NCAA Basketball Rankings, Week 8: Kansas Falls To No. 17 After Upset Loss To Davidson

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 19: Travis Releford #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots over Tyler Kalinoski #4 of the Davidson Wildcats during the game on December 19, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After the upset loss to Davidson, the Kansas Jayhawks have fallen to No. 17 in the latest AP poll. Could this be the medicine that Kansas really needed?

Sometimes after suffering a tough loss, the best thing that can ever happen is rolling the ball out and getting back on the court and playing again.

For Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks, an 80-74 loss to Davidson was a shocker to everyone, and now the Kansas Jayhawks have fallen to No. 17 in the latest release of the AP rankings. The one question that I asked after seeing the final of the game was one that was shared by many of my contemporaries.

"Was Stephen Curry allowed back on the team for one game?"

Nope, Steph forfeited is eligibility with that contract he signed in Golden State. However, the realization for the Jayhawks is that they just can't "show up" and expect to win on a given night, even versus a perceived lesser opponent.

"This is what the reality check is ... we've got to be really focused, play really hard and play really smart and play to our strengths to have a chance to beat anybody on our schedule." -- Bill Self

Kansas will attempt to climb back in the rankings with games Thursday vs. Howard (4-9) and Saturday vs. North Dakota (5-7) at Allen Fieldhouse.

For more news and notes on Kansas basketball, check out Rock Chalk Talk.

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