No. 15 Kansas looks to halt losing streak vs. TCU
Some changes to the Kansas rotation could take place with the No. 15 Jayhawks trying to stop a three-game losing streak.
In addition to dropping in the surveys, Kansas (10-5, 4-4 Big 12) sits simply.500 in a conference race that still features an undefeated leader in No. 2 Baylor. The Jayhawks will try to regain some footing Thursday against TCU (9-5, 2-4) at Lawrence, Kan.
” I’m going to provide everybody a possibility to play with everyone and then we’ll sort of see where we require to go,” Kansas coach Expense Self stated.
” If we’re going to become a team,” Self included, “now’s the time we’re going to do it.”
Since his squad fell on Saturday to Oklahoma, one of 2 groups that were unranked when they contributed to the Jayhawks’ current skid, Self has actually mixed lineups in practice and examined various combinations.
The boost in energy developed by the modifications has been obvious to the 18th-year coach, who last saw among his Kansas teams drop 3 in a row in 2012-13.
A shot at the Big 12 crown, something the Jayhawks have failed to grasp simply when in the last 16 seasons, seems unlikely at finest.
Self, nevertheless, is not bashful about drawing comparisons to the 1987-88 national champion group coached by Larry Brown. That squad suffered 11 beats but rolled through the NCAA Competition.
Given, All-American Danny Manning fueled the surprising Kansas run that season. Still, Self is persuaded this year’s team can match up with the country’s finest if the Jayhawks find some cohesiveness.
” It’s still out there in front of us,” he said. “But we can’t be a group or a group of people that states, ‘Oh, it hasn’t gone as scripted and we’re deflated by that.’ We’re simply starting.”
Getting to play at house could provide a boost. All three of the Jayhawks’ successive beats began the road versus teams– Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma– angling for NCAA Tournament bids.
” I simply know we need to get it together,” Marcus Garrett stated after pacing Kansas with 21 points and 12 rebounds at Oklahoma. “I feel great in us getting it together due to the fact that we have the best coach and he’s going to make sure we’re ready for our next game.”
TCU is also stuck in a three-game losing streak and has actually not played given that Jan. 12. A positive COVID-19 test for coach Jamie Dixon contributed to the post ponement of each of the Horned Frogs’ last 3 set up video games. Consisted of was the Kansas matchup, initially arranged for Tuesday.
During their recent skid, which started with a 93-64 shellacking from Kansas on Jan. 5, the Frogs have actually lost by approximately 27.7 points.
“It’s a grind. It’s difficult. Every team in this conference is excellent,” stated Mike Miles, who ranks amongst the Big 12’s leading freshman scorers with a 13.4-point average however went scoreless in the first Kansas clash.
R.J. Nembhard (17.2) leads TCU in scoring, netting double figures in 11 consecutive games.