07 February 2013

Is Kansas in trouble?

It has a rough few days for folks in Lawrence. Four days after a stunning home loss to Oklahoma State, only the eighth of Bill Self's tenure, the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks fell in shocking fashion to a TCU team that is clearly the worst in the conference. At no point did Kansas lead and they only put up 13 points in the first half. Bill Self did not hold back, calling it the worst team to take the court "since Dr. Naismith was there."

So with their first losing streak in seven years, are the Jayhawks in trouble or is this just a blip in the radar?

There has to be some concern with the Jayhawks when you lose to a team like TCU, because let's be frank, they are awful. This is a Horned Frogs club that not only had lost every game in-conference to that point, they had lost every game by a margin of at least nine points (and that was to Texas Tech) with notable losses of 21 to West Virginia and 17 to Texas. This is a team that lost to SMU and Houston at home, put up 31 points against Northwestern, lost to Tulsa, and beat Prarie View A&M, Mississippi Valley State and Navy by a combined ten points (in contrast, American beat Navy by 23). Their leading scorer averages 11 points-per-game. It's a team that is not good at all but when you shoot 29.5% from the field, there are not many teams you can beat and that is what killed Kansas, particularly how awful they played in the first half.

All of that said, I do not think that the wheels are going to fall off for Kansas and I don't think they will have a full-scale meltdown on the road to the conference tournament in Kansas City and the NCAA's. Their remaining schedule is not that bad with road trips to Norman, Stillwater, Ames and Waco with the best team remaining on the schedule, Kansas State, coming to town on Monday. This is still a really good team, Ben McLemore is still a Naismith Award contender, Jeff Withey is a very good big man and Bill Self is a tremendous coach. Now if this team loses to Oklahoma this Saturday, then there will be real problems but I would be apoplectic right now if I was a student at KU.

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