Kansas bounced back after being upset by San Diego State and losing their 68 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. KU was able to defeat Oklahoma and extend their streak to 23 consecutive conference opener victories. They got their offense back on track by shooting over 50% and scoring 90 points. Now, KU’s defense is still struggling. They gave up over 45% shooting and 83 points in their win against Oklahoma. Bill Self usually has KU towards the top of the nation in field goal percentage defense. This year has been a different story. KU is used to having several upperclassman that know the system well has plays defense first and lets the offense take care of itself. With them having the youngest team Bill has ever coached and no upperclassman leaders, they have continued to struggle shutting down their opponents.
The win for the Kansas Jayhawks was big because the schedule only gets tougher. The Jayhawks have one of the hardest schedules to open conference play. They opened with a good Oklahoma team on the road, which they were able to take care of. But after that they face 4 consecutive games against top 25 teams. Three of which are in the top 11. KU faces their in state rival K-State next in Allen Fieldhouse. They follow that up with a road game against #9 Iowa State. Those two teams are the hottest teams in the Big 12 at the moment too. After that they get back to back games in historic Allen Fieldhouse against #11 Oklahoma State and #7 Baylor. The Big 12 is considered by several experts as the best conference in the nation this year. The Kansas Jayhawks will find it difficult to continue their Big 12 title run.
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