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Coach Bill Self not happy with KU board work

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 83-66 victory over Texas A&M on March 8, 2012.

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— Kansas coach Bill Self entered the halftime locker room and told his team that it needed to rebound better and that it stunk in that area Thursday.

Or, at least his words were close to that, KU guard Tyshawn Taylor said.

“He was a little bit upset about our rebounding, even after the game,” Taylor said following KU’s 83-66 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday at the Sprint Center. “We’ve got to do a better job.”

The Jayhawks allowed 16 offensive rebounds against a team that came in as a below-average team on the offensive glass.

A&M pulled down 40 percent of the available offensive rebounds (16 of 40), which tied for the Aggies’ second-best percentage in Big 12 play.

“We pride ourselves on being a big-man school. To get out-rebounded on the offensive end is unacceptable,” KU center Jeff Withey said. “We take it to heart whenever somebody outrebounds us. It’s definitely a low blow.”

Part of the reason for KU’s early struggles on the defensive glass was a slow start from forward Thomas Robinson.

The junior, who entered as one of the best defensive rebounders in the nation, didn’t pick up his first rebound until the 6:22 mark of the first half.

“It was just them playing harder than us on a couple plays. That’s all it was,” Robinson said. “That’s always a focus for me, to rebound. I was kind of upset that they got that many offensive rebounds.”

Robinson picked up his numbers in the final 27 minutes, ending with eight of KU’s 24 defensive rebounds.

Still, Self wasn’t only upset with his big men. He also challenged his guards to go after the ball harder.

“Long shots, long rebounds. So that’s our area,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to help those guys clean up. A lot of times, it’s not their fault that we don’t get the rebound.”

One of Self’s recurring messages with his team is to allow the opponent one shot or less each possession.

A&M was able to score 16 second-chance points Thursday from its 16 offensive rebounds.

“No excuses,” Withey said. “They’re just strong guys, and they got (the ball).”

The Aggies’ offensive rebounding was one of their few highlights offensively. They made just 39 percent of their shots and had only eight assists on 25 field goals.

“I thought we actually did a pretty good job defending them,” Self said, “except on the defensive boards.”

It was only the fourth time this season that a KU opponent grabbed 40 percent of the available offensive rebounds against the Jayhawks. Towson, Oklahoma (road) and Kansas State (road) were the other teams to accomplish the feat.

“We just have to learn to be more aggressive,” Withey said, “and try to dominate the glass (today).”

Comments

monkeehawkSL8 2 years, 8 months ago

JEFF I HAVE BEEN WATCHING YOUR PROGRESS THIS YEAR WITH MORE JOY THAN I HAVE EVER HAD WITH ANY MATURING JAYHAWK. EASY THERE BIG GUY I'M ALREADY MARRIED. I BELIEVE THIS IS'NT THE FIRST TIME YOU HAVE SAID SOMETHING LIKE "WE JUST HAVE TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE". JEFF, REACH DOWN SLOWLY, PULL THE IV DRIP OF DIAZEPAM OUT OF YOUR ARM, GET A GOOD NIGHT REST. I'M GOING TO MAKE A SUGGESTION TO YOU AND ITS NOT INTENDED TO BE FUNNY OR DEMEANING. YOU HAVE HAD SOME GAMES THIS YEAR WHERE YOU SEEM TO HAVE SOME SORT OF OUT OF BODY, INTO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE'S BODY AND YOU BECAME A 7FT HAWKZILLA CREATURE. MY SUGGESSTION IS SIMPLY FIND THAT MOFO BECOME THE HAWKZILLA AND LEAVE THE GUY WHO KEEPS SAYING "WE HAVE JUST GOT TO BECOME MORE BLAH BLAH BLAH". DO IT NOW MAN AND LEAVE THE OTHER 3IN" VERTICAL LEAPING BUNNY MISSING IF YOU REALLY WANT THE BALL MORE MISTER GO AHEAD AND JUST TAKE IT FROM ME PLEASE DON'T HURT ME BLOCKED BY A 5'8 IN GUARD CUPCAKE AT THE PETTING ZOO. JEFF WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO LET THE HAWKZILLA TAKE UP PERMANENT SPACE IN YOUR HEAD?

ParisHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Awesome post! James Joyce + e. e. cummings + Jayhawk fan = monkeehawkSL8

KU79 2 years, 8 months ago

Bravo! I LOVED it.

Withey = Hawkzilla = Final Four. Do it, Jeff!!

KU79 2 years, 8 months ago

Bravo! I LOVED it.

Withey = Hawkzilla = Final Four. Do it, Jeff!!

REHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Would appear to be such a simple game. Five players per team, 40 minutes to see who can drop more balls through a basket. HA!

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jaybate 2 years, 8 months ago

Well, Self did not use "man-up," so that means he's not amping them all the way for Failor, even though he probably wants to amp them through the roof trusses, so as not to have shake Scottie's hands as a loser to him. But Self always plays to try to win the whole tappa tray, not just part of it.

So: if KU wants the whole tappa trey in the moronic, meaningless, money-grubbing, B12 Conference tournament, then he's got to beat Failor with his sand bagging B-game; i.e., one shot defense, edge-in-modified-disruption-stat [(blocks+strips)/TOs], grind it out inside scoring at 50-55% FG, quite a few transition baskets to make up for a paucity of treys, and glass vaccing supremacy. Trifectation is likely to be anemic after that 67% ignition of the shooting atmosphere against TAM.

Look for Failor to play a whole lot of zone immediately and much less M2M than their tendency of 50/50, unless KU proves it can shoot the lights out in series. Scottie will expect KU to go cold as ice outside either for the game, or for a long stretch the second half.

The good news for KU is that The Prophet could possibly go unconscious for another game, because he is still slumped and shooting back to his average. And, frankly, Conner might bounce back.

Self is devoted to having 3 40% trey shooters in hopes at least one of them can get him some triceratops. If two are packed in ice, maybe one can go 2-4 to start a run.

But 67% is stratospheric even for our three streaky shooting trifectates.

So...can't bank on treys.

Swap out treys. Swap in transition baskets. Grind it out the rest of the time. Get the bigs on the FT line asap. Let TT drive it into the navels of the Failor bigs and get fouled. Repeat.

ParisHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

We're playing on the same court with the same balls and the same rims as yesterday. I still think that might bring a bit of added confidence to yesterday's hot shooters. I look for at least one of them to continue today.

The most important thing to me is not letting BU get offensive rebounds. If A&M had the same percentage on tip-ins as we did on 3s the game would have been a lot closer.

Carolyn Hunzicker 2 years, 8 months ago

JUST WHEN WILL THE KANSAS COACHES TEACH MR. WITHEY HOW TO SET A SCREEN.................NOT A MOVING SCREEN HOW MANY TIMES..HOW LONG WILL IT BE TILL HE LEARNS

NEEDS TO RUN THE STEPS MAYBE....

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