The good news for Bill Self and his staff is that Kansas will not be distracted by the Senior Night ceremony.
Here are three reasons why the Jayhawks will be focused tonight and come out with a win.
First, the Jayhawks are zoned in right now. Coming of a 91-65 shellacking of the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday the Jayhawks may be playing their best basketball of the season. Freshmen superstar Ben McLemore got back to his usual dominating play, by breaking the Kansas freshman single game points record with 36. Withey also starred against the Mountaineers, as he came within one block of a triple-double.
Second, the Jayhawks have dealt with home court distractions several times this season. On Feb. 16 Kansas welcomed ESPN College Gameday to Lawrence, Ks. and after interviews with Self, Releford and Withey on the Gameday set and also honoring Mario Chalmers with his jersey retirement, the Jayhawks subsequently pounced on the Texas Longhorns by the tune of 73-47. In addition, several former Kansas/NBA stars were in attendance to support their alma mater and Chalmers.
Then the following Saturday, Kansas hosted a reunion event where over 200 former players came back to Lawrence, Ks. The result of the game? The Jayhawks embarrassed the TCU Horned Frogs, who upset them in Fort Worth, Tx., by a score of 74-48. It was never really even a game as the Jayhawks led at the half 38-9.
Obviously the extracurricular events do not bother, but rather inspire the Jayhawks.
Lastly, the Jayhawks need this game against the Red Raiders to keep pace for the Big 12 regular season title, a title which Kansas has won eight times in a row.
This senior group wants to be recognized this evening, but above all else, do not want to be remember as the group that broke this impressive streak.
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