Kansas eyes turnaround, defensive improvement in blue blood battle at Kentucky

As if his 30.3 points-per-game average was not enough for his team during No. 9 Kansas’ current three-game losing skid, now KU junior Jalen Wilson is keeping an eye out for trends.

Specifically, Wilson has looked closely at why the Jayhawks have struggled so mightily out of the gate in those three losses and what they can do to change that.

“After losing three games in a row, we’re all just like, ‘What do we need to do to win,’” Wilson said Thursday while previewing the Jayhawks’ upcoming battle at unranked at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lexington on ESPN.

The answers to that question are many, but many of them start and end on the defensive end. Although he, too, would like to see his team play better defense in the weeks ahead, coach made it clear throughout the week that he was not ready to hit the panic button just yet.

For one, the three teams that has lost to in its last three outings are all ranked in the Top 20. For two, the play and evolution of last year’s national championship team on the defensive end of the floor is still fresh in Self’s mind.

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