The most important headline from Saturday was most likely Kansas dropping for a third consecutive time, if solely as a result of Kansas not often endures three-game dropping streaks. Earlier than this one, the final one got here in February 2013. So, yeah, Invoice Self’s Jayhawks being on a three-game dropping streak, and dropping to 4-4 within the Large 12, is a notable and strange improvement.
Nevertheless it should not be that stunning.
The context issues, and this is the context: all three losses are single-digit street losses to groups within the high 40 at KenPom — particularly Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma. KU closed as a favourite in solely a type of video games. So whereas this three-game dropping streak is, once more, notable, uncommon, and doubtless among the many issues that’ll preserve the Jayhawks from profitable a minimum of a share of the Large 12 title for what could be the sixteenth time in a 17-year span, it completely mustn’t, as a result of it completely doesn’t, place KU in a gaggle with Kentucky and Duke with regards to any conversations about wildly disappointing blue-blood packages. In contrast to Duke and Kentucky, Kansas has 4 Quadrant 1 wins. Kentucky solely has one. Duke has zero.
“We have had a tough stretch — however we have performed three street video games in opposition to [likely NCAA] Match groups,” Kansas coach Invoice Self stated following Saturday’s 75-68 loss at Oklahoma. “I do not suppose we’re gifted sufficient to not have a tough stretch, if we do not play properly, [when] we’re enjoying on the street in opposition to groups which are [likely NCAA] Match groups.”
Self is correct concerning the expertise.
The unresolved NCAA investigation has clearly hindered KU’s recruiting, proof being that solely one of many Jayhawks’ starters (David McCormack) was a consensus top-50 prospect popping out of highschool. Two starters (Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji) had been truly sub-100 recruits — and there is not a possible future first-round NBA Draft choose on the roster. So, all issues thought of, it is truly type of spectacular that Self has been in a position to maintain issues collectively even when the Jayhawks are going by a tough stretch now.
Kansas dropped to No. 15 in Sunday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities High 25 And 1 each day faculty basketball rankings. The Jayhawks’ subsequent likelihood to snap their dropping streak is scheduled to come back Thursday after they host TCU inside Allen Fieldhouse.
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