Saturday, November 12, 2016

KU’s Bill Self laments team’s mistakes as much as missed calls in season-opening loss to Indiana

Kansas head coach Bill Self yells at his team to get back on defense during the first half of the Armed Forces Classic at Stan Sheriff Center, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kansas head coach Bill Self yells at his team to get back on defense during the first half of the Armed Forces Classic at Stan Sheriff Center, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


— Moments before boarding the team bus in a rush attempt to head straight to the airport to catch one of three KU flights from Honolulu to New York City, Kansas coach Bill Self found himself lamenting the biggest of a few crucial mistakes — by the Jayhawks and others — that cost Kansas in a 103-99, overtime loss to Indiana in the season-opening Armed Forces Classic.

Self was the first to admit that the Jayhawks did not play very well, but there were a couple of missed calls — in a game that featured 63 fouls whistled by the officials — that Self could not help but recall after the loss.

The first came early, when it was apparent that Indiana did not get a three-point attempt from the deep corner off before the shot clock expired. Self and the KU bench screamed and hollered as the horn sounded, but the whistle never came and the teams played on. The close call led to an easy layup for Indiana, which, in a game that came down to the final few possessions, certainly played a huge role in the outcome.

The second was much later, with Kansas trailing in overtime and trying to mount a comeback. As a couple of Kansas misses clanged off the rim, an Indiana player appeared to hop back inbounds from under the basket to recover the loose ball and save possession for the Hoosiers (1-0).

“Yeah, there were two bad plays,” Self said. “The shot clock, that was an obvious violation. And then you can’t jump from out of bounds inbounds to get the ball to save the ball. That cost us a possession late game, when it was important.”

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Self made sure to point out, however, that he was not blaming the officials for the loss. There was plenty of blame to pass out within the Kansas locker room to keep him from doing that.

“(Later in overtime), we made a terrible pass,” Self said of a frantic push that led to a turnover with 1:45 remaining in OT after an Indiana bucket. “Frank (Mason) pitched it up the floor to Svi (Mykhailiuk) for no reason there in overtime that cost us. But the reality of it is, there’s so many possessions, you’ve gotta be able to guard your man and you gotta pay attention to scouting report. We played like it was the first game.”

By the Numbers: Indiana 103, Kansas 99 (OT)

By the Numbers: Indiana 103, Kansas 99 (OT)

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Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 6 months ago

Tom's freshmen + dribble drive + speed >> Self's more experienced team + high low.. Some things just never change.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 6 months ago

Our bigs struggled. Granted Lucas is hurt, but the 5 position is going to be exploited by other teams this year. We were killed on the boards, just killed.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 6 months ago

Why would you think that? Indiana only made 15.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 6 months ago

Excellent analysis, Barry. They exposed our prime weaknesses which are inside offense and rebounding. However, the team obviously has grit and plays hard. That will hold them in good stead throughout the year.

My guess is that Duke will try the same approach, even without Harry Giles.

Of course there were exceptions, but in most cases, the 3-pointers Indiana made were pretty well guarded. They just made them at a percentage that will be hard to maintain game in and game out.

What makes Indiana such a success is that they have the complete package, inside and out. Hopefully, our "bigs" will get better throughout the year, I am confident that they will.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 6 months ago

We just don't have a rim protector the past couple of years and we struggle finishing at the rim with bunnies. Our excellent guards and wings will have to carry us again this year.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 6 months ago

Indiana was hot and was able to make threes 3 to 4 feet from the three-point line. I don't know if we should have extended our defense as it certainly would have opened up the middle more than it already was. If Duke is able to shoot as well as Indiana than we are most likely going to come up short.

Indiana is a pretty good team and losing close in overtime is far from the end of the world. If we are going to make a strong run in the NCAA, we really need our bigs to step up their game.

Clark Groseth 3 years, 6 months ago

I probably have a conveniently short memory, BUT I cannot remember the last time somebody hung 100 points on a Bill Self team. that was probably an interesting plane ride!.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 6 months ago

Pretty sure it was the last OT game, the thriller against OU last year.

David Brown 3 years, 6 months ago

Your team scores 99, and you would expect a win.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 6 months ago

Every post is true. Not one was a lock down defender. Lucas moved fine but was a little slow in helping down low. Bragg was among the group around the rim trying for the rebound few times but didn't even touch the ball. He seems tentative and finesse like. Svi passed up two nice looks from outside late and he and Vick were beat off the dribble being caught flat footed. A lot of work to do and same as last year when we didn't get good perimeter D until mid-January. Doke is another project big man The talent is there but not the knowledge or focus yet.

Way early but a players only meeting in early January in our future? Lol.

Town Thomas 3 years, 6 months ago

Coach shouldn't run 4 small + 1 big if he believes the "false gold".

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