Kansas football David Beaty talked about his 2018 recruiting class during his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, the balance between high school players and junior college transfers, and how much pressure he feels to win in his fourth season.
After inserting Mitch Lighfoot into the starting lineup earlier this week, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said the lineup will remain the same, that the Jayhawks have shown improvement in Big 12 play and how difficult it is for Silvio De Sousa to earn a bigger role.
Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike discusses his two made free throws in the final minutes of KU's 71-64 victory over TCU, not letting trash talk affect him at the line and an end-of-the-game high-five with coach Bill Self.
Kansas sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot discusses his first career start following the Jayhawks’ 71-64 home victory over TCU.
Lightfoot replaced Lagerald Vick in the starting lineup and provided KU with six points, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 22 minutes.
“It feels really good, but I’m glad we got a ‘dub,’” Lightfoot said. “If we didn’t get a win (starting) wasn’t going to be for anything. We went out there and we fought and we grinded that win out and that was good for us. We needed to get a grind-out win.”
The new starter said KU’s players had some meaningful discussions following Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse.
“We’ve had a couple special talks — had that banquet the other day (120 years of KU basketball celebration) and it kind of motivated us to be better because of who came before us and what this place means to so many people,” Lightfoot said.
After an 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State last weekend, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday that he was going to change the starting lineup going forward with Mitch Lightfoot replacing Lagerald Vick.
"Mitch certainly deserves the opportunity to play," Self said. "He, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Devonte' (Graham) try harder than anybody else so we're going to get him out there."
Speaking with the media for the first time since Oklahoma repeatedly sent him to the foul line more than a week ago, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike said he has changed “everything” about his free throws since missing six in crunch time at OU.
Azubuike led the Jayhawks in scoring (20 points) in Saturday’s 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State. The 7-foot center shot 4-for-7 at the free-throw line, making it his first game over 50 percent since Jan. 13.
“I’ve just got to keep working on it, getting better. I’m working on it every day,” Azubuike said. “I shoot a lot of free throws. I feel like I’m getting better. I’m taking a step.”
Working with KU coach Bill Self following his 1-for-8 showing at Oklahoma, Azubuike has since adjusted how he attempts the uncontested 15-footers.
“I had to change everything about my form — my legs, my elbow, all that stuff I had to change,” Azubuike said.
Has he gotten to a point where his new form feels comfortable?
“Right now, not 100 percent,” Azubuike admitted. “It’s a little bit weird. But that’s why I keep practicing and getting better.”