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Rock, Chalk, No Sprint Center

Kansas City’s Sprint Center is supposed to be one of the crown jewels of KC’s urban renewal program. It’s a modern multi-purpose arena, catering to sporting events and concerts. Another major draw of the Sprint Center is it gives the Kansas Jayhawks a close-to-Lawrence “neutral” site so they can participate in conference and holiday tournaments without having to travel all over the continental United States.

The Jayhawks’ home away from home began as just that as they started out 5-0 in Sprint Center games. Apparently, however, the Jayhawks used all that new building luck in those first five because Bill Self’s team is currently on a two-game losing streak at the new arena.

Their first Sprint Center loss, a great overtime game to Syracuse, is understandable because the `Cuse are a respectable team enjoying an 8-0 record and top-25 ranking. However, last Saturday, the Jayhawks lost to a mediocre Massachusetts team, 61-60; which begs the question:

Is the Sprint Center now an unfriendly place for the Jayhawks to play?

If you focus on their gangbusters, 5-0 start, the answer is no. But losing to the then 2-6 UMass Minutemen, a team that has already suffered a 6-game losing streak this season, takes a lot of the shine off of KU’s home away from home. Unfortunately for Bill Self and crew, they won’t get to defend their Kansas City digs until next season at the earliest. The Big 12 postseason tournament is being held in Oklahoma City and KU has no more Sprint Center games on the docket for the 08-09 season.

Considering the outcome of their last two trips to KC, perhaps that’s for the best.