Originally Published: Mar 28, 2011 5:49 PM CDT
The signs were there earlier in the season IF you looked closely enough. VCU shot it well from 3-point range in beating Kansas to reach the Final Four, the Jayhawks didn't, and that's what most people will glance at and figure out how it all went down. But there's more to the story.
Kansas got production from the Morris twins again, but Markieff also coughed up 8 turnovers. That's one thing that didn't help the shooting slump Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were suffering through. But what we saw that stuck out? Defensively, Kansas didn't guard the perimeter with the toughness that made Bill Self's best team at Tulsa so good.
The evidence could be found late in the game as KU was trying to climb back close. On one possession Tyshawn Taylor didn't fight over the top of a screen at the top of the key and allowed VCUs Joey Rodriguez (who had just air balled a 3) an open look from behind the arc that he knocked down. Then later, Taylor lazily allowed Rodriguez to drive to the rim before finding another open shooter who hit another critical long-range jumper.
Kansas was one of the best offensive teams in the country this season. Defensively, they left much to be desired, and as a result they're back in Lawrence NOT preparing for a trip to Houston.