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Phone call with Syracuse staff helped Washington's Mike Hopkins game plan for Kansas

Bingo, Shannon. Because of that, it's probably not a major concern for the KU coaching staff.

But having said that, if I'm any coach left on KU's schedule this year, I'm going to work on some kind of zone that closely resembles what Washington in the days leading up to my showdown with Kansas just to throw it at them for a few minutes.

KU will have to find a way to operate against it, even if they don't see it all that much the rest of the way.

December 7, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Phone call with Syracuse staff helped Washington's Mike Hopkins game plan for Kansas

I hear what you're saying, but holding a team to 74 points should be more than good enough for this Kansas offense to win.

Both KU's struggles vs. the zone and poor defense were big factors in the Wednesday result.

December 7, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Postgame Report Card: Washington 74, Kansas 65

Maybe so, but I'm really, really surprised it came tonight. Having just seen the Syracuse zone, I thought this team would be much more prepared to handle it. And then, when I looked at Washington's personnel vs. what Syracuse had, I thought it would be much easier.

The big difference was the game plan that UW coach Mike Hopkins implemented and the fact that Graham (and others) couldn't hit an outside shot.

Had those not fallen against the Orange, Syracuse likely would've won that one.

Kind of an interesting blueprint out there now on how to beat this team. That said, you still have to have the horses to do it and execute when you're on the floor...

December 6, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Postgame Report Card: Washington 74, Kansas 65

I don't grade the coaching because (a) I'm not a Hall of Famer with 600-plus victories to my name and (b) I don't know the finer details of each scouting report and game plan and, therefore, can't be certain (until after we talk to them in interviews) EXACTLY what was and was not supposed to happen out there.

That said, Self took a lot of the blame for this one and said he didn't do enough to help this team through its struggles. So, yeah. I would imagine he would give himself a lousy grade tonight, too.

December 6, 2017 at 11:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks to get second crack at Syracuse-style zone

Just a guess, but I think Self thought they would be able to attack the zone with the dribble more than they did, but they struggled with that.

That's why he switched to that "stationary" offense, which just moved the ball from side to side and in and out of the high post, which worked much, much better.

It'll be interesting to see what's required and what works tonight...

December 6, 2017 at 12:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU coach Bill Self indicates Billy Preston situation nearing resolution

We're working on trying to find out some of that info as best we can. Contrary to what you might think, those kinds of people aren't exactly lining up with big signs that say, 'Will talk about Billy Preston situation.'

Thanks for reading and for the comment. Thought this update was far more substantial than most of the others so maybe we're getting somewhere.

December 5, 2017 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU coach Bill Self indicates Billy Preston situation nearing resolution

We actually have several — even some of him actually playing — but only a few of him sitting out. Not sure we've used the one above since mid-November...

December 4, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks squeeze Orange in Miami

It was a weird play but it was ruled by officials as an administrative technical, which meant that it was neither a personal foul or a team foul and that's why it went to the possession arrow to determine who got the ball.
Self lobbied for basket interference on the play, too, because that would have given KU the ball, but the technical trumped that and made everything else on the play meaningless.
Definitely a weird play.

December 4, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks squeeze Orange in Miami

It was a weird play but it was ruled by officials as an administrative technical, which meant that it was neither a personal foul or a team foul and that's why it went to the possession arrow to determine who got the ball.

Self lobbied for basket interference on the play, too, because that would have given KU the ball, but the technical trumped that and made everything else on the play meaningless.

Definitely a weird play.

December 4, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The James Sosinski Story: How a former UMass QB is getting a chance with Kansas basketball

If I had to bet a large sum of money, I'd probably side with you there. If I had to bet $20, I'd probably bet that we will see Billy play.

The point is: It doesn't sound like it's a done deal yet that he won't play and I think there are at least a few people, Billy included, who are hoping he'll still be able to play this season.

Time will tell, but it would not surprise me if we know something, one way or the other, in the next couple of weeks.

November 30, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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