Tyshawn Taylor tops 'Taitell' ratings


Note: With Tom Keegan on vacation, Matt Tait and Jesse Newell compiled this game's "Taitell" rankings.

1. Tyshawn Taylor: Got the Jayhawks off to a great start with four early assists and hit three of four three-point attempts. The best part? Taylor finished with just one turnover.

2. Jeff Withey: Played like a man possessed, finishing strong around the basket and blocking shots with anger on the defensive end. Hard to say which was nicer, his alley-oop finish on the opening possession of the game or his eight-foot hook shot that defenders simply cannot stop.

3. Conner Teahan: Hit four of six shots, including three of five three-point attempts, and tied for the team lead in scoring, with 13 points. Also chipped in five rebounds, all in just 17 minutes.

4. Kevin Young: If he brings this kind of energy every night, his minutes will increase. Finished with seven points, six rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes, and played hard on nearly every possession.

5. Thomas Robinson: A pretty ho-hum night for the best player in the building. In 22 minutes, Robinson scored nine points on 4 of 6 shooting and added seven rebounds. Had the Jayhawks needed him to, Robinson most likely could have put up 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds.

6. Elijah Johnson: Twos were wild for Johnson, who finished with two steals, two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. Also added nine points on 4-of-9 shooting.

7. Travis Releford: Quiet night for Releford, but still pretty efficient. Scored six points on just one field goal attempt and added four rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes.

8. Naadir Tharpe: Finally saw extended minutes again and delivered a pretty good line. Made his first of two shots and tied for the team lead with five assists. Added a steal and a rebound in 17 minutes but also was credited with a team-high three turnovers.

9. Merv Lindsay: Hit four of five shots for nine points grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes. A couple of his buckets came inside the paint, a place you don't always see Lindsay hanging out.

10. Justin Wesley: Decent night marred by three missed free throws. Still scored six points and snagged five rebounds in 14 minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (108 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (97 points)
3. Jeff Withey (82 points)
4. Elijah Johnson (80 points)
5. Travis Releford (74 points)
6. Conner Teahan (68 points)
7. Kevin Young (53 points)
8. Justin Wesley (49 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (30 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (6 points)


waywardJay 6 years, 4 months ago

Good to see the Young guns doing the interp for tonight's game.

Wasn't it nice to see Merv Show us some skill? He's probably a year or two off from attering but he could be a valuable piece to play behind Perry Ellis next year if this keeps up.

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 4 months ago

Dear LJW Executives, We do not care what Tait thinks of basketball! We need football, football, and more football! And how does TK go on vacation. What, is sitting court side at the games too stressful and he needs some "me time"? For crying out loud, once March ends he gets a 6 month break from covering games.

treed14ku 6 years, 4 months ago

It is a odd time for a vacation, I'll give you that. You do have a good point about April-July being a pretty dry period relatively. And yeah, there should be detailed football stories every day. Why is there more hard hitting KU football news from outside outlets. Tait had his "vacation" last week too btw. Terrible timing and lazy reporting.

jayhawkmike 6 years, 4 months ago

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Kevin Studer 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes. How dare people who entertain us think they they deserve time off like every other person, including you. That attitude isn't hypocritical at all!

ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 4 months ago

It's like an accountant asking for a couple of weeks off in April!!!

actorman 6 years, 4 months ago

I realize that Lindsay's buckets came in garbage time, but I still would have ranked him above Tharpe and possibly above Releford. It was a great night but the one thing that still looked a little shaky was Tharpe's turnovers. In fact I would have also ranked him behind Wesley.

Alohahawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Couldn't watch the game so I'm shooting blind here. It was great defense by the entire KU squad. And not to belittle Lindsey's contributions.

But whoever was guarding Andrews, Howard's top scorer (for the season), that Jayhawk should get the game ball. Perhaps that would be 2 or 3 Jayhawks, but Releford normally draws the top defensive assignment. The stat's speak for themselves: Andrews hit 1 of ten shots and turned the ball over 5 times. 'Nough said.

KGphoto 6 years, 4 months ago

I only saw a little over half the game, the second half, and the Bison were already done. What I did see though was a game unlike most others. I'm not sure Self told Relly to go out there and shut down their top scorer last night, because their top scorer could've been Jason Sudeikis if he had any eligibility left. (By the way, Overland Park is really kicking out the funny guys aren't they?)

The Bison are a weirdly bad team. They have 12 guys who average 10 or more minutes a game, and nobody over 30. After their top two scorers, their scoring leader list looks like Olympic Figure Skating scores diminishing away.

9.6.. 8.7.. 8.7.. 6.1.. 5.5.. 4.7.. 3.3.. 3.0..

Also Glenn Andrews is terrible, and he's not really their top scorer because he's only played in 4 games for the season. But he shoots 26.4% FG and 31.3% 3pt. good for 11.3 points/game.

These percentages are not typos. He's hit 1-4 shots from the field on the season. So an average night for him would've been 2-8 instead of 1-10.

Calvin Thompson is supposed to be their top scoring threat and he's just as bad. 31.9% FG and 23.5% 3pt good for 10.3 points/game.

Suffice it to say, on any given night, these guys shut themselves down. Relly could stand blindfolded and shut these guys down.

KGphoto 6 years, 4 months ago

Also, Relly had 0 steals on an 11 steal night for KU. And 1 assist on a 23 assist night.

milehighhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Agreed. Merv actually looked like he could play out there. I realize it was garbage time against an inferior opponent, but that part was not in his control. Will be interesting to see if he starts to pull some more minutes.

Jayhawk2016 6 years, 4 months ago

Kevin Young should be up a spot if he has 53 points and Wesley only has 49.

REHawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Thomas was not his usual chirpy self in the Howard game. His touches of the ball seemed few and far between most of the night. Either the guards were not finding him, or he laid away from the bucket too often. Here's hoping he isn't swept up in a holiday malaise regarding family. The kid is so essential to the progress of this team that we will need his high energy and total focus in abundance when league play convenes.

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