By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO
(AP) -- Kansas was able to capitalize on an opponent missing a star player its last time out.
It doesn't appear that the Jayhawks will need to worry about that themselves in a rematch of a memorable NCAA tournament game from nearly four years ago.
Tyshawn Taylor is expected to be available a week after knee surgery as the No. 12 Jayhawks try to shake off any rust from a long layoff when they face Davidson on Monday night at Kansas City's Sprint Center.
A 78-67 win over second-ranked Ohio State on Dec. 10 was Kansas' fourth straight as it took advantage of the absence of Buckeyes star Jared Sullinger.
Taylor, the Jayhawks' leader with 4.7 assists per game and second with 15.9 points, seems to be recovering quickly from Dec. 11 knee surgery. The senior guard played through a torn meniscus against the Buckeyes, scoring nine points and dishing out a career-high 13 assists.
Since Taylor's knee isn't showing signs of swelling, coach Bill Self is confident he'll play.
"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," Self said.
Self is more worried about the eight-day break between games due to finals.
"You do not get better during finals week," he said. "What you do is hope to maintain and after finals week you try to get better ... so we may be a little rusty but every team goes through it during finals week."
Thomas Robinson is hoping he hasn't lost any momentum after totaling 47 points while sinking 17 of 23 shots over the last two games. The junior forward leads the Jayhawks (7-2) with averages of 17.8 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Davidson (6-3) may empathize with Self's concern about the layoff.
The Wildcats haven't played since falling 84-61 at Charlotte on Dec. 10, shooting a season-low 35.6 percent from the floor while dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season.
They've lost nine in a row to Top 25 foes. That drought began when Davidson's stunning run in the 2008 NCAA tournament ended with Jason Richards' missed 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 59-57 regional final loss to the top-seeded Jayhawks.
Despite not having nearly the same significance, Self thinks this meeting will provide a major challenge.
"They run motion and play fast," he said. "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."
The Wildcats are led by De'Mon Brooks, who averages team highs of 16.0 points and 7.0 boards. However, he's spent eight days trying to forget his dismal effort against the 49ers, finishing with three points on 1-of-7 shooting and fouling out in just 17 minutes.
Brooks hasn't fared well against ranked opponents, totaling 16 points and 11 boards in two games.
The Jayhawks have a 35-game regular-season winning streak against unranked, non-conference opponents.
Updated December 18, 2011