After a rough and tumble Battle for Atlantis series in the Bahamas in which KU received its first loss of the year, college basketball rankings came out December 2 and dropped KU to 6 from 2 in the country in the AP poll.
Kansas knocked off Wake Forest 87-78 in round one and then lost to Villanova by 59-63 in round two. They were barely in the Villanova game and made a valiant comeback to take the lead, but in the end they couldn’t hold on to stay untarnished.
The Jayhawks had to settle for UTEP in round three for the third place spot and came away with a decidedly unconvincing 67-63 win. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins closed out the UTEP win with a quiet weekend in the Bahamas with his most unproductive night of the year. He had six points on two-of-nine shooting in 34 minutes. In the three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis series, Wiggins averaged just 11 points and 4.6 rebounds.
From the Kansas City Star, Coach Bill Self said, “I thought we would have errors of trying too hard, rather than errors of casualness, and that’s the thing that’s really frustrating to me.”
Kansas needs to shrug off the uninspired play if they want to contend with the likes of Florida, Georgetown and then the Big 12 conference.
Kansas will hit the road for back-to-back road games when the Jayhawks face Colorado on December 7 and then to Florida on December 10.