Kansas University coach Bill Self said he would start seniors Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Mario Little to go with the Morris twins in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. Senior Night game against Texas A&M.;
He said sophomore point guard Elijah Johnson, who has started the past two games for suspended junior Tyshawn Taylor, would be first guard off the bench.
Self was asked on his Hawk Talk radio show if he’d come to a resolution regarding Taylor’s status.
“There probably is in our (coaches) mind. I will not say anything yet. He has done well,” Self said. “He has to take care of some business. He is well on his way to taking care of that. I’ll keep it at that until everything is complete.”
As far as Johnson being ahead of Taylor in the rotation, Self said: “It doesn’t matter if we bring Tyshawn back or not. Elijah has earned that right (to be first guard off bench),” Self said, noting Johnson would be starting point guard if the NCAA Tournament started today. “I like Tyshawn and his game and a lot of things, but we played pretty well when he didn’t play. It’s not something I feel we have to change what we’re doing.”
Morris on list
Marcus Morris on Monday was named one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The other finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers player of the year award: Jordan Hamilton, Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette, JaJuan Johnson, Terrence Jones, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Jared Sullinger and Kemba Walker.
Self said he placed a four-minute limit on Wednesday’s Senior Day speeches.
More on travel
The Jayhawks’ long travel day back from Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, chronicled in Monday’s Journal-World, included a 3.5-hour bus ride from Tulsa. It turns out the Jayhawks rode one old bus.
“It was a ’67 model. We had VHS (movie capability), but we didn’t have the big cassette so we couldn’t watch anything,” Self said. “We had air, but the bus driver had never driven a bus that old and didn’t know how to turn it on. He called for instructions and said, ‘Thirty minutes from now it’ll kick in.’ He was right. It finally did. It all just added to the stories we’ll tell 30 years from now,” Self added.
Mum is word
Self said he would not make public what Taylor did to warrant suspension.
“If I have a problem with my son or daughter, I am not going to tell the neighbors, period,” Self said. “Coaches even though they want to discipline their guys I don’t think want to embarrass their guys. I want them (players) to understand if I get on them and these are the ramifications they understand it but also it stays within us. It has to be that way.”
Self was told there have been some wild rumors in the Internet.
“I have heard some of the rumors going on. I haven’t heard one that I would look at and say, ‘That’s a very educated, thought-out deal.’ There are some out there that’s pretty far-fetched,” he said.
Nino Jackson, a 6-2 junior from Ardmore (Okla.) High, confirmed Monday he has eliminated Oklahoma from his list of schools. He has a final two of KU and Baylor.
Big 12 title talk
Texas’ loss to Kansas State on Monday dropped the Longhorns (12-3) a half game behind KU in the Big 12 standings. The (12-2) Jayhawks can earn at least a share of the league title with a victory Wednesday against Texas A&M.; KU has won six league titles in a row.
The Jayhawks are ranked No. 2 in the country behind Ohio State this week in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls.