Although suffering a blowout loss just hours after being tabbed
the No. 1 team in the country was embarrassing, Kansas believes
it’s something the team can rally around.
The top-ranked Jayhawks hope to put this humiliating defeat
behind them, tighten up their defense and continue their dominance
over Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Kansas’ stay atop the AP poll will likely be short-lived
following Monday’s 84-68 loss at Kansas State. The Jayhawks (24-2,
9-2 Big 12) finished with 15.3 points fewer than their season
average, had a season-low 23 rebounds and allowed an opponent
season-high 56.3 percent shooting.
“I still feel like we’ve got a good team,” junior forward Marcus
Morris said. “We just have a long ways to go. We need to defend.
We’re going to get better. We’re going to buckle down and guard.
We’re going to get better. We’re just going to be a new team.”
Markieff Morris, the conference’s leading rebounder at 8.2 per
game, failed to grab a board and Tyshawn Taylor struggled
defensively on Jacob Pullen, who had a career-best 38 points.
“I hate to say that a loss makes us better. But I think it can,”
Taylor said. “We watched tape and we saw so many different dumb
plays that we all made. And we just know what we’ve got to do.
We’ve got to learn from that experience.”
The Jayhawks typically do learn from their losses, having played
192 contests since the last time they dropped back-to-back games in
A home game against Colorado, 0-14 all-time against top-ranked
teams, could also help them get back on track.
Kansas has won 27 in a row at Allen Fieldhouse over the
Buffaloes (16-10, 5-6) – the last seven by an average of 20.4
points – since a 75-74 loss on Feb. 10, 1983. First-year Colorado
coach Tad Boyle was a member of that Jayhawks team.
“They’re No. 1 in the country and just got beat,” Boyle told the
Buffaloes’ official website. “We’re not going to sneak up on them.
But I do think the one thing we’re going to have to do is try and
control the tempo of the game on offense.”
This will be the second time Boyle’s team faces the Jayhawks
after a rare Kansas loss.
Three days after falling to Texas, which ended the nation’s
longest home win streak at 69 games, Kansas defeated Colorado 82-78
on Jan. 25. Freshman Josh Selby, who is currently nursing a right
ankle injury suffered in that game, had a team-high 17 points,
while Marcus Morris added 15.
Although Kansas defeated the Buffaloes for the 16th straight
time and has won 43 of 44 in this series, it had some trouble
Alec Burks, second in the Big 12 with 19.5 points per game,
scored 25 and Cory Higgins added 19. The Buffaloes are one of five
teams to score more than 76 points against the Jayhawks this
“I think the whole thing with them is guarding, eliminating
transition, and obviously doing a good job defending Burks and
Higgins,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We need to do a good job on
Burks is coming off his worst performance of the season,
finishing with eight points on 3-of-13 shooting last Saturday
against Kansas State. Despite his sluggish outing, the Buffaloes
still defeated the Wildcats 58-56 to win for just the second time
in eight games, as a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Kansas State’s
Rodney McGruder was waved off.