Kansas G Taylor to have knee surgery

Dec 11, 2011 - 12:29 AM Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor will have knee surgery Sunday to repair a torn meniscus.

Kansas head coach Bill Self said Taylor was injured in practice prior to Tuesday's 88-80 win over Long Beach State.

But Taylor still logged 35 minutes in Saturday's win over No. 2 Ohio State, scoring nine points with a career-high 13 assists, though he turned it over seven times.

The 13th-ranked Jayhawks won the game, 78-67, to improve to 7-2 on the season.

Self said Taylor could have had the surgery on Tuesday, but the senior wanted to play in the last two games.

"He said there was no way he was going to miss these two games, so he's going to have surgery tomorrow," said Self, who thought Taylor could be back sooner than two or three weeks "if everything goes perfect."

"I can get on Tyshawn for turning it over. I can get onto him for not making some plays, which I think is conducive to being an extension of the head coach, but I can't get on him for toughness," said Self.

"He's been hurt, and he goes out there and gives his body up. We don't beat Long Beach State without him, and we certainly don't win this game without him."

Taylor is averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 assists per game this season.

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