After KU's 114-71 win over Texas Southern on Tuesday, coach Bill Self was asked about a variety of topics in the postgame press conference.
One thing that came up was KU's record 3-point day. The Jayhawks hit 12 3s in the first half and 19 on the night, both of which were school records.
"I couldn't be happier," Self joked of the history. "I think we should celebrate for a week."
It wasn’t quite Allen Fieldhouse, but KU coach Bill Self still felt the support of a pro-KU crowd at United Center on Tuesday night.
“There would be a lot of people in the state of Illinois that would not want me to think (this was home) at all, even though it’s been 15 years” Self joked. “But our fanbase is unbelievable.”
In front of a vocal KU contingent, the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks defeated No. 7 Kentucky, 65-61, to improve to 2-0 on the year. Self spoke about several topics after the matchup, including the crowd support, performance of Udoka Azubuike and event as a whole.
Despite being "very" surprised that he was getting his first career start on Friday, KU's Marcus Garrett looked like anything but a freshman in the 92-56 win over Tennessee State.
Garrett posted 10 points and 10 rebounds in his debut, though he wasn't sure those numbers would guarantee his spot in the lineup for the team's game against Kentucky on Tuesday.
"Whatever coach Self decides," Garrett said with a smile.
Despite an 86-57 victory over Fort Hays State in the Kansas basketball team's final exhibition game, senior point guard Devonté Graham and coach Bill Self talked about the team's slow start in the first half and defensive effort heading into Friday's season opener.
Lagerald Vick, Udoka Azubuike and Bill Self talk about what they learned from the team's exhibition game against Missouri last week and where they hope to improve vs. Pittsburg State on Tuesday.
If you couldn’t make it out for KUsports.com’s 2017-18 Kansas basketball season tip-off party Thursday night at Abe & Jake’s Landing, here’s some of what you missed.
Members of the 2008 KU national championship team, Sherron Collins, Tyrel Reed, Brennan Bechard, Jeremy Case and Matt Kleinmann sat down with Matt Tait and Tom Keegan to watch the final minutes of the Jayhawks’ memorable overtime victory over Memphis from nearly a decade ago.
Afterward, the former KU players fielded questions from fans.
Collins, Reed and Bechard gave their thoughts on what makes Bill Self a great coach.
Case discussed how Self and then-assistant Danny Manning worked together.
And Collins explained how important it was to have Brandon Rush back on the team that season when he could have left early for the NBA, had Rush not suffered an injury.
Three days of ahead of his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about the start of his coaching career when he was an assistant to his mentors Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton, and his start at Oral Roberts.
When he started his coaching career, Self said he was focused on trying to make the most of his $4,400 salary versus any thoughts of a Hall of Fame career.
“Thirty years ago, I was dreaming, ‘OK, where can I eat free in town and who I can give my two complimentary tickets to that would actually pay for them so I’d have some spending money,’” Self joked.
When asked what he learned from all of his coaching mentors, Self remembered a humorous story involving a practice under Brown.
A few days before Thursday's induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discussed what it means to him and how he learned from his mentors, which includes Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton.
Brown will be Self's presenter for the Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield, Mass. In 1985-86, Self was a graduate assistant to Brown at KU.
"It'll probably mean more to me after being there than it probably does now," Self said Tuesday. "I think that would be like, 'What does it mean to you to win a championship?' And it would probably mean a little bit different after you actually won it than going into it."