JACK'S SMACK: Self got out-coached against Stanford

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - I hope they never shut down the printing presses. I love the stories a day later when the  Star writes about the Kansas Jayhawks getting bounced prematurely in the big tournament.

My favorite line came from the locker room after the Stanford loss.

"They are silent, their voices are hushed.”

Come on now. These players are treated like a bunch of rock stars. This is a dang basketball game.

Nobody died because Kansas lost a game it was expected to win. And to put this on the young kid is a cop out.

Andrew Wiggins didn't go around boasting and promoting himself as the best high school player in America. He's an 18-year-old kid who had a bad game. It happens.

Agreed. Timing was not good.

Bill Self is one of the top five coaches in America, but he doesn't get a pass on this one. Self was out-coached from the opening tip; he had no answers for Stanford's 1-3-1 zone.

Stanford dictated the pace of the game right from the get-go. KU couldn't make the proper adjustments and couldn't handle Stanford's big men.

There's no way Stanford is better than Kansas. No way. That’s on the coach.

And let’s stop using the excuse of the KU players being so young. Don't play them then. You've already got your pick of the best players on the planet.

Bottom line: without Joel Embiid, Kansas had very little chance of getting past the second weekend in this tournament.

Let’s be honest, KU fans are absolutely spoiled with 10 straight conference titles. Winning in the NCAA tournament is a different beast…it is not a birthright.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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