Kansas basketball has plenty of reasons to be happy following their road win over TCU, but can they keep the momentum going through a tough Big 12 schedule?
After getting throttled by Texas last Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks seemed to find their groove again, rolling TCU 94-63 in Forth Worth.
Following an outing with just 59 points last week, the Jayhawks hit 8 threes and shot 56% on the night on their way to 93 points.
This was a vastly different game for Kansas than the worst home loss in the Self era they suffered leading into this game.
The Jayhawks couldn’t buy a bucket in their last game, but on Tuesday they were hitting outside shots and even throwing a few lobs, something we haven’t seen this year’s team do a lot following the departure of Udoka Azubuike.
So, what does this big bounce back win mean for Bill Self and his Jayhawks moving forward?
After not really seeing anything encouraging in our previous game, it was easy to draw quite a few positives from this victory.
First, the shorthanded Kansas starting five beat TCU without 2019-2020 Naismith DPOY Marcus Garrett, who sat out after suffering a concussion against Texas and without Bryce Thompson, who was out with a back injury.
This left the point guard spot up for grabs, meaning we got to see Dajuan Harris Jr. contribute some significant minutes.
Additionally, David McCormack played arguably his most complete game of the season, scoring 20 points and picking up 8 rebounds.
The Jayhawks did a solid job of finding him inside as he finished with 7/9 field goals and a perfect 6/6 from the free throw line.
Inconsistency will be one of the issues the Jayhawks may need to overcome to put together a special season.
So far, we’ve seen glimpses of the ceiling this team may be able to reach if everyone is meshing together, but the biggest question mark is whether or not we can do it reliably.
The Jayhawks will try to use these positives to earn them to another victory this Saturday as Oklahoma comes to town.