Hey, spoiled KU fans, it was just a game
The Kansas City Star
KU’s very spoiled basketball fans (including myself) are smarting today after the worst team in the Big 12 - Texas Christian University - stunned the Jayhawks 62-55 Wednesday night.
Make no mistake: TCU deserved to win. It fought hard the entire game and - as much as KU fans will whine that the Jayhawks “lost” - don’t overlook the fact that the Horned Frogs kept the lead throughout the night.
ESPN called it the “upset of the season.” Embarrassing.
But folks, it was just a basketball game played by young men who are supposed to be in school getting an education.
Let’s face it: KU’s basketball program has become more like a factory the last decade or so, turning out top 10 teams under coach Bill Self, which has led to higher and higher expectations from fans.
Winning a national championship five years ago and getting to the championship game last year have a way of spoiling KU’s backers.
Oh, and let’s not forget that KU administrators know fans want to see the games. That helps explain the sky-high prices charged for premium seating at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU makes a lot of money off the sweat of these young men (most of whom get their college education paid for, at least for the few years they stay in Lawrence.)
So what’s that mean?
That Self better find some answers, and fast, on how to motivate his team to start winning again.
Or things could get ugly in Lawrence, and a first-round knockout loss in the NCAA tournament could once again loom.