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Sunday, January 29, 2012

KU basketball notebook: ISU puts end to KU’s 10-game streak

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— Iowa State snapped Kansas University’s 10-game winning streak. KU had won seven straight on the road, which dates to last season. ... KU leads the all-time series vs. ISU, 171-59. Bill Self is 16-3 versus ISU, 15-3 at KU. ... KU used a 10-0 run late in the first half to take its first lead at 3:32. ... KU trailed 37-34 at half, marking the fifth time in 21 games KU has lagged at intermission. KU is 3-2 in those games. ... KU’s five offensive rebounds are the fewest in a game this season. ... The Jayhawks forced 19 Iowa State turnovers, the most forced by KU against a conference opponent this season. ... KU had all five starters in double figures for just the second time this season. ... Tyshawn Taylor had 10 assists, most ever in a conference game. ... Taylor moved into sole possession of 30th place on KU’s all-time scoring list with 1,280 points. He broke a tie with Jerod Haase (1,264). ... Taylor’s 10 assists moved him into a tie for ninth place on KU’s all-time list with Kevin Pritchard (499). His two steals give him 144, moving him ahead of Ryan Robertson (143) for 20th on KU’s all-time list.

Support in fight against cancer: KU coach Bill Self and his assistants wore sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits Saturday as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend — a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Participating NABC member coaches wear sneakers one game a year to support the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world “with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Not interested: Self was asked on Friday’s Jim Rome radio show about possibly coaching in the NBA someday.

“I think there’s a part of me that would say that could interest me at some point in time, but right now I’m having so much fun working with these guys. To be honest with you, there’s a lot of good jobs out there. There are not many as good as what I’ve got,” Self said.

“Sometimes I think people get caught up in looking for something where the grass is greener when it is really not. This is a great gig. Maybe when they get tired of me here that may be something I consider doing. Even with that being said, there’s only 30 (NBA) jobs out there. What are the chances anybody’s going to want a college coach? I am certainly not thinking that or putting my eggs in that basket. All I want to do is coach this team as hard as I can and get this team ready.”

T-Rob love: ESPN’s Jay Bilas lists KU’s Thomas Robinson as his No. 3 big man in college basketball this season. His rankings are “based upon performance in college, and with a nod to pro potential.”

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is No. 1 and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger No. 2.

Of Robinson, Bilas wrote: “No big man has had a better season than Robinson. Clearly he is a high level athlete with an NBA body. And he has a tremendous motor that keeps revving at a high level game after game. Robinson is the best defensive rebounder in college basketball, averaging nine defensive rebounds per game and more than 12 rebounds overall. He can run the floor, and he has the strength and lift to block shots around the rim. He is not a natural scorer but can step away and hit to 18 feet, and he can also put it on the floor and drive it some. Robinson is averaging more than 17 points per game on 54 percent shooting, and he gets to the free throw line six times per game but shoots only 64 percent from the line. His activity level is what makes him special, and he will help a team win without having to be the focal point.”

North Carolina’s John Henson is No. 4, followed by Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, UNC’s Tyler Zeller, UConn’s Andre Drummond, Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Missouri’s Ricardo Ratliffe and Mississippi State’s Arnett Moultrie.

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Mike Bratisax 2 years, 2 months ago

Can't count the number of college coaches that almost ruined their carers going to the NBA.

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

Regarding Coach Self career as a flip of the coin:

TAILS: He has moved into four different coaching positions in his career. HEADS: He is at the top of the heap with Kansas.

My guess it will come up heads for a long, long time.

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Kye Clark 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow...this article kinda snuck in under the radar. Good quotes from Self about the possibility of going to the NBA. I think that is the one scenario that will prevent him from 800+ wins, but if he were to make the jump I don't think it's likely to happen anytime soon.

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