January 20, 2007

Missed lay-ups doom KU

Heading into Saturdays Big 12 Showdown at Texas Tech, fifth-ranked Kansas had won 10 straight games, including three straight to open up conference play. Both streaks came to a crashing halt in Lubbock, Texas. Early on, the Jayhawks appeared to have control of the game, as they scored eight straight points. However, the Red Raiders called a quick timeout and made a number of key adjustments. After being down by 12-points late in the second half, KU tied the game, but couldn't make enough plays in the closing seconds of the game.

During the first eight minutes of Saturdays Big 12 contest between Kansas (16-3; 3-1) and Texas Tech (14-5; 3-1), the Hawks appeared to be in complete control of the game. They started off by scoring the games first eight-points and looked like the team that many envisioned at the beginning of the year.

KU opened up Big 12 play with an impressive 30-point victory over a top 10 ranked Oklahoma State team. Since that time, the Jayhawks narrowly defeated Iowa State on the road and Missouri at home.

Within the first eight minutes of Saturday's game, the Hawks had appeared to turn the corner for the best, but that simply wasn't the case.

"There was a lot more minutes in-between," said Bill Self after KU's 69-64 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon. "There are 32 minutes in-between. We didn't play well and that was very evident. Defensively, we actually did a decent job, until they got real comfortable during the second half. We got spread out too much.

"In the first half, if it weren't for Darryl Dora just stepping out and making shots, we did a good job of guarding him," he added. "The second half, we got a little spread out, and we missed 11 lay-ups, to our calculations. Some of them were hard shots, but say you only make three of them, you win the game."

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