Kansas Drops Second Straight Exhibition Game In France

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 19: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts on the bench during the game against the Davidson Wildcats on December 19, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas ended its European exhibition tour with a second consecutive loss to a French professional team.

Kansas wrapped up its exhibition tour of Switzerland and France with a 79-60 beatdown at the hands of the AMW France Pro Team. This loss came just a day after the Jayhawks saw their 41-game exhibition winning streak come to an end with a 74-73 loss to the same team.

"If anything it tells us how hard we need to work because we're not very good right now," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I'm not sure anybody's any good in early August, but we're certainly not. Our veterans need to really step up. There's no reason we should have lost back-to-back games."

The increase in margin of defeat can be attributed to the fact that Self sat returning starters Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson in order to give his newcomers some additional experience. The Jayhawks were also without talented freshman Ben McLemore, who played sparingly during the trip after tweaking his groin during KU's final practice before heading abroad.

While the consecutive losses aren't exactly cause for panic in Lawrence just yet, the tour did make it apparent just how inexperienced the Jayhawks are going to be heading into 2012-13. In its trip finale, Kansas suited up just one senior, two sophomores, two juniors and nine freshmen.

For more on this story, be sure to visit Rock Chalk Talk and SB Nation Kansas City

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