It has been a wild week for Kansas basketball.
The team’s 18-game winning streak ended with a loss at West Virginia. A report came out that Lagerald Vick possibly kicked a woman in the face in 2015. Also, Bill Self announced that Carlton Bragg was suspended for violating team rules. It was later released that Carlton was set to appear in court on February 14 after authorities found drug paraphernalia residue in McCarthy Hall, which was believed to have belonged to Bragg. In a game against Kentucky that appeared highly unfavorable for the Jayhawks due to the depleted roster, the Jayhawks were able to muster a remarkable, and thrilling, 79-73 win in Rupp Arena. Kansas has experienced one week of highs and lows that could even be compared to a shaky and awkward high school relationship.
Bill Self must be feeling it too, having to deal with suspensions, police reports, and on top of that, preparing for a good Baylor team coming to Allen Fieldhouse tonight. Baylor, despite its program success, has never won in the Fieldhouse. The Bears are 0-14 lifetime in Lawrence. It is kind of like going to school. You go to it feeling confident, and by second hour (or the second half if you’re Baylor), you’re ready to pack up and head home. You cannot make it end nor avoid the ineveitable outcome. Kansas steals Scott Drew’s lunch money – every time.
Wednesday could be Baylor’s night. With possibly their best team in ten years, the Bears have only seen one loss so far this season, which was a 23-point drilling in Morgantown. Don’t be deceived with their 20-1 record, though. Their last seven games only see them winning by margins of, +2, +4, +9, +10, +9, +4, and +3. Baylor is No. 142 in overall PPG, and 190th in total points scored. It is going to be one heck of a night for Scott Drew if the Bears bring their scoring woes to Kansas. The Bears are top-10 nationally in defensive scoring, but stopping Kansas’ well-oiled offensive machine could be a different story.
Set the game alone aside and think of all of the times the Jayhawks have lost to a Big 12 opponent at home. I know, I might sound like Fran Fraschilla, rattling off each home loss under the Bill Self tenure, getting the egotistical, mood-lifting tone when he hears “Kansas” and “loss” together.
Iowa State 63, Kansas 61 OT – February 2, 2005
Ah, the old Keith Langford days. Curtis Stinson, from Iowa State, hit a go-ahead game winner with five seconds remaining. Langford tied the game to send it to overtime, but he missed the final shot of overtime as Iowa State prevailed, giving Self his first league loss in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas State 59, Kansas 55 – January 14, 2006
Yeah, it was a shaky few weeks for the Jayhawks at home, who lost against Nevada in the Phog just six home games earlier, making it the second-shortest home win streak in the Bill Self era.
Texas A&M 69, Kansas 66 – February 3, 2007
Kansas had the early lead, but Texas A&M stormed back and became the first Big 12 South team to ever win in Allen Fieldhouse.
Texas 74, Kansas 63 – January 22, 2011
The 69-game Allen Fieldhouse win streak for the Jayhawks was shattered as Texas, led by J’Covan Brown, stormed in and stunned Kansas fans not used to seeing a loss in the historic building.
Oklahoma State 85, Kansas 80 – February 2, 2013
Oh yes, the day when the flip-flopping fool Marcus Smart finished off the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse, doing a backflip on midcourt, and upsetting Jayhawk fans across the nation, ending a 33 game win streak in the Phog.
Interesting tidbit: The dates in those Big 12 home losses: February 3, January 22, February 2, February 2.
Tomorrow’s game is on February 1. It seems to always be around this time of year.
Did reading those losses make you sad again? It can’t make you as discouraged as you are with the current off-court situation for Kansas.
For the Jayhawks to win this evening, they have to close in on Johnathan Motley, and the rest should work it’s course. if Baylor keeps it’s win margin trend up, Kansas is on its way to its 20th victory this season.
Time to take Scott Drew to school.