Self’s Jayhawks always seem to suffer in big games

Kansas coach Bill Self reacts to a call against his team during the first half of a regional final against Oregon in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For the most part, coach Bill Self’s Kansas teams have been anything but elite in the Elite Eight. Saturday night was no exception.

The top-seeded Jayhawks had their worst shooting night of the season and lost to No. 3 seed Oregon, 74-60.

To make matters worse, the game was played at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, about an hour away from Lawrence. It was basically a home game for the Jayhawks.

The crowd obviously did little to boost Kansas, which shot just 21 of 60 (35 percent) from the field. And the greatest 3-point shooting team in school history made only 5 of 25 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.

Here are the lowlights for Kansas:

The reaction on Twitter was unkind:

Self, in particular, has struggled terribly in the Elite Eight. Just look at these stats:

Even the freaking Lawrence police department was throwing shade:

After the Jayhawks loss, Self was getting pummelled on social media:

The Kansas City Star took a thorough look back at Kansas’ Elite Eight history under Self: Click here

Fox Sports’ Chris Chase says we pretty much should expect this from Self and Kansas at this point:

It was a classic performance from a Bill Self team. For whatever reason, one of the best coaches in basketball is stymied when his team has to play an NCAA tournament game on one-day rest, as KU did on Saturday against Oregon. Since winning the title in 2008, Kansas has two tournament losses when it has had a week to prepare for a game. The Jayhawks have seven losses when they’re playing in the second round, Elite Eight or national championship — all of which come with just one day off. One or two times is a coincidence or a fluke, like those first-round losses to Bucknell and Bradley were in the mid-2000s. Seven times is an epidemic.

The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says Jayhawk fans will have a tough time getting over this loss:

If this is not the worst tournament loss of Self’s career, that’s only because he’s had too many of them already. The loss to VCU in 2011 — when the bracket opened up for the Jayhawks, and they missed 19 of 21 three-pointers, and Markieff Morris turned it over eight times — may never be topped. … The worst part of this particular loss is that it happened on what was effectively a home court — there may have been more KU fans among the announced crowd of 18,643 than a sold-out Allen Fieldhouse — and that Oregon spent most of the second half with a strategy perhaps best described as please-no-please-no-please-no. … That’s the nastiness of the NCAA Tournament. Fans will remember the good. They always do, and those conference championships matter. But in moments like this, they don’t matter enough to knock away the heart-punching agony of another brutal ending.

SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner says it’s hard to know what to think about Self:

Self’s operating in a weird space. His .825 winning percentage is the best in Kansas history. He has a national title. When you’re a regular No. 1 seed like Kansas, meeting expectations is hard. But the Jayhawks have now lost so many regional games that, yeah, it’s noticeable. Coaching’s a high-pressure profession, and Self’s always going to be compared to his Hall of Fame predecessor. Roy Williams had a slightly lower winning percentage than Self during a 15-year run at Kansas, and he won fewer Big 12 tournament and regular-season titles. He never won a national title, and Self’s got one. But because Williams made four Final Fours and merely getting to the Final Four is rightfully considered a massive deal in college basketball, Self’s two trips are a disappointment. He’ll face heavy criticism about it in the coming days.

Some came to Self’s defense after Saturday’s loss:

What do you think? Is Self to blame for Kansas’ struggles in the Elite Eight? Is he a bad big-game coach?

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