November 16, 2006

Players didn't listen to Self's warning

Bill Self's message following KU's shocking loss to Oral Roberts on Wednesday night was crystal clear. The No. 3 ranked Jayhawks must climb the mountain before being crowned king. It was a frustrating loss for Self and the Hawks, but one they hope to learn from. For most of the evening, Kansas played with little emotion and was outplayed by the Golden Eagles.

"I've said all along that we've had some serious things we have to address. They exposed us in a lot of ways with low-post defense," said Self. "We've been bad since before the Northern Arizona game. The switch came on that day and when the switch comes on, everything looks good.

"We made this analogy to the staff after the game. This team needs to climb the mountain, cant start there," he added. "We aren't mature enough and we aren't hungry and tough enough. They need to climb it. And now, there is no question, it will be more of a climb now, since we got our but kicked today."

Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71. Just when it looked like the Jayhawks were almost unbeatable after their dominating performance against Northern Arizona, the Hawks played with little emotion on Wednesday night.

Caleb Green and Marchello Vealy torched Self's squad for 42-points, and the Jayhawks had no answer for the dynamic duo. There were times throughout the game when KU needed just one key stop, but were unable to make anything happen on the defensive end of the court.

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