No. 5 Kansas at TCU
• WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas
• TV/RADIO: ESPNU; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT KANSAS (19-2, 7-1 Big 12): Kansas coach Bill Self said his team was humbled on Saturday in an 85-80 loss at Allen Fieldhouse. He challenged his teams toughness, and this will be the Jayhawks first opportunity to respond. KU finally cracked 80 points against Oklahoma State, ending a six-game run of scoring fewer than 70 points a stretch that hadnt been seen at KU since the 1975-76 season. Kansas hasnt lost back-to-back games since Jan. 14 and Jan. 16, 2006, a span of 264 games. Thats the longest span in the country. So, of course, Selfs teams usually know how to respond to adversity. Still, its likely that Self will want to see another level of toughness on the boards and some better play from senior guard Elijah Johnson. Kansas is 4-0 all-time against TCU, including an NCAA tourney victory in Kansas City during KUs 1952 title season.
• ABOUT TCU (9-12, 0-8 Big 12): Its safe to say the Big 12 has been a major adjustment for TCU and first-year coach Trent Johnson. The Horned Frogs are winless in the conference and have lost by an average of 21.3 points in their last three contests. While the TCU football program has been on solid footing for nearly a decade, Johnson left LSU last spring to start a rebuilding job in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs struggle to score; theyre averaging just 54.1 points per game and shooting just 40.9 from the field this season. And sophomore guard Kyan Anderson, who starts alongside four seniors, leads TCU in points, assists and steals. Itll be KUs first conference game in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and with a large contingent of alums in the area, it will be interesting to see if Daniel-Meyer Coliseum feels close to a home floor for the Jayhawks.
• BOTTOM LINE: Lets put it this way: Considering the circumstances, a loss tonight would rank as one of the most shocking during the Self era. Still, with Oklahoma and K-State looming on the schedule, the Jayhawks need a performance they can be proud of.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com