Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Will Rebound Strong from OK State Loss

Bryan ShafferFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 14:  Head coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks huddle during a timeout in the game at Allen Fieldhouse on January 14, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The most telling thing about any sports team is how it rebounds from a loss.

Kansas coach Bill Self and his Jayhawks suffered their first loss at Allen Fieldhouse in over two years at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys were able to outlast the No. 2 ranked Jayhawks in a hotly contested game, much to the disappointment of Kansas fans.

Despite the disappointing loss, Kansas is a good team, and will bounce back against the TCU Horned Frogs.

In their loss to the Cowboys, the Jayhawks suffered some lapses in play which led to their defeat. Kansas came out flat in that game, falling into an early 14-point hole. In the second half, Kansas was able to surmount a comeback and lead the game 64-60, but then came another hiccup, and it coughed up a 2-13 stretch which helped Oklahoma State seal the victory.

These are the kind of stretches that Kansas usually avoids. It is uncharacteristic of the consistent basketball team to have sporadic play throughout the game, so don't expect it to happen again against TCU. Self will surely not allow his team to have a repeat performance, if history tells us anything. The last time Kansas lost consecutive games was way back in 2006.

Kansas showed a lot of resiliency in the loss. The Jayhawks recovered from the aforementioned 14-point hole to give themselves a second-half lead. And even though they blew that lead, they were able to make a late comeback from that, too. They nudged the Cowboys at the end, making it a 81-80 game with 7.9 seconds left, before the Cowboys knocked down their free throws.

The kind of heart and determination needed to overcome those deficits and never give up will propel the Jayhawks against TCU.

TCU is also a prime team for a rebound victory. The Horned Toads are 0-8 thus far in their first season in the Big 12, and have lost their past three games by an average of 21.3 points. Even playing at home, it is doubtful that the struggling Horned Toads will be able to find a way to upset a juggernaut of their new conference.

So Kansas should look forward to beginning another winning streak against TCU, and hopefully one that will continue for a long time.