2023-01-26 02:32:07

Bill Self: No panic for skidding KU, but not 'much margin for error'

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Bill Self hasn't had to go through many stretches like this in his 20 seasons at Kansas. Yet the coach hasn't seemed angry or even all that 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 nation's most experienced rosters to a much younger group without a proven presence in the post in a loaded Big 12 Conference that may be better than ever.

"We don't have as much margin for error as we've had in years past and that's OK," 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 makes it tough."

The ninth-ranked Jayhawks have lost three in a row for only the fourth time under Self. Each loss was to a ranked conference opponent, two on the road. The latest was 75-69 at Baylor on Monday night in a matchup of the past two national champions, the fifth win in a row for the 17th-ranked Bears.

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