Kansas head coach Bill Self: Jayhawks not 'positively prepared' for conference play

Bill Self
Posted at 4:21 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 17:21:01-05

SHAWNEE, Kan. — As the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team gears up for conference play, the team did not get as much non-conference game action as they would have liked.

Sunday's scheduled game Tarleton State University was canceled after one of its players tested positive for COVID-19.

“I don’t want to say that we’re positively prepared because this is certainly happening earlier than it ever has, but we better be prepared because we’re playing two of the best teams in our league right off the bat," head coach Bill Self said.

Thursday, KU will hit the hard wood in Lubbock, Texas as the Jayhawks are set to tip-off against Texas Tech.

As the season gets underway, Self said this is the best he's seen the BIG 12 as far as competition goes.

Tuesday, Self acknowledged he says this every year, but said, "I actually really mean it this time."

After the 2019-2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players and coaches are eager to get things started.

“This is the most fun time of the year and we’re just glad for it to be back and excited," Kansas guard Mitch Lightfoot said.

The Jayhawks take on the Red Raiders tip-off at 6 p.m. Thursday.