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Scenes from some of the worst losses in the Bill Self era (we know it hurts): clockwise from top left, Self and Elijah Johnson (15) after a 2013 NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan; Marcus Morris hanging his head late in a tourney setback to Virginia Commonwealth in 2011; Bucknell players swarming the court after a first-round upset of KU in the 2005 NCAAs; Self unable to watch an unexpected loss at TCU five months ago; Tyshawn Taylor dejected after a regular-season loss at Missouri in 2012; Russell Robinson (3) getting out of the way of celebrating Bradley players after KU’s first-round ouster from the NCAAs in 2006; and Self showing off his vertical in a second-round loss to Northern Iowa in 2010.

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Painful reminders: A look at Bill Self’s saddest setbacks

KU coach Bill Self has lost just 59 games during his first 10 years in Lawrence. Because of their scarcity, many of those 59 losses have been tough for fans and players to swallow.


Greg Lux 6 years, 3 months ago

Every lose is painful, but the losses to teams we should win ( on paper ) and the final loss of the season is always the toughest. Players and Coaches can accept being beat by a Better Team ( Talent wise ) but most of these losses were to teams that we just gave the game away ( Michigan ) or first round losses to teams much lower ranked. If one thing is true over HCBS's career we usually beat the better teams and lose to the lower ranked teams. Kids are kids and they let their egos block their brains sometimes. Most every kid ( and adult ) thinks he is going to make the next shot but when it starts to go wrong they can't stop the bleeding. Lose is part of life and most times a very important learning experience. But for fans in the NCAA it's a hit to our dreams that takes a year to get over ( at least ). Some we never get over ...

Rock Chalk

bogan79 6 years, 3 months ago

Michigan was the hardest for me... But how quickly a Jayhawk forgets... especially when a talent like Andrew Wiggins brings another year of hope and excitement to Rock-Chalk Nation.

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