JACK'S SMACK: KU loss to TCU among worst meltdowns in college basketball history
6:04 PM, Feb 7, 2013
9:25 AM, Feb 8, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Before we start, I need to warn you my break pads are wearing a little thin, so you know what that means. I suggest you strap on the belt pretty good for this ride.
For starters, TCU exposed this KU basketball team. The loss in Ft. Worth was an embarrassment to the proud tradition of this university.
Let's get to the point, quickly. When you can't score against TCU -- 4 points in the first 14 minutes -- you're not very good, period!
There is nothing positive to say about the way this team is playing right now.
The coach sees nothing good. Bill Self says his Jayhawks are worse than the Kansas team that loss to the Topeka YMCA when the Doctor of Basketball was coaching KU.
That was a hundred years ago -- more than a hundred years ago, for crying out loud!
This will go down as one of the great beatdowns and meltdowns in college basketball history.
TCU wasn't just some last place team in a conference. The Horned Frogs are one of the worst college basketball teams, ever.
Less than a week ago, this KU team was ranked No. 1 in the country.
We watched Oklahoma State kick their butts in the House of Phog. That was considered a big upset because KU is supposedly invincible and unbeatable in the House of Phog.
Not any more.
Washburn and Emporia State may still get spooked in Allen Fieldhouse, but teams with average talent should never fear what KU is running out there this season -- a veteran starting lineup with four seniors, three of them fifth-year seniors.
Just how big of a loss was this? TCU's RPI rating is 237. KU's rating is 9. Never, ever has a team ranked so lowly pulled off an upset of this magnitude. Never.
I suggested in an earlier Smack that Missouri's move to the SEC came a year too early. Missouri, without question, has superior talent and would have taken Kansas to the woodshed, not once but twice in the same season.
From what we saw in the past week, KU fans can thank their lucky stars that Missouri has moved on.