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Monday, February 11, 2013
Jayhawks hope to bounce back vs. Wildcats

By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Information


Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsBill Self and Kansas are trying to avoid losing four straight games for the first time since 1988-89, the last season it missed the NCAA tournament.

After starting the season 19-1 including a four-point win over in-state rival Kansas State last month, the Kansas Jayhawks have struggled losing three straight games for the first time since 2005. The Jayhawks and Wildcats meet again Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH KANSAS?
Kansas is looking to avoid its first four-game losing streak since the 1988-89 season when it had an eight-game losing streak from January 28-February 22.

The Jayhawks are also looking to avoid back-to-back HOME losses for first time since the 1988-89 season when they had a four-game home losing streak from January 28-February 15.

The Jayhawks' offense has gone cold in the last three games. They have not been as effective scoring in the paint recently.

Kansas has also struggled in transition during its three-game losing streak.

In the Jayhawks' first 20 games this season, they averaged nearly 15 points per game and shot 58 percent from the floor in transition.

During their three-game losing streak, they're averaging fewer than seven points per game and shooting 32 percent in transition.

This could be trouble for the Jayhawks on Monday night.

Kansas State allows the second-fewest transition points per game (8.2) in the Big 12. The other three Big 12 teams in the top four in transition points per game allowed each recently beat Kansas (TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma).

Kansas has also taken a big step backward on defense in its last three games. It is having trouble stopping its opponents second-chance opportunities.

Kansas State ranks third in the Big 12 in second-chance points per game (13.5) and scored 20 second-chance points in its most recent game, a win over Iowa State on Saturday.

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