Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 90-83 victory over Colorado on March 11, 2011.

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T-Rob returning

Kansas sophomore forward Thomas Robinson, who reportedly said on ustream.com Thursday night that he is definitely returning to KU for his junior season, confirmed that is indeed the case.

“We have a lot of season left to play, but of course I’ll be back next year,” Robinson said.

KU freshman Josh Selby, who also was on ustream Thursday night, said he’d not decided yet whether he’d return to KU or enter the NBA Draft.

“I don’t know my status (for next year), to be honest,” Selby said. “Right now I am just focused on getting two rings. Like I said yesterday (in interview with Matt Tait of Journal-World), that’s what I am focused on. After the season, I will talk to my family about it.”

Better foot forward

Selby is happy to report he no longer is wearing an orthotic in his right shoe — one to help soothe his stress reaction.

He discarded the orthotic before KU’s first-round Big 12 tournament game Thursday.

“I’m about 90 percent,” Selby said. “It (foot) feels better. I just have to get used to this feeling in my foot. I went from a 12 to a 13 (size shoe), now to a 121⁄2, so it’s a little adjustment to make.”

KU assistant Kurtis Townsend gave Selby a little pep talk before Friday’s semifinal in which he scored six points with four rebounds, two turnovers and no assists in 11 minutes.

“He wanted me to get back my ‘swag,’’’ Selby said. “I wasn’t confident at first. He told me to play my game. It’s what I tried to do. I got a three and an and-one. I’m getting back in the flow.”

Ripping Reed

KU coach Bill Self was miffed that Tyrel Reed didn’t try to call for the ball on the inbounds play with :30 seconds left.

“Unbelievable. Side out of bounds, best free-throw shooter on our team and he doesn’t try to get open on the side out. That’s the kind of mental mistakes that you can’t have in this situation. I think he will (get open) next time,” Self said.

KU hit 29 of 33 free throws.

“That’s what I told our guys, ‘Be excited we won, but if we shoot 67 percent like we have all year long, that’s anyone’s ballgame,’’’ Self said. “So we stepped up and made them today and did a really good job in that regard, but certainly we have to do a better job late game to get the ball to our right free-throw shooters’ hands.”

KU went 10-for-10 from the line over the last 10 minutes. In that span, KU made just two field goals.

Stats, facts

KU has won 18 in a row versus Colorado and 45 of 46 meetings dating to 1991. ... KU advanced to the Big 12 title game for the ninth time. KU has won four of the last five titles. ... Marcus Morris moved into 27th place on the Kansas all-time scoring chart with 1,288. He passed Eric Chenowith and Jo Jo White, who finished their KU careers with 1,281 and 1,286 points, respectively.

Faces in crowd

Former KU athletic director Lew Perkins kissed his wife, Gwen, when the two were shown on the ‘Kiss Cam.’ Others in attendance: football coach Turner Gill and ex-KU hoopsters Wayne Simien and Aaron Miles.