It was the second win in three days for the Jayhawks, who are a half game ahead of the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks win came on senior night and Head Coach Bill Self noted that “we didn’t make a lot of shots but we were able to get to the free throw line and get a lot of layups.” And by layups, Self means dunks.
Because of the factor that is senior night, Self and his staff had to be a bit concerned about how his players would respond due to the nerves, emotion and energy that it expends.
However, upon further review of the Jayhawks schedule, they were not only ready for the Red Raiders but may be the most prepared team for the postseason.
The Jayahwks have played two games in three days or back-to-back games a remarkable six times this season.
In those games, the Jayhawks are an impressive 12-2. One of those losses came at the hands in mid-November to the Michigan State Spartans on a neutral court. The other was on Feb. 9th against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Ok.
The fact that the Jayhawks have this much experience with early season tournaments and being on “Big Monday” several times this season after a Saturday game, is a great prep for the Big 12 Conference Tournament and NCAA tournament.
Coach Self knows this and will undoubtedly be preaching this fact to his team. For right not though, they have four days to prepare for their regular season finale against the Baylor Bears in Waco, Tx. and a shot at their ninth straight Big 12 regular season title.
The win will give Kansas even more momentum and confidence as they head to Kansas City, Mo. for the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
They certainly are the most prepared team due to their schedule.
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