It took Kansas coach Bill Self just 35 seconds to burn his first timeout Monday night.
“You know what? I screwed it up,” he would explain later, “because I should have taken a timeout five seconds into the game after our first turnover.”
Instead, he waited until the Jayhawks had turned it over twice and let Toledo score an easy bucket before calling his team over to the sideline.
No. 16 Kansas responded in fine enough fashion to pull out a 93-83 victory and deal the Rockets (12-1) their first loss of the season. But it wasn’t enough to stop Self from lamenting the sorry state of the Jayhawks defense.
“You shouldn’t have to shoot 67 percent in the second half at home, and hang 50, in order to win by 10,” said Self, whose teams have traditionally been among the stingiest in the nation.
Perry Ellis had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Kansas (9-3). Andrew Wiggins also had 20 points and fellow freshman Joel Embiid had 14 points and 10 rebounds.