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BREAKING: Kansas Jayhawks Suspend Tyshawn Taylor Indefinitely

According to ESPN, Kansas has suspended Tyshawn Taylor indefinitely for violation of team rules.  This is obviously huge news for Kansas: while the Jayhawks are one of the deepest teams in the country, Taylor is the "straw that stirs the drink."  He's Kansas' primary facilitator and best true point guard.  This likely means, Josh Selby will need to step up and run the offense in Taylor's absence combined with help from Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar.

If you need evidence for Taylor's worth for this team, look at the games Taylor had an assist to turnover ratio of less than one: against USC (W 70-68), against Nebraska (W 63-60) and at Kansas State (L 84-68).  While he got off to a really hot start, Josh Selby has looked more one-dimensional as the season has progressed.  His shooting has come back around the last three games, but I'm not convinced he's ready to take the helm.

Taylor's suspension also comes at an inopportune time.  Currently, Kansas is is a battle with Ohio State, Pitt, Texas, Duke and the winner of San Diego State and BYU for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Also, with Texas' loss at Nebraska, there's an outside chance Kansas could grab a share of the Big 12 title.  The next four games will be much more difficult if Taylor remains suspended.  I don't expect his absence to swing tonight's game home against Oklahoma State, but if Taylor is still suspended at Oklahoma, against A&M or at Missouri look out. 

We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.