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Bill Self Not Happy With Tyshawn Taylor And Rest Of Kansas Guards

Expectations are always high for Kansas basketball, a program that has won seven consecutive Big 12 regular season titles.

So even though the team is off to a solid 5-2 start, with their only losses coming in tight games against top 10 foes, Jayhawks coach Bill Self isn't happy, especially with his inconsistent back-court:

"Now, I don’t know if I can say that totally," Self said, "because we’re good turning it over both inland and in Hawaii. I’ll give you a stat, because I figured it out … I’m not really happy with our guard play.

"Since Towson, when we had 30 assists and five turnovers, our starting point guard (Tyshawn Taylor) has 16 assists and 21 turnovers, our starting two-guard (Elijah Johnson) has 14 assists and 15 turnovers, and our starting three-guard (Travis Releford) has seven assists and 10 turnovers. That tells you, right now, that’s probably the poorest ball-handling backcourt of anyone in the country when you talk about assist-to-turnover ratio."

With three of Kansas' top guards -- Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar and Josh Selby -- departing from last season, Self has been forced to hand over the reigns of the team over to Taylor and Johnson, two talented but inconsistent upperclassmen.

Thomas Robinson, while a dominant force on the backboards, isn't nearly as skilled as the Morris twins at creating his own shot, so he needs the Jayhawks guards to get him the ball in the correct spots. 

And with a Dec. 10 home date against No. 2 Ohio State looming, Kansas' guards don't have much time to live up to Self's expectations.