Kansas Basketball: A Look at the Jayhawks' Appalling Numbers from TCU Loss

Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2013

Feb 06, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) dribbles against the TCU Horned Frogs during the first half at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Overreacting is a common side effect following a Top Five team's horrifying loss to a pitiful opponent; therefore, 24 hours were given to address the meltdown that occurred by Kansas at TCU.

Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, their confusing 62-55 loss to the Horned Frogs is significantly more appalling after reviewing the teams' historical numbers along with their current resumes.

Kansas did not score until the 12:43 mark of the first half, a whopping seven minutes into the game—or the same number of all-time NCAA tournament appearances for TCU.

Those seven tourney berths produced five total wins. Kansas recorded five wins in last year's tournament alone.

The 156th-ranked TCU defense held Bill Self's team to a staggering 29.5 percent field-goal shooting and 13.6 percent from three-point range, both easily season lows.

This is the first time in more than a decade that the Jayhawks' combined field-goal and three-point shooting clips failed to eclipse their total number of conference titles (55). 

Those two shooting percentages contributed to their first back-to-back losses since 2006, a streak of 264 games.

The Kansas point guards combined for 22 of the team's 61 missed shots, with 50 percent shooter Ben McLemore adding another 10 misses.

On the other side, TCU's Connell Crossland, Nate Butler Lind and Garlon Green all eclipsed the 50 percent mark on Wednesday night. 


Travis Releford, a 61 percent shooter, took one shot for Kansas. Naadir Tharpe, a 33 percent shooter, took 15 shots, hitting only three. 

TCU defeated a 3-18 Mississippi Valley State team at home this season by three, a team that boasts the nation's 343rd best RPI. The mighty Horned Frogs managed to defeat a then-No. 5 ranked Kansas team by seven points.

Slice and dice the numbers all you want. They were hideous five minutes after the Jayhawks' loss and remain hideous 24 hours later.

It will go down as one of the worst regular-season losses in more than 110 years of Kansas basketball.