Bill Self isn’t worried about Kansas despite three-game losing skid, but he should be

The Kansas Jayhawks are the defending nationwide champions, in order that they’ll surely get all people’s finest shot this season.

Exterior of No. 22 Tennessee beating Kansas within the Battle 4 Atlantis, everybody else’s finest shot wasn’t sufficient because the Jayhawks blazed out to a 16-1 file to begin the season.

After which No. 13 Kansas State beat Kansas in Manhattan, 83-82, final Tuesday. No. 14 TCU adopted that up with an 83-60 win over the defending champs at Allen Fieldhouse over the weekend and No. 17 Baylor completed out the Huge 12 gauntlet with a 75-69 win in Waco.

The Jayhawks are actually 16-4 and ranked No. 9 nationally — down from No. 2 towards Ok-State — and so they’re looking forward to a Huge 12/SEC Problem matchup with Kentucky.

It will appear as if Invoice Self’s group is in dire straits, however the veteran head coach would not appear anxious but. He is aware of that faculty basketball seasons are lengthy and filled with ups and downs, even for championship groups.

“Guys, there’s time to be reactive in a unfavourable method in case your group’s not doing properly. This isn’t certainly one of our occasions,” Self advised reporters, per 247Sports. “I imply, now we have gotten beat. And granted, we received beat by a group that was projected to win the league tonight that is actually good. And so they went by way of the identical crap we’re going by way of proper now. We received beat by a group that is fifth within the nation at their place by one, and we received beat at residence (by a group) that would have beat anyone within the nation Saturday. So, our league is that good. It is going to be a grind.”

Self appears to consider that Kansas’ struggles as of late are much less an indictment of his group and extra an indication of simply how proficient the Huge 12 is. It is price noting that not less than in keeping with the rankings, he is proper on that time. Kansas State (5), Texas (10), TCU (11), Iowa State (12), and Baylor (17), all presently be part of Kansas within the AP Top 25. 

The issue concerning Self’s optimism, although, is that issues aren’t anticipated to get simpler for Kansas.

Certain, Kentucky is not a powerhouse this 12 months, however John Calipari may have the Wildcats seeking to make an announcement Saturday night time. The Jayhawks then get proper again to Huge 12 motion with consecutive video games towards Kansas State, Iowa and Texas.

“The distinction in our league from prior to now, there’s simply not video games that you could look to saying, ‘We are able to get properly right here.’ I imply, there are none of these video games,” Self defined. “So, I will be sincere with you, I’ve received to take a distinct strategy and perceive that it is a marathon. It isn’t a direct response, as a result of you may react instantly on this league, and you will have 9 different groups undergo the very same factor in some unspecified time in the future in time in the course of the season.”

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