Sparked by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski earlier this week questioning whether the college basketball season should keep plowing ahead through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas coach Bill Sel fielded some questions on the topic Thursday afternoon.
"The precautions that we do and the protocols that we have would be, in many ways, far safer than if we aren't playing and if we just turned the guys loose,” Self said.
“I also think there’s been a lot of safety measures taken,” he added. “Nobody bats 1.000.”
Self also assessed the play of his No. 5-ranked Jayhawks (5-1) ahead of a Friday home game versus Omaha.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self assessed his team’s play after a blowout win over Washburn Thursday night.
Self also discussed the oddity of playing inside an empty Allen Fieldhouse and talked about his team’s variety of scoring options.
Freshman KU guard Bryce Thompson said after the Jayhawks’ win over Washburn that playing inside an empty Allen Fieldhouse felt a lot different than his trips to the venue as a recruit.
In his first home game as a Jayhawk, Thompson scored 11 points off the bench on 4-for-8 shooting.
Kansas forward David McCormack bounced back from his rough start to the season in the team’s first home game.
The junior big man scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting versus Washburn.
He averaged 7.7 points on 25% shooting in the first three games.
As Christian Braun prepares to step into a larger role for the Kansas basketball team as a sophomore, he expects to take on the responsibility of being a trusted 3-point shooter.
“I feel like I’ll be able to take a lot of those shots,” Bruaun said.
The 6-foot-6 guard also said teammates such as Ochai Agbaji, Jalen Wilson, Tristan Enaruna, Tyon Grant-Foster and Bryce Thompson should contribute from long range.
Kansas junior guard Ochai Agbaji said during his long offseason this year he worked on “pretty much everything in my game.”
“More of just being a playmaker, making plays for others while also beating my man off the dribble,” Agbaji began. “Being aggressive really. And just along with that, my shot, just improving that, getting more relaxation, more comfortable.”
As a sophomore, Agbaji averaged 10 points per game, with 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 33.8% from 3-point range.