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March 14, 2014
Kansas coach Bill Self, as well as post players Perry Ellis and Tarik Black, react to KU's BIg 12 semifinal loss to ISU, and discuss how the Cyclones broke down the Jayhawks' defense to reach the Big 12 championship game.
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Self provides a little clarity. ISU is a really hard team to guard if their 3 ball is on. A zone would have been torched.
And so will any team we play in the NCAA. If we cannot stretch the defense by hitting our own 3s... Look for an early out.
No, ISU can shoot it 1-5 and Niang is fantastic against anything short of an elite foward/center. If their shot falls, you have no choice but to be spaced defensively. Sure, there are plenty of teams in the tourney with a hot-hand or two, but we won't play another team that we have to respect everyone outside the arc PLUS can drive/back down our post players.
Not saying we won't have an early exit, just that ISU played well tonight and earned the win.
Self plays inside-out. Sure, some threes would have been nice for momentum and pushing our lead/closing the gap late, but we scored 83 without them.
83 points and reasonable defense will get us to the sweet16 75% of the time.
What can they say that we don't already know. Outcoached, outplayed, and Iowa State is probably going farther into the NCAA than Kansas. We rely on Wiggins to get us going, And the high low game doesn't have a passer to get the ball where it is needed with any consistency.
Tharpe came here to be a backup PG and that's all he will ever be.
With all our supposedly deep bench with three different three-point specialist and together they combined for ONE made three-point shot.
Already looking towards next year with Cliff Alexander taking over the 4, Oubre the wing and hopefully Myles Turner playing center. Hopefully, Tharpe can play well enough his senior year and limit his turnovers. Greene could be one of the first players off the bench even though he plays scared. White will realize there is no place for him and will transfer (VCU is close to home and has a real good coach) to a school where his skills will not be wasted.
It will all depend on who stays and if Turner comes
ISU was in it to win it - the bottom line.
Perhaps took the Jayhawks by surprise considering their large number of wins against ISU.
The ISU win was not easy. ISU knows this.
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