The No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks will meet the No.19 Texas Longhorns on Saturday night and try to avenge an 81-69 loss they suffered earlier in the season. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he thought the Longhorns has his team on its heels throughout the whole game.
Despite the Top 10 ranking, that loss to Texas has been part of what Self has called a frustrating season.
“Yeah, it’s been frustrating. I would say I figured we’d be really good defensively and average offensively, and it’s kind of been the opposite of what I expected going into the season. We’re still not great offensively. We still turn it over too much and we’re inconsistent shooting the ball a lot. But we’re not as bad defensively as what I play it up to be when you look at us against other teams that we compete against on a nightly basis.”
Self also spoke about what his team needed to do going forward.
“In order for us to be a great team, we’ve got to get better defensively. That’s the biggest area of improvement that we can make in my mind, and so much of it is a mindset. But also when you look at our pieces, our pieces aren’t quite the same as what they’ve been in the past. Our personalities aren’t quite the same. The guys haven’t done probably as poorly as what I play it out to be, but we’ve got to change…”