Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-66 victory over Iowa State on Feb. 12, 2011.
Former three-term U.S. Senator Bill Bradley spoke to the Jayhawks before the game. He attended as guest of KU graduate David Booth.
“He was so smooth, and his message was really right on,” KU coach Bill Self said of the former New York Knicks player and U.S. basketball Olympian. “He had our guys’ attention when talking about Game Seven (in Finals) with Willis (Reed) limping out, tying that into being a good teammate and what makes teams, using basketball as a vehicle to enhance your life.”
Speaking as halftime guest on the Jayhawk Radio Network, Bradley revealed it was his first game in Allen.
“It’s quite exciting. I like the enthusiasm and spirit in here. It’s unbelievable,” Bradley said.
Other faces in crowd: Former KU players Eric Chenowith and Christian Moody and Wichita Heights junior standout Perry Ellis.
Self said “no” when asked if he thought Josh Selby (stress reaction in his right foot) would play Monday night at Kansas State.
“If he can’t practice full-speed yesterday and can’t play today, then I don’t see how you can get better in one day,” Self said. “A lot is between his ears, too, in that it’s not going to feel good. He’s very tender, sore, but he’s not as injured as what it feels. He has a severely sprained ankle. It hurts to walk on it. You have to somehow fight through that a little bit.”
Self said he would not play Selby until he shows in practice he can play effectively despite the discomfort.
“Hopefully it’ll be better sooner rather than later and he can be full-speed in the next week or so. We’re disappointed because he doesn’t feel as good as what we anticipated him feeling so far,” Self said.
Self said Thomas Robinson, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Friday, would not be able to work on the stationary bike for a week until the sutures are removed. “It’ll be two weeks before he’s playing in games,” Self said.
Self said Robinson and Selby will need to be “full-speed a couple of weeks prior to the postseason so that way we can be in rhythm. You have to have confidence, and our rotation is pretty good now. That could disrupt our rotation. I don’t want the injuries and when they come back to take away from the way we are playing now. It may be a little bit of a challenge because those guys need minutes, they need to get in the game, they need to get some confidence and momentum moving forward, not at the risk of us not playing as well.”
Iowa State’s 14 three-point field goals are the most by a KU opponent since Texas’ 14 on March 3, 2007. The Cyclones 32 three-point attempts are the most since Oklahoma State’s 32 on Feb. 7, 2009.... ISU’s two free throws made are fewest in a conference game since Kansas State made one charity on Feb. 22, 1992. The Cyclones’ two attempts are the fewest in a game since at least the 1988-89 season. KU’s seven fouls committed were the fewest since at least the 1988-89 season, while the 19 combined fouls between the two teams are also the fewest in the same time period.