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Originally published December 27, 2010 at 12:00a.m., updated December 27, 2010 at 05:20p.m.

Update: KU basketball’s Tyshawn Taylor still stuck in New Jersey on Monday

A Delta plane is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport during a snow storm Dec. 26, 2010, in Newark, N.J. Airlines are working to rebook stranded passengers and possibly add flights after a winter storm on the East Coast caused thousands of flight cancellations and left countless passengers stranded. Kansas University's Tyshawn Taylor was among the Jersey travelers snowbound Sunday.

A Delta plane is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport during a snow storm Dec. 26, 2010, in Newark, N.J. Airlines are working to rebook stranded passengers and possibly add flights after a winter storm on the East Coast caused thousands of flight cancellations and left countless passengers stranded. Kansas University's Tyshawn Taylor was among the Jersey travelers snowbound Sunday.

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A Delta plane is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport during a snow storm Dec. 26, 2010, in Newark, N.J. Airlines are working to rebook stranded passengers and possibly add flights after a winter storm on the East Coast caused thousands of flight cancellations and left countless passengers stranded. Kansas University's Tyshawn Taylor was among the Jersey travelers snowbound Sunday.

5:20 p.m. update

Tyshawn Taylor remained stranded in New Jersey for another day on Monday. Snow shut down the Newark, N.J., airport.

KU coach Bill Self said Taylor would be able to fly out at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, in time for a pair of practices on Tuesday.

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A massive snowstorm that slammed into the East Coast on Sunday has delayed one Kansas University basketball player’s return from three-day Christmas vacation.

“Tyshawn could not get out today. All the flights were canceled,” KU coach Bill Self said Sunday night, referring to Hoboken, N.J., junior guard Tyshawn Taylor.

“Hopefully he can get out tomorrow. It’s snowing so hard they don’t even know if they can drive to the airport,” Self added of Taylor, stuck in Jersey because of a blizzard that’s expected to dump up to 20 inches in New York/New Jersey by this morning.

Five other Jayhawks from the East were able to flee the wintry weather in time for Sunday night’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.

Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris flew out of Philadelphia early Sunday, as did Josh Selby from Baltimore and Thomas Robinson from Washington, D.C.

And freshman walk-on Niko Roberts, who hails from Huntington, N.Y., boarded a flight just before snow began piling up and the wind began gusting up to 50 mph.

“If Norm (Roberts, former KU assistant) had gotten Niko to the airport 35 to 40 minutes later, he (Niko) wouldn’t have been able to take off,” Self said. “Some of the guys were fortunate enough to have early-morning flights.

“The twins’ flight was 8 a.m. They were able to get out, same with Josh and Thomas. Tyshawn’s flight was a little later — at 10 or 11, I believe.”

The snowstorm in Philly forced the NFL to move the Vikings at Eagles game from Sunday night until Tuesday.

Self, who celebrated Christmas in Oklahoma with his wife and two children, had no problems making the round-trip drive to the Sooner State.

The Midwesterner knows all about havoc that’s caused by snow.

“It’s circumstances you are unable to control. You can’t control Mother Nature,” Self said. “The biggest thing is (that) Tyshawn gets back safely.”

As far as KU’s first practice since the Cal game, Self said: “It’s just what you’d think it would be. The attitude was great, but we definitely need to run off some turkey and dressing.”

The Jayhawks, who headed to their hometowns after a 78-63 victory over California on Wednesday night in Berkeley, will meet Texas-Arlington at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Little practices: KU senior Mario Little practiced Sunday for the first time since his Dec. 16 arrest on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing.

Self said that, at this time, Little remains suspended from playing in games.

“He’s practicing with us. I had him take some time off. He did that, went home to Chicago to spend a few extra days with family,” Self said, adding, “He’s still part of the team. I don’t have any game plan (as far as if/when Little will play in games) as of now.”

What’s next?: Wednesday’s game marks the start of a three-game homestand for the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks (11-0). KU will play host to Miami of Ohio at 5 p.m. Sunday and UMKC at 7 p.m., Jan. 5.

UT-Arlington (5-5) fell to Texas Tech, 73-56, Wednesday in Lubbock. The Mavericks, who play in the Southland Conference, also have lost to Oregon State, North Texas, Samford and Louisiana Tech, with victories over Texas Lutheran, UT Tyler, Houston Baptist, Hardin-Simmons and St. Edward’s.

Miami of Ohio of the Mid-American Conference is off to a 5-7 start entering Thursday’s game at Belmont. The Redhawks have defeated Xavier, Towson, IUPUI, Saginaw Valley State and Troy and lost to Duke, Ohio State, Dayton, Cincinnati, Green Bay, San Diego State and Wright State.

UMKC of the Summit League is off to a 7-5 start entering home games this week against North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The Kangaroos have defeated Truman State, Central Arkansas, SE Missouri State, SIU-Edwardsville, Utah Valley, North Dakota and Houston Baptist and lost to Wichita State, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, Oakland, Idaho State and most recently Kansas State, 80-64.

KU will conclude the nonconference schedule on Jan. 9 at (10-2) Michigan.

Comments

Alohahawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Between Jaybate and jhawk7782, I don't know who to laugh at the most. Needed a little light hearted humor after the heated exchanges over Brady above. So, Jaybate, the truth comes out. You've had a bunch of jns staffers running around, assisting you all along. Those poor "busted" espn broadcasters didn't stand a chance, You think your staffers can find out where we can pick up our own lavender Nikes? Or perhaps some of that grass to which jhawk7782 was referring.

Hope all the snow doesn't move to the Midwest and postpone any of our games. KU B- Ball addicts like us would have a hard time surviving. Safe and timely return, TT.

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Mike Bratisax 3 years, 3 months ago

Really weird storm...drifts as high as 8' but grass clearly visible in other places (and no..not at the bottom of my bong)..

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jaybate 3 years, 3 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Dateline: ESPN inner sanctum

Slug: Wikibateleaks.com receives ESPN internal memo ridiculing slate of televised games this week on ESPN

jns stringers inside jns report that Wikibateleaks.com, a sister portal to jns, will publish a leaked internal memo from ESPN in which ESPN broadcasters are posed in black bustiers with fishnet nylons and lavender Nikes. The memo reads as follows:


Tune in for Tune-Up Mismatch Week on ESPN!!!!

Cupcake Monday's Mammoth vs. Mouse Mismatches Are...

Ohio State vs. Tennessee Martin Missouri vs. Northern Illinois Louisville vs. Morgan State

Then Minor Major Mismatch Tueday's Pits...

UK vs. Coppin State

But Tune-Up Mismatch Week Really Gets Rolling with...

Powder Puff Wednesday When Perennial Powers Meet the Super Hapless...

KU vs. Texas Arlington Duke vs. UNCG

The Duke-UNCG mismatch should be an extraordinary mismatch coming, as it does, on the heels of Duke's last non-game, their December 20th mega-mismatch with Elon Phoenix.

Tune in and Watch the Mismatches. Watch the Haves Crush the Have Nots. Its college basketball, baby!


jns stringers report that the employees that circulated the memo have already been suspended without pay and sent to a corporate re-education camp on a remote island off Mexico's Pacific Coast called Isla Lo Siento that is also known as Devil's Island, Inc., aka Corporate Gitmo, aka Purgatory for Non Compliant Broadcasters.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 3 months ago

Jayhawkinnebr: Some random observations and questions inspired by your posts as I'm a touch bored this evening: 1. Now, not baggin' on your playing experience, but when they have fish the ball out of the peach basket with metal rod, and re-jump after each made basket, I'm not sure your experience makes you an absolute authority on the current game. Just a thought. 2. See Theutus' post. 3. I've been wondering, was it hard to ride those bikes with the big wheel in front? 4. I was curious, in your grade school experience, did you hedge at the top of the key; and what strategy did you employ against entry passes to short corner? 5. Grammar counts .. no grammar police, but repeated violations certainly call in to question one's KU education. Horrific might be one way to look at it; entertaining another. Easier reading braille. 6. Viking76 is right on .. no cheap shots needed against guys that bleed crimson and blue, and are willing to leave some of it on the court. Think about that. 7. Strategic name calling is widely accepted. However, a shotgun approach is frowned upon. I would suggest spreading out the "punk", "knothead", and "a$$" among various posts, and do it by inference or third person .. e.g., "You know, some knotheads think ..." More effective .. juvenile .. but more effective. Extra points awarded for the use of "$" as opposed to simply typing the curse word. 8. More curiosity - During your college days, did the basketball still have laces, and if so, tell me what you used them for; also, was Chuck Taylor really a player, or just a guy they named shoes after; finally, could two bits really get you a movie ticket, some cracker jack, and a sodie pop .. and what were you doing with Gertrude in the back seat of that Buick? 9. Drivers in Lincoln can't seem to go even the speed limit, do you know why? 10. More curiosity, where were your seats at Hoch and how did they keep track of your Williams' fund points? 11. Last item of curiosity .. and I'll stop .. when we beat the Topeka YMCA, did the Y score their 6 points the traditional way, or by hitting a couple of 3's? 12. Can't wait 'till Wednesday .....

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FairgroveJayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

"you are a door knob."

Priceless! Best line of the holiday season!

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HawkBBall 3 years, 3 months ago

TT goes 1 for 8 with 5 TO's. No fights; no arrests; no Facebook. Could it be the classes are distracting him?

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kirkhinrichflow 3 years, 3 months ago

if Selby is puttin up 21 and 18 in cruicial tough games, its scary to think what he's going to do vs some of these teams...can u say ESPN top 10? lets put someone on a poster Joshua!

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 3 months ago

Tyshawn---Traveling during the Winter is always a concern. Be safe, get back safe----we need you in a Jayhawk uniform, even if it is a red uniform.

BTW, one of our local TV reporters (Wichita, KS) wanted to fly to NYC to cover the K-State game but can't---all flights are canceled. He is hoping to fly in there by Thursday morning. Must be a heck of a storm!

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Michael Pannacciulli 3 years, 3 months ago

TT - i just finished snow blowing my driveway over here (for the third time since yesterday at 4pm) in Bergen County. Come on over and we can hang in my basement bar, aka "The Hawks Nest".

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actorman 3 years, 3 months ago

"Get back soon Tyshawn we don't want Brady to take your place."

I assume by "we" you mean the royal we, since most of us are not as big a doofus as you are?

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Steve Gantz 3 years, 3 months ago

Assuming everyone else gets back, it'd be interesting to see KU play UT-Arlington without the 1-95 five. How would we do?

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 3 months ago

Its to bad that its Tyshawn and not Brady Morningstar. It would do us all a favor if Brady couldn't get to the game on Wednesday. Get back soon Tyshawn we don't want Brady to take your place.

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dynamitehawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Being stuck (in snow especially) in Hoboken NJ would suck -Point Plankn'

Safe travel home, Tyshawn.

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cg1029 3 years, 3 months ago

Tis4tim See there is this radical new technology that you probably have never heard of called the internet... When you combine it with another new gadget called a digital camera you can have a picture taken from one of the hundreds of cameras that are now at airports and upload it to the AP and use it for all of the news stories across the world.

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tis4tim 3 years, 3 months ago

I always find it interesting that when everything is gridlocked due to snow, the photojournalists somehow find reliable transportation to wherever it is they need to be (see airport photo above).

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FreddyinLA 3 years, 3 months ago

Wonder how practice went sans TT? Best hope of advancing farthest in the only tourney that matters is Selby has the ball in his hands 80% of the time when on offense. Jonny C. at Kontucky gave the ball to Wall last year. So far, Selby is a much better shooter than Wall, and can attack the rim in the same way. Will HCBS figure it out?

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Greg Lux 3 years, 3 months ago

and soon .. but safety first.

Rock Chalk

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Reality_Check 3 years, 3 months ago

Who cares? From his performance the other day, he is not adding anything to the team, and is actually hurting us. Same with Morningstar.

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Machawk 3 years, 3 months ago

My comments are not based on any knowledge of travel arrangements or extenuating circumstances, and thus are unfair and baseless. However, why doesn't it surprise me that TT is the only one of the six players from the East that cannot make it back in time for a practice that has been scheduled since before the break?

There seems to be a parallel between valuing the ball ( careless, unnecessary turnovers & charging calls) and not being proactive enough to fly out ahead of storm that has been predicted for days. TT's recent reversion back to his out of control style, if not corrected, will most certainly cost us some close games that we should not have lost. On the other hand, Josh Selby's solid judgement with the ball and his unselfishness when penetrating the paint is such a welcome contrast. His maturity and leadership for a freshman is the part of his game I most appreciate.

Rock Chalk

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AsadZ 3 years, 3 months ago

Its still snowing hard and the winds are bad on the east coast. Hope TT can make it to Lawrence safely.

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kushaw 3 years, 3 months ago

Jaybate: Don't forget about these teams

~Most under recognized teams in the country:

Vanderbilt

Washington State

St. Mary's

Washington

Utah State

Cincy-It's amazing that their undefeated and yet nobody is talking about them. Probably waiting for the Big East slate to kick in.

Notre Dame

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nicka 3 years, 3 months ago

What's so mysterious about withey not playing? He plays like a walk-on, so he should play with the walk-ons.

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actorman 3 years, 3 months ago

Miami's record might not be that good but did you look at who they've played? Holy cow what a murderous schedule! And they have a win over Xavier, so how bad can they be? I'm not sure they deserve to be included in the "cupcake" category.

As for the others ... well, it's a good thing that UMKC has a win over Truman State because if they had played Truman, well that might have been a whole different story.

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Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago

Interstate 95 on the East Coast connects DC to Baltimore to Philadelphia to New York. Thomas Robinson, Josh Selby, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, and Tyshawn Taylor are all on this route (they could be the starting five as they represent our best players collectively). Write President Obama and petition him for an executive order to keep this highway clear during the winter and all airports along its route.

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jaybate 3 years, 3 months ago

"Getting Back to the Hunt with Three Cupcakes for Tune-Ups"

~kenpom's got us number three and only two teams--UK and Georgetown in the top ten have tougher strength of schedule ratings, and they are both ranked below KU. End the hand wringing about KU's schedule.

~Where are they now?

Arizona is ranked 14 and rising.

KSU is down at 38 and has lost its only two seniors--Pullen for three games and Kelly indefinitely. How far down is bottom for KSU? How do you spell l-a-t-r-i-n-e?

~Okie Baller Report:

Bill Self, KU 11-0 Buzz Williams, Marquette, 9-3 Janks, Illinois State 8-3 Tim Floyd, UTEP 9-3 Unibrow UNLV 11-2 Dana Altman Oregon 7-5 Scott Sutton ORU 5-8 Billy Gillispie DNC Norm Roberts DNC Eddie Sutton DNC

~Cheapest Assistant Coach: Sean Sutton hired as an unpaid adviser to brother Scott Sutton at ORU.

~Miscellaneous KUers:

Rex Walters USF 5-8 Roy Williams Baja KU 8-4

~Most under recognized teams in the country:

UCF 11-0 (Conference USA) San Diego State 14-0 (Mt. West) BYU 12-1 (Mt. West) Minnesota 11-1 (Big Ten)

~Best XTReme Muscle Team: (Tie) Ohio State and Pitt

~Best XTReme Cheap Shotting Team: Duke

~Best news: Mario is back practicing. Maybe the students involved will find it in their hearts to forgive him and maybe charges will be reduced, or dropped, since he is one of them, and there but for the grace of god (and the police) go they. Maybe if he has no priors, a judge will be lenient. Maybe he will play again. A lot of maybes, but as Coach Self told the 2008 ring team...ya gotta believe.

~Biggest Mystery: Jeff Withey not playing a second vs. Cal

~Best Freshman in the Country: Josh Selby

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KU_Alumn_2000 3 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like we've got a few cupcakes on the agenda.

Might be a great time to get Withey some reps.

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not_important 3 years, 3 months ago

I believe UMKC's conference is now called the Summit League.

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