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I mean, those boys didn't fight through screens, they threw the ball away, took horrendous shots and missed all of them. It was absolutely the most gut-wrenching game I have ever had to watch!!
As I threw my phone on the couch for the gazillionth time late in the game last night and stomped off to the other room in disgust, I could not believe what I was witnessing. College men's basketball is NOT played like that at KU. I mean, it is NOT. ALLOWED. from public opinion standpoint. It is a HUGE privilege to play basketball for the University of Kansas and don't think those boys won't be reminded of that by many people over the coming days. If these boys' confidence is shaken from what's going on on the court...I'm a little worried what some comments from students and fans is going to do to them.
I read this opinion piece this morning and the first sentence is exactly the sentiment I think many KU fans are feeling today:
If James Naismith had known Kansas University one day would butcher the game of basketball as badly as it did in the first half of a stunning loss Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas, he not only might have thought twice about starting the program, he might have passed on the entire idea of inventing the sport.
And then Bill Self nailed it at the end, as well:
“It’s not so much that we lost, but it’s that we were kind of the bullies of the league, and we let people think that they could whip us, and when they did, everybody now thinks that they can whip us,” Self continued. “I mean, hey, we just opened the floodgates. If we’re going to get everybody’s best shot two weeks ago, think now what it’s going to be like when everybody thinks they’re going to win?”Oh goodness, I have a feeling it's going to be a bumpy ride the rest of the season.
And just when I was really needing a pick-me-up. Guess KU Men's basketball team is in their own February Funk.