Kansas Jayhawks’ Christian Braun, Jalen Wilson looking to shake funks

LAWRENCE — When analyzing one of his player’s performances, Bill Self often turns to a philosophy he learned at a young age, long before his Hall of Fame head coaching career tipped off.

“My dad used to always tell me this: If you have to make shots to play well, then you’re not really a player, you’re a shooter,” Self said Thursday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. “If you have to make shots to play well, there’s got to be other ways that you can help a team win if you don’t make shots.”

With the biggest test of Kansas basketball’s season on the horizon, a pair of slumping Jayhawks would be well-served to heed that wisdom.

Starting guards Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson were unable to find traction in last Tuesday’s 75-70 defeat at Oklahoma State. Braun finished that contest with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting, three rebounds and no assists in 25 minutes, while Wilson netted just four points on 2-for-7 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.