For the second game in a row, and the last 3 out of 4 games, the Kansas Jayhawk Men’s Basketball team comes up on the short end of the stick at the end of regulation. KU dropped another game in poor fashion to the Florida Gators on December 10, 2013 by the score of 61-67. They couldn’t hold on to the ball and they had a tough time cracking the zone defense and despite Andrew Wiggins career high 26 points, they just didn’t compete after the opening minutes.
You can believe that every future Kansas opponent will be working on their zone defense. When you consider the new and more stringent foul rules, more teams are utilizing a zone defense to avoid foul trouble to begin with, much to KU’s chagrin. Kansas just couldn’t stop the bleeding in time to mount a real comeback opportunity against the Gators. From KUSports.com, “We actually made a couple shots and played pretty well the first five minutes. We were awful after that,” Self stated.
Kansas opened up the game with a 10-3 lead, but then Florida woke up and ran with a 21-0 drubbing that left the Jayhawks reaching for a life preserver to hold on. Contributing to KU’s woes was an aweful 16 turnovers at halftime and 24 total for the game. KU freshman point Frank Mason had five turnovers to no assists; junior point Naadir Tharpe five assists against three turnovers. Frosh combo guard Wayne Selden, who played one minute the final half, had four turnovers to one assist.
One of the few bright spots was Wiggins who mounted a one-man comeback effort and tried to put the team on his back to get back into the game, but in the end, it required a team effort to be able to win and Kansas just didn’t have it in them that night.
Some Kansas fans are sounding the alarms as a team that should be coming together with so much NBA talent is playing so poorly. Fans look for teams to find their rhythm in winter and around the holidays to get ready for a tough conference schedule to get that conference crown and set themselves up with good NCAA tournament seeding. The Jayhawks are far from playing their best basketball. Is the cheese sliding off the cracker for this year’s team? Are they headed in the wrong direction? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, what style of basketball they are playing now will not get it done.