Kansas dropped a game at home to San Diego State last Sunday and subsequently dropped from 16 to 18 in the AP poll. The loss snapped a 68-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. KU fares even worse in the USA Today poll coming in at 20 in the country sporting a 9-4 record with a roster full of potential. This is the 160th week Kansas has been ranked in the AP top 25, which includes 112 times in the top 10. KU has been ranked in each of the last 94 polls dating back to the 2008-09 season. In the coaches' poll, Kansas has been ranked 187 times, including 137 in the top 10 in the Self era. KU has been listed in each of the last 98 coaches' polls.
What gives with this Kansas team? Bill Self acknowledges his team is playing poorly and thought they would be better at this point in time. The team has started as many as 4 freshmen at a time in games is a very young team with a few potential one-and-done players. Surely it’s difficult to get buy-in and leadership from players biding their time until the NBA draft. Many experts have said Kansas has the toughest schedule in college basketball. KU's 2013-14 men's basketball schedule includes 13 opponents which advanced to the 2013 postseason (12 NCAA, one NIT), including six foes that either won their regular-season or conference tournament titles last year.
Whatever the issues are, they need to fixed in a hurry as Kansas looks to kick off Big 12 play tonight in Oklahoma against a strong 12-2 Sooners team. Since 2006, the Jayhawks have won 10 of the last 11 meetings against the Sooners. OU ended a KU 10-game winning streak with a 72-66 in Norman last season. Kansas is 49-41 against Oklahoma in games played in Norman and holds a 17-16 edge in contests in the Lloyd Noble Center. Kansas has won four of the last five meetings against OU in Lloyd Noble dating back to the 2007 season. Kansas has had success in Oklahoma’s house, but this isn’t the typical Bill Self Jayhawks that have dropped into Norman.
The game is tonight ,January 8, at 6 P.M. on ESPN2.