February 28, 2007

Kansas set to battle Texas

It's been an unbelievable season for Bill Self and the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (26-4; 13-2). Since losing to Texas A&M (24-4; 12-2) back on February 3, Self's squad has won seven straight games by an average of 25-points per contest. Overall, the Jayhawks have won 26-of-30 games and will guarantee themselves at least a share of the regular season Big 12 Championship with a win over Texas (21-7; 11-3) on Saturday.

"I've said all along that we've had some serious things we have to address," said Self after Kansas lost at home to Oral Roberts. "They exposed us in a lot of ways with low-post defense. "We've been bad since before the Northern Arizona game. The switch came on that day and when the switch comes on, everything looks good

"We made this analogy to the staff after the game," he added. "This team needs to climb the mountain, cant start there," he added. "We aren't mature enough and we aren't hungry and tough enough. They need to climb it. And now, there is no question, it will be more of a climb now, since we got our but kicked today."

Much has changed for Self and the Jayhawks since losing to Oral Roberts, DePaul, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. For much of the Big 12 season, Kansas has been one of the most impressive teams, if not the most impressive team, in all of college basketball.

The Jayhawks have defeated their previous seven opponents, Kansas State, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma by an average of 25-points per contest. During that streak, KU has been tested just twice. They defeated the Wildcats by nine-points in Manhattan and the Sooners by two-points in Norman.

While a number of teams that hope to contend for a National Championship, such as Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin, have lost several games in the month of February, the Kansas Jayhawks continue to roll.

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