A two-time consensus All-American and one of the more beloved players of the Bill Self era, former Kansas guard Sherron Collins will see his name and number join those of various other KU legends in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters Monday night.
Collins is the fifth-leading scorer in program history (1,888 points) and ranks ninth all-time at Kansas in assists (552).
As a sophomore, Collins played a key role for KU’s 2008 national championship team.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self praised Devonte' Graham's leadership, Marcus Garrett's positive impact and his memories of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, who both will have their jerseys retired within the next week.
After calling out his team following a loss at Baylor, coach Bill Self was more complimentary of Lagerald Vick and Malik Newman following KU’s 83-77 win over Iowa State.
“I actually thought they tried to guard,” Self said. “Energy level was better.”
While he stated the importance of KU getting all five of its starters going, Self also offered specific praise for one member of the unit.
Asked what the biggest difference between KU’s field goal percentage was between halves, Self responded by highlighting Udoka Azubuike's 9-for-10 shooting performance.
“We threw the ball inside a lot to Dok,” Self said.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about the Big 12 race, where the Jayhawks trail by a game to Texas Tech with six games to play, his thoughts on being considered a 2-seed by the selection committee and fan expectations for continuing the conference title streak.
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.
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."
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talks about big men Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa, Svi Mykhailiuk's recent success and what makes Oklahoma State a tough matchup.
It was a tale of two halves when it came to the KU offense on Monday.
In the 70-56 win over K-State, the Jayhawks shot 70 percent from the field in the first half, a number that dropped to below 30 percent in the second.
“The first half we shot it great but played bad,” Self said. “In the second half, we took care of the ball and shot it miserably.”
The Jayhawks had enough to win, though, largely because of a decision to switch to zone for a pair of stretches on the day.
K-State coach Bruce Weber said his team hadn’t prepared for zone at all, while Self said the decision came from something he saw on the court.
“I would say,” Self said, “the fact that we couldn’t guard Dean Wade.”
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self praised Marcus Garrett's defense in a 79-68 win over Texas A&M, why he was disappointed in Udoka Azubuike's second-half technical foul and what he expects his team to face against Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about why he doesn't want Udoka Azubuike attempting underhanded free throws this season, and Lagerald Vick's recent game struggles, plus he jokes about the police being called to the team's dorm Wednesday for a suspicious man trying to offer "free-throw advice."