Kansas Jayhawks Perry Ellis and Devonté Graham discuss KU's impressive Maui Invitational semifinal victory over UCLA.
Coach Bill Self left impressed with his team’s effort, particularly in the first half.
Kansas basketball players Landen Lucas and Svi Mykhailiuk discuss the Jayhawks' 123-point showing after KU's rout of Chaminade at the Maui Invitational.
Kansas coach BIll Self also weighs in, and provides his daily take on Cheick Diallo's eligibility.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says the upcoming Maui Invitational is the most prestigious early-season event KU plays in from year to year, and whether the Jayhawks win the ESPN-televised tournament or not, Self wants them to come back playing at a higher level than when they left.
“It would be a nice feather in our cap if we’re able to go over there and win the tournament, without a question,” Self adds.
According to KU’s coach, his team wasn’t going to “run the table” and go undefeated, so the Jayhawks have to get better after losing for the first time this season, against Michigan State, in Chicago.
Self hates that the Jayhawks lost, and the way they lost after controlling much of the game, but expects they will learn from the setback.
Kansas sophomore point guard Devonté Graham shares that he and fellow starting guards Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. discussed their struggles in KU’s loss to Michigan State.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well. Late, we didn’t get stops,” Graham says.
Going forward, the sophomore floor general adds, KU’s guards need to assert themselves, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
What’s more, Graham says members of the backcourt need to make things easy for the bigs inside, and look to set post players up for high-percentage shots.
After suffering a loss to Michigan State in Chicago, Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. says the Jayhawks returned home ready to learn from their mistakes before they take off again for next week’s Maui Invitational.
Selden says KU’s guard play “wasn’t good” against Michigan State, and if two of the three, or one of the three starting guards could’ve stepped up, KU might have earned the preferred outcome.
The Jayhawks’ lack of execution down the stretch, according to Selden, presented a number of correctable mistakes.