After a 95-85 home loss to Arizona State on Sunday, Kansas coach Bill Self talks about the team's need to add mental toughness on the defensive end, giving up layups to ASU's guards and where the Jayhawks had defensive breakdowns.
Kansas sophomore big Udoka Azubuike explains how No. 2-ranked Kansas couldn’t turn a hot start Sunday into a victory against No. 16 Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse.
Azubuike, who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds, discusses ASU’s back-court attack, whether fatigue has become an issue for the Jayhawks and their short rotation, KU’s defensive breakdowns and what led to Kansas turning the ball over 16 times in the home loss.
Moments after KU’s 95-85 loss to Arizona State — just the 11th at Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self-era — senior guard Devonte’ Graham made his thoughts on the performance clear.
“I don’t like losing, period,” said the downtrodden Graham. “At the end of the day, their guards were just better than us.”
Graham finished the game with 19 points, outdone in that area only by junior Lagerald Vick (25 points, 7 rebounds). Still, it was far from a perfect game from the senior, who missed nine shots and committed three of his team’s 16 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the Sun Devils.
Defense was also an issue for the Jayhawks, who allowed the visitors to shoot 57.6 percent from the field in a 58-point second half. After the game, Self called the KU team the softest he'd had since taking over at KU. Graham used similar wording in discussing what KU needs to do moving forward.
"We’ve just got to man up to it," Graham said, "look at ourselves in the mirror, each and every one of us."
After a 74-65 loss to Washington on Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self and senior guard Devonte' Graham talked about the team's struggles against UW's zone defense and what they learned from the loss.
Kansas forward Clay Young and coach Bill Self discuss Devonte' Graham's monster week where he scored 35 points in back-to-back games vs. Toledo and Syracuse, and what impressed them the most about his performances.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said that the school is hopeful for a quick resolution to Billy Preston's situation, the freshman forward who has been held out of each game this season. He added that the Jayhawks will likely add James Sosinski, a tight end from the football team, as a walk on this week.