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3 Quick Things on KU Hoops 🏀
One take, one stat, and one Hearing
One Take on the loss
One Stat I’m digging into
One Hearing on Self’s message after Houston
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One Take: Why this Wasn’t a ‘Bad Loss’
Yes, it was a frustrating, annoying, cringeworthy 75-70 loss to the Wildcats in Manhattan. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad loss.
There are the obvious excuses for sloppy Monday night showing. And those are mostly valid: Yes, KU was tired. The starters played too much. It’s a brutal turnaround after playing Houston on Saturday. I think that’s all true.
But I mostly say it wasn’t a bad loss because it’s one I think Bill Self can live with. I looked it up, and KState shot better on its guarded jumpers than KU did with its open looks (via Synergy). Basically, KU had good looks and just missed them. Meanwhile, K-State made some tough jumpers.
Typically, that’s the kind of result that doesn’t lead to Self calling his players soft. And his postgame presser reflected that.
I don’t think KU is in the danger zone just yet. The Jayhawks are the fifth-best team in the country since Johnny Furphy joined the starting lineup, according to analytics site BartTorvik.com (free Kenpom competitor).
The ceiling is high, the floor is low — and they’ve got one month and change to figure it out.
Let me know what you think below.
Do you agree with the take?
Or was it a bad loss
One Stat: Zero Point Zero
While I’m not too worried just yet, there is one number I’m digging into. KU scored zero points on eight looks in the last four seconds of the shot clock against KState. If KU didn’t score quick, it didn’t score much at all. That’s not good.
Looks <4 seconds
KU’s inability to create good looks late in the clock stacks pressure on Dajuan Harris and Kevin McCullar, who are already playing significant minutes.
The lack of a “go-to” option in these moments will need to change for KU to make a Tourney run.
More to come on this…
One Hearing: Bill Self’s Message Didn’t Stick
I texted out this VIP Hearing before the KState game. Self tried to get his team ready for it. They just didn’t have the juice.
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Good takes by Ryan and Cam!
It’s a good team but lacks someone reliable in late game situations to go get a bucket
— The Truth Jr. (@CamLippoldtGolf)
Feb 6, 2024
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