These two plays — and this loss — re-emphasize one reality with this year’s Jayhawks

Here was the problem for Kansas against Oklahoma State: It didn’t have a counterpunch.

The Cowboys’ defense pressured up the floor all afternoon, denying passes on the perimeter while disrupting the Jayhawks’ offense — a great way to play when things look like Saturday’s 82-64 victory.

Yet, the whole thing is still inherently risky.

If Oklahoma State was playing football, its defense blitzed every play. You can get sacks. You can gamble and force turnovers.

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But there’s always a fear there, too. If the other team executes well — if it hits the right person on a screen pass or finds the receiver on the outside that’s single-covered — then a huge play is always a blink away.

KU, on this night, never took advantage. It didn’t get behind Oklahoma State’s first wave of pressure. It couldn’t break through to get easy shots on the other side.

The biggest reason for that: The Jayhawks didn’t run their plays well.

And nothing will drive a coach crazier than that.

“You can’t run a set against pressure if one guy doesn’t know what he’s doing,” KU coach Bill Self said, “and that happened a lot today.”

There’s been a lot of talk this year about KU’s margin for error being

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