Kansas basketball coach Bill Self fielded questions Friday afternoon about the brawl that concluded this week’s Sunflower Showdown, and the actions of the Jayhawks who were suspended by the Big 12 — Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack.
“During a situation in which it seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong in a five- to seven-second window went wrong to cause that to escalate,” Self said. “But there’s still no excuse for it. We’ll learn from it, we’ll talk about it and somehow Silvio will use this in a way to help him moving forward, and hopefully also help others moving forward, in how to deal with emotion and stuff like that when that feeling’s coming across you.”
After his Kansas basketball team won a game that was tied with 4:50 remaining in the second half at Texas, head coach Bill Self explained how the Jayhawks got out of Austin with a 66-57 victory.
“I think in our case it’s more getting stops than it is scoring,” Self said. “I don’t think we scored the ball great down the stretch. But you make free throws, you don’t turn it over and you get stops.”
Though Self said there was some luck involved, UT went 1-for-6 from the floor after tying the game at 54, only scoring three points.
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.
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