“I bet against them,” says sports handicapper Craig Glazer. “There was never a sense of urgency. They looked like a bunch of fat cats that knew they would be going to the NBA and it really didn’t matter that much. You could just smell the loss coming.
“They’re just too young and they’ve not been indoctrinated to play at this level. They’re not really a team. They haven’t played together long enough.”
That’s what KU gets for playing the One & Done card.
“The three best teams this year are Louisville, Wichita State and Florida,” Glazer says. “And what they have in common is a lot of juniors and seniors that have played together two or three years.”
“I don’t think Bill Self was very excited,” Glazer says. “If you saw the interviews with him all year he was never very upset when he lost. He didn’t like it, but it wasn’t like in past years.
“Four weeks ago I did think that KU was going to make a run and it was not just losing Joel Embiid,” Glazer says. “It’s because the desire just wasn’t there. I just didn’t feel any killer instinct from them. And so today’s loss was no surprise. First of all they didn’t deserve the No. 2 seed – they should have been third or fourth.”
The future of KU basketball?
“In preseason the two teams favored to win it all were Kentucky and Kansas,” Glazer says. “And Kansas wasn’t a bad team, so I think the future looks bright as it always has. They have some All Americans and Embiid will probably be coming back, so I think they’ll be a better team.
“Bill Self won his 10th Big 12 title in a row and KU really hasn’t had a bad year under Self. Where North Carolina and Kentucky both have had teams that didn’t even go to the Big Dance and ended up in the NIT.”
As for the prospect of next year being Self’s last at KU, “I think if Bill can win it all next year or get in the Final 4, it could be his last,” Glazer says. “He just looks like a guy that’s done. And he wasn’t really that bummed or embarrassed. And for the second year in a row the best team in Kansas wasn’t KU, it was Wichita State. “