LAWRENCE — Starting point guard suspended? Whatever.
From a performance standpoint, it hardly mattered that Tyshawn Taylor watched No. 3 Kansas' 92-65 blowout of Oklahoma State from the bench in an untucked button-down and jeans.
The Jayhawks rolled in a game that lost its energy early, and once again the Kansas roster proved to be resilient as Elijah Johnson got the start at the point and scored a career-best 15 points.
The Taylor suspension for an undisclosed team violation is indefinite, but you got the sense Taylor doesn't believe he'll be gone long.
He sat on the starter's side of the bench, took part in the huddles, applauded teammates and even rushed on the floor to chest bump Marcus Morris after he blocked a dunk late in the first half.
Monday marked the 31st time this season a Kansas regular — one of the top 10 in minutes played — has missed a game for a team or NCAA suspension, injury or personal reason.
For Taylor, the trouble was the latest in a careerlong series, but Monday marked the first time that he didn't suit up.
Before the start of last season, Taylor dislocated his thumb in an altercation between members of the basketball and football teams. Also last year, Taylor's Facebook page became an issue when he was posting controversial comments.
Johnson took advantage of his opportunity Monday by turning in an above-average effort in a career-best 30 minutes.
There was the occasional ill-advised pass early, but Johnson became steadier as the night progressed.
When he knocked down his fourth three-pointer in four attempts late, he had surpassed his career best in scoring and had three assists with two turnovers.
"Talk about making the most of an opportunity," coach Bill Self said. "I'm hoping we can bottle that."
Self also praised Johnson's defense on Oklahoma State's Keiton Page, a three-point specialist who made just two of eight from beyond the arc.
"He was obviously good tonight," Self said. "I thought he was good even if the ball hadn't have gone in."
Josh Selby and Brady Morningstar also saw time at the point, but Johnson went the distance.
The game also marked the return of forward Thomas Robinson, who underwent meniscus surgery on his knee 10 days ago. The original timetable was set at two weeks, but there was Robinson, checking in with 13:44 left in the first half.
He didn't miss a beat. Robinson's first shot swished in from 16 feet. He was active and tough, with no sign of a problem except for the knee brace.
On a day when Self gave him a "50-50 chance" of playing, Robinson finished with six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes.
The game was a mismatch from the opening tip, when 6-foot-8 Marcus Morris found the only thing between him and the basket was the 5-9 Page. Easy layup, and the Jayhawks were on their way.
Kansas never trailed, and it took about 8 minutes to shake Marshall Moses and the Cowboys.
Moses, who had missed playing and practice time recently because of illness, should be this sick all the time. He had 10 of Oklahoma State's first 19 points and finished with 27, matching the total of Marcus Morris.
But it was with the score 24-19 that the Cowboys faded in Kansas' rearview mirror.
The Jayhawks scored the next 12. Three-pointers by Johnson and Marcus Morris got it started.
Moses stopped the run with a basket, which was promptly answered by Mario Little's three-pointer, starting 6-0 run that doubled the score, 42-21.
Only a couple of weeks ago, the Cowboys had reason to feel optimistic about their NCAA Tournament chances. Their victories over Kansas State and Missouri put them in a strong position.
But Monday's loss was the fourth straight, and although the schedule lightens up, it may be too late for the Cowboys to return to the bracket in coach Travis Ford's second year.