It will have been two weeks since the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma 67-54 at Allen Fieldhouse when the teams meet Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. In that match-up, the Jayhawks overcame their lousy offense with some stingy defense, and that’s what they’ve been hanging their hat on during a rough start to the conference schedule.
That’s how they were even in the game against the Horned Frogs on Wednesday night, when they had just four points midway through the first half and finished with 13 at the break.
“I don’t think our confidence is shaken as much as we just played bad,” Self said. “I actually thought we played pretty hard against TCU, we just didn’t get much for it.”
Self said the confidence is still there.
The Jayhawks just need some shots to start falling.
“This is the same team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation a week ago,” he said, “so if our confidence is shaken, then we’re not very tough.”
The Jayhawks are still in the hunt for a ninth-straight Big 12 title, but their margin for error has been almost entirely wiped out. They have the tiebreaker over Kansas State by virtue of their win earlier this season in Manhattan, but the Wildcats visit the Phog on Monday night.
First, though, the Jayhawks had better focus on Oklahoma.
“We’ll be better moving forward, no question,” Self said. “We’ve been living on borrowed time for a while now and it has caught up to us and certainly we knew something like this could happen.”
Added McLemore, who still leads the Jayhawks in scoring: “We’ve just got to go out there and play now. We’ve got to go out there and play Kansas basketball.”