KU, behind in the Big 12 race, needs help this time

LAWRENCE, Kan. – If Kansas wins a 15th consecutive Big 12 championship, the Jayhawks will have to win this title in the most unknown way.

Kansas maintained title hopes in conference Monday night beating first place Kansas State 64-49 at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks, 10-5 in the Big 12, remain in third place. They are a game behind 11-4 Kansas State and a half behind 10-4 Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks can not win another Big 12 title just by winning their last three games. They also need the help of others.

"I do not know if I remember a time when we did not control our own destiny," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "There have been years in which we have had five games. [remaining] and been behind a game or something. But in the last three, I do not know if we've ever been in a situation where we did not control it.

"We know we have to hold the table, talk about league win and streak are two different things, we're not talking about the streak, we're talking about this team trying to win the league. things are happening and there is no margin of error for us, we know it, but I would prefer that we be in the game rather than not in the game. "

Needing help to win a title, Self and the Jayhawks take root for the opponents of Kansas State and Texas Tech. TCU There are still games against the Wildcats and the Red Raiders.

"[Coach] Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs are my second favorite team in the league, no doubt, "said Self.

Even if Kansas receives the necessary help from TCU or other people, Kansas can not trust its chances of winning. The next two games of the Jayhawks are at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Kansas is 2-5 on the road in Big 12 games.

"We are able to play a lot better on the road than we have, and we will have to do it to put ourselves in a position to be able to at least fight for it," Self said. been so poor on the road. We just have to try to get a win at Stillwater, and then, if we win a win at Stillwater, we can talk a little bit about it. But we have to prove ourselves on the road before we can talk about it. & # 39; & # 39;

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