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Quick Takes: Road woes continue for Kansas

Dave2015Don’t adjust your rearview mirror.  What you’re looking at is actually there.  It’s just hard to believe – because we’re so used to seeing the Kansas Jayhawks leading the Big 12 parade.  But this year’s team, with its injuries and new pieces, has found their journey a bit more bumpy, especially on the road.

With its loss Tuesday night in Manhattan, KU is now 1-6 in true road games.  That’s unfamiliar territory for a program with a decades-plus worth of Big 12 trophies in its display case.  In a twist of irony, the Jayhawks lone road win came at Baylor back on January 12.  This morning, Baylor is tied with Kansas State (loss column) atop the conference race.

KU’s remaining league road games are TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. If they want to hold onto their current odds of an opening weekend in Tulsa (NCAA tournament pod), the Jayhawks may need to win at least two of those.

Additional Quick Takes:

  • What’s wrong with Michigan State?  For starters, they are missing Josh Langford. Beyond that?  You’ll have to ask Tom Izzo, who was less than ecstatic about his team’s 20-plus turnovers Tuesday night at Illinois.  The good news for Spartan fans is this: MSU closes with five of its final eight at home.
  • St. John’s picked up a huge road win at Marquette, giving the Johnnies a season sweep of the Golden Eagles.  Now the question becomes, what does SJU do for an encore? The next three (Providence, Butler, Villanova) are all at home.
  • Florida dropped to 1-8 against Quad 1 opponents with its loss at Auburn.  And with three of their next four on the road, it’s decision time for the Gators.  They’ll either emerge with a realistic NCAA chance or fall off the pace.
  • Speaking of NCAA chances, its decision time as well for NC State.  Riding a three-game losing streak (and 4 of 5), the Wolfpack’s resume is under greater scrutiny, which includes a non-conference SOS of 351.  A 1-6 mark vs. Quad 1 isn’t helping; nor is the fact that they have a single victory (Auburn at home) against the currently projected at-large field.  At least there’s the NET.  If we were still using the RPI, NC State would be buried around 123, thanks largely to that NC SOS.
  • Utah State picked up an important road win at Fresno State.  Now the question becomes, can the Aggies knock off Nevada on March 2?  That’s assuming they take care of the rest of their business in the Mountain West.
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