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Kansas University did much more than lose a basketball game on Wednesday to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference.
The Jayhawks, according to coach Bill Self, had one of the most putrid performances in school history, evidenced by a 13-point — yes, 13-point — first half that contributed mightily to a 62-55 setback in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
“It’s the worst team Kansas has ever put on the floor since Dr. Naismith was here,” Self said after the Jayhawks suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when KU fell to Kansas State and Missouri in consecutive games. “I think he had some bad teams when he lost to Topeka YMCA in his first couple years. The first half (in which KU hit 3 of 22 shots) ... there hasn’t been a team play worse than that offensively. That hasn’t happened ... anywhere.
“Maybe Northern Illinois. Earlier this year, they made one basket in a half. The great thing,” Self cracked, “is we had three assists on our three baskets. We were really sharing the ball.”
…“We actually were very competitive Monday and Tuesday,” he said of the team’s response to a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. “And we had a great shootaround today. Our coaches said it’s the best we looked all year.”
Of the lineup switch, Self said: “Well, Kevin will give us the same thing whether he starts or doesn’t. That didn’t have anything to do with anything. I was really trying to hope that Perry could get going. Obviously, it didn’t happen. If we could start three guys, we’d do that. They make us run five out there. I don’t know who deserves to start.”
Young said: “I did it (come off bench) last year. I have no problem with it. I lacked energy today. I don’t know why. I will try my hardest to not let that happen again.”
The last time KU lost three games in a row? At Texas Tech (80-79 in double overtime), to Iowa State (63-61 in overtime) and at Oklahoma (71-63) on Feb. 14, 19 and 21, 2005. That’s also the season KU lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to 14th-seeded Bucknell.
Certainly TCU’s 62-55 home victory over the Jayhawks was the largest upset of the 2012-13 season. The Horned Frogs entered the game without a Big 12 Conference victory in eight tries, and they weren’t even coming close. Only one of those defeats was by a single-digit margin. KU entered with a No. 5 ranking and a 19-2 overall record.
Might calling it the year’s biggest upset be too limiting, though?
According to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, there has not been a wider differential in RPI rankings between an upset winner and its victim than TCU (No. 236) and KU (No. 7) in the two decades he has been tracking the ratings. Kansas, which fell Saturday at home to Oklahoma State, hadn’t had endured back-to-back losses since 2006.
“Bad play, bad coaching, bad everything,” coach Bill Self said on the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network, well after the game ended. “This is not a bad loss. It’s an unbelievably bad loss.
“The obvious thing is we’re not very good right now. All teams go through funks, but this is probably the worst funk I’ve seen a Kansas team in. We’re not a confident bunch. It’s a ridiculous thing on a confidence level.”
Sorry, Nerlens Noel: You are No. 1 no more.
After three straight months at the top spot on SI.com's NBA Draft Big Board, the Kentucky center has been knocked off. Team executives are quick to note that it's not a knock on Noel, who is still a strong candidate to go No. 1 to a team with a glaring need for frontcourt help. But McLemore, an NBA ready shooting guard who can score inside and out, and Muhammad, a prolific scorer who oozes superstar potential, are considered more dynamic players.
Keep an eye on some of the international prospects, too. What was once considered a weak foreign draft class has started to get a few team executives talking.
On to to the Big Board ...
Each week, I'll pick the top five players -- and three reserves -- to play for a high-profile coach. Disagree with my selections? Let me hear about it.
Kansas' All-Bill Self team
PG: Sherron Collins -- School's fifth all-time leading scorer won 130 career games
SG: Mario Chalmers -- Current Miami Heat starter hit the shot that led to 2008 NCAA title
SF: Brandon Rush -- Only player to earn first-team All-Big 12 honor three straight years
PF: Thomas Robinson -- Went from reserve to first-team All-American in 2011-12
C: Cole Aldrich -- Shot-swatter was one of the country's most feared defensive players
SG: Keith Langford -- KU's seventh all-time leading scorer played his best in big games
SF: Marcus Morris -- First-team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2010-11
PF: Wayne Simien -- First-team All-American and Big 12 POY in 2004-05; jersey retired
ESPN Jason King
Kansas University needed to play a near-perfect game to have a chance at beating Baylor. With the Jayhawks only getting two points out of Angel Goodrich, they had no shot.
Goodrich was held to just two points in the Jayhawks 86-45 loss to top-ranked Baylor on Wednesday night.
She came into the game averaging 14 points. She hit KU’s first basket but then missed her eight other field-goal attempts and was 0-for-6 from behind the three-point line.
Kansas’ other offensive threat, Carolyn Davis, had been second in the conference in field-goal percentage but made just three of her 12 field-goal attempts and finished with six points, four in the second half. She had been scoring nearly 16 points a game.
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