clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

KU Basketball's Elijah Johnson Will Start Over Tyshawn Taylor Against Mizzou

The Kansas Jayhawks basketball team has just two losses on the season and wrapped up at least a share of their seventh consecutive Big 12 championship. Things are going well in Lawrence these days.

The only bit of tension -- and it's not even tension -- on the team is whether head coach Bill Self should start Elijah Johnson or Tyshawn Taylor. This all started a couple weeks ago when Taylor was suspended for a pair of games and Johnson stepped in and played well (particularly the Oklahoma State game).

There is one game remaining in the Big 12 regular season and Self said it will be Johnson, not Taylor, who gets the nod.

"Elijah Johnson is going to start at point guard for us on Saturday. I thought that Elijah played great down the stretch. I thought that Tyshawn played really well the first half; he was our leading scorer and did some really good things. I feel comfortable playing them both. I think that Elijah, as long as he keeps doing what he is, deserves to start."    

Johnson is averaging 3.9 points and two assists per game while Taylor puts up 8.8 points and 4.7 assists per game so, statistically, Taylor has the advantage. But Johnson stepped in when Taylor was out and played really well with the group and the Kansas offense isn't about individuals (as Josh Selby has learned), it's about playing cohesively as a team. Johnson can help them there.