Upset loss leads to bigger questions for Kansas
Updated On: Feb 11 2014 04:09:00 AM CST
For a team that always seems to have an answer, Monday night's overtime loss to Kansas State just seemed to bring up more questions for the 7th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
Before the game started word was out that Jamari Traylor would be sitting on the bench for what Bill Self called, 'irresponsible behavior.' After the game, Self would not elaborate on what that exactly meant but also said he hadn't yet determined how long Traylor will be riding the pine. "I love him, I think the world of him but he needed to sit this game," said Self. He also said he will 're-evaluate him' and has no timetable for Traylor's return to the court.
The next big question for the 'Hawks is about Joel Embiid's health. The big man played just 18 minutes against the Wildcats recording 6 points and 6 rebounds. "Jo, Jo's beat up ," Self said. He continued on adding, "I'm not gonna make one excuse for him because if you're out there you gotta perform, but certainly he's gonna get some time off."
Another question is about the future play of Conner Frankamp. Frankamp was 2-3 from 3 pt range and provided great minutes for the Jayhawks when Frank Mason and Naadir Tharpe found themselves in foul trouble in the first half. But Self was vague on whether or not Frankamp would be in KU's immediate future plans. "It depends on the situation. You know, Frank (Mason) didn't have a very good game and Conner's one of our better shooters. I thought Conner played really well the first half when both our point guards had two fouls and he came in and did a nice job."
Kansas is still the top team in the Big 12 with a two game lead over Texas as of Tuesday morning but with 7 games left to play in conference that lead seems tenuous. Kansas hosts T.C.U. this coming Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.