The Kansas Jayhawks are the defending nationwide champions, so that they’ll surely get all people’s greatest shot this season.
Outdoors of No. 22 Tennessee beating Kansas within the Battle Four Atlantis, everybody else’s greatest shot wasn’t sufficient because the Jayhawks blazed out to a 16-1 report to begin the season.
After which No. 13 Kansas State beat Kansas in Manhattan, 83-82, final Tuesday. No. 14 TCU adopted that up with an 83-60 win over the defending champs at Allen Fieldhouse over the weekend and No. 17 Baylor completed out the Huge 12 gauntlet with a 75-69 win in Waco.
The Jayhawks at the moment are 16-Four and ranked No. 9 nationally — down from No. 2 in opposition to Okay-State — they usually’re waiting for a Huge 12/SEC Problem matchup with Kentucky.
It will appear as if Invoice Self’s workforce is in dire straits, however the veteran head coach does not appear apprehensive but. He is aware of that faculty basketball seasons are lengthy and stuffed with ups and downs, even for championship groups.
“Guys, there’s time to be reactive in a damaging approach in case your workforce’s not doing nicely. This isn’t one among our instances,” Self informed reporters, per 247Sports activities. “I imply, we’ve got gotten beat. And granted, we received beat by a workforce that was projected to win the league tonight that is actually good. They usually went by the identical crap we’re going by proper now. We received beat by a workforce that is fifth within the nation at their place by one, and we received beat at dwelling (by a workforce) that might have beat anyone within the nation Saturday. So, our league is that good. It is going to be a grind.”
Self appears to imagine that Kansas’ struggles as of late are much less an indictment of his workforce and extra an indication of simply how proficient the Huge 12 is. It is price noting that not less than in response to the rankings, he is proper on that time. Kansas State (5), Texas (10), TCU (11), Iowa State (12), and Baylor (17), all presently be part of Kansas within the AP Prime 25.
The issue concerning Self’s optimism, although, is that issues aren’t anticipated to get simpler for Kansas.
Positive, Kentucky is not a powerhouse this yr, however John Calipari may have the Wildcats trying to make an announcement Saturday night time. The Jayhawks then get proper again to Huge 12 motion with consecutive video games in opposition to Kansas State, Iowa and Texas.
“The distinction in our league from up to now, there’s simply not video games that you would be able to look to saying, ‘We will get nicely right here.’ I imply, there are none of these video games,” Self defined. “So, I will be trustworthy with you, I’ve received to take a unique strategy and perceive that it is a marathon. It is not a right away response, as a result of you may react instantly on this league, and you will have 9 different groups undergo the very same factor sooner or later in time in the course of the season.”