Bill Self’s slow build of 2018-19 Kansas depends upon Lawson, Vick

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December 17, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Kansas head coach Bill Self talks to his team from the bench in the second half against Villanova during an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on March 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Nine games in and ranked first in the country, this Kansas basketball team remains hard to figure. Talented, versatile, an intriguing mix of ability and experience. Undefeated against one of the sport’s toughest schedules, and still largely underwhelming.

Maybe — maybe — we saw a glimpse of their best in a 74-71 win over No. 17 Villanova at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Maybe. Did we mention maybe?

Let’s be clear: KU can be better than this. Has to be better than this, actually, to keep the Big 12 championship streak going and continue feeding the Jayhawk basketball industrial complex.

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