Branford Jones scored 14 points off the bench and David Samuels had a double-double as the Long Beach State 49ers collected a 69-60 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats in non-conference action at Walter Pyramid.
Three days after the biggest loss of the Self era — a 32-point shellacking at the hands of Kentucky — he was still frustrated. Mostly, Self says, he was frustrated in how the Jayhawks practiced Thursday afternoon.
For Kansas and QB Michael Cummings, who will travel to No. 21 Oklahoma on Saturday (11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1), the idea of having a No. 1 receiver like Nigel King coming back for 2015 has to be re-assuring, even if many aspects of the program are still in peril.
Kansas State has played nine football games this season. Of those nine games, four were slated for Saturday evening, four were scheduled for Saturday morning and one was played on a Thursday night. The Wildcats have played at nearly every time available, with one obvious omission: Saturday afternoon.
Bill Self sat quietly on the Kansas bench, his chin buried into his right palm. For a moment, he forced a wry smile, a face that suggested something between bewilderment and resignation. It was late on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the dismantlement of Kansas in its final stages.
Following their return to the Top-25, the 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners begin a season-ending two-game homestand at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Big 12 Conference action.