Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/18/14

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on while taking on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 11, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's easy to second-guess yourself after playing a perennial college basketball powerhouse like the Kansas Jayhawks, just ask Saint Louis head coach Jim Crews. As Crews spoke to reporters following the Billikens 73-59 loss to Kansas in the CBE Classic championship game, he couldn't help shoulder the burden of what went wrong. It's what coaches do. Losses hurt no matter what. The main idea behind the Saint Louis game plan was relatively simple: take away Kansas big man Jeff Withey down low and force others to beat them. Good news: the Billikens executed their plan. Bad news: It backfired. Plug one hole, another opens up. Take one option away, another player steps up. That's what good teams can do, and that's what Kansas did. With Saint Louis focused on stopping the 7-foot Withey, Travis Releford took full advantage. The 6-foot-6 Kansas City native poured in 21 of his 23 points in the first half, requiring the Billikens to alter their approach during the in...
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