Kansas' big slide continued Saturday, after dropping its third-straight game in a row in a 72-66 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Nobel Center.
It was a great game, with the Jayhawks keeping it close as possible all game long. But it seemed whenever they started to gain momentum, Oklahoma found a way to quell the comeback and keep its lead.
Kansas had a particularly tough time in the first half. The Jayhawks entered the locker room down just four points, but allowed the Sooners to shoot over 50 percent.
Oklahoma was great at distributing the ball and creating shots—something Kansas has struggled with a lot lately.
Both teams entered this contest on two game losing streaks, but Kansas' slide was the much more notable of the two.
After finding itself with the No. 2 ranking, Kansas opened the month with an 80-85 loss to Oklahoma State.
A few days later, the then No. 5 Jayhawks dropped another game to the lowly TCU Horned Frogs.
Kansas never once looked like a top tier team in this game. They were never in control, with Oklahoma constantly leading.
The Jayhawks seemed to find some hope in the final few minutes, with Bill Self switching to the triangle two.
Oklahoma had issues adjusting, allowing Kansas to storm back and make it a three-point game.
Within a minute a minute to play, a timely turnover by Kansas gave Oklahoma a commanding 67-61 lead with just over 50 seconds left.
But Bill Self isn't one to go down without a fight. He milked the clock best he could, and kept things interesting.
The nail in the coffin was a failed layup by Elijah Johnson with 10 seconds left. The rebound by Oklahoma sealed the deal, with the final score coming in at 72-66—giving Kansas it's third straight loss.
Despite the loss, the Jayhawks dominated the boxscore. They out shot and out rebounded the Sooners.
But Oklahoma was opportunistic on defense and hit big threes. The Sooners had four less turnovers and two more steals than the Jayhawks, while going 7-20 from beyond the arc.
Kansas' Jeff Whitey had two blocks in the game, which the Rock Chalk blog pointed out as a big moment in his career:
At half time, Usportshub had this to say about both teams:
With another big Kansas loss, ESPN's Andy Katz sees the Big 12 as "wide open."
Oklahoma storms. Kansas loses three straight. Big 12 now suddenly wide open.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) February 9, 2013
And as always there's this gem from Not SportsCenter:
Congrats on advancing to the 2nd round to whoever gets matched up against Kansas in the NCAA tournament— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) February 9, 2013
With the game over, Kansas falls to 19-4 on the season, while Oklahoma finds itself at 15-7.