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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bill Self borrows a little from Bulls’ Fred Hoiberg

Kansas head coach Bill Self gives a congratulatory slap to Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) followed by forward Perry Ellis (34) following the Jayhawks' 76-72 win over the Sooners, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

Kansas head coach Bill Self gives a congratulatory slap to Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) followed by forward Perry Ellis (34) following the Jayhawks' 76-72 win over the Sooners, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

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— Chicago Bulls basketball coach Fred Hoiberg spent some time in Kansas University coach Bill Self’s office on Friday in Lawrence.

“We talked about everything. I was picking his brain,” KU coach Self said after the Jayhawks used Hoiberg’s four-guard Iowa State lineup for several minutes in the Jayhawks’ 76-72 win over Oklahoma, in Noble Center.

Hoiberg, former coach at ISU, was in town with wife, Carol, to visit with Hoiberg’s daughter, Paige, a freshman who works in KU’s basketball office. Hoiberg has some free time over NBA All-Star weekend.

“He always plays four around one,” Self said of Hoiberg. “He said, ‘Man, that could be good for you guys.’ I said, ‘We may end up doing it tomorrow.’ We didn’t do it much. I thought it was good for us the little bit we did it,” Self added.

Of KU’s four-guard lineup, sophomore guard Devonté Graham said: “It’s tough on teams. We have four shooters out there: Me, Frank (Mason III, 14 points), Wayne (Selden, Jr., six points) and Brannen Greene (nine points). You’ve got to play us as shooters. It gets open lanes. We were driving it.”

Of KU’s four-guard lineup being different than Iowa State’s under Hoiberg, Self said: “They move Georges (Niang) around so much. We can’t play that way, because we don’t post our guards. We did that a couple games ago, spread it, drive it.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72

By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72

Comments

Chris Shaw 3 years, 5 months ago

Of KU’s four-guard lineup being different than Iowa State’s under Hoiberg, Self said: “They move Georges (Niang) around so much. We can’t play that way, because we don’t post our guards. We did that a couple games ago, spread it, drive it.”

I hope KU does this a little more going forward. The only thing I don't understand is why Self wouldn't post his guards more? I've been saying this Since Xavier Henry days and now I've been adamant about this the last 3 weeks with Selden.

This game is the prime example of why you would consider putting Selden in the half post. If Selden's shot isn't falling he's virtually a non factor. He doesn't rebound, he can't create off the dribble, and he doesn't force much defensively (2 rebounds, 1 assist). Why not put Selden in opportunities to help get him going offensively and give the defense a different look for a couple of possessions? The 4 guard lineup would keep Traylor off the floor and allow Selden more opportunities to create from the post. Sounds like a win/win to me.

Jay Scott, still think Wayne Selden is a first round draft pick? Care to make a friendly wager? Wait, are you capable of being friendly? Probably not.

RJ King 3 years, 5 months ago

Nice post Chris, until the last 2 sentences. Really? Was that necessary? I'm tired of this site being all about Jay. If you're baiting, you must like the direction in which this site has turned. If not, then please stop.

Chris Shaw 3 years, 5 months ago

It was necessary! If LJW isn't gonna do anything about it than I will make my comments accordingly. I stand by my comments.

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