Texas Tech defeats Kansas, 85-73

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 2, 2018
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It’s just not normal’: Jayhawks slip at Allen Fieldhouse again, lose to Texas Tech

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) is fouled on the shot by Texas Tech forward Zach Smith (11) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) is fouled on the shot by Texas Tech forward Zach Smith (11) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Two streaks ended Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and another might be in jeopardy after the Red Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak to Kansas and won for the first time ever in Lawrence.

Yes, it's still early. And, sure, the 10th-ranked Jayhawks still have 16 games to figure it out in time to win the Big 12 Conference again. But Tuesday's 85-73 loss to No. 18 Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse sure makes you think.

For one, it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Jayhawks (11-3 overall, 1-1 Big 12) will face a guaranteed tough test, night in and night out, during this year's Big 12 race no matter if they're at home or away.

For two, it marks the second time already this season that the Jayhawks have lost inside Allen Fieldhouse. The last time that went down was the 2006-07 season and it has happened just one other time in the Bill Self era.

“It's just not normal,” said senior point guard Devonte' Graham, who scored 27 points and dished six assists but also turned it over five times. “It's not something that I'm used to and that we're used to. We just got to get more focused and get way tougher.”

Added senior sharp-shooter Svi Mykhailiuk, who tallied 11 points and five turnovers on 4-of-11 shooting: “It's terrible.”

Terrible was a good word to describe the way the Jayhawks played and executed in just about every aspect of Tuesday's loss, which, at times, looked similar to the home loss to Arizona State in mid-December.

Tech's guards were quicker, the Red Raiders, as a team, were tougher and Kansas just could not make enough winning plays when it mattered most.

It was evident early on that it would be that kind of night as Tuesday's game opened just the way the Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0) would have wanted, with their defense forcing Kansas to labor on every offensive possession and the TTU offense racing out to 60 percent shooting, including a 3 of 5 mark in the game's first five minutes.

That staked Tech to an early 15-5 lead and left the Jayhawks in an early hole that would only grow deeper.

Nine minutes into the game, the Red Raiders led 23-7 and had Kansas chasing a record for most timeouts in the first 10 minutes.

“The start set the tone,” KU coach Bill Self said. “They were so much better than us early.”

KU's first easy bucket of the night — an alley-oop from Graham to Udoka Azubuike — sparked a 10-2 run that pulled Kansas back into it and energized the home crowd.

But that was short-lived and after a skin-of-your-teeth catch-and-shoot 3-pointer by Graham pulled the Jayhawks within 29-22, the Red Raiders flashed their veteran composure and responded with five quick points — two on a driving layup by Keenan Evans past Malik Newman late in the shot clock and three more on a steal of the ensuing inbounds pass — that quieted the building and put the momentum back on the visiting bench.

The Red Raiders' biggest lead of the first half came at 37-22 after two more fruitful possessions capped an 8-0 run.

By halftime, the Red Raiders had weathered one of KU's signature runs and led 43-32. It marked the largest halftime deficit of the season for the Jayhawks and just the second time KU had trailed after 20 minutes all season.

Tuesday's game, in many ways, was the opposite of what went down last weekend in Austin, Texas. In that one, during which Kansas shot 17 of 35 from 3-point range — compared to 6 of 26 on Tuesday night — it was Texas that kept clawing back and Kansas that always had an answer.

Tuesday, the Red Raiders played the role of the Jayhawks, answering every mini-KU run with a big shot or monster effort. Tech out-rebounded Kansas 44-29 overall, 18-8 on the offensive end, and also outpaced KU 41-12 in points off of turnovers and second-chance points combined.

The final dagger, for all intents and purposes, came with with 3:58 to play and Tech leading by nine. With the KU coaches screaming from the bench over and over to the Jayhawks on the floor, freshman Zhaire Smith flew above all of them for what proved to be the exclamation point on the Texas Tech victory, a high-flying flush that put the Red Raiders up 72-61 and allowed the doubt in every seat to come rushing to the faces of the KU faithful.

Three minutes later, he added another one, for good measure that sent the KU fans fleeing for the exits with 1:10 remaining. This year's double-digit, home losses to Arizona State and Texas Tech were just the second and third suffered by Kansas under Self, who is now 226-12 all-time at Allen Fieldhouse.

TTU coach Chris Beard had a strategy to prevent his players from letting up.

“I didn't even know that," Beard said of the wire-to-wire win. "We kept telling our guys in timeouts we're down six, we're down seven. At halftime, I said, 'Hey, we're down nine. We got to win this half by 10 to win.' All the way to the end. Even late, I was telling Jarrett Culver, our freshman, 'Hey, we're down six.' And he came over to me and said, 'Coach, there's 30 seconds left in the game, we're not down six.'”

That mentality, according to several Jayhawks and the stat sheet, was a clear sign of the Red Raiders wanting it more. While Graham and his teammates explained how “You just got to want it” is a good place to start to help the Jayhawks get back on the right path, Self was not as accepting of that answer.

“I think it's ridiculous that kids could say, 'We gotta want it more,'” Self said. “I think that's a ridiculous statement. But what's sad is it's true. Whenever you say that somebody wants something more than you, oh my god, to me, as a coach, it makes me cringe as a coach because that is my responsibility to put them in a position to be competitive and we haven't done that near enough.”

More news and notes from Kansas vs. Texas Tech

By the Numbers: Texas Tech 85, Kansas 73

By the Numbers: Texas Tech 85, Kansas 73


Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 3 months ago

Tech looked well-prepared. They're more athletic, longer, quicker. When refs let teams play aggressively, we've got to adjust, too. It seemed TT got the best of it. I'm afraid with our thin roster (and perhaps, a phone call to Beard), anybody in B12 will have their best in AFH this season. Clear Silvio to play now! Good to see FM's fearless moves displayed by Graham. Other guards need to follow. We will ride his (needs more consistency) 3pt all the way till the season ends. Being able to feed Dok down low still helps us in scoring. Looking forward to watching more Cunliffe on the court. Newman? He can get to the basket off a dribble, no doubt.

Still, there are lots of rooms for improvement. Dok's low %FT will hurt us. Dok's got to be able to seal his man instead of standing around on the defensive end. Coach has got to find a way to use Garrett as offensive weapon more. He has length and can shoot, can dribble, and has hops, too. Our offensive plays are limited. No offense :). Coach's got to find more ways than just guards raining 3s or feeding Dok.


Edward Daub 3 years, 3 months ago

Fire Fran Fraschilla! Fran insisted the Whole Game that KU was getting the Benefit of the Doubt from the Refs!

As for Play by Play Man , John Sciambi (?) , You Gotta Love Him! He Reminds me of the Late, Great John Candy! Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will get Fran and John to Morgantown for WVU and OK on SAT Night!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

Fran Fraschilla showed his true colors. In the past, I gave him the benefit of the doubt but after hearing him say "well, we are in Allen Fieldhouse" on at least 4 different occasions last night, no more.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 3 months ago

They WERE well-prepared. Did you hear from the ESPN crew how they saw TTU's shootaround and preparation for this game?

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

Bryce..a HS team could prepare for KU's predictable offense..hug the 3 point line, double Dok and you have solved KU's offense..noone outside Graham has shown they can get to the rim and make a layup or draw fouls

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

  1. Self is best coach with hi-lo offense. Won many games. No arguments there.
  2. It's also the easiest offense for teams to prepare for.
  3. Not since the Twins were here that Self has recruited bigs that can shoot beyond 2ft. Dok is dunk only. Lucas missed more bunnies than I care to remember. Jeff W was good shot blocker and rebounder but not a good shooter.
  4. Our guards don't know or can't shoot mid-range jumpers. Seems like a lost art. It would be nice to have guards like Nova.

5.That incoming class next year better play balls to tbe wall. I dont want excuses by Self saying they are young..TT's had no problem.
6. Transfers for the most part under Self ride pine 95% of the time or dont play at all. And leave.

Mike Riches 3 years, 3 months ago

I actually thought we made some great adjustments in this game as our guards, who seemed incapable of finishing at getting to the rim in the first half, did a much better job down the stretch. It felt to me like our guys weren't concerned enough for the first 20 minutes, and then started to panic the last 10-12 minutes, in a way that felt a lot like the Oregon game last year. Our defense was completely ineffective throughout. That said, everyone knows it takes a perfect storm to beat Kansas at AFH, and that's exactly what happened. If we hit one of any number of shots down the stretch, I think we would have pulled it out, but it just didn't happen. I think at the end of this season, Bill Self will still have more conference championships than home losses, but not by much.

Roger Ortega 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree that we did make some good adjustments. Just too little too late. We were careless with the ball as well. Not to mention we got blitzed on rebounds. The problem is that that "perfect storm" has happened twice in AFH within a few weeks.

Phil Leister 3 years, 3 months ago

This is an extremely average KU team who is capable of getting hot from 3.

Travis Clementsmith 3 years, 3 months ago

More accurately, its an extremely thin KU team.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 3 months ago

Not a chance of winning the Big 12 or having success in the Tournament with this team. They are all a step slow, cant box out and are not mentally tough. Big Dok looks like a Big Nope. He can dunk and that is it. Cant rebound, cant defend, cant block shots, cant block out, change his name to the Big Cant! Graham is good but he aint Mason and that is not his fault. Not many are and we cant expect him to be. Mason is a star in the NBA now!
This team other than the walk ons look miserable. Not having fun and you can blame that on the coaches. Expectations are way to high for this team. They are not a top 25 team with the current line up.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

Classic overreaction. Udoka is a much better player then you give him credit for. Udoka averages 15 ppg to go along with 8.3 rebounds. It's not really fair to say he cannot play defense because he is hampered by the fact that if he fouls out, there is no other big on the team. I don't know for sure but I bet he is doing what Coach Self has told him to do.

Your correct that Graham is not Mason. His game is more perimeter oriented but Devante Graham is averaging 17.9 ppg, 7.5 assists. That's pretty comparable to Mason's 20.9 ppg and 5.2 apg and Graham doesn't have Josh Jackson or Mason to share the load.

Lastly, we still have 16 more conference games left in the season. Maybe this is your first year as a Kansas fan but if you've seen Self over the past 13 seasons, he has always found a way to win by maximizing the potential of the team and his ability as a game coach.

Did last night's game suck? Of course, it did. I can rag on that all day but I'm not nearly ready to write off the season.

Yonatan Negash 3 years, 3 months ago

10 loss season is inevitable, this is going to be an ugly season.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

Unless KU can finally add Preston and DeSousa can add some production, I can see this team easily losing 11 games BEFORE the NCAA..the talent is there, but the chemistry isnt...feels weird to say this, but Im already looking forward to next season since my expectation for this team is minimal..they will go as far as a 3 point hot streak will take them...Sweet 16 (with current roster) is the best they can hope for

Ray Trowbridge 3 years, 3 months ago

Just looked at Tech Rivals site. They have no player graded higher than 3 star. Must be good coaching as I thought they were the best team on the floor

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, very good coaching. Funny how if Self had players like that he would seldom use them and yet players like that at other schools shine. Those 3 frosh were fantastic last night. Yes, Bill did get lucky with Frank and Graham but that is a rarity for KU. And from memory both never had any issues or legal problems. I think Self needs to re-evaluate some of his prospects in the future.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

lets just be honest, if Self's recruiting classes suddenly became full of low-unranked 3* players, we as KU fans would wonder if he has lost his touch and we wouldnt feel confident about the team at all..Texas Tech just now got good, it took 3 years for their guys to do we really want to only be good every 3 years?????

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

Tom Izzo says hello and knows a thing or two.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

"Self had players like that he would seldom use them".

You mean like Travis Releford. Darnell Jackson, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Conner Teahan, Jamar Traylor, Landen Lucas and even Graham and Mason.

Also, fantastic idea! Let's go directly to the bottom of the Top 150 and try not to get players ranked over 100.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps you should use logic and not feeling when posting Marius. Some were good glue guys. TR and BM were my favs. DJ turned it on his senior year. But you fail to recognize that some of those bigs were played because that's what Self had. They were okay for players coming of bench but not as starters.

Befor responding like a moron you read my other posts. Graham, Mason, Tyshawn are some of my favorite players.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

Well to be fair, I didn't know all the rules.

So, cannot include good glue guys, bigs who were playing because that's what Self had, no players coming off the bench, and finally, players that are some of your favorites.

Is that it?

Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

MY best-case scenario, KU Blue-shaded Sun Glass Lens, Glass More than Half Full, Positive Post:

1] By March 11th, Billy and Silvio will have played in 12 to 20 games, have become integrated into the team and have changed the team dynamic so dramatically that KU is a dangerous and unscouted squad.

2] Dok and Lightfoot are not worn down due to the addition of two more "bigs".

3] Dok raises his foul shooting to 605...well maybe 50%, but I'll take it.

4] Conliffe, showing flashes of athleticism and Garrett, eliminating some growing pains, provide quality relief minutes for the big four of Graham, Vick, Svi and Newman.

5] Malik continues to improve on when to drive and shoot and when to drive and pass.

6] Bill doesn't hesitate to employ the zone as a change up, disruptive defense.

7] WV, BU, TT, TCU, OU and TX beat the crap out of each other and OSU, ISU and KSU sneak up on everybody except us.

8] The Hawks recapture the Allen Magic and The Phog goes undefeated for the remainder of the season.

9] Bill Walton never shows up again in Allen.

10} The 14th straight Conference Title happens but it is shared with three other teams.

BONUS: We beat the crap out of Kansas State every time we face them!!

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

  1. TB, once again his named is spelled Cunliffe with a U, not with an O. Sheesh.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, hopefully this will be my one mistake for this year, :)

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

4 despite the misspelling: I think Cunliffe should be out there now. I'm starting to wonder why transfers come to Kansas. I don't know what goes on in practice but he continues to show flashes just about every time out there. Maybe they aren't flashes.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

I totally agree with you Marius. As slim as that bench is why he isn't played as much. I wonder how next year's transfers will pan out. Im not sure I'd want to go to KU as a transfer.

BTW...were both morons. We post on sites such as this. Yikes!

Roger Ortega 3 years, 3 months ago

Cunliffe is as quick and athletic as advertised. He has a quick second jump and I think would have had more rebounds if he'd played longer. He knew what his role is. He is energy.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

One last thing. How sad is it that as KU fans all we have to root for is another dumb conference title. Big deal. Self is 2-7 in EE games (one of them being at Tulsa). In the same amount of time ol' Roy has won 3 NC's. And ol' Roy could give a crap about conference titles. He didn't at KU and doesn't appear that way at UNC. I think they need to focus their goals on something bigger.


Tom Jones 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, clearly Bill Self would rather win a conference title than a national title.

Our fanbase cracks me up after losses.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't a problem with losing. But the countless number of fans that worry about a dumb conference title is disturbing. It's a bonus but not the end goal. A few more FF banners would be much more welcomed than another B12.

Mike Riches 3 years, 3 months ago

Everyone can obviously have their own opinion on this, but to me a conference title means more than a FF. I don't know anyone who wouldn't trade our current streak for a couple more national championships, but what does a FF mean? Unless it's accompanied by a championship, you're just another loser that got to play an extra game or two. I guess a FF means you played well for four consecutive games, but a conference championship means you played well for over half the season, against rivals that know you best. And to be the only team in history to do that 14 years in a row would be pretty special.

Everything pales in comparison to a NC, no question, but to me a conference title is the next best thing. But I also respect that others don't feel the same, and that difference in opinion is one thing that makes sports so great.

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 3 months ago

We can't guard. Runners to the basket can get around us, we don't disrupt enough shots. Last night, Dok allowed himself to get turned away from the basket too much, but he's not getting enough help getting clear to get to the basket either. And without any other bigs, we are not going to get to the foul line, get other teams in foul trouble, etc. So if we are cold from outside the line, we lose because our inside presence on both sides of the floor isn't sufficient. it's just what it is until we get BP & Silvio out there, so I wasn't too surprised w/last night's outcome.

Season's not over...there's about 300+ other teams that would love to be where we are right now, and that's a testament to Coach Self.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 3 months ago

We were simply killed on the boards and our guards did not take care of the ball.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

What I find upsetting is the Self has a limited bench, and is playing his starting 5 into the ground. Cunliffe only logged 9 minutes. It seems like transfers to KU see little playing time. Wonder how Moore is going to pan out next year.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

Moore could end up starting..Dotson looks good and all, but he is a freshmen and Moore did play good at Cal..Though I am wondering why Cunliffe didnt play more last night, especially in the second half when Svi could hit a shot to save his life

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

Don't start with frosh thing! Too many frosh playing now that are tearing it up on the court.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

"seems like transfers to KU see little playing time". We are on the same page there. I wonder if Moore and the Lawson brothers are talking about this now?

Kevin Young, Tarik Black, and Jeff Withey are more the exception than the norm.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

Those guys had some energy. Young was fun to watch.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

After Withey's first season playing at Kansas, I never thought he would get on the court. Who knew how well he and Thomas Robinson complemented each other's game?

Eric Eakins 3 years, 3 months ago

It's hard to win when a shot goes up and 4 white jerseys start running to the other end of the court before the ball even hits the rim. Statistically speaking, it was a close game other than rebounding (which means one shot for us and second shots for the opponent). This is the frustration of playing 4 guards who aren't use to continuously crashing the boards. They've been trained for 15 years prior to Coach Self to fall back probably.

Hopefully this will be a good loss in that it refocuses their attention on coaches instructions. Self is a great coach and will make adjustments. The players have to want to follow. After 40 years of watching KU, I think they will. Kids at this level are here because of high expectations and I believe they will respond.

The fan base is another story. Hopefully we aren't falling into the 90's Atlanta Braves territory where we are bored with conference championships and so singularly focused on one goal that we can't enjoy what 98% of other fans in this country would love to have in our regular success and year in-n-out in the mix. The Kansans I hang with are great fans. RCJH GO KU!

Tracey Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

This is the worst KU team I've seen since I was in school in the 1980s (pre-Larry Brown). Unless something turns around in a big hurry, the Jayhawks aren't going to win the conference this season. They'll still win enough games to make the NCAA Tournament, but I wouldn't be surprised if they went 1-and-done

There is no depth on the team, they are too small, they don't rebound and they are a below average defensive team.

I was worried about this team as soon as Preston got suspended, but I still wasn't expecting them to lose 2 games at AFH this season, let alone by early January.

On the bright side, the lowered expectations means it will really be a nice surprise if they do manage to somehow turn this around to become a good team by the time March rolls around. And my heart won't be broken like it usually is if they fail to make the Final Four.

I'm still going to watch and cheer for the 'Hawks, but I'm not going to get my hopes up about how this season will play out

Bob Bailey 3 years, 3 months ago

Newman tended to e a drag on offense, maybe Defense? Svi not only missed every 3 the second half, Svi turned the ball over five time, second half? Neither are likely to correct their mistakes this season. Lets go on with the newcomers.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 3 months ago

I was ticked by Newman, too. He stinks in 3pt and fastbreaks. He doesn't have vision as PG, no reflex at all in creating shots for others. But his rebounding #s are ok. He showed he can score off of dribble drives, layups.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 3 months ago

This was a lack of effort, plain and simple. There were 39 defensive rebound opportunities for KU last night. KU got 21 of them, Texas Tech got 18 of them. That's the embodiment of KU's lack of last night in most phases of the game.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 3 months ago

This has to be the worst team Self has put on the floor as KU's coach. I'd like to think getting Preston and Silvio playing will help but I don't see it making us much better. This team lacks so much in so many areas I don't think any one or two additional players will help. Self said it himself "we're soft".

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

Preston and DeSousa will drastically change this team..they will get better on the boards and will have another way of scoring besides Dok dunking and shooting 3's..if Preston was still playing KU would be undefeated right now

Damian Glaze 3 years, 3 months ago

We are just too soft. Even Udoka got pushed out of the way for rebounds. Why can't these guys go for boards? I don't want to hear about size because Tech was not bigger than KU. The biggest stats - as a few have already mentioned - is they had 18 offensive rebounds; AND they had 26 points off 10 turnovers. Think about that points of turnover number - that is likely going to be the best efficiency on TOs that you will ever see a team have this year (or any year).

One other thing about toughness, this team is the poorest KU team I have seen with setting screens. These guys don't like contact. That is what you get when you have guys that only want to shoot threes, and like to go one-on-one. The physicality isn't there. If you watched how Tech set up the screens for off the dribble versus what our guys did, it was night and day. Self needs to have one of those practices where the practice squad gets to do all the shooting; and the "seven" do nothing but block out, get physical, draw charges, etc. He also needs to drop the hammer on the lack of basic fundamentals - setting screens, blocking out and chesting up to a man so he doesn't just run around you. They have a lot of work to do.

J.L. Forge 3 years, 3 months ago

Agree with you for sure. Extremely soft defensive team, no way around it. They show flashes but just cannot sustain any strong defensive mentality. For such a big and imposing guy, Dok is one of the softest big men I have seen on the defensive end with almost zero instincts to protect the rim or rip down rebounds. He continues to get owned down low by guys of all shapes and sizes. I sure hope this changes cause he seems to have the tools to do so. Our guards continue to get beat to the basket and outrebounded consistently. There also seem to be an awful lot of instances where opposing guards are left open due to our guards lack of awareness to rotate back to either their man or the open man. This would seem to be more of a coaching thing than a total lack of skill or knowledge cause they all fall into this trap. No, no...I am not being super negative, just my observations from an armchair coaching position. I still trust coach and as a Jayhawk alum and fan, we are spoiled. Let's get it done!

DiscGolfer Jason 3 years, 3 months ago

You're not being negative just observational. I too am an alum. Yes we are spoiled. Many fans want to think, hope, pray otherwise. That has never done, won't, and will not change anything. Self has dug a hole for himself on some of his recruiting. At least if Izzo has an off season his his largely due to injuries. Coaches have to change and let ego go. Knight was a good example. He stuck with his principles but was not able to adapt to change and keep up with the evolution of the college game.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

I think Dok's "softness" is probably because Coach Self has told him the importance of him being in the game and not being on the bench because of fouls. Just guessing here but once he has Silvio and Preston to share the fouls committed in the paint, he will be much more aggressive.

Also and maybe more likely is that his back is giving him more trouble. I saw him holding his back several times in the last few games.

Freddie Garza 3 years, 3 months ago

This is finally going to be the year that KU doesn't win the league. It was coming, and I think a bunch of us actually NEED to be humbled.

Sucks for us, but overall, it's good for the league for someone else to win it. We'll reload and get back to dominating the league again in no time. But this certainly is NOT the year for Jayhawks.

Ryan Zimmerman 3 years, 3 months ago

At least Billy Preston's mom went on a Twitter tirade this morning... hopefully that will help the NCAA clear him or at least notice what BS this all is. Same thing with Silvio as they better not drag their feet. I thought the NCAA met yesterday, so hopefully they discussed both of their eligibilities because we just aren't going to get any better without some boost inside. We rarely if ever tried to get the ball inside to Dok last night... all we had was drive and see what happens

Andy Godwin 3 years, 3 months ago

She is not pleased with some of the negative comments posted about her son on this and other websites. I will say, when I met Billy Preston during the Italy trip, I immediately thought he would be a KU fan favorite. Has a fun and outgoing personality and does not shy away from attention. Furthermore, his great personality goes along well with some pretty good basketball skills in a 6' 10" frame.

Mom of Kansas star-in-waiting to critics: Be quiet! ABC News

The mother of Billy Preston, the five-star Kansas recruit still sidelined by the investigation into a recent car accident, told critics of her son to "be quiet" in a series of tweets Tuesday night that referenced the freshman's situation. In November, Bill Self told reporters the school's compliance staff wanted a "clearer financial picture" about the car Preston was driving during the on-campus crash before it would allow him to play. Nicole Player, Preston's mother, posted tweets that suggest (go to website below).

Bud Stagg 3 years, 3 months ago

We are thin. Our guys are playing like they are made of glass so they don't get in foul trouble. Our guards need to drive like Frank and not be afraid to guard aggressively. TT came at us hard last night just like ASU and we had no reserves to allow our guys to catch their breath, to sit on the bench and be settled down, etc. You could tell they were panicked which is unlike KU. 2 more bodies allows for a lot more rest and coaching.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

my biggest worry about this team is they lack toughness..their is no fight in them...all 3 losses have been by double digits with the game essentially being done by the 4 minute mark..if they were barely losing, then you could chalk that up as a fluke or a rough stretch..but to lose 3, 2 of those at home, by the margins they've had..very troubling

Michael Sillman 3 years, 3 months ago

We are about find out whether Self is truly a great coach or not. He’ll have to adjust his coaching philosophy to cover up the physical limitations of his team. You can’t make slow feet faster by just yelling at a player.

Zone may need to be the base defense for this group with periods of man to man sprinkled in. That would really stick in Self’s craw.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 3 months ago

I think it was Jay Bilas who commented about the home court advantage KU has at Allen Fieldhouse. It is a great environment but they win because they tend to have the better players. Pretty simple and most years true. As stated before, this season will be a bumpy one and losses at home might not be as uncommon as in the past (I was expecting home losses to OU, WWU, and Texas A&M (maybe they have fallen a bit recently) unless KU gets a full complement of players Self will trust during a game). Wasn't sure about TTU (KU was a 7.5 point favorite) until the game started and KU came out flat defensively. Players make plays and TTU had a better and deeper team and enough good players who made more plays (e.g., rebounds, steals, and fast break points all went in favor of TTU) than KU. Now it will be interesting to see how the team adjust going forward otherwise it will be an up and down season (one game they make 16 made 3's and then the next 0-12 in the second half and KU makes one jumper in the entire second half).

Andy Godwin 3 years, 3 months ago

At least the lady Jayhawks revenged the loss to TTU by winning 60 to 47 against the lady Red Raiders. The lady Hawks are now 2-1 in Big 12 play.

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