Kansas found a way to win at Oklahoma without starting point guard Devon Dotson.
“Knowing Dotson was going to be out, all our guards had to step up,” senior Isaiah Moss said after scoring 20 points.
After Kansas, playing without starting point guard Devon Dotson, won at Oklahoma, Bill Self shared his appreciation for the defensive efforts of his Jayhawks in a 66-52 road win.
“I’m not naive to think that our defense was just tremendous. I thought Oklahoma got some good looks,” Self began.
Even so, Self thought Udoka Azubuike was “fabulous” and KU played effective defense against OU’s best offensive weapons.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said No. 4 Baylor “controlled the game” most of Saturday afternoon while defeating No. 3 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.
And Self thought one stretch in particular helped the Bears do so with relative ease.
“I think there were a lot of things disappointing,” Self said. “I’m not saying they wouldn’t have won the game anyway, because they controlled the game totally after about the first 10 minutes of the first half. But the last two minutes or whatever of the first half was a debacle for us.”
Kansas guards Isaiah Moss, Marcus Garrett and Ochai Agbaji explained what went wrong for the Jayhawks on Saturday, following a 67-55 home loss to Baylor.
An ankle injury forced the Kansas basketball team to play much of the first half of its Big 12 road opener at Iowa State without Marcus Garrett.
After a 79-53 victory in Ames, Iowa, head coach Bill Self credited his team’s response to that challenge.
“I thought really the middle 20 minutes of the game we defended pretty well and rebounded and everybody contributed,” Self said. “It was especially nice for us to see that when Marcus wasn’t in the game, because he’s been kind of the glue for us. But I thought we played pretty well without obviously one of our best players.”
Garrett returned to the court before halftime and played 19 minutes overall in the win.
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 Christian Braun has learned plenty during his first few months in the program, and one of those lessons came from witnessing head coach Bill Self’s appreciation for what Marcus Garrett brings to the team.
“I’ve realized that Coach Self loves tough dudes,” Braun said.
KU plays against UMKC on Saturday, at Sprint Center
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.
Kansas sophomore big David McCormack recapped some of the Jayhawks’ Maui Invitational success while fielding questions from reporters at Allen Fieldhouse.
McCormack and the No. 2 Jayhawks return to action Saturday vs. No. 20 Colorado.
Benton Smith and Shane Jackson review an odd end to the first year of KU football under the direction of Les Miles.
The Jayhawks lost to No. 11 Baylor, 61-6, to end the season.