January 2, 2018
Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot and forward Billy Preston watch the waning moments of the Jayhawks' 85-73 loss to Texas Tech, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.
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Less than an hour after KU's 21-point victory over Stanford in Sacramento just before Christmas, Kansas coach Bill Self offered a brutally honest but hopeful assessment of where his team stood entering conference play. Two games and 12 days later, many of the same things Self was concerned about then appear to be legitimate problems for this Kansas team, which fell to No. 18 Texas Tech, 85-73 on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and dropped to 1-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. By Matt Tait