Kentucky is one of the best teams in the country on the boards. The Wildcats are the fifth-best team in the nation in total rebound percentage, collecting
The Jayhawks lost to Texas Tech on Tuesday, Kansas has always been particularly dominant at home. Last season, it lost just one regular-season game at home, to Iowa State in overtime.
The previous two seasons, it lost none at all. Texas Tech is one of the many Big 12 teams to regularly report for a thrashing at Allen Fieldhouse. The Red Raiders had been at Kansas before Tuesday. Since Bill Self took over as coach in , Kansas has regularly been at the top of the college basketball world.
It has won or tied for 13 straight Big 12 regular-season titles. That streak could be in jeopardy this year.
Kansas now stands at , and in the Big That might not seem to be a terrible record, but consider that Kansas was expected to be great, as usual, this season. That its three losses came at home is particularly notable. Arizona State has developed into a very strong team, it turns out, but Washington is nothing special so far, currently rated around th by computer rankings.
The loss total at the fieldhouse is now 12, and there is a good chance it will grow. Kansas had been over the previous 10 seasons against major conference opponents at home, ESPN reported.
Kansas is not a bad team; against a good schedule is certainly creditable. It ranks in the top 10 in field-goal percentage and the top 20 in 3-point shooting. But its long record of success has led to much higher expectations: home-court dominance, a Big 12 title every year, a deep N.
Kansas lost its two top scorers, Frank Mason and Josh Jackson.
Both were drafted into the N. But elite programs in this era lose top players every year.
It has taken only shots from the line, th out of Division I teams. And indeed, its top three scorers, and five of its top six, are all listed as guards.
That means the Jayhawks may have to live and die by the 3. Against Texas in their previous game, they were 17 for 35 and won by 6. On Tuesday, they were 6 for A freshman expected to help out in the frontcourt, Billy Preston, a top 20 recruit, has not played while the N.
Self has hope for the future. We got what we deserved.
But a game Saturday at T. West Virginia and Oklahoma are also having strong seasons and are ranked in the top Kansas may not get its usual stroll to a Big 12 title.