Kansas could be on the verge of losing half of its coaching staff.
Director of basketball operations Barry Hinson is expected to become Southern Illinois’ head coach, according to a source close to the KU program.
Also, assistant coach Danny Manning could be the favorite for the Tulsa job, according to the source. Signs pointed to a decision soon on Tuesday when Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, considered a favorite for the job, informed Tulsa that he was pulling his name from consideration.
Hinson would return to the head coaching ranks for the first time he was fired from Missouri State after the 2008 season.
Hinson was 169-117 at Missouri State and went to three NITs. He previously had coached at Oral Roberts.
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber was believed to be the leader at Southern Illinois, which is looking to replace Chris Lowery. The Salukis finished 8-23 this season.
Manning, the hero of Kansas’ 1988 national championship team, joined KU’s staff after a 15-year NBA career. He was a part-time coach until 2007, when he was elevated to full-time assistant.
Taylor keeps shooting
It’s true that Tyshawn Taylor hasn’t made a three-pointer in a dome. In six NCAA games in bloated arenas, he’s zero for 16. But he hasn’t been good in any arena in NCAA Tournament games.
Taylor is three of 37 in the tournament (8.1 percent) overall, which is bizarre. He’s a career 37.2 percent three-point shooter and is having his best season at 38.5 percent from behind the arc.
And that season total was much better a couple of weeks ago before Taylor started his current zero-for-20 streak.
On Saturday, Taylor is going against one of the nation’s top defensive point guards in Ohio State’s Aaron Craft. That has Taylor’s attention, but it won’t change his approach.
“He’s a great player, and I’m excited to play against him,” Taylor said. “He’s going to make offensive looks hard.
“But I’m worried about not shooting the ball well. I mean, I’ve played against pretty bad defenders in the tournament and haven’t shot the ball well. I just have to continue to be aggressive, and that’s not going to change no matter who I play against.”Self said Martin dropped hint
Kansas coach Bill Self said K-State coach Frank Martin dropped a hint that he might not be long for Manhattan, Kan. Martin was introduced as South Carolina’s coach on Tuesday.
“I spoke to him last week, after the (loss in NCAA) tournament, telling him congratulations on another great year,” Self said. “He told me this could be a possibility. I don’t know what the situation is down there, but I think he left a good situation, so he must feel this is a really good situation for him personally.
“Our league will miss him. He did nothing but good things for our basketball league.”
MU seniors competing in events
Missouri seniors Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe will take part in Final Four events in New Orleans. Denmon will compete in the three-point contest at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, and Ratliffe will be one of 20 seniors who will play in the College All-Star Game at 4:35 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised at noon Saturday on truTV.