Head coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks are back to their winning ways and that should not surprise anyone.
After dropping three consecutive games earlier this month and the first time since 2005, the Jayhawks have strung together a nice four game winning streak to keep them in contention for the Big 12 regular season title.
The Jayhawks ninth consecutive title would give Self a title in each of his nine years in Lawrence, Ks.
Self is also sitting on career win 499 as the Jayhawks head to meet the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Ia.
Self who is now 292-57 while at Kansas and an amazing 149-8 in Phog Allen Fieldhouse, has made quiet a name for himself in the college basketball landscape.
Self who won the 2008 NCAA National Championship has that to boast along with the numerous Big 12 regular season and conference tournament titles.
So it is now up to these Jayhawks to get Self his 500th win, although that will be no small task against the Cyclones.
Iowa State should have beat the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Ks. if not for a bank three-point shot from freshman phenom Ben McLemore at the buzzer that sent the game to overtime. The Jayhawks then trounced the Cyclones by a score of 97-89.
Jeff Withey must be an inside presence against the perimeter oriented Cyclones and defensively every Jayhawk must be ready to closeout hard on the numerous Cylcone shooters and invite them to Withey in the patin.
If Kansas can do this and remain aggressive on the offensive end, they will also be able to say that they were responsible for getting Self’s 500th win, a milestone that they will all be proud of when Self is inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame someday.
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