WACO, Texas — At first glance it’s alarming to see Kansas men’s basketball post three consecutive losses.
Ahead of Monday, only Jayhawks redshirt junior guard Dajuan Harris Jr., redshirt junior forward Jalen Wilson and senior guard Michael Jankovich had experienced a third-straight loss under coach Bill Self. That was during the 2020-21 campaign in their second season at Kansas.
Then came Monday, and a matchup on the road against No. 17 Baylor. No. 9 Kansas entered already having lost back-to-back games against other Big 12 Conference opponents also ranked in the current Top 25. The Jayhawks suffered a 75-69 defeat in a game they held the lead for less than a minute.
Self wasn’t sounding any alarms postgame as he reflected on his team’s recent slide out of first place in the conference standings. Neither he nor the players who spoke with reporters afterward came across as dejected. And for Kansas to turn this around, especially with a SEC/Big 12 Challenge game at Kentucky looming, that kind of perspective can’t dissipate.
“There is time to be reactive in a negative way if your team’s not doing well; this is not one of our times,” Self said. “I mean, we have gotten beat, granted. We got beat to a team that was projected to win the league tonight that’s really good, and they went through the same crap we’re going through right now. We got beat by a team (Kansas State) that’s fifth in the country right now at their place by one. And we got beat at home (against TCU) that could have beat anybody in the country Saturday. So, our league is that good. It’s going to be a grind.”
Self continued: “Our team isn’t talented enough that we can be disappointed when teams of equal talent play better than us and get frustrated with it. We don’t have as much margin for error as we’ve had in years past, and that’s OK. But you don’t have quite as much margin for error, and the other teams in the league are a lot better, it makes it tough. So, the difference…
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Publish date : 2023-01-24 21:22:24
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