With #8 Xavier's 64-42 loss to Oral Roberts Sunday, the Muskateers should slip beneath the #12 spot and move the Jayhawks up, possibly into the top ten.
Kansas takes on Davidson Monday night in Kansas City, where senior Tyshawn Taylor may return to action after sitting out just two games for a torn meniscus in his right knee.
“I do think he will play unless something happens negative today," said Jayhawks head coach Bill Self before practice on Sunday. "He is going to go up and down a just a few minutes but he won’t play 30 minutes or anything (Monday night). If he does not have a set back today than I think he will be okay to at least play a little bit tomorrow.”
Taylor suffered the injury in practice before the Jayhawks' 88-80 win over Long Beach State on December 6th. Taylor was cleared to shoot with the team on Friday at near full-speed, sccording to Self. He also practiced Saturday from half-court.
We will again wait and see if there is any swelling and if there’s not there is no reason why he can’t play some tomorrow,” Self added.
The last time Kansas met Davidson was in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2008, when the Jayhwaks escaped Stephen Curry's underdog squad with a 59-57 win on Kansas' way to national championship. This year's team is 6-3, but always a threat to pull off an upset.
“They run motion and play fast. They are physical and play some one-three-one, which we have not seen yet, but they play fast offensively. Motion is the hardest thing to guard if you know what you are doing and certainly I think they know what they are doing,” said Self.
Kansas tips off from the Sprint Center with Davidson at 8:00 pm Monday night on ESPN U.