Disgruntled Self compares team N. Illinois
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
FORT WORTH, Texas — Bill Self has been at Kansas for 10 seasons now, long enough to know exactly where his Jayhawks’ unforgettable performance Wednesday night ranks when measured up against the historic program’s 115 previous seasons.
“It was the worst team Kansas has ever put on the floor,” Self said emphatically. “Since Dr. [James] Naismith was there. I think he had some bad teams and lost to the YMCA the first couple years.”
During this unique college season, which has been long on offensive ineptitude and short on great teams, few performances will resonate quite like the one that unfolded here Wednesday night, when a sea of purple-clad Horned Frogs fans flooded the court after TCU held the Jayhawks to 13 first-half points en route to a 62-55 victory.
Throughout the first half, Self paced and cringed, shook his hands and head and eventually just placed his fingers over his eyes. Like most Kansas fans, Self could barely bring himself to watch his Jayhawks author their worst offensive half of his 10-year tenure.
After losing at home to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas’ first loss since Nov. 13, the Jayhawks figured to blitz Big 12 bottom feeder TCU on Wednesday night. But in a season defined by historically low scoring nationwide, the fifth-ranked Jayhawks turned in an unsightly offensive performance against a team that was winless in Big 12 play.
Kansas scored six points in the game’s first 16 minutes at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, where many fans appeared as much in disbelief as the Kansas players. The 13 first-half points was the lowest total for a half at Kansas since the school began keeping such records in the 1988-89 season.
“I assess the whole game as, what’s the right word? Futility?” Self said. “I don’t know how to describe it. It was awful. Even as bad as it was, which it was horrendous … Offensively, that is as bad as you can play. We got off to such a bad start, and obviously it got worse from there.”
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