

Free throws, turnovers, and get Morningstar out of the game, put him on the bench at the far end. This kid doesn't have it, and he never did as long as he has been here. He is not worth the soap it takes to wash his uniform. A total drag on the team. Reed is doing what he is suppose to, looks pretty good. There for a while I thought that Gill was coaching this team, as bad as they looked at times. Like I said after the UCLA game, KU is overrated, overrated and overrated. I hope they get their act together pretty soon.

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jaycard 3 years, 4 months ago

What? Freethrows? Somebody notify HCBS....Come on people, do you think they DON'T work on freethrow shooting every day?

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addlime 3 years, 4 months ago

Seems like all the posts here are in agreement, turnovers and free throws are the biggest problem so far this season.

1) I think Marcus's comments are interesting about the correlation between TT's wild play and its trickle down to the rest of the team. Teams tend to take on the characteristics of their leader. Not sure what the solution is here.

2) Didn't this team basically make every free throw in the preseason games? Tells me its either conditioning or mental. Hudy rocks, so forget conditioning. The misses are so off it really makes me think its mental. I think the team needs to focus on freebies more, with an emphasis on the routine, not the result.

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BCRavenJHawkfan 3 years, 4 months ago

Memphis was ranked #13? Really?

If that's true then hey, this was a really good win.

Anyone else think the rims were tight?

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AsadZ 3 years, 4 months ago

Went to the game last night, first opportunity to see the team this year. Here are my observations:

  1. Memphis is good, quick and very deep. Their coach has done an excellent job in re-building the program. They have the pcs to go deep in the tourney.

  2. Twins and TT are backbone of this team. While TT had some TOs overall he played another great game.

  3. Reed: This kid amazes me more and more. While he does not have the size and natural athelithic abilities, he plays hard on both ends and never complains. Overall team plays better when he is in the game. He seems to be taking a quite/non-vocal leadership role as well. Kudos to Tyrel.

  4. Mario: This game was too fast for him. He is better suited to play against teams like UCLA

  5. Releford: He seemed lost in the 1st half but did a good job in the 2nd half. He needs to work on being more consistent.

  6. EJ: had a good game. I'd say one of his best so far. His style of play and speed suits well against teams like Memphis.

  7. T-Rob: He is a beast but continues to run wild. he can be so much productive if he slows down a bit and play under control.

  8. Withey: he is just not ready for big time yet. He needs more time and practice. I am hoping that by Big 12 schedule he can be polished to contribute for 10-12 minutes. We will need him as our Bigs, especially the Twins, get into foul trouble early.

  9. Brady is Brady. Does little things that does not show up in the stats.

Team was not ready for the pressure and I think got surprised by Memphis pressure in the 1st half resulting in 12 TOs. But great to see them adjust and take care of business in the 2nd half.

It was a fun game to watch in the garden and was great to see tremendous showing by the KU fans.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 4 months ago

2B,

Yes, TRob was basically the difference. and he has to continue to be so. what a great dribble drive he had for a basket...and his follow up on his own miss. Great improvement, and if he keeps improving now, look out.

FTing will come....we've had a bad stretch. i mean the guys missing, are the guys who have made them before....(Tyshawn, Marcus). i'm not really too concerning with foul shooting.

our boards were way better last night....and our dribble drive defense in the 2nd half was a lot better....not so much the first. Ball handling was not good overall, but hey, Memphis is quite athletic and quick....it's a good test for us. if we have only 13-15 TOs, we probably win by 22.

overall a much improved game, and a good win vs. a young, quality team. we get the Sprint Center game now, and then it's welcome to the big time Josh Selby! can't wait!

Rockin and Chalkin!

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2Bnamedlater 3 years, 4 months ago

Thougth TRob brought the tenacedy on the boards last night. That was missing against UCLA. Gotta give him some respect with a 10 n 10 night. He mised a few bunnies, but his missed dunk was fun to watch cause at least he was trying to throw it down. But he hustled to the ball in the air and on the floor.

Great game TRob!!!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

Outstanding article on Tyshawn, Josh and Kansas on rivals.com NCAAB. Jason King has started the official countdown to Selby Time!

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

"But I want to know for sure---------------------------------------

Wild things--dah, dah, de de dah dah----- you make my heart sing-----

groovy!"

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kerbyd 3 years, 4 months ago

Wild things...................I think I Love You!

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REHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

+1 on that wager that Selby will come off the bench vs. USC. Fieldhouse will rock and roar!

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oldalum 3 years, 4 months ago

I believe Self said this was the first time the team had faced a press. I would think practicing for it and actually dealing with it in a game are two different things. They will be more prepared next time it comes up. As to the free throws, I'm just trying to figure out what happened. They were over 70% as a team early in the season, so I know they can all hit. TJ went from something like 40% last year to 65%+ in the early games. Then all of a sudden they can't hit them at all (except for Reed who is 16 of 16 now, I think). You're probably right about focus. Too many other game thoughts in their heads when they step up to the line? I do know that concentrating too much on free throws in practice is considered bad by many coaches because it's such a mental thing. All of a sudden it's in their heads, and it's really hard to get back on track. Self has commented that we need to work on it, but that too much emphasis can really mess them up.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Chuck--

When your girl friend is Ashley Judd, then, I will be definitely jealous of you!

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

316 said it already----work on the free throws, man!!!!!!!! Duke can hit free throws, why can't we hit ours? It takes dedication and hard work and focus.

Chuckberry--great idea about the free throws. BTW, ditch the girl friend---if she is a Kentucky Wildcat fan---one thing you could do is to handcuff her to your bed and don't let her go until she admits that she is a Jayhawk fan--then, release her. Then, again, probably shouldn't do that.

I could see that whatever HCBS said at half time, worked for the Jayhawks the second half. The Jayhawks were more focused and the "killer instinct" was coming through in the end. Just imagine how good we could be if we handled the press better, cut down on our turnovers and hit our free throws? Unbelievable! RCJH.

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slowplay 3 years, 4 months ago

All in all, not bad. A few observations. 1. Memphis is going to give a lot of teams fits with their pressure. They are long, athletic and deep. 2. About 10 of those 20 TO's were unforced, and that is what Self needs to address. 3. FT's, as mentioned often so far, may be KU's achilles heel. That is a tough fix during the season. Hopefully the holiday break will allow the extra time. 4. Glad we didn't have Dicky V., I don't mind his ramblings as much as his voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. 5. I wonder if HCBS will start Selby in the USC game or bring him in off the bench. In any event the decibel level at the PHOG will be outragous. I wonder how many students are delaying their travel plans to stay for the game. 6. The CSU Rams are now 4-1. They play the Buffs tonight. Not much height, but a good running team. KU's bigs are going to score at will. Might be a good chance to get Withey some serious minutes.

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cpjc 3 years, 4 months ago

Taylor may have had some good penetrations into the paint, but overall I thought his play was pretty sloppy. Sloppy passes, slow and careless movement of the ball to half-court eliminating any advantage to a fast offensive transition which is a hallmark of KU basketball. It was infuriating to watch. Glad we got the W.

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clevelandjayhawker 3 years, 4 months ago

The GOOD- Getting a W, hearing the rock chalk chant, passing, travis and TT with buckets when we needed them the most, TRob with some boards and outlet passes

The BAD- the hawks trying to beat the full-court-press, Free Throws, turnovers, TRob's missed dunk and a lot of missed shots from 4ft and in

The UGLY- How far can the hawks go in March/April with 3 bigs? If the twins and Trob get in foul trouble we are in for a bad night, all i can think is one big and little at the 4 and travis at the 3, either way Jeff needs to improve FAST

Notes- Billas saying "Jesus" under his breath was kinda funny as the memphis player went sky high for that alley opp, EJ with the alley was sick, and EJ trying to set one up from 60ft out reminded me of the Arron miles to CJ Giles dunk from 3/4 of the court (maybe like 2006) just didnt make it

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Darrel Stice 3 years, 4 months ago

Unless the scouting report simply didn't mention Memphis' ferocious defense, I'm surprised HCBS didn't use his famous 5 on 8 press/press break in practice to get the guys ready. Of course, just because we didn't read about it doesn't mean it didn't take place, but we sure didn't look ready for the pressure from the press.

It's almost scary how good this team could be when Selby joins the mix, especially if we can 1) get under control and 2) improve on FTs.

RCJH GO KU!!!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 4 months ago

Predictions:

1] Josh Selby will make a move we haven't ever seen before. 2] Poor free throw shooting will cost us at least two games [if not corrected] 3] HCBS man crush on Brady has to end - Releford has more upside and he'll be here for two more years. 4] Jeff Withey will get hurt again. 5] Kansas will dominate the Big 12 once again. 6] Jaybate will put up a record breaking five posts on one article, then follow up with a one word post to throw everyone off. 7] Kansas will go 40-0, win the NC, and soobawls will find something to criticize. 8] The home winning streak will end....just not this year. 9] Dick Vitale will be caught rummaging through Coach K's garbage can for old, used kleenexes. 10] Half, if not all of my predictions, will be wrong!!

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yates33333 3 years, 4 months ago

Taylor really has turned into a great player. Half of his turnovers ought to have been fouls against the person guarding him. I hope he keeps this caliber of play going.

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Steve Gantz 3 years, 4 months ago

Vitale didn't have our game did he? He had the nightcap, thought that kind of strange.

My general feeling was we survived the officials letting Memphis mug us with out getting called for it. Perfect example, towards the end of the 1st half Reed gets shoved out of bounds. Ref says out of bounds, Memphis ball.

FT's need to improve big time.

TRob is wild but fun to watch.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 4 months ago

Is Jeff Withey going to help this team this year? He has so far looked out of place when on the floor.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I also thought Taylor was masterful at picking his moments to penetrate. Some announcers lamenting in recent games that we only have 1 penetrator (pre-Selby), but Taylor is really showing his effectiveness. And he is a finisher, too.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Funny that the players know full well that they get "wild", and yet the semi-wild, semi-steady Taylor also gets them under control. I like the schizophrenic/bipolar tendencies, as that surely will drive opposing teams crazy (as long as our wildness doesnt create t.o.'s). WildBill has an eclectic team...then add the very dynamic JSelby to that mix...

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100 3 years, 4 months ago

Way to take charge 2nd half Jayhawks....

That said... Work on:

  1. Passing crisp, passing crisp, passing crisp.

  2. Bounce Passes.

  3. Streaking through a trap when the trappers don't have angles (recall Mizzou last couple years & UK 1989).

  4. Angles, angles, angles.

  5. Pull up jumpers (although at times much better this game especially Taylor)

  6. Boxing out, Owning the paint. Did well at times but this must be a 40 minute endeavor. No second shots!!!!!

  7. Lastly.... No stupid, lazy passes!!!! Own that ball, pivot with passion, take a dribble if need be & get an angle for a crisp pass!!!!

Great guts Jayhawks, keep having a blast, we're having a blast watching you.

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