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Bill Self on March Madness without fans: ‘It doesn’t just stink for us’

Shortly after news came out Wednesday afternoon that the 2020 NCAA Tournament would be played in mostly empty venues without fans, because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self shared his thoughts on the development at Sprint Center, site of the Big 12 tournament.

Self broke the news to his players during an open practice in Kansas City, Mo., on the eve of the No. 1 Jayhawks’ postseason opener.

“The thing I told them was it sucks,” Self began. “But it doesn’t just stink for us. It stinks for everybody that wants to go be entertained at a concert or anywhere. It stinks for the market. Certainly sporting events, schools moving forward and whether or not you’re even going to be able to have school on campus and not do everything online. Far bigger than men’s basketball.

“Certainly sad. And sad for the fans,” Self added.


Bill Self: ‘Great’ plays late helped KU grind to another road win

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said his No. 1 Jayhawks learned to grind this season, as they finished off an outright Big 12 title with a win at Texas Tech.

“They guarded us well, we guarded them well and we just found a way to make a couple great individual plays late,” Self said. “Guys deserve all the credit. That was fun for me.”


Bill Self pleased with Jayhawks for grinding to Big 12 title

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was happy to see his players add to the program’s stash of trophies with a win over TCU in the Jayhawks’ home finale.

“It feels good,” Self said. “It’s a goal every year to try to win the league, and this obviously guarantees us a share of it. We’d like to go down and take care of business Saturday to win it outright (at Texas Tech). It’s been kind of a long grind through the conference season, especially when you start off from behind and the team in front of you never loses.”


Bill Self still unsure of Udoka Azubuike’s status for senior night

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said his team’s star center, Udoka Azubuike, is doing everything he can to make sure he’s able to play in the Jayhawks’ home finale versus TCU.

“I think that he definitely wants to. I don’t know that he will or not,” Self said of the possibility of Azubuike, who hurt an ankle this past weekend, playing. “It depends probably on how things go today and how sore he is tomorrow. But he’s trying. He’s getting treatment four or five times a day and doing everything he’s supposed to do. It’s one thing to want to play. It’s another thing to want to play on senior night. So I know he’ll do everything he can to get out there.”


Christian Braun looking forward to first trip to K-State

Kansas freshman Christian Braun, who scored a career high 20 points against K-State on Jan. 21, said he’s looking forward to his first trip to Manhattan in a KU uniform.

“I’m excited to play in front of a loud crowd,” Braun said of the rivalry game atmosphere. “That’s always fun, wherever it is. I’m just excited to be able to compete again, and with a crazy environment.”


Ochai Agbaji on KU’s approach for K-State rematch

Kansas sophomore Ochai Agbaji downplayed the idea of any extra drama existing for the Jayhawks, headed into their upcoming rematch with Kansas State.

The two rivals, of course, spilled into some courtside seats during a fracas at Allen Fieldhouse in the final seconds of a KU win back on Jan. 21.

“Our team, we’re kind of focused a lot more, winding down to the end of conference play,” Agbaji said. “We’re just taking it as any other conference road game on our schedule.”


Bill Self anticipates ‘great’ atmosphere, as always, for KU’s trip to K-State

With the rematch versus rival Kansas State up next on the schedule, Kansas coach Bill Self shared his thoughts Thursday on the environment the Jayhawks will encounter in Manhattan.

The two rivals, of course, spilled into some courtside seats during a fracas at Allen Fieldhouse in the final seconds of a KU win back on Jan. 21.

“I expect it will be great, just like it always is when we go over there,” Self said of the kind of scene he expects to see. “And I don’t think there will be anything to take away from that.”

Self said the crowd will be turned up, and said KU’s coaches will have a talk with players about what they should be prepared for.

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Bill Self: Isaiah Moss’ offense and team’s defense allowed KU to recover at WVU

Morgantown, W.Va. — Kansas coach Bill Self was pleased to see his Jayhawks recover for a 58-49 win after an unimpressive first half at West Virginia.

“I thought that West Virginia was a lot better than us in the first half — we were awful. We guarded OK, but we didn’t rebound and obviously we couldn’t score,” Self said.

“In the second half, I’m not saying we played great, we actually got pretty good looks. And then we guarded and rebounded better,” Self added. “We won the game, but I don’t know that we would’ve won it unless Isaiah was in the game. So he really helped us second half.”


Bill Self on Udoka Azubuike’s big day and his 700th career win

After a 60-46 Jayhawks road win, Bill Self explained how Udoka Azubuike responded to a quick trip to the bench at TCU.

Self also shared what happened after he picked up his 700th career coaching victory.

“I got a ball,” Self said, “which I’ll keep and everything. Jeff Long gave me a ball. I was surprised he was able to get that done in like seven minutes after the game ended,” he joked, looking at this watch.

“And then my granddaughter’s here, so I was able to take some pictures with her.”


Bill Self (mostly) happy with KU’s defense at OSU

After his Jayhawks held Oklahoma State to 50 points and 28.1% shooting in a Kansas road win Monday night, head coach Bill Self said he liked what he saw out of KU’s defense — when Udoka Azubuike was on the court.

“When he went out of the game in the first half we had nothing protecting the lane or the rim, so that’s when they came back and made a nice run,” Self said.

“In the second half, up until the last five minutes, we played to scouting report, our switches were good. We didn’t do anything to pressure them, we didn’t turn them over, but for the most part we were really positionally in the right spots.”