Friday, March 13, 2009

Loss likely cost KU trip to K.C.

Kansas head coach Bill Self disputes an official's call during the first half Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas head coach Bill Self disputes an official's call during the first half Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.


— Bill Self is a basketball coach, not a member of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

So he doesn’t know if Kansas University fell from a possible 2 seed, to a 3 seed or even a 4 seed by losing to Baylor, 71-64, in a Big 12 quarterfinal game on Thursday at Ford Center.

He is positive of one thing, however.

“We are in the tournament, but we’ve hurt ourselves. There’s no doubt about it. We’ve put ourselves in a position that we are going to have a very difficult first-round game. There’s no question about that,” said Self, who said the loss “definitely stunts our momentum.”

The Jayhawks (25-7), who won the Big 12 regular-season title, have dropped two of three games entering Selection Sunday.

“It will (affect KU’s seed), but it doesn’t matter. Any team can beat any team in the NCAA Tournament,” junior Sherron Collins said.

Many pundits believed three victories over the weekend in OKC would have meant a first-round NCAA date for KU next week in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Now Kansas City doesn’t seem so a likely destination.

“Probably not,” Collins said, asked if the Jayhawks would be playing in K.C.

Does that matter?

“Not really,” he responded.

“I’m not really thinking about that now, just upset with this one right here,” sophomore Brady Morningstar said of the defeat.

“This is tough.”


Greg Lux 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey Coach ... Very difficult first round game? .. Who cares we have to win them all anyway and our history against less difficult first round teams has not been that good either. Maybe a difficult first round game is what this team needs to focus and energize.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Good point, Jhawkerman. Still....most unfortunate for the fans. It would have been nice to have a couple of games in K.C.

Dillon Davis 10 years, 10 months ago

according to joe lunardi's bracketology, which was updated today, KU is still a 2 seed playing in KC. Check it out

pmohr13 10 years, 10 months ago

You have to factor in that Uconn and Pitt and OU all lost yesterday as well.

pmohr13 10 years, 10 months ago

And why Memphis wouldn't be in the Memphis bracket is beyond me, o wait, it's because they have NC the #1 seed there and wouldn't want a home team to upset UNC.

RyanHawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Memphis can't play in Memphis because the tournament is in there home arena and you can't play on your home court!

Lunardi still has KU a 2 seed and has dropped Oklahoma to a 3 seed because they have lost 4 of 6 and didn't win the regular season or conference tournament in the Big 12 . I think KU will get the 2 seed in KC if MU doesn't win the conference tournament. If MU wins the conference tournament they will probably get the 2 seed in KC. Don't shoot the messenger, I'm just telling you how it will go down!

Steve Brown 10 years, 10 months ago

I have SPRINT center 1st three sessions tix two sessions next thursday and one session on sunday....don't want them now.... and just can't envision selling them to a Tiger fan...rather burn them.....if MU makes Sprint we need a local drop off point in the Light district where we can dump tix for a discount to the opposing some investment back to us and insure that they don't fall into enemy hands...

Eurekahwk 10 years, 10 months ago

Who else has proved their worth to take KC? It is still on the table because OU choked just like we did. They and Memphis are the only other team that are up for those spots. In the end, money talks. What makes more money, empty arenas playing host to teams that no one cares about or KU playing in KC?

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