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Monday, March 30, 2015

Self: KU might ‘soften’ its schedule

Kansas coach Bill Self and members of the team watch in the closing minutes of a 77-52 loss to the Temple Owls Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Kansas coach Bill Self and members of the team watch in the closing minutes of a 77-52 loss to the Temple Owls Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks played the toughest schedule in the country the past two seasons, according to strength-of-schedule ratings calculated by ESPN.com.

The Jayhawks, who went 27-9 this past season and 25-10 in 2013-14, winning the Big 12 title both years but losing its Round of 32 game in the NCAAs, will continue to play a difficult schedule in coming years, Self says.

Don’t be surprised to see maybe one or two more breathers on the slate, however.

“I will not say ‘lighten’ is the right word. I don’t know we need to do a whole bunch, (but) we need to soften it some,” Self said last week.

“Those are not the hard games,” he stated of marquee matchups such as the Champions Classic, in which KU plays Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky on a rotating basis. “The hard games are the ones which are guarantee games where you have to play the entire 40 minutes because they are the best team in their respective leagues.

“The last two years it’s probably been too much for a really young team,” added Self, who has found it difficult to work in his newcomers in many of the nonconference contests, denying them experience prior to conference play.

“Depending who returns, we could have more of a veteran team. Hopefully that could play to our favor a little bit (in handling a difficult schedule),” he said. “You stop and think about it ... Svi (Mykhailiuk) is a year older, Devonté (Graham) and Frank (Mason III) a year older and Wayne (Selden Jr.) a year older. If everybody stayed and would be a year older, that’d be a pretty experienced and talented team coming back. The reality of that happening is not great. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

“I love the way Devonté played down the stretch, and I love Svi’s potential. He’s a year away, and next year will be the year. We do need to develop some low-post scoring, without question.”

KU next season will meet Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 17 in Chicago and also travel to San Diego State. KU will compete in the Nov. 23-25 Maui Invitational as part of a field that includes UCLA, Indiana, St. John’s, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Chaminade and former KU phenom Danny Manning’s Wake Forest team.

Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if KU’s opponent in the Big 12/SEC Challenge turns out to be Kentucky. It has been rumored UK may visit Allen next season, with KU headed to Lexington the following year.

Malik puts up big numbers: Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, who is rated No. 3 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, recently scored 27 points, dished six assists and grabbed six rebounds in Callaway’s 66-43 Class 5A state title victory over Ridgeland.

Newman, who has no final list of schools but has mentioned KU, Kentucky, LSU Mississippi, Mississippi State, Ohio State and North Carolina State as possibilities, averaged 29.7 points a game for the 31-3, four-time defending state champs. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. Newman, who is nicknamed “The Machine,” hit 50.3 percent of his shots, 40.2 percent of his threes (100 of 249).

“The thing about Malik is that he knows he’s going to add a lot to whatever program he signs with,” Callaway coach David Sanders, who played at Ole Miss, told Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He wants to play with other great players for a team that could go to the Final Four. Wherever he goes, the coaches need to put the ball in his hands because he’s going to make everybody else better.”

The Times-Picayune says Newman, whose dad played at Mississippi State, wants to play both point guard and 2-guard during his one season in college.

Rabb hasn’t announced: Ivan Rabb, a 6-10, 220-pound senior forward from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, California, did not announce his college choice after Saturday’s state-title victory over Mater Dei as originally planned.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about where I’m going to school right now, it’s about putting this ring on our fingers and bring a state title to my school,” Rabb told the Oakland Tribune after scoring 19 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in O’Dowd’s 65-64 overtime win over four-time defending state champ Mater Dei-Santa Ana in Cal’s Haas Pavilion.

Rabb, the country’s No. 8-rated player, who has narrowed his choices to Cal and Arizona after eliminating KU, Kentucky and UCLA, hit a free throw with 0.8 seconds left to account for the victory.

“The way the game ended, you couldn’t have written a story better than this,” said Rabb, who air-balled the first of two free throws, icing the second for the win. “It’s not about me, it’s about my teammates. They pushed me to get to this point, we pushed each other and I’m just thankful.”

Comments

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 8 months ago

What makes you think that? Svi himself has already said that he'll be back next season.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

It is too bad that Svi can't travel with the team over the summer. That would do wonders for him. Still excited to see how he comes out to play next season.

Herb Derpson 6 years, 8 months ago

Yes he is gone. That's why Coach Hudy keeps posting pics of him on campus lifting weights.

Chad Lee 6 years, 8 months ago

The reality of what happening? Who would leave?

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

No one should leave, but since when does that mean anything? The only person I couldn't fault leaving is Oubre. He has a legitimate shot to go in the lottery and I have no doubts he will be successful. Still could use another year. Everyone else is slated to go in the 2nd round or worse, and they are capable of better in the future, they would be idiotic to go.

Adam Evans 6 years, 8 months ago

Not that it matters much, but cliff is projected to go late first round. I believe I saw draft boards projecting him around 27 in first to pick 10 in the second. He definitely is not ready though. Oubre is projected as high as 11/12 right now, so if he has good workouts, he could easily be top ten. Another year and he could be a top 5 pick though.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, I saw Cliff late 1st, early 2nd. I didn't even include him in my comment because I figure getting him back is a lost cause.

Michael Sillman 6 years, 8 months ago

I certainly would not mind a softer schedule that allows Self to work in more players than his usual 8 guys. It seemed like this year's team became mentally if not physically fatigued toward the end of the season.

The bigger question will be what will Self do if he still doesn't have the horses to run hishigh-low offense and play tough man-to-man defense. Will he adjust earlier in the year?

I don't mind losing in the tourney due to last minute heroic baskets by an underdog but the truth is that Wichita State dominated the Jayhawks in the second half of that game.

Ashwin Rao 6 years, 8 months ago

You may have a point there (not looking for excuses), but being in tough situations may have had a negative effect of wearing players out at the end, hence they just went through the motions... ?

Beate Williams 6 years, 8 months ago

Additionally, I think a couple of non conference games in the middle of the season, rather than all at the beginning, will help us to understand how far we have progressed during the year. It's nice to play these games at the beginning of the year but we only have the Big 12 teams during the balance of the year and that has not proven to be the best measure as to our progress.

Even though the Big 12 was considered the best conference, all of the wins generated by the Big 12 were during the non conference schedule which was at the beginning of the year--yet in the tournament all of the teams failed, with only Oklahoma and WV making any noise at all. If the Big 12 is the premier conference we should make a better run than we made this year, last year...

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

The Big 12 was the deepest, most competitive conference but it was a mistake to call them the best conference.

Kent Wells 6 years, 8 months ago

Awesome news. I think the killer schedule has killed bench growth. Player development of the 6-10 players not playing, or kids not in the top 8, just sit there and wave towels for most of the nonconference schedule and 3 or 4 games of the XII schedule. A couple of throw aways against the Delta States would sure be nice to see some of the kids that ultimately we've needed late due to injuries or NCAA investigations the last couple of years get minutes in November and December and they would be in a much better position to help in February and March (hopefully April too)....

Scott Quiring 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm all for easing up a little bit on the S.O.S. It's one thing to have those kinds of schedules with veteran squads and with all the pieces you need to run your offensive sets - but I think we've taken a huge hit development wise with our young guys the last couple of seasons. We play all these tough non-conference games and those kids never get a chance to see the court and it kills their confidence. I will say that I love that we've had the toughest schedule the last two years though - says a lot about the confidence Bill has in the players's ability to compete, and I do think it helps us get tough for games later in the season. But easing up a little bit is a great move - it's not like KU will get jipped out of the tournament because of it. I hope we get all our guys back for next season (not likely, I know, but one can hope). I would look for Self to adjust a lot sooner if we don't have a solid post guy too. Self's a good coach and if anybody will learn from mistakes - it's him.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Exactly what I came here to say. 2012 I think a tough schedule really helped our team, and was part of the reason we got to the championship game, but we were lead by juniors and seniors. Young kids need more gimmes and be able to play through their mistakes.

Scott Quiring 6 years, 8 months ago

That's very true Allison! If we're going to put together a schedule like this year and last year...let's get some more seniors and juniors on our team!

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

And honestly, I think the starters would benefit from having a few games where they go out there and light an opponent up as well. Something to be said for the confidence you gain in hanging 20+ on an opponent.

Scott Quiring 6 years, 8 months ago

I couldn't agree more Benz! It's a great confidence booster to everybody when you can go out there and have 4 of our starters put up double figures in scoring and just shoot lights out.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 8 months ago

As long as we're tweaking the schedule, how about getting Wichita State back on there? Do we really want the Shockers to have the last word in that series after what they did to us in the tournament? That loss wrecked our credibility as a program. We need to put WSU back on the schedule so that no one can say, "We're afraid to play them because of what they did to us in the 2015 Tournament".

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Wrecked our credibility as a program? No it didn't. It was a game vs a tough squad with a great coach who was was underseeded. We are still KU, back off the ledge.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

And no, we are still not playing Wichita State, because it still does nothing for us just like it did before we lost to them. We will play them again when someone forces us to again.

John Kelley 6 years, 8 months ago

(We will play them again when someone forces us to again)

That's what I call extreme confidence in KU basketball. It's that kind of thinking that will never improve KU basketball. Run from teams and always make all kinds of excesses along the way.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

We aren't running from anyone. We have played the toughest schedule two years in a row, by playing consistently tough teams. Self schedules based on recruiting areas and improving our RPI. We already own the Wichita area (for the few good players that come out of there), there's no point. And I still bet Self would schedule Wichita St to come to Allen, but he ain't doing a home and home.

John Kelley 6 years, 8 months ago

No matter who we play or don't play it is unacceptable to me that KU goes out of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in the First or Second round. Maybe my standards are to high.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 8 months ago

Name an elite program that doesn't have a blip on their post season resume in the very recent past? Duke lost in the first round in 2014 and 2012 , Kentucky was an NIT team in 2013, Wisconsin lost in the first round in 2013, UConn has missed 2 of the last 3 NCAA tournaments, Florida missed the tournament for the 3rd time in 8 years this season, UNC didn't make it past the first weekend in 2013 or 2014, Gonzaga hadn't been past the first weekend since 2008 before this year, Arizona has missed 2 out of the last 6 NCAA tournaments. Louisville and Michigan St. are the only 2 top level programs I can think of that haven't either missed the tournament completely or gone out in the first weekend in the past few years. Everybody has blips on their resume.

RJ King 6 years, 8 months ago

all good examples, and add SYRACUSE to the disappointment blip list.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 8 months ago

Not so fast. Bill has been bounced from the tournament 5 times by mid-majors. Maybe there is value in playing them and other mid-majors as well.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 8 months ago

Which is four more times than Roy Williams' KU teams were bounced from the tournament by I-AA schools.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on winning the "overreaction of the day" award. The reasoning for not scheduling WSU remains the same. If you are going to book a home and home series against a top team, do it where you can also get into new recruiting areas .We already dominate recruiting in Wichita.

Fans wanting revenge isn't reason enough to schedule this game. Our credibility as a program is just fine.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 8 months ago

And what Wichita area kids are going to want to play for Bill Self when their hometown coach kicked his ass in the Round of 32? Were I a parent of a basketball player being courted by KU or WSU, I'd steer my son to WSU, because Gregg Marshall will get more out of him than Bill Self would.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

Get more out of him? Eh, OK. Yeah, lots of Wichita State guys getting drafted.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

This is especially true since the big 12 is becoming such a tough conference (blah blah blah yeah every team sucked in the tournament, whatever). A few years back when there was hardly anyone to compete with us for the big 12, a tougher non schedule might not be as big of a deal. Our "breathers" were tech and TCU, and even they are becoming competitive.

Layne Pierce 6 years, 8 months ago

Soften the Schedule? OK. The point about developing players was not just caused by the schedule, but lacalso by the fact that this team did not play well enough in very many games to even give the coach the opportunity to play to develop. How many games did we play 40 minutes, a handful. Some of that was the opposition, a bunch of it was lack of pride and concentration. Soften the schedule is part of the answer, but the rest lies within our starates themselves.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

?? I agree that there was a lack of pride and concentration. But had we had an easier schedule, maybe some of those kinks would have been worked out, or at least better. That's the whole point.

Scott Grimsley 6 years, 8 months ago

Mason, and Graham are not going anywhere. Svi said he is staying. So a Selden transfer is possible?

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 8 months ago

Selden leaving would kill the team. Without his 2-3 point average in the tourney this team does not stand a chance.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Got a good smile out of me. However, I do think Selden leaving would kill the team. Unless you are an a*s hat, losing players is never a good thing. I doubt he transfers, he wouldn't want to sit out. I am disappointed by his offense many times, but he really does bring some intangibles to the table. I would hate to see him go, and I think everyone else on the team would too.

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 8 months ago

If losing Selden would open up a scholarship to a player like Malik Newman for example it would be a great thing. Selden's numbers were down in almost every category from his freshman year. Selden also disappears in the tourney.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

I am excited to watch Selden next year. I think he is going to continue to develop and will be a great player at KU by the time he leaves. Snarky comments aside, it would be FOOLISH to hope one of our players leaves and once again be in the position that we have to cross our fingers and pray that a young freshman is as good right out of the box as we hear he might be.

Arthur Ankeney 6 years, 8 months ago

Losing some players is a good thing (read: Greene)

Shane Johnston 6 years, 8 months ago

Losing some "fans" is a good thing (read: many here)

Shane Johnston 6 years, 8 months ago

Agreed. Recruiting is a crapshoot. The easiest players to recruit are the ones you already have.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 8 months ago

lmao, wrecked our credibility as a program? lol, REALLY? holy crap that has to be the most unbelievable statement I've heard in GOD knows how long like she said step back off the ledge, so how about all the big time quality wins we have had over much superior teams then Wichita state. Do you happen to remember that so so team I guess, that we beat earlier this year that ONCE AGAIN is in the final four? Michigan State? teams with basketball history that we have beaten the North Carolina's the Arizona's, tema with reputations that we have defeated over time what did that do for our program beating them? did they wreck our credibility also? this is 1 year, 1 game face it Wichita State HAD a better team that day, this year is not a typical KU team and we still won the big 12 ya Wichita beat us, they have beat us the last 2 tourney games, but did you forget the beating w gave them in between these games? the 103-54 as kicking we put on them how quickly we forget those. come on wrecked our credibility? must not of had much to begin with then if that's the case ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Bryce Landon 6 years, 8 months ago

No one cares about what we did to them when they were down on their luck in the early '90s. The only KU-WSU games anyone remembers are the 1981 and 2015 Tournament losses.

And yes, we lost our credibility as a program by losing to WSU. All this time the official KU position has been that KU doesn't need to play WSU because (A) we already dominate recruiting in the Air Capital and (B) there are plenty of tough opponents for KU to play across the nation. Well, we just got clowned by a tough WSU team, which is going to hurt us in recruiting in the area and shows that WSU is as tough, if not tougher, than some of the opponents we prefer to play.

Kansas and Wichita State need to resume the series like they did in the 80s and 90s. Who cares if it doesn't help our recruiting? Not playing them after they kicked our ass hurts our recruiting even more. A revived KU-WSU series is good for the fans, good for the state, and good for TV.

Darren Martin 6 years, 8 months ago

I for one am gettigsick of wsu talk. . how does it hurt us to paly them ?? does playing Lafayette . rider or ucsb< help us anymore than playing wsu?? if ksu wasn't in our conference would we not play them??as for who might leave I think he is referring to oubre and no motor cliff.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

There's a difference from it HURTING us and we having nothing to gain. Lafayette and Rider are cupcakes. Wichita State wouldn't be a cupcake, thus we would rather save our tougher games for recruiting areas that could benefit us. But hey, Marshall will probably leave for Texas and they will go back to being a joke, so THEN we can schedule them as one of our cupcakes. How about that?

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

They games you listed aren't the games that would be replaced by playing Wichita State. And for the record, playing games like @San Diego State (Jeff Withey), @Georgetown (Thomas Robinson) @Temple (Morris twins) or @UNLV (Elijah Johnson) is crucial because he have landed great prospects from those areas in the past and hope to continue to in the future.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 8 months ago

It doesn't hurt us to play them. Not playing them after they kicked our ass hurts us more. Playing them is the only way to regain the credibility we lost by falling to them in the Round of 32.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

Thankfully we don't have knuckle dragging chest thumpers doing our scheduling.

Darren Martin 6 years, 8 months ago

well put Bryce.. like I said. if kstate wasnt in the big 12 would we have the same stance with them as we do with wsu?

Thomas Luxem 6 years, 8 months ago

I would think that bigs would be excited to come to KU. We like to feed the post and we have two guards that can. This should of been Selden's breakout year, especially coming here as a OAD. I worry his defense is not getting better. We need that lockdown player(Rush,Morningstar, Releford). I would be concentrating on a 4 & 5 for a championship run.

Kris Weidling 6 years, 8 months ago

Did anyone notice he did not mention Greene? Interesting.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

I think you are reading too much into it. Maybe they clipped all of his statement to fit into the article. Maybe he wasn't interested in giving a full breakdown into the entire returning team.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Greene has already said he will be back.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 8 months ago

If Brannen Greene leaves the program, it won't be voluntarily. As already mentioned, Greene himself has already said he has no intentions on transferring.

Brian Skelly 6 years, 8 months ago

To me the matter isnt weather the teams we're playing are "tough" or "not as tough" or "cupcake". The tougher schedule probably has helped this team with the Big 12 the last two years.

What it doesnt do however is allow for more guys to see time outside of the rotation. Dont think that matters? Did anyone like this years rotation? Did Coach Self? My guess is no. Why? Because other than the first few games this year, hardly anyone outside of it got to play. There's no question to me that both Svi and Mickleson should have gotten a lot more clock this season. But when your grinding out games, those guys dont get the minutes. So they're not as ready when actually needed.

Hopefully Self can get another big to go along with Bragg, and Self can get the rotation to where he likes it.

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 8 months ago

3 of those in top-15 of Kenpom's RPI are in FF. Coach, a soft or hard schedule, will not really matter. You gotta prepare the team with lots of drills, physical endurance, rebound skills, pressure defense, etc. NO matter which teams you'll be facing. Please upgrade your low-post offensive style. It's due for an upgrade. Waaay too slow and predictable, as I've said it many times. Adapt to win, not to survive.

The difference will be whether the team play HARD or SOFT, against any team.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

The point is a hard schedule with young guys, they can't develop. I think self is doing plenty of drills, physical endurance, rebound skills, etc. The issue is age. You talk about 3 of those in top 15 are in FF, well take a look at their roster. You can't look at their RPI and nothing else.

Wisconsin - 2 sophomores, 1 junior, 2 seniors Duke - 3 freshman, 1 senior, 1 sophomore (similar to us, I would say) Mich St - 2 seniors, 3 juniors

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 8 months ago

Points taken. No players are created with equal capabilities. But I still think coaching staff and the system shall fit somewhere somehow in this long equation. Some of us here also agree how some players are not utilized to their best abilities in the system.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 8 months ago

I would not trade Jr. year Selden for OAD Newman.

Sometimes I have felt that Self maybe was utilizing Selden wrong. We started to see Selden on backdoor cuts a lot more late in the season which was awesome. Mid-year Selden was primarily a jump shooter, but it seemed like Self wasn't satisfied with cornering him in as a jump shooter (and rightfully so), but I got so frustrated late in the year every time I saw Selden, Graham, or Mason pass up an open three only to end up forcing a contested two late in the shot clock. I admit that we shouldn't settle for jump shots, but those three guys along with Svi and Greene should never be punished for attempting an open three unless we are in an obvious "burn clock" situation. The open three is a much better shot than a long contested two.

I want to see the real Wayne Selden next year.

I really wanted to see this team attack the basket in transition more this year. There were games when we'd have a 5 or 10 minute stretch where we'd push the tempo and score some transition baskets and get a run going and then abandon transition altogether after it appeared to be elevating us.

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 8 months ago

Will next year also be a break out year for Lucas? Selden is not going to get much better. Real talent shines in the tourney and he disappears.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

What are next week's powerball numbers since you're predicting the future? I have literally never seen a player not improve from their sophomore year to their junior year. EVER.

Ben Simonett 6 years, 8 months ago

Well this should at lest lower the teams RPI and as a result its seeding in the tournament. That should at least mentally prepare us for exiting early in march as a 4-5 seed rather than a 1-2 seed

Ben Simonett 6 years, 8 months ago

"If everybody stayed and would be a year older, that’d be a pretty experienced and talented team coming back."

Even is everyone on this team came back and they all took a huge step forward in terms of improvement, that hypothetical team next year is still not a legitimate national title contender. It still wouldn't match up with the Kentucky, Duke, and Arizona's of the country in terms of pure talent.

Allison Steen 6 years, 8 months ago

Since when do you need pure talent to win a national championship? Its about a team. And you think Kentucky, Duke, and Arizona aren't going to lose a handful of players? The players we have + Bragg and maybe a center and we should be a favorite to make a deep run in march. What's with the hysterics? We have PLENTY of talent to win a national championship. I love how people complain about having one and dones and then complain we don't have the talent Kentucky, Duke, and Arizona has. Wtf?

Ben Simonett 6 years, 8 months ago

first ive never complained about one and dones. that NBA rule is here to stay and its obvious at this point that those types of players help programs compete for championships. Second, obviously all those teams are going to lose players the point i was making is that those teams this year, along with Wisconsin, set the bar in terms of the type of talent and team chemistry any team needs any year to be a legitimate title contender. the '15-16 Jayhawk roster would not be on that level

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to see us keep the top SOS next season since we'll have a veteran team. Bragg will probably be the only newcomer we'll need to work into the lineup.

I love our inside-out style, via the pass or off the bounce. Frankly, Alexander and Oubre to a lesser extent were the only players that continuously messed up. I don't know what the problem why this year's team was so incapable of maintaining focus for an entire game. It seemed like the majority of the time Alexander was in the game, we had no rhythm, offensively or defensively. Next year's team should be exponentially better with Mykailiuk and Graham seeing more court time. Selden is far far to much of a player to produce another mediocre year. Selden is a stud. His inability to finish at the rim is a mystery because he has that skill.

I'm telling everyone now, next year Lucas will be a stud. Although he's not blessed with exceptional quickness, he is very smart plays with a high IQ. He understands the game and will surprise everyone.

Benz Junque 6 years, 8 months ago

We probably have three more scholarships to fill with Oubre and Cliff likely heading out so I doubt very highly that Bragg will be the only newcomer added to the rotation.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 8 months ago

I don't think we'll land any of the high profile bigs, like Zimmerman or Monk. I suspect we might land some of these transfers, which I seriously doubt will be much better than Lucas and Mickelson. My expected result being Bragg would be the only one to work into the rotation.

Kurt Eskilson 6 years, 8 months ago

Agreed, Suzi. Lucas will surprise everyone but Coach Self who has been publicly touting Lucas as a potential starter for some time.

Shane Johnston 6 years, 8 months ago

Suzi, this post is too down to earth/ tempered/ balanced/ sensible/ optimistic for this thread. Cut it out.

Brian Wilson 6 years, 8 months ago

no the most likely is Hunter Mickelson. Rumor is he may graduate this semester. So he may transfer as a graduate student being immediately eligible for next year.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 8 months ago

Svi himself said he's coming back a couple of weeks ago. Like Brian said, Hunter Mickelson is graduating this year and doesn't project to have very many minutes next year. Him leaving as a graduate transfer to get some playing time next year is a pretty realistic expectation at this point. Svi has a pretty good chance at starting now that he'll be the age of a typical freshman and his body developed enough to handle college basketball. I think that was his biggest issue last year was that he just couldn't physically handle playing against some of the competition he was playing against.

Tyler Capone 6 years, 8 months ago

Lucas will be a stud? Suzi are you serious or are you trolling because I can't tell.

Kurt Eskilson 6 years, 8 months ago

Coach Self has repeatedly said Lucas has potential to be a starter. Is he a troll? Or is your opinion simply uninformed?

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 8 months ago

Lucas having the potential to be a starter suggests the guys behind him are horrible. That is not a good thing for KU.

Kurt Eskilson 6 years, 8 months ago

Or it simply means that Coach Self knows far more about the player's potential than the average fan. I think I'll go with that answer for now.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 8 months ago

Just you wait. Next season, you and the other naysayers will be leading the praises for Lucas. The guy is smart, works hard, and is a great team player.

Tyler Capone 6 years, 8 months ago

He CAN be a starter...idk about being a stud..

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 8 months ago

Not sure what he means by a softer schedule but it might be better to sacrifice SOS and schedule some mid-majors since they have been a problem.

Jim Johnson 6 years, 8 months ago

Not really sure about the schedule, it was more the fact that he doesn't seem to get his players to actually play. I know they won the conference but a lot of those games were bad from the players stand point. Just hard to watch this year, always seemed to me like there was conflict on the team, and they never seemed like a jelled team.

Brad Watson 6 years, 8 months ago

I know that coach knows best.......and he will decide whats best.....what a coach......I do have a couple of suggestions....Bring back the Jayhawk preseason classic.....and invite some big names to Allen Field house......The field house has such a reputation that schools want to play here...4 teams .....2 nights...2 games for each team.....Invite...Kentucky... Duke and Indiana UCLA.......other years have Mich st.,,,Unc....Arizona...Gonzaga...Wisconsin..etc....make it the premier preseason tournament....I know that some of the teams mentioned may not be interested...but you can try...plus for them it would e nice to play a game in Allen without playing the home team...I grew up going to the Jayhawk Classic ....and I always enjoyed watching all the games...we have such a venue...we need to take advantage of that and have an annual tournament....We use to play Kentucky and Louisville every year....other years we played Shumate led Notre Dame teams and Indiana played here the year they went undefeated and barely beat us 74-71....Make it happen and ask these teams to come play....all they can say is no.....and if it succeeds....just another recruiting chip for coach...and for the football recruiting as well. Have ESPN or fox come to the Land of Oz for a weekend each year and we will roll out the yellow brick carpet for them and play awesome hosts and show off the great town and state that we have and make an event that is looked forward to by the whole country every year......my other suggestion is to schedule teams that are very physical.....we looked weak ,,....so we need to use the nonconference to get tough...just like in the military...,,,,In March....you can't let anyone push you around and unfortunately..,,, ,this year they did. Thank you for reading my post and enjoy your day!

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 8 months ago

I believe that game we lost to IU was the season before their undefeated year. I had also thought it was during the undefeated year and looked up the IU records on their website. Even seeing the records on their site, my recollection was it was during the undefeated year.

Brad Watson 6 years, 8 months ago

Really?.......maybe those guys were just juniors that year.........and I believe they were ranked Number 1 at the time...I am pretty sure of that.....as was Notre Dame when they came here....they had just defeated UCLA and became Number 1.....FYI

Rick Meyer 6 years, 7 months ago

On Selden not improving all season.....it's because he doesn't get any competition during practice going against the likes of Evan Manning, Tyler Self and what's his name Garrett.

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