Yes, that's the worst team Bill Self has lost to at KU. Maybe Williams and Brown before him, too
The Kansas City Star
So, yeah. That just happened.
I mentioned this on Twitter last night, but I thought so little of No. 5 Kansas going to TCU I didn’t even bother DVR-ing the game. I couldn’t believe it when I got home. Because we are sports and fans and this is what we do, people immediately started wondering if it’s the worst loss in recent Kansas history and the answer is a qualified yes.
Bucknell was worse, because it was three scholarship starters and a first-round NCAA Tournament loss. That loss — and VCU, and Northern Iowa, and Bradley — had bigger impacts. Harder to get over. But TCU is the worst team Self has lost to at Kansas, has to be. Might be worse than anybody Roy Williams lost to, too.
Keep in mind TCU isn’t just a bad team, it is awful. Beating the fifth-ranked team in the country pushed them UP to 251st in Kem Pomeroy’s rankings. TCU lost to SMU, Houston, Tulsa and Northwestern (55-31).
TCU lost all eight of its previous league games, and keep in mind the Big 12 isn’t that good. TCU’s losses were by 9, 18, 11, 13, 13, 21, 26 and 17. But, hey, they did beat Prairie View and Navy by a combined seven points.
Losing to Oklahoma State is one thing, but, hey, stuff happens in college basketball. This puts a different spin on KU’s season, and along with some uncharacteristically harsh criticisms from Bill Self, an indication that there are deeper issues than just the lack of a good natural point guard.
Personally, I still like this team. They defend, and Ben McLemore is one of the best players in the country. If they can find a workaround for not having a pace-setting point guard, this is still a dangerous team in a wide open year of college basketball.
But I also know this. I won’t forget to watch the game on Saturday.