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July 5, 2012
Kansas coach Bill Self talked about his team's nonconference schedule, Anrio Adams and his position in the upcoming MLB All-Star Celebrity softball game on Thursday at Hadl Auditorium on the KU campus.
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I was a little surprised to hear Coach say that this year's team probably wouldn't fare well against a schedule like last year - Kentucky, Georgetown, UCLA, Duke and Ohio State.
Nobody thought last year's team would fare well against them either and it seems like we made it to the National Championship game.
I've always been a big, big fan of play the toughest teams possible early in the season. It helps your RPI, helps confidence in close games or wins, and prepares you for the post-season. I understand how that doesn't bode well for football, but for college basketball, I wish we'd play a schedule every year like we did last year.
I'm not sure where this is coming from. I think most everyone expected big things last year in terms of regular season and big 12 goals. I don't disagree that we overachieved in the postseason, but last years team overcame a lot less than this years team must in order to reach the same level.
Big things are always expected from us fans. Prior to the season, weren't we picked to finish 4th or 5th in the Big 12? Remember all the talk about what a "down" year it was going to be?
One of the things i like about BS is he is learning... and adjusts his game now days. Hope he sticks around as long as Max F. did.
I agree Self does a decent job of adjusting his game. Some will say he always "plays take-what-they-give-us & beat em with it", others will say the UNI+VCU with #1seeded ku team losing taught Self to be flexable...I recall early this last season (when the set offense was ugly) telling the team to clear out and told Tyshawn to "just drive it"--which he did, and with a much better 'finish %' compared to previous years. I am hoping for a healthy EJ and ready-to-explode BMac, as we could have sorely missed Tyshawn, if it werent for this athletic-guard reload. Self himself voiced doubts (in hindsight revelations) about last years team winning the BigXII, the way they looked for much of the non-conf.
I love Bill Self. Just his voice gets my adrenaline pumping like a Trob one-handed alley-oop.
I got a kick out of Self's reference to the number of games which could be played at Sprint Center prior to a possible KU seeding there in the Regionals. He kept insisting, "You guys should check that out." Then it suddenly hit him, "Maybe I should be the one to check that out!" HA!! (Sorry, my quotes were not precise; but the substance made for a merry moment). The guy is almost always good for a chuckle at his press conferences.
Master of self-deprecatory humor.
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