Jayhawks need more crutches

Metaphorical Crutches Coach Self says his team isn't ready to play yet:

"We haven't talked about special situations much -- anything like end-of-shot-clock situations. We have practiced against zone; we've played some zone. We've practiced against man; we've played a lot of man. So the nuts and bolts, so to speak, we've got in. Now we've got to put in some crutches, some special scoring plays and really work on situations a lot in the next couple of weeks."

But all jokes about metaphors notwithstanding, the Jayhawks wings, or at least some of their feathers, need a little mending:

The Jayhawks continue to nurse nicks and bruises. Three players -- guards Alex Galindo, Jeremy Case and Stephen Vinson -- have yet to practice and only have worked on the side and on the stationary bike because of groin pulls.

"All three were fairly severe (pulls)," Self said, noting he hoped freshman Galindo would be able to practice Wednesday. "He's got a pulled muscle. It takes a while to heal.

According to the Grubertron:

5 days, 10 hours, 26 minutes, and 6 seconds to go until tipoff.

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