The lost Fordham-Georgia Tech match up wasn't the only college basketball casualty to arise from the East Coast's gigantic Sunday snowstorm. It turns out Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, a New Jersey native who was home visiting family for the holiday, is one of the thousands of travelers stranded in the New York metropolitan area waiting for one of 1400 or so canceled flights to be cleared for takeoff. From the Lawrence Journal-World (via CBS):
“Tyshawn could not get out today. All the flights were canceled,” KU coach Bill Self said Sunday night, referring to Hoboken, N.J., junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. “Hopefully he can get out tomorrow. It’s snowing so hard they don’t even know if they can drive to the airport,” Self added [...]
The good news is twofold. For one, though Taylor missed practice Sunday night and might miss again if he's unable to fly back Monday, it isn't likely he'd be stuck until Wednesday, when Kansas plays cupcake opponent Texas-Arlington at home. Second, this could have been much worse. The Morrii Twins, guard Josh Selby and forward Thomas Robinson were all flying back from the East Coast Sunday too. All of them had early enough flights to avoid the massive cancellations and gridlock at the nation's biggest Eastern airports. If those guys fly out a few hours later, Kansas would have been practicing without its five best players Sunday and Monday.
As it is, Taylor and the Jayhawks should be fine. But after the Fordham cancellation and now this, it's pretty clear that winter hates college basketball. Fine, winter. Whatever. We hate you too.