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Bill Self blasts his team's lack of hunger

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Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) can't block an inbound pass to Texas Tech guard Niem Stevenson (10) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) can't block an inbound pass to Texas Tech guard Niem Stevenson (10) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Kansas coach Bill Self didn't hold back during the post-game radio interview on just how frustrated he is with his team in the wake of Tuesday night's 85-73 loss to Texas in Allen Fieldhouse.

"It's unbelievable, 41 points out of our softness or lack of ball-handling ability," Self said. "We turn it over 15 times ... and they get 26, which is unheard of, and then they turn it over 10 times and we get eight."

He was just warming up.

"The second-chance points (comparison) was a joke," Self said. "We do not have anybody who fights for the ball. We are playing all 2 guards and we have been able to dodge a few bullets. Udoka (Azubuike) got his butt whipped by their big kid (Norense Odiase) on the glass and our supposedly two best rebounders who play minutes should be Lagerald (Vick) and Svi (Mykhailiuk). Svi did not have a good game tonight and Lagerald (two points, two rebounds in 34 minutes), that was about as poor as I have seen him individually."

Self went on to explain how that could happen.

"It is because we didn't play tough," he said. "I have done such a crap job of getting these guys to understand how athletes who are hungry play. Those are some hungry athletes on the other side and we didn't match it at all from an intensity standpoint. We got what we deserved, certainly, and hopefully we can grow and get better from this."

Comments

Armen Kurdian 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Gee, you think if David Beatty spoke like this we might get some results instead of coddling everyone?

Clara Westphal 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Why does the coach insist on going in under the bucket when he has only one big man? It wasn't the best job of coaching I have ever seen either.

Mike Hart 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Uh gee... because we are a one-dimensional 3 point shooting team otherwise? Despite all the poor, lousy 2nd half 3 point shooting...we were still in the game and played Tech even in the 2nd half... precisely because we started going to the bucket and getting to the free throw line.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 2 weeks ago

You're exactly right, Mike. In fact, if we had kept going to the bucket, we might have been able to squeak through with a victory. But instead we went back to forcing up heavily guarded three-pointers.

I usually watch KU's regular season games pretty calmly, even when they're losing, but this time I got so frustrated when they started forcing up threes again that I actually screamed at my TV screen, "WTF are you doing?!?!?"

Aaron Paisley 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Azubuike is the biggest guy on the court and there's no reason he should be getting pushed around by anybody. There is also no reason he shouldn't be getting double-doubles every game. He needs to start realizing that he is almost always the biggest guy on the court and start abusing the rim again. Him getting a couple of T's for hanging on the rim at this point wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for this team.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It would also help immensely if he could get a little more mastery on that little hook shot. If he could just start making a slightly higher percentage of those shots, it could make a huge difference in opening things up more for the shooters.

Rod Huffman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Aaron Paisley I believe he is afraid of just that and fouling out. It can be the only explanation right!? They did mention something about a sore back, but that didn't look like a problem to me. But I am no doctor. The whole team played soft all game. The 3 pointers are gonna be the down fall if they can't figure out how to play other ways. I kept saying "come on Graham do what Frank would do. Take over the game and start driving." Which he did, but it was to late. Maybe they can learn from this game. And hopefully we get some help from the highly anticipated players yet to play because of technicalities.

Pius Waldman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

First it appears Tech has a team that will content for the Big 12 title. But the coaches need to be responsible try to improve the zone defense that stops drives to the goal. We need help on the inside as neither of the bigs are especially strong on rebounding. So hope if Preston and DeSousa become eligible they can get those rebounds. Look for a big battle to win the championship as lots of teams are capable.

Lloyd Kinnison 3 months, 2 weeks ago

KU players appear to not have the desire to give the extra necessary to win. They were not prepared forTT, a team who was very prepared?

Bryce Landon 3 months, 2 weeks ago

No fire in their bellies. Definitely going through the motions. No pride in defending their home court. And considering how many of the starters are upperclassmen, that is not only unacceptable, it is intolerable.

Mike Hart 3 months, 2 weeks ago

We have 3 upper classmen on the roster.. so not sure what you mean by how many starters are upperclassmen. This is Vick's 2nd season to be a starter and first as a full-time starter. Only Svi and Graham are seniors. Dok is a very green sophomore who missed most of his freshman season.. and has ZERO help inside from the rest of our current roster. Garrett is a freshman. This is a young team... and a team that is forced to play a certain style, as we lack size. If and when we get some size additions to the active roster, we will be a much more balanced team. When you rely as much as Kansas on 3 point shooting, you are going to struggle.. and lose... on days when the shots aren't falling. The team is 1-1 in Big 12 play. Let's not write their death certificate just yet... It's a process... the team will continue to grow.. develop... improve and hopefully: Get bigger sooner rather than later. We'll be fine... you have to expect some growing pains when you play as many guards and outside shooters as we do. I actually took the 2nd half as a positive, for the way we finally pushed the ball via guard penetration to the basket and the way Graham got to the foul line. Losing Frank Mason and Landen Lucas ... is a big deal. You are now looking at LaGerald Vick to be a key, critical player and a leader on this team, something he has not had to do in his career. When we get some more size inside, it will free Vick up (and the outside shooters) to not always have to carry the load.

Andy Godwin 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It is simple, KU is undermanned. Made it clear that by the time the Big 12 rolls around, KU's lack of front line depth will be exposed. Last night, TTU had 4 guys rebounding on the defensive boards and KU's Udoka on the outside looking in. This team is too small and not physical enough to bang against Big 12 teams. There is no Josh Jackson at the 4 (he played out of position and made up for some of the front line issues last year) or Lucus who had a mean streak to cover up this team's size disadvantage. Without a Josh Jackson type player (and I am sorry to say Vick and Svi are not equivalent replacements), KU needs to play 3 guards and 2 bigs. Unfortunately, because 5 scholarship players are currently not eligible or ready, this team can only win against Big 12 teams if they outscores their opponents, because defense and rebounding is only wishful thinking with the current guard oriented line up. Maybe by February if KU can get some minutes from true bigs (four man rotation of Udoka, Lightfoot, De Sousa and Preston (?)), then they might be ready for the post season (assuming they make it that far).

Bj Cassady 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Boys and Girls the streak ends this season. We will be great next season, but we will lose 2 to W Virginia, OU, TCU, TT, split with OSU, maybe win 2 against KSU, ISU, UT, Baylor so at best 9-9 and a 14 seed. We lack depth, big boys inside, the killer players, rebounding, defense. Wonder if Billy Preston would take a red shirt and DeSilva? This season is down the drain anyway.

Gerry Butler 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Holy Crap & the world is flat and we going to fall of the edge - -get that crap out of here man. - -Ya we played poor real poor - -but to just start spewing out things like saying we are going to be 9-9? - what the hell you been smoking? 9-9 that's just laughable were not losing 2 to TT - we sure the hell aren't losing 2 to TCU - -We aren't losing 2 to Oklahoma. - -The only one you came close to getting right is WV very easily lose 2 to WV quite possibly split with Oklahoma = =Split with TT and we will sweep TCU* - - -then comes the most laughable -the day we end up as a 14 seed in the tourney - -aliens step foot on earth.

DiscGolfer Jason 3 months, 2 weeks ago

We could be a 12-5 macth-up, and be the team to win a game!

Clarence Haynes 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow. I just do not think that we currently have a respectable inside game! Doke needs help and hopefully Silvio and Billy can help solve that problem, by KU playing more with two bigs and three guards. One consolation from yesterday was an improvement in the guards scoring with layups, something which could also support perimeter shots. Whether that enables us to win 14 straight remains to be seen. Still my school! Rock Chalk!

John Brazelton 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Doke has played two games with a bad back. That's the worst aliment for a big man. It reduces your willingness to play with an open mind.

Steve Zimmerman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Finishing fastbreak has been another pain this team has to deal with.

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