Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/12
Kansas coach Bill Self thinks his team's latest game might provide some valuable experience for his players, especially the bevy of freshmen. The seventh-ranked Jayhawks will try to apply some of those early season lessons when they host Chattanooga on Thursday night. Kansas (1-1) has nine freshmen on its roster, two of which have started the first two games. Some of the inevitable growing pains were evident Tuesday in a 67-64 loss to No. 21 Michigan State. Kansas led for much of the second half but couldn't build a large enough advantage to fend off the Spartans, who outscored the Jayhawks 35-29 in the second half en route to the upset. "We've got a long ways to go with competing and understanding how to compete and being tougher mentally and that kind of stuff, but we did some good things," Self said. Elijah Johnson scored 16 points, but freshman Ben McLemore was the only other Jayhawk in double figures with 14. Kansas did make half of its shots after converting 38.7 percent ...
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