Norman, Okla. 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.
View a gallery of images from the Jayhawks' game against the Sooners, Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
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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