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.”
Kansas stars Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson took a lot of pride in helping their team go undefeated on the road in Big 12 play en route to an outright conference championship, they shared following the Jayhawks’ 66-62 win at Texas Tech on the final day of the regular season.
“We wanted to win it outright,” Dotson said. “We didn’t want to share the title with anybody.”
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.”
Following the No. 1 Jayhawks’ 75-66 win over TCU in their home finale, seniors Isaiah Moss and Udoka Azubuike and sophomore Devon Dotson share their thoughts on the achievement.
After carrying the Jayhawks to a 60-46 win at TCU, Kansas standouts Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson described what worked for the team in yet another road win.
Dotson (18 points, 11 assists) gave a lot of credit to Azubuike (20 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks).
“Amazing,” Dotson said of the big man. He worked hard to get his spots down low and when he did he converted. He was dominant, finished around the basket, caught lobs, active.”
Kansas starting point guard Devon Dotson returned to the lineup after missing one game due to a hip pointer.
Dotson played 39 minutes and scored a game-high 21 points in KU’s 66-57 win at Texas.
“It felt great getting back on the court with my teammates. It was fun getting back out there and getting in the swing of things,” Dotson said.
The sophomore said there never was any discussion of a minutes restrictions once it was decided he could go.
“I’ve got to play, however I’m feeling,” Dotson said of his approach.
The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks won convincingly at Iowa State in their Big 12 road opener, 79-53, at Hilton Coliseum.
Afterward, sophomores Devon Dotson and David McCormack explained how KU took control.
“I think defensively we knew what we wanted to do, coming in,” Dotson said. “And for the most part we executed. And that led to our offense spring boarding off of that.”
Kansas freshman Tristan Enaruna discusses how he’s getting acclimated to playing for the Jayhawks.
“I’m just trying to focus most on whatever coach told me to do, and just run the plays right,” Enaruna said, “and just trying to play natural basketball.”
The Jayhawks play Saturday night at Sprint Center, against UMKC.
After his 19 points and 6 assists helped No. 4 Kansas defeat East Tennessee State, 75-63, at Allen Fieldhouse, sophomore point guard Devon Dotson explained how his hot start set the Jayhawks up for success.
“My mindset was if we can get that first hit in, then that can kind of get them back on their heels a little bit, so I just wanted to come out aggressive,” Dotson said.
Dotson scored 13 points in the first half, when he shot 5-for-7.
In an emotional Kansas locker room Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Devon Dotson tried to put into words the various emotions that accompanied a season-ending loss for Kansas.
“It hurts,” Dotson said, wearing a towel on top of his head while surrounded by reporters and cameras. “It hurts.”
The Kansas basketball team’s freshman point guard finished with 13 points and 3 assists in an 89-75 loss in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.