Ohio State vs. Kansas: Tyshawn Taylor Will Determine Outcome for Jayhawks

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMarch 31, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25:  Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks greets fans as he runs out to the court to play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Missed free throws late. Questionable decisions. Superstar-caliber performances.

You never know what Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor will do in any given game. 

Taylor's play will determine whether or not the Kansas Jayhawks move to the 2012 NCAA Championship Game.

He's had an up-and-down career full of suspensions, erratic play and memorable moments.

Which Taylor will we see against Ohio State on Saturday night?

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25: (L-R) Travis Releford #24, Jamari Traylor, head coach Bill Self, Tyshawn Taylor #10 and Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate with the midwest regional championship trophy after they won 80-67 against the North Carol
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Taylor produced seven turnovers against Aaron Craft and the Buckeyes in their December 10 game earlier in the season. He shot 3-of-9 from the floor for nine points.

But it's how he acted when he wasn't hitting shots that's most important. He realized it wasn't his night shooting the rock, so he facilitated the basketball better than at any other point in his career, dishing out a career-high 13 assists.

Will he be able to be that type of player on Saturday night? Will he be patient enough to turn to others when Craft forces contested shots?

That's the real question in Saturday's game.

If he can show that patience, setting up teammates for open shots, then I think Kansas will be in good shape.

Remember, though, we are talking about a guy who scores 17 points per game. He shot 19 times against North Carolina, 21 times against Iowa State earlier in the year and 14 times against North Carolina State.

If Taylor doesn't recognize that his shot isn't falling, which is likely given how great of a defender Craft is, he will have to turn to his setup role that he can fade in and out of.

Depending on how he relates to the ball pressure, Taylor will win or lose this game for the Jayhawks. Time will tell.