Thursday, January 27

No. 6 Kansas seeks to regroup against TCU

The signs are not pointing to No. 6 Kansas as the favorite to capture the Big 12 championship.

That often raises eyebrows considering the Jayhawks’ historic dominance. But after dropping 25 points on Saturday at home, it became obvious that Kansas faces a tough challenge.

Following that humiliating loss to Texas and the end of a 17-game winning streak in the conference, Kansas (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) dropped three spots in the polls before traveling to TCU on Tuesday (9-2, 2-1).

” We have to regroup,” Bill Self said after the 84-59 score marked his most uneven loss in 18 seasons coaching the Jayhawks.

” We have to decide if we want to be a team that makes other people play badly and if that is what makes us most proud.”

However, a solid defensive performance might not have saved the Jayhawks, after they shot 3 of 23 from 3-point range, 11 days after burning West Virginia with 16 triples. Kansas managed to shoot just 30.8 percent overall against the Longhorns while falling in a tie for third with TCU behind Big 12 co-leaders Baylor and Texas.

” We support each other,” insisted OCHA Again, who averaged 14.4 points but failed to score in the second half of Texas’ loss.

” This is something we have to go through, something we need, I think. But we are going to stick together and be positive and look forward to our match on Tuesday.”

Athletic length could be a quality that helps opponents stalk Kansas.

Self is usually prone to using smaller lineups and did so again when he left conventional post David McCormack on the bench for most of the second half against Texas. Still, the Longhorns punished the Jayhawks underhand and contested enough 3-point attempts to cause some discomfort beyond the arc.

The loss ended a four-game win streak over classified opponents as part of a difficult schedule that began with a season-opening loss to the top-ranked Gonzaga.

” You just have to know that I think last year this happened around the same time with Baylor, so we have to get down to business, learn from this game and move on,” said Jalen Wilson, who leads Kansas in scoring (15.1) and bounce (7.8).

RJ Keyboard came back from a one-game absence due to hip pain to score 21 points Saturday as TCU beat Kansas State 67-60. Both Horned Frogs conference wins have been on the road, which Keyboard says reflects the motivation derived from the Big 12 preseason coaches poll.

” We were picked ninth, but we haven’t done anything yet,” Keyboard said. “One win, two wins, two conference wins, so what? We move on to the next game. All of these games are personal. We want the conference and the nation to know that we are legitimate.”

Keyboard dominates TCU with an average of 18.7 points, although coach Jamie Dixon has expressed concern about 34 minutes of his outstanding averages.

Mike Miles has 14.8 points, while Kevin Samuels is averaging a double-double with a 10.2 mark in both points and rebounds.

–Field level media

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