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Thursday, January 14, 2010

‘We didn’t get it done’

Huskers bemoan home setback

Kansas defenders Thomas Robinson, left, and Elijah Johnson pressure Nebraska forward Christian Standhardinger during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kansas defenders Thomas Robinson, left, and Elijah Johnson pressure Nebraska forward Christian Standhardinger during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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KU takes on Nebraska Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 in Lincoln.

— Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler wasn’t in the mood to talk about moral victories following his team’s 84-72 loss to Kansas University on Wednesday.

“There are just so many positive things, but, obviously, I’m tired of losing at home,” Sadler said. “You can’t lose at home to these guys. You’ve got to beat them, and we didn’t. I can talk about how good we played, but the bottom line is, we didn’t get it done.”

So where did it all go wrong for the Huskers?

For one, Sadler said his team played to the Jayhawks’ strengths.

“You can’t get into a scoring match with Kansas,” Sadler said. “If they’re going to score in the 80s, you’re not going to win many games. That’s ultimately what happened.”

NU also couldn’t overcome a hot shooting night for KU, as the Jayhawks made 13 of their 21 three-point attempts (62 percent).

In KU’s last game against Tennessee, the Jayhawks went just 7-for-27 from behind the arc (26 percent).

“Flip a coin. They’ve not been making them, and they made them tonight,” Sadler said. “When you play a team like that, you’re going to give up something.”

Nebraska led, 44-43, at halftime but couldn’t keep up with KU after the break. The Huskers, who used just seven players, even saw some full-court pressure from the Jayhawks in both halves.

Though the extended pressure was an uncharacteristic move from a Bill Self-coached defense, Sadler said the strategy didn’t surprise him.

“(Self) wanted them to come in here and be aggressive. I knew what was going to happen,” Sadler said. “He challenged them. I’m sure, in his opinion, and probably most of you all’s, that 1-13, he’s probably got the advantage, so he’s going to come after you — just like he’s going to do most of the teams in this league — and take his chances over a 40-minute ballgame.

“He’s trying to play a lot of people, and he can do that.”

KU’s 84 points were the most allowed by Nebraska in a non-overtime home game during Sadler’s four years with the school.

The coach said playing fast was the wrong way to attack the Jayhawks.

“You’re falling into a trap when you do that against those guys. That’s what they want. They want the possessions,” Sadler said. “I told our team, when we look at the time of possession, I bet we lost it. If you’re not two minutes-plus against a team like that or against a team like Texas, you’re not going to win many games. You’re going to play a lot of close ones.”

Added NU guard Brandon Richardson: “It was tough because once you get them guys going, it’s kind of tough to slow them down. I think we didn’t really do a good job of that.”

With the loss, Nebraska (12-5, 0-2 Big 12) had an 11-game home-court winning streak snapped.

“When you play Kansas and you play Texas, it’s a free ballgame,” Sadler said. “You’ve got to beat them, though. You’ve got to beat one of the two of ’em.”

Comments

86finalfour 4 years, 9 months ago

I hope Self incorporates the press more.

b_asinbeer 4 years, 9 months ago

The reason he's not pressing is he probably wants to get set up on defense. Press would generate a lot of freebies.

nocaljayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

So, two straight games now with opponents exceeding 40 percent FGs, after a streak of was it 80-some games with opponents below 40 percent? I guess a team hitting half its 3pt attempts will do that to percentages.

kushaw 4 years, 9 months ago

86Finalfour: Why would you incorporate the press more? I thought the spurts Self did last night was just enough. The on ball pressure was lacking against Tennessee and it was better against Tennessee. If it even gets cranked up another notch you only need a press for different spurts of the game.

b_asinbeer 4 years, 9 months ago

"So, two straight games now with opponents exceeding 40 percent FGs, after a streak of was it 80-some games with opponents below 40 percent? I guess a team hitting half its 3pt attempts will do that to percentages."

Holding opponents below 50% is the streak. Not below 40%.

Ron Prichard 4 years, 9 months ago

I think the streak is now at 89 or 90 games of holding opponents below 50% shooting. I'm sure someone else on here will know the exact number. Someday, it's going to end. We'll run into a hot shooting team and just won't have an answer. That fact that the streak is so long is a huge testament to HCBS. We may not be the best defensive team (especially around the perimeter) right now, but we are still pretty darn good.

As a comparison, the team that is second in the streak of holding opponents to below 50% shooting is Florida State at something like 51 games. That's almost a season and a half difference! KU's streak covers all of the last two seasons and now every game this year so far. Self doesn't get enough credit for that. Not nearly enough. Right now we aren't playing great defense. Imagine what this team could do if we get to the point where everyone is completely dialed in on D.

Just as a comparison, I wonder what our longest streak was under our prior coaching regime? I'm guessing not even close. Thank you Coach Self! RCJH!

rockchalkin54 4 years, 9 months ago

The streak is at 90 now. 90 straight opponents held under 50% shooting. The last time KU allowed over 50% was against Louisiana-Monroe on November, 9, 2007.

milehighhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

njjayhawk - For some reason, I've always kind of liked Doc Sadler. His demeanor and character remind me a lot of Self. He did start off by saying there were "just so many positives" about the way his team played before saying he was tired of losing at home, etc.

He's been around NU long enough that he should feel that way, in my opinion. At some point you've got to stop celebrating moral victories if you really want to turn a program around.

And I hate Nebraska. ;-)

So there ya go.

Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 9 months ago

31% shooting in the 2nd half....much better D in that stanza. we finally woke up and played some defense.

and when that occurs, we're very tough to beat. and once we establsh Cole, we'll darn near be impossible to beat.

Cole and X avg. was 6 last night...and we scored 84. those guys should sneeze and get twice that many....so as the numbers prove, this team can still vastly improve.

as Doc said, we've got to beat them. we're now 23-1 since 1999 vs. the 'Huskers...and they've never won an NCAA tournament game. it just goes to show, Nebraska is still a ways away.

Tony Bandle 4 years, 9 months ago

What we have seen is flashes of brilliance from each player in the starting ten [if you include CJ or EJ]. What we haven't seen is everyone hit close to or at their potential in the same game.

With the talent and depth we have, it doesn't even need to be simultaneous. You could break the game down into 4, 10 minute periods with two different guys in each period hot while Sherron stays the constant.

I can't even begin to image if everyone played to their capacity at the same time......no Division One team in America, including Texas, Kentucky or Villanova could survive against us!!!!!

jaybate 4 years, 9 months ago

The thing to glean from Sadler's comments is this:

“You’re falling into a trap when you do that against those guys. That’s what they want. They want the possessions,” Sadler said. “I told our team, when we look at the time of possession, I bet we lost it. If you’re not two minutes-plus against a team like that or against a team like Texas, you’re not going to win many games. You’re going to play a lot of close ones.”

This is a rule of Okie Ball.

If you've got better horses, you want more possessions.

If you've got lesser horses, you want a 2 minute advantage in time of possession.

jayhawkintexas 4 years, 9 months ago

Nebraska may not have gotten it done but they gave us a scare for awhile. I miss the Roy days when he would substitute 5 players at a time if we started out slow like we did last night. Those substitutions definitely sent messages to the starters.

Doc Sadler's most difficult job may not be coaching the basketball players--it may be getting Pelini to close his mouth when he chews gum!!! Pelini was chomping on his gum again last night and it was really annoying.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 9 months ago

More pressing--full court, 3/4 court, half-court trap--mix it up, Coach Self. Chuckberry32--definitely more full court press, right?

Beak 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, more press or 3/4 court, please.

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