TCU at No. 9 Kansas
• WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADIO: KMCI (Ch. 38); KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT TCU (10-16, 1-12 Big 12): After TCUs seismic upset over Kansas on Feb. 6, Horned Frogs coach Trent Johnson was adamant that the victory didnt mean much in the big picture. He was still a first-year coach trying to rebuild a struggling program. Johnson was right. The Horned Frogs followed the KU victory by losing four straight games by an average of 20.8 points. Senior swingman Garlon Green had 20 points against Kansas, torching the Jayhawks on seven-of-13 shooting. While most of the focus was on KUs epically bad first half 13 points! the Jayhawks also allowed TCU to score 40 points in the second half. Why is that noteworthy? The Horned Frogs are averaging just 54.2 points per game, last in the Big 12.
• ABOUT KANSAS (22-4, 10-3 Big 12): Kansas is back atop the Big 12, with a ninth-straight Big 12 title within reach. But before the Jayhawks can head to Iowa State for a huge Big Monday matchup, they have to take care of a last-place TCU squad. The Jayhawks should be properly motivated after an embarrassing loss at TCU. KUs defense has also rebounded after its three-game losing streak. The Jayhawks have allowed just 58.6 points per game in their last three wins a stretch that includes holding Oklahoma State to 67 points in a double-overtime win on Wednesday. Kansas is still in the running for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament with an outside chance at a No. 1 seed. To do that, the Jayhawks would likely need to win the Big 12 outright and look good doing it. That starts with avenging a loss to TCU.
• BOTTOM LINE: With TCU sandwiched between road games at Oklahoma State and Iowa State, Kansas must avoid a letdown. After what happened at TCU, that shouldnt be a problem.
• KU ANNIVERSARY:
KU will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1988 NCAA title team, as well as the 115th year of Kansas basketball, during the game. Members of the 1988 title team are expected to be in attendance, in addition to players from the past decades of Kansas basketball.
In 1988, Self was still an assistant at Oklahoma State, but he still remembers the Jayhawks arriving in Stillwater after a slow start.
"When they came to Stillwater, they werent very good yet," Self said. "They hadnt shot the ball well, and they go six of six for the game from three. They beat us in an unbelievable game. From there, they just kind of took off."
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com