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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bill Self: KU’s early 3-pointers ‘fool’s gold’

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr., shots in a three-point basket in the first half of a game between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers at the WVU Colliseum in Morgantown, W.V. Tuesday.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr., shots in a three-point basket in the first half of a game between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers at the WVU Colliseum in Morgantown, W.V. Tuesday.

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— Kansas University’s basketball team, which lost its first Big 12 game of the season Tuesday night, 74-63, actually led, 14-9, early in Tuesday’s loss at West Virginia, thanks to some early three-point success.

“It was fool’s gold. We were up 13-9 and hadn’t thrown it inside but once,” KU coach Bill Self said.

“We made three threes, but if you go back and watch the tape, I bet you we had not gotten three 50/50 balls that should have been ours,” the coach continued.

“How many times did Devonté (Graham) have the rebound and (Jevon) Carter come right behind and steal it immediately? It happened to Wayne (Selden, Jr.), Brannen (Greene). They have active hands.

“We talk about them being more dangerous behind than in front of us,” Self added after his team committed 22 turnovers and had the ball stolen 12 times.

Kansas hit 10 of 20 from three-point range in the loss after going 4-for-11 in the first half.

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By the Numbers: West Virginia 74, Kansas 63

By the Numbers: West Virginia 74, Kansas 63

Comments

Matthew Roesner 3 years, 10 months ago

When KU started to push the ball inside, WVU would collapse three--sometimes five players in to the paint. Instead of a quick pass back outside for an open jumper (three or otherwise), KU often forced it up a shot or had our pocket picked. Ball movement was more of an issue than trying to shoot the three pointer. Yes, WVU disrupted the flow but any good team doesn't allow the other to dictate the pace...it steps up and redefines. KU can and has done that. Sadly, not last night.

Kent Kossoy 3 years, 10 months ago

Well without an inside presence, someone from outside is going to need to score if we get past the first 3 rounds!!

Allin Herring 3 years, 10 months ago

First three rounds? Now there is a dream! Unless we get a great bracket making it out of the 1st weekend would be a giant leap for this Self lead team. More times than not Bill has not goften out of the first game. I really did not like how he gave up at the end of the game by putting in Manning and the 3rd string. If we we are going to win the Big 12 loosing games like will make it very hard I believe the champion will loose now more than 3 games. Now winning at OU and beating WV at home a must!!

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