Not a surprise. We needed to play much better to pull off the upset. Some good things and some bad. Here are my thoughts.
-- Sanders looked very good. He made some tough shots and played smart. The announcers pointed to the trash talking as a spark for Kansas. I really don't blame Sanders for that nor do I think it turned the game. The Jayhawks were getting in his face and weren't going to let that lead slip away.
-- Oates!. Another solid game from the big guy. He hustled and made some smart plays.
-- Paris covering for Rice. He didn't fill Rice's scoring, but he still handled their pressure and ran the offense pretty well.
-- Rebounding. This is going to kill us all year. No one rebounds that well and against a tall athletic team like this we gave away too many second chances.
-- Interior D. Blair needs to do more than block shots. He needs to also box out and get more rebounds.
-- Spears shot selection. He shouldn't be taking the fade aways from 15-feet.
Toss this up to a learning experience. I think how the young kids hung in there despite not having Rice and being down.