Stunning. Shocking. Unbelievable.
Words really can not describe what Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self wanted to say about his team’s loss.
The Jayhawks lost to previously the worst team in the Big 12, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs, 62-55.
It would have helped if the Jayhawks showed up offensively for the first half. Kansas could only must 13 points, making just three field goals and shooting a measly 13.6% from the field. The Jayhawks came out with its worst offensive half since the program began keeping half-only records in the 1980s.
Anyway you chalk it up, it was awful.
“It was the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there,” coach Bill Self said. “I think he had some bad teams when he lost to Topeka YMCA and things like that in the first couple years. But for the first half, there hasn’t been a team play worse than that offensively.”
So how does Self regain his team’s confidence and get back to winning Jayhawk basketball?
First, he must remain positive. Although Coach Self most assuredly got into his team in the locker room after last night’s loss, Coach Self knows his team is fragile now and needs a positive influence.
Second, Self knows what his team is capable of and also has to continue to improve. Although he has seniors on his team, two of them, Jeff Withey and Kevin Young, really have not played in that many games as a Jayhawk due to them transferring into the program. Hopefully these seniors can still embrace improving on a daily basis.
Lastly, maybe Self installs a new wrinkle in the offense, which has grown stale over the past several weeks. Freshman star Ben McLemore is the lone non-senior starter so adding a new set or entry into the offense should not be too difficult and could help give the Jayhawks a different look in their, historically very productive, high-low offense.
For now Self knows the most important day in his season is today at practice, which will most definitely be full throttle. One thing is for sure, Self will have his team’s undivided attention, and will work on getting better.
Self knows that with the Big 12 coming into the second part of its home-and-home schedule, its opponents will only get more familiar and tougher as they look for a ninth straight conference title.
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