Kansas City, Mo. — After two quick fouls in the first half kept him on the bench early in what became an Elite Eight loss to Oregon Saturday night, Kansas star freshman Josh Jackson addressed in the locker room his thoughts on the whistles.
“I feel like my first foul, yeah, I fouled him,” Jackson said. “My second foul? No. I don’t feel like I fouled him at all. Maybe he did travel. I didn’t look at his feet. It’s just an opinion. Refs, they’re all just people out there. They make mistakes, too.”
Jackson, who only played 10 minutes in the first half, said his early foul issues “screwed up” his rhythm and made it difficult for him once he returned to the floor.
The likely top-three pick in this June’s NBA Draft also opted not to discuss his immediate plans.
Kansas City, Mo. — Leading up to a Sweet 16 meeting with Big Ten champion Purdue, much was made of the Boilermakers’ bulk and height in the frontcourt and how Kansas would be able to handle it.
After the Jayhawks destroyed Purdue, in part by out-scoring their opponent 34-22 in the paint, KU freshman guard Josh Jackson, who also spent some time covering the Boilermakers’ bigs, said his team found satisfaction in its interior play.
“We came out with a game plan. We knew exactly what we had to do to stop them down there and we did a good job of executing tonight,” Jackson said. “We did a good job of keeping their bigs away from the basket and we did a good job of just not giving up free points. I would rather have Landen (Lucas) or Dwight (Coleby) foul a guy down there, rather than just giving up free points.”
Kansas City, Mo. — It’s not always the star players who make the difference in winning or losing during the NCAA Tournament.
Standout Kansas freshman Josh Jackson says the Jayhawks could use someone stepping up as an X-factor against Purdue in the Sweet 16, and he has someone in mind.
“Carlton is one of those X-factor guys that we look at,” Jackson said of Bragg, a sophomore backup forward. “We all feel like any time that Carlton has a good game, we’re gonna win the game — no matter what. I feel like he’s gonna have a pretty good game (against Purdue). He’s feeling a lot more confident.”
Tulsa, Okla. — Michigan State star freshman Miles Bridges hoped he and Kansas standout Josh Jackson would play together this season at MSU.
Before their two teams battle Sunday at BOK Center for a spot in the Sweet 16, Bridges spoke about his relationship with his longtime buddy, Jackson, and previewed their NCAA Tournament matchup.
“It’s fun,” Bridges said of running into Jackson on this stage, “because we know each other’s games, we know how competitive we are and whoever wins gets to talk stuff at the end.”
What if Bridges and Jackson had teamed up?
“I kind of thought about that once I got on campus,” Bridges said, “but once we started playing games I didn’t think about that.”
Tulsa, Okla. — The Jayhawks looked like a team that hadn’t played in more than a week in the opening minutes of their NCAA Tournament opener against UC-Davis, but Josh Jackson said they knew they could recover quickly.
Once the freshman guard, senior Frank Mason III, senior center Landen Lucas and their teammates got comfortable, they took over and cruised to a 100-62 victory.
“I think getting it in the paint is one thing that we’ve talked about all year. It really collapses the defense because we’ve got such great finishers around the basket, like Frank and myself and Landen,” Jackson said. “And when guys have to collapse in we’ve got some great shooters on the outside, and we can just play from inside out.”
Tulsa, Okla. — After Kansas opened its NCAA Tournament run with a 100-62 victory over UC-Davis Friday night, freshman Josh Jackson was asked about a pair of tweets he sent out Thursday, the day details surrounding his involvement in a car vandalism case emerged via an affidavit.
Jackson’s first Twitter post Thursday read: “Lol yeah believe everything you read on the internet because it’s always true.” In a second, he just posted “allegedly.”
The freshman from Detroit said a day after those tweets he didn’t wish to go into specifics, but offered, “With everything that’s been going on with me, I’ve already accepted responsibility for, you know, the role that I played and whatever happened. Since then there have just been things that have came out that just haven’t been true. I just felt like I needed to let everybody know, because since then I’ve been pretty quiet. I haven’t said anything about it, and I just feel like it got kind of worse. So I just felt like I needed to say something.”
After an affidavit revealed new details in Josh Jackson’s car vandalism case, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self addressed Thursday afternoon, in Tulsa, Okla., how his players are handling any potential distractions as they prepare for a Friday NCAA Tournament meeting with UC-Davis.
“I’m proud of how they’ve handled it,” Self said. “I think that we’re focused and I think our team’s excited. The last time we played, we didn’t play particularly well, and we’re excited to get back out there.”
Kansas basketball players Frank Mason III, Landen Lucas, Svi Mykhailiuk and Carlton Bragg Jr. get into what went wrong for the Jayhawks in a Big 12 quarterfinal loss to TCU at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo.
The KU players discuss the impact of playing without freshman star Josh Jackson, and Mykhailiuk shares the explanation he received following his foul in the final seconds, which led to TCU’s 85-82 upset.