January 29, 2023

Bill Self didn’t go through many such phases in his 20 seasons in Kansas. Still, the coach didn’t seem angry or even discouraged during a rare three-game losing streak.

Self knows this isn’t the same Jayhawks team that won the national championship last season.

Kansas (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) has gone from having one of the most experienced rosters in the nation to a much younger group with no proven presence on the post in an invited Big 12 conference that may be better than ever.

“We don’t have as much room for error as we have in years past and that’s okay,” Self said. “But (when) you don’t have quite as much margin for error and the other teams in the league are a lot better, it’s going to be difficult.”

The ninth-ranked Jayhawks have lost three straight games for only the fourth time under Self. Every loss went to a senior conference opponent, two of them on the way. The latest was 75-69 at Baylor on Monday night in a matchup of the last two national champions, the fifth straight win for the 17th-ranked Bears.

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