Some adjustments to the Kansas rotation may transpire with the No. 15 Jayhawks making an attempt to halt a three-game shedding streak.
Along with dropping within the polls, Kansas (10-5, 4-Four Massive 12) sits simply .500 in a convention race that also options an undefeated chief in No. 2 Baylor. The Jayhawks will attempt to regain some footing Thursday towards TCU (9-5, 2-4) at Lawrence, Kan.
“I will give everyone an opportunity to play with everyone after which we’ll sort of see the place we have to go,” Kansas coach Invoice Self mentioned.
“If we will turn into a workforce,” Self added, “now’s the time we will do it.”
Since his squad fell on Saturday to Oklahoma, one among two groups that have been unranked after they contributed to the Jayhawks’ present skid, Self has shuffled lineups in apply and examined totally different combos.
The increase in power created by the adjustments has been noticeable to the 18th-year coach, who final noticed one among his Kansas groups drop three in a row in 2012-13.
A shot on the Massive 12 crown, one thing the Jayhawks have failed to know simply as soon as within the final 16 seasons, seems to be inconceivable at greatest.
Self, nonetheless, will not be bashful about drawing comparisons to the 1987-88 nationwide championship workforce coached by Larry Brown. That squad suffered 11 defeats however rolled by way of the NCAA Match.
Granted, All-American Danny Manning fueled the stunning Kansas run that season. Nonetheless, Self is satisfied this 12 months’s workforce can match up with the nation’s best if the Jayhawks discover some cohesiveness.
“It is nonetheless on the market in entrance of us,” he mentioned. “However we won’t be a workforce or a gaggle of people that claims, ‘Oh, it hasn’t gone as scripted and we’re deflated by that.’ We’re simply getting began.”
Attending to play at residence may present a lift. All three of the Jayhawks’ consecutive defeats got here on the street towards groups — Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma — angling for NCAA Match bids.
“I simply know now we have to get it collectively,” Marcus Garrett mentioned after pacing Kansas with 21 factors and 12 rebounds at Oklahoma. “I really feel assured in us getting it collectively as a result of now we have the perfect coach and he is going to ensure we’re prepared for our subsequent recreation.”
TCU can be mired in a three-game shedding streak and has not performed since Jan. 12. A optimistic COVID-19 check for coach Jamie Dixon contributed to the postponement of every of the Horned Frogs’ final three scheduled video games. Included was the Kansas matchup, initially scheduled for Tuesday.
Throughout their latest skid, which started with a 93-64 shellacking from Kansas on Jan. 5, the Frogs have misplaced by a mean of 27.7 factors.
“It is a grind. It is powerful. Each workforce on this convention is nice,” mentioned Mike Miles, who ranks among the many Massive 12’s high freshman scorers with a 13.4-point common however went scoreless within the first Kansas conflict.
R.J. Nembhard (17.2) leads TCU in scoring, netting double figures in 11 consecutive video games.
–Discipline Stage Media