Members of the Kansas football offense and defense square off, one on one, during Les Miles’ Jayhawk drill at Friday morning’s practice.
At least a few minutes during every contact practice are set aside for the drill, during which Miles calls out the names of each participant — one in blue for the offense and one in white for the defense — before each battle.
Miles first introduced the drill to the team in the spring.
Kansas forward Dedric Lawson explains how the Jayhawks are preparing for their Saturday night matchup with Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Although the Jayhawks rolled past Northeastern, they know the Tigers, SEC Tournament champions and winners of nine straight, will be a huge challenge.
“If you don’t win tomorrow, there’s no K.C.,” Lawson said of potentially advancing to the Sweet 16. “So it’s just taking care of what’s now.”
Lawson spent much of his discussions with media members Friday sharing his thoughts on Auburn’s abilities on both ends of the floor.
After speeding and driving his way to 17 points and 4 assists in a 65-57 Kansas victory over Texas in the Big 12 quarterfinals, freshman Devon Dotson explained what led to his productive night at Sprint Center.
“I felt like there were driving lanes I could attack and that was an emphasis, just to get downhill and make plays,” Dotson said.
The Jayhawks advanced to set up a matchup in the semifinals with No. 10 seed West Virginia.
Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji, who grew up rooting for Kansas, said knowing that the Jayhawks' Big 12 title streak was over was a bitter pill to swallow.
But Agbaji added that the Jayhawks are trying to think big picture in the wake of their 81-68 loss at OU.
When Mitch Lightfoot defends in the paint he’s capable of both blocking shots and taking charges.
The junior forward said after a Kansas win at Oklahoma State that drawing an offensive foul can be even more effective.
“That takes the whole possession and gives you the possession,” Lightfoot said of one advantage of a charge drawn over a blocked shot. “No opportunity for them to get the ball back. If you block it they have an opportunity to get it back, so I think that changes momentum and also it assesses a foul, too.”
Following a crucial road win at Oklahoma State, Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji explained why he didn’t let a couple subpar games affect his approach.
“A miss doesn’t really get me down as much and I know I have the ability to make it,” Agbaji said.
The freshman guard scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers in KU’s 72-67 win in Stillwater.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self complimented freshman guard Quentin Grimes for his play on both ends of the floor following the Jayhawks’ Saturday win at Oklahoma State.
“I thought he played well late, but I thought he played well the entire game,” Self said.
Grimes shot 4 for 7 on 3-pointers, dished 3 assists and scored 17 points as KU stayed alive in the Big 12 title race.
Following a 72-67 road victory at Oklahoma State, Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson detail how Kansas was able to pick up its third road victory of the season.
Grimes scored 17 points in the win and Lawson produced a 20-point, 15-rebound double-double.
A surprise standout off the bench as Kansas won on the road for a change, K.J. Lawson discusses his crunch time contributions to an 82-77 Jayhawks victory at TCU.
“Everybody was happy,” Lawson said after scoring both the basket that got KU to OT and a go-ahead bucket in the extra period. “It was a group collective. Coach Self was mainly happy for me. I know my brother was happy for me, and Marcus and Charlie Moore. Those guys were definitely happy that I played well.”
If you required any confirmation that Kansas needed a road victory, look no further than Bill Self’s postgame comments following an overtime Big Monday win at TCU.
“That’s the best locker room we’ve had all year by far,” Self said after the rare KU road victory.