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Coach Self's First Ejection in 21 Seasons: A Turning Point for Kansas Jayhawks

In an unforgettable game, Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self was ejected for the first time in his 21-season tenure, as Texas Tech's Darrion Williams scored a career-high 30 points. Injuries and struggles on the court added to the Jayhawks' challenges, leaving fans divided over Self's ejection.

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Coach Self's First Ejection in 21 Seasons: A Turning Point for Kansas Jayhawks

Coach Self's First Ejection in 21 Seasons: A Turning Point for Kansas Jayhawks

In a game that will be remembered for more than just the scoreboard, Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self was ejected for the first time in his 21-season tenure during a disappointing 79-50 loss to Texas Tech. The incident happened with 5:49 remaining, marking a turning point in the already lopsided match.

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A Career-High and a First-Time Ejection

Leading up to Self's ejection, Texas Tech's Darrion Williams was making history. He scored a career-high 30 points on perfect shooting, fueling the Red Raiders' victory. Meanwhile, Self's frustration with the game's officiating reached a boiling point, resulting in two technical fouls and an early exit.

Frustration Boils Over

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Self, known for his composure, expressed his dissatisfaction with the physicality of the game and the calls made by the officials. His ejection is a testament to the intensity of the match and the pressure that comes with coaching a top-ranked team. This marks the third instance this month where a Big 12 coach has been ejected for the first time at their school, following Houston's Kelvin Sampson and Baylor's Scott Drew.

Struggles on the Court

The Jayhawks were already facing challenges with key players like Kevin McCullar Jr. and Dajuan Harris Jr. dealing with injuries. The loss to Texas Tech, their largest against an unranked opponent in the AP poll era, further highlighted the team's struggles. Despite the setback, freshmen Elmarko Jackson and Johnny Furphy, along with Nick Timberlake, showed promise, giving fans hope for the future.

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Self acknowledged his team's fatigue and the need for rest. He also expressed disappointment in their defensive efforts and offensive struggles, vowing to learn from the defeat and improve for future games.

Fans React: 'Crybaby' or Justified Frustration?

The aftermath of the game saw fans taking to social media to express their opinions on Self's ejection. Some accused him of being a 'crybaby' and trying to use the ejection as a motivational tactic. Others criticized the officiating, particularly the treatment of Kansas' slot man Hunter Dickinson.

Regardless of the opinions, one thing is clear - this game has left a lasting impression on the college basketball scene.

Self's second ejection in his 31-season career as a college head coach serves as a reminder that even the most composed coaches can reach their breaking point. As we look forward to the rest of the season, all eyes will be on the Jayhawks to see how they bounce back from this significant setback.

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