On Monday night, the Kansas Jayhawks lost their third-straight game in the middle of a brutal Big 12 schedule, the latest blemish coming by way of Baylor, 75-69.
The Jayhawks conceded to the Bears on the offensive glass, with Baylor winning 17 offensive rebounds to Kansas’ eight, and consequentially scoring 16 second-chance points to Kansas’ four.
Kansas’ lack of size and depth on the bench has shown its face recently, and opponents are keying on that as they’ve faced a stretch of teams in K-State, TCU, and Baylor that are proving to be the top half of an impossible league. The thing is, KU is the reigning national champion, and nobody is going to feel sorry for them or give them a free pass to get back on their feet.
“No one is going to feel sorry for us losing three in a row. We’re Kansas. That’s all they want us to do,” KU forward Jalen Wilson said after a 23-point, five-rebound performance.
Kansas head coach Bill Self hasn’t ever lost four games in a row as Kansas’ head coach, but with a Big 12/SEC Challenge game against Kentucky looming, that could very well be a possibility. However, the longtime Jayhawks’ coach isn’t sounding any alarms.
“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 in our league than in past — there’s just not games that you can look saying, ‘We can get well here.’ I mean, there’s none of those games.”
Kansas had better find a way to get things turned around, because the schedule just doesn’t let up. After its game against Kentucky, the Jayhawks host No. 5 Kansas State, head to Ames to take on No. 12 Iowa State, and then host No. 9 Texas. Yikes.