The last few days have been a whirlwind for Kansas basketball. On Saturday, the Jayhawks welcomed fourth-ranked Houston into Allen Fieldhouse and beat them by double digits — claiming the No. 4 spot as their own in Monday’s AP Poll.
However, that ranking likely won’t stick after KU waltzed into Bramlage Stadium and ended K-State’s four-game losing streak with a 75-70 loss on the road.
That’s just the way things are in the Big 12 this season, and really every year as of late. There are no nights off in this league, as the intensity remains at peak level from February all the way through the NCAA Tournament.
“Guys,” Self said during postgame availability, “whether it’s K-State playing at Oklahoma State or us playing Houston or whatever, the intensity and everything is not quite the same with ‘prep practice’ 20 minutes Sunday because of fatigue.
“I actually thought both teams did a good job hanging in there 45 minutes. I know we were tired. I don’t think we were quite as turned up as Saturday obviously.”
That intensity and fatigue might’ve boiled over in the tunnel postgame as coaches and administration seemed to have some sort of exchange, which Self was asked about.
“I don’t know anything about … it wasn’t with my top assistants. I don’t think so,” Self said. “I don’t know anything that was said. It’s a pretty emotional sport and emotional game. So I imagine if there was something said it was probably just done out of emotion.”
Self said that he and his staff had prepared for a courtstorming when they realized the game wasn’t going to end in their favor, but Jerome Tang and K-State fans had other ideas, despite it being just the seventh win over KU at Bramlage Coliseum.
“Every other time we lost over here there’s been a pretty good court storming. Tonight there wasn’t. I thought they did a good job controlling everything there at the end.”
Instead of storming the court, Tang and the players stormed the stands, sharing a special moment with the fanbase after a monumental victory for the Wildcats.
Kansas will get back in action on Saturday as the Jayhawks will play host to No. 13 Baylor (16-5, 5-3) before hitting the road to take on No. 23 Texas Tech (16-5, 5-3) on Monday.