When Baylor’s players walked off the Allen Fieldhouse floor when Kansas’ pregame video began, I actually thought it was pretty brilliant. I’ve seen so many teams come into Allen and watch that video and then just get absolutely blown out of the barn in the first 10 minutes. Scott Drew didn’t want that to happen to his team. I doubt it was truly a show of disrespect on Drew’s part.
But here’s what Drew risked with that move. He did something that had the chance of totally getting under the skin of Sherron Collins, and sure enough, Collins’ disrespect meter went “ding, ding, ding!” as soon as the Bears walked out on the video. So what you are measuring, if you’re Scott Drew or any opposing coach from here on out, is your team’s mental makeup versus Collins’. If your team is strong enough mentally to sit there for the video and not wet its pants, then you should stay in there because then you won’t give Collins an extra bounce in his step. If your team is not, then you risk riling up Collins. It’ll be interesting to see if any other teams follow Baylor’s lead. My guess: not going to happen.
Why? Because Scott Drew is a little “unusual,” as KU coach Bill Self put it when describing the decision to walk off the floor. One thing that really bothered me about Drew last night, more than his decision to pull his team off the floor, was that he was blatantly yelling directions to his players when Allen was quiet and KU players were seconds away from shooting their free throws. Drew is concerned with only one thing on game night, and that’s taking every avenue to victory. Hey, it is what it is.
What is up with Tyshawn Taylor? Rumors were flying around the building last night that Taylor had posted on his Facebook that he had had enough of Kansas. Soon after the rumors started, Taylor’s Facebook page was taken down (about time, right?)
Self benched Taylor for the first 17 minutes of the game, playing Elijah Johnson and C.J. Henry over him. Then, in the second half, Taylor played 12 crucial minutes and had 5 assists and 0 turnovers.
I am going to assume that Taylor’s FB rant, whatever it consisted of, was out of emotion. His entire family has moved to Lawrence from New Jersey, and I would hope that those close to him are talking some sense into him.
Taylor needs Kansas more than Kansas needs him. That’s the reality for most of the Jayhawks. He can still be a great player here, and if he runs away at the first sign of trouble, it could be a decision that haunts him forever. Just ask Russell Robinson, who nearly transferred early in his career.