What’s the matter with Kansas Jayhawks basketball?


Heard anything about Kansas Jayhawks basketball lately? What’s the matter with Kansas? And I’m not talking about the 2003 Thomas Frank tome explaining how the middle and low classes in the rural populace consistently votes against their own economic interests. I’m talking KU hoops.

Just a week ago, Kansas had the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games. Now, the program is on its first three-game losing streak since February 2005. Last night the Jayhawks lost to an unranked Oklahoma team. The Sooners (15-7, 6-4) snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006. It was a battle of ex-Illinois Fighting Illini head coaches as Lon Kruger bested Bill Self. Throw in the success of Bruce Weber at Kansas State and the Big 12 has become the “prairie of ex-Illini coaches,” you know like the “island of misfit toys.”

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