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Bill Self: Azubuike staying in was 'obviously the wrong thing' for KU vs. Oklahoma

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After allowing Udoka Azubuike to remain in the game against Oklahoma — an 85-80 KU loss — despite the Sooners intentionally fouling, KU coach Bill Self explained his thought process in the post-game press conference.

“It was obviously the wrong thing to do to win this game," Self said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t hurt him moving forward.”

Self said the move was for the long-term, noting he would want Azubuike to be on the court down the stretch in games later this season.

“I’ve never believed that you take out one of your best players,” Self said, “because you show him you don’t have confidence in him.

"It was a bad decision. It was on me, for this game."

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Gary Wilson 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I hope it doesn't destroy the poor kid. Smh @ Bill Self.

Bob Luder 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't so much have an issue with last night's game, but Self's comments about showing confidence in his players goes straight to something that's bugged the heck out of me for years. Every time Self has his players hold the ball for the last shot at the end of the half (which rarely works) or end of a tight or tied game, he's sending the message to his players, "I don't trust you to be able to play defense and make a stop at the other end, so let's just keep the ball out of their hands." Horrible message!

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