Kansas Jayhawks Lose 3rd Consecutive Game Against Unranked Opponent

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts from the bench during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse on January 9, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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College basketball is known for unpredictable outcomes, but No. 5 Kansas is having one of its worst weeks since head coach Bill Self took over 10 years ago.

After a 72-66 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, the Jayhawks have now dropped three straight games in Big 12 conference play—all to teams unranked at tipoff:

Not only has it been a bad week for Kansas on the court, it's also been a record-breaking week, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter:

The slide started last Saturday, as Oklahoma State marched into Lawrence's Allen Fieldhouse and took down the Jayhawks, 88-80, behind a spirited effort from guards Marcus Smart and Markel Brown. The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for KU, as well as a 33-game win streak at home.

It continued in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Jayhawks scored just 13 first-half points and allowed a 10-12  TCU team to win its first ever Big 12 conference game against one of the league's most long-standing premier programs. The loss marked Kansas' first losing streak in seven years.

The low point came Saturday, however, as Kansas again failed to close out a team it should beat on the road in Norman. The Sooners grabbed the lead heading into halftime and were able to do enough down the stretch to deny the Jayhawks yet again.

Guard Elijah Johnson is having a horrendous three-game stretch for Kansas and made just three field goals again on Saturday—the seventh consecutive game he has failed to score in double figures. He's gone 9-of-37 over this three-game losing streak.

There won't be time to wallow in self-pity or fully correct some of these team issues, as Kansas will have to prepare for in-state rival and No. 13 Kansas State on Monday night. The Wildcats undoubtedly smell blood in the water and have revenge on their minds after a 59-55 loss in Manhattan earlier this season.

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