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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Quick recap: No. 9 Kansas falls at Oklahoma to suffer third consecutive defeat

Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves (12) goes against Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves (12) goes against Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

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The Kansas men’s basketball team has lost three in a row for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

And just like the third loss back then, KU’s third defeat came in Norman, Oklahoma.

Despite making things interesting down the stretch with a five-guard lineup, No. 9 Kansas dropped a 75-68 decision at Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in Lloyd Noble Center. The Jayhawks (10-5, 4-4 Big 12) have now lost three in a row after falling to Oklahoma State and Baylor entering this weekend.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, improved to 9-4 on the year. The Sooners are 5-3 in league play, while the Jayhawks unexpectedly fall to the bottom half of the conference standings.

For a moment, though, it looked like Kansas was going to make a push down the stretch. Trailing by 7, KU guard Dajaun Harris recorded a steal and rattled in a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull within 4 points with 4:23 left to play. Ochai Agbaji then made it a one-possession game by hitting one of his two attempts from the charity stripe with 3:40 left.

The Sooners responded with an Austin Reaves layup moments later, however. OU’s Umoja Gibson then netted another layup, giving the hosts a 7-point advantage once again. The Jayhawks really never had a shot after that, as the Sooners took care of business at the free throw line.

Senior Marcus Garrett was KU’s main source of offense in the loss, as he finished with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Garrett went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Jalen Wilson registered 13 points, while Agbaji joined them in double figures with 10 points.

De’Vion Harmon led Oklahoma with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Kansas will play host to TCU on Thursday.

Comments

Benjamin Shear 1 month ago

Obiter Dictum:

*Inconsistent. That is the best way to describe this team. The first five minutes of this game, the team played really good d, then they let up. Basketball is a game of runs, but KU is so streaky on both ends of the floor.

*Garrett is a great player, and he played an ok game, but he just does not seem like the team leader. There really seems to be no one on the floor who is a natural leader. All the players are talented, all work hard, but leadership is not something that comes naturally to most people.

*Grant-Foster is 1-18 for the year on 3 point shots. Ouch.

*The Big 12 is truly an amazing league this year. It's not just that KU is having a 'down' year, but the Big 12 is probably the best it has ever been as a whole.

*At this point in the season we can conclude one of the following is happening. Either HCBS's strategy for this team is flawed and won't work at the highest level, or the team is simply not executing HCBS's strategy well enough to get results every night. HCBS is so gifted with strategy and in-game coaching I have to believe the team is just not executing well. Fortunately, that can be corrected to some extent. But the team's ability to execute, or not execute, has to be taken into consideration when developing an overall strategy.

*Officiating in the Big 12 this year is a joke. In the first half, there were a ton of no calls. In the 2nd half, KU got called for everything and sent OU in the double bonus with 14 minutes still to play. KU didn't get into the double bonus until the last minute of the game. That's not a result of KU playing thug basketball, it's bad referring.

Bryce Landon 1 month ago

Three straight losses. Four losses in the past six games. Only once in the past six games has Kansas looked good - at TCU.

So how soon before the slumping Jayhawks hold a "players-only" meeting? Or does anyone on this so-called team have it in them to call for a "players-only" meeting?

Steve Zimmerman 1 month ago

I see some more positives out of this game. We can see the work of Harris' hands. This team can have both MG & DH on the floor together. What works: cutting in the middle lane. Cut, cut, cut. I haven't seen give-n-go, but that should also work nicely once our players know how to pass good passes.

Feeding the post on high-low will not work effectively against any teams without a player like Dok in this team. I wonder if anybody keeps track on how many pts made off of our bigs from low-post feed. Seems very low this season. Anyway, I'm excited, it's not like we lost because we're that bad. It's mostly officiating as mentioned by Ben. Those calls were absurd. I didn't mind coach BS got a T, he's right. Then Harris' nice & clean defense on Reaves. Manek's next stop after college should just go straight to southern California, acting in Hollywood. What a p**#sy...

Garrett is a freakin' monster today. I like how he crossed to the basket, if he paces himself, in control with the ball like that, he'll be a master of layups (most of other guys, just go straight to the basket, in a hurry). Nice 3 showdown, too.

David's got to learn how to pump and pound the ball hard with two hands - that will help to elevate with power. Again, look at Dok's highlights on youtubes.

3-4 our turnovers are because of behind the back dribble with drained brain: how can you dribble with the ball bouncing toward another defender? I would rather see our players doing more in-n-out dribble like Garrett sometimes does, and charge forward instead of going side to side or moving back further away from the basket.

Here's to better and better Jayhawk! Rock Chalk!!!!!

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