Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cramping Tyshawn Taylor ‘fine’

T-Rob turns 21, celebrates with ‘pillow, bed’

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson makes his way through the hallways of CenturyLink Center as the team prepares for practice on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson makes his way through the hallways of CenturyLink Center as the team prepares for practice on Saturday, March 17, 2012.


— Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor sipped on orange Gatorade as he chatted with reporters in a CenturyLink Center hallway Saturday afternoon.

He has been drinking lots of fluids to make sure he doesn’t have a recurrence of leg cramps that limited him to 23 minutes in Friday’s 65-50 victory over Detroit.

“I’m fine. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again, and I’ll be out there for my team,” Taylor said.

He said it’s a good thing KU didn’t need him the last 15 minutes of Friday’s game. He was hooked to an IV and unable to shake the pain of cramps.

“After the first IV went in, they asked if I was all right. My legs felt tight,” Taylor said. “I tried to move. I said, ‘Dang.’ As a competitor, you want to be out there for your team. If it was a close game, I’d feel worse about myself.”

KU coach Bill Self said he thought Taylor would be 100 percent today.

“I think he’s fine. He cramped in Hawaii, too, and sat out a good portion of the Georgetown game, and that was a full-body deal. Yesterday it was just his calf. He says his calf is sore,” Self said.

Happy birthday, T-Rob: Thomas Robinson on Saturday celebrated his 21st birthday.

“We’ll have some cake later on. What more can a guy want than that?” Self said with a smile.

Robinson had no big birthday plans on the eve of KU’s NCAA Midwest Regional game against Purdue.

“My pillow. My bed. A few texts, that’s it,” Robinson said. “I’m not focused on my birthday now. I’ve got the game to think about. It’s just another day.”

Of Purdue, he said: “I know they’ve got (Robbie) Hummel, (D.J) Byrd, and their bigs run the floor and shoot well,” Robinson said. “We’ve got to guard on the wings and guard the three. I have to be locked in maybe more than I have all season,” the 6-10 junior added of guarding the 6-8 Hummel.

Another person celebrating a birthday Saturday was Elijah Johnson’s dad, Marcus.

“Just sending a couple texts to my dad,” Johnson said before answering questions from the media.

He knows Purdue’s coach: KU’s Taylor played for the gold-medal-winning USA Basketball Under 19 team in the summer of 2009. Purdue coach Matt Painter was assistant coach for that team.

“He’s a player’s coach. His energy is great, intensity is great,” Taylor said of Painter. “He gets guys fired up. He was fun to be around a couple weeks. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

He also was around Hummel a bit.

“He was on an older team,” Taylor said. “He’s a tough kid, a competitor. He’s one of the guys you root for and want to do well, but not too well. He’s one of the nicest kids I met.”

Of Hummel, Robinson said: “He’s a great player, somebody I have the greatest respect for.”

Tough match-up: The 6-foot-3 Taylor faces a challenge in guarding 5-9 Lewis Jackson.

“I hate it. It’s my pet peeve,” Taylor said of guarding shorter guards. “But I like a challenge. He’s very quick and likes to get in the paint. He’s good.”

Self on Purdue: “I don’t know anybody in our league I’d compare them to, maybe Texas Tech when coach (Bob) Knight was there and Pat (Knight). They run true motion, spread the floor. It will be a big challenge.”

Good leagues: KU senior Conner Teahan was asked about playing a team from a conference (Big Ten) considered the best in the country this year.

“I think that’s huge, and it brings to our attention how good of a conference they play in,” Teahan said. “They played in a lot of big games already, so we know they will be ready to play, and we kind of thought … to be honest, a lot of guys on our team think the Big 12 is right up there also in the country. Baylor, Missouri, Iowa State are great teams, and from head to toe our conference is just as good as anybody’s. So being able to prove that would be something that we will focus on tomorrow, also.”

Boardwork: Robinson on Friday recorded his 401st rebound of the season, becoming only the fourth Jayhawk to record 400 rebounds: Wilt Chamberlain (510 in 1957), Drew Gooden (423 in 2002) and Clyde Lovellette (410 in 1952).

Divided AD: Curious whether Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger will be in Omaha tonight, to watch the KU men take on Purdue, or in Little Rock, Ark., where, starting at 6:50 tonight, KU will face Nebraska in the women’s NCAA? Well, Zenger and his family plan to be in Omaha. Debbie Van Saun, KU’s senior associate AD/senior woman administrator, will represent department administration in Little Rock.


Alohahawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Happy belated birthday, TRob. St. Pat's Day? That should make it easy to remember in the future. And if KU beats Purdue, TRob has a good chance to move into 2nd place for rebounds in a season. That's very impressive.

As for predictions for the Final Four, I'm like most people. I never would have thought both MU and Duke would lose so soon. Although both losses were like early Christmas presents.

Hey, kusportsdotcom, you're still hanging in there on your picks for the Final Four. Sorry, but I hope you're wrong on at least the N. Carolina pick. Have to go with the Jayhawks. My Final Four brackets are still all alive, and I'm thinking/hoping KU can still make the FF. Depends on how healthy N. Carolina's starters are as they advance. I think it will be 50/50 between the Jayhawks and the Tarheels.

Also, would love it if UK would be upset. They're tied with Mizzery as my most hated team. Unfortunately, UK is the one #1 seed which has seemed most impressive.

I predict Syracuse will lose in either the Sweet Sixteen, or Elite Eight. Iv'e not been impressed. I'm guessing 25% chance to make the FF.

Michigan St. has been a mystery. They might, and then again, they might not make the FF. I give them a 50/50 chance.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 4 months ago

The way Syracuse has been getting calls from the refs, I don't expect them to lose any time soon. Interesting ESPN headline on the box score:

"Syracuse in gear from start, rolls past K-State"

I take it that whoever wrote that caption did not realize that it was 1 point game at half time.

RockChalk26 10 years, 4 months ago

Come on Zengler, you gotta head to Ar-Kansas to support the women's team. They never make the tournament and who knows, they might get bumped first round.

WilburNether 10 years, 4 months ago

Are they paying people to accept tickets to the women's tournament?

dylans 10 years, 4 months ago

How many games did Wilt play in 1957? 27 making 18.9 rpg WOW

REHawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Happy Birthday, Thomas. Put yourself into position to become Kansas' alltime #2 rebounder, second only to Wilt. Wow! Tyshawn, research your cramping thoroughly, and get (take) expert advice. "Man," we need you for 38 minutes whenever called upon these next five games!

Tony Bandle 10 years, 4 months ago

Tyshawn will not miss any time because of cramps....but he'll probably miss a minute or two taking pee breaks!!! :)

Dave Chance 10 years, 4 months ago

This is probably just an age thing (I’m 50, and I’m about to complain about, perhaps, a couple 20-somethings), but here goes:

1) User “Kusportsdotcom”, in the last two articles I've read, you've complained about Tyshawn using the word ‘man’ too much in an interview, and about AD Zenger attending the ladies basketball game rather than the men’s game (sarcastically, I assume). My comment is, it would be good if you made more substantive comments, rather than sarcastic ones that only ridicule other people (athletes and journalists, in this case). 2) User “WilburNether”, you also ridiculed the ladies basketball program by asking if they pay people to attend the games. If you are a true Jayhawk fan, the ladies team is also your team. They have had a pretty good year, and until junior Carolyn Davis, an All-America candidate, suffered a torn ACL on Feb 12, they had a really good season going. I don’t understand why any true Jayhawk fan would ridicule a team that works as hard as they do, presumably because they’re either not as successful, or because they’re not men. I urge all true fans to support all of our athletes (and even non-athletes), regardless of their historic success or lack thereof. We are all Jayhawks. I love my University and support the kids that represent it. And we represent it, also, so please be worthy of the University of Kansas. It will be around long after we are.

Again, I’m showing my age, and you can all laugh at me now. But one day, your kids will be putting themselves out there, trying to earn their way. And you will insist that others respect them. (I have no children at KU; I'm just trying to make a point).

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