Shortly after news came out Wednesday afternoon that the 2020 NCAA Tournament would be played in mostly empty venues without fans, because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self shared his thoughts on the development at Sprint Center, site of the Big 12 tournament.
Self broke the news to his players during an open practice in Kansas City, Mo., on the eve of the No. 1 Jayhawks’ postseason opener.
“The thing I told them was it sucks,” Self began. “But it doesn’t just stink for us. It stinks for everybody that wants to go be entertained at a concert or anywhere. It stinks for the market. Certainly sporting events, schools moving forward and whether or not you’re even going to be able to have school on campus and not do everything online. Far bigger than men’s basketball.
“Certainly sad. And sad for the fans,” Self added.
After Auburn ended the Kansas basketball team’s season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, sophomore K.J. Lawson explained how issues on the defensive end of the floor made a rally difficult.
“You can’t trade baskets when you’re down,” Lawson said. “And we just didn’t put together enough stops in the beginning.”
The Tigers led by as many as 27 points while eliminating KU.
In an emotional Kansas locker room Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Devon Dotson tried to put into words the various emotions that accompanied a season-ending loss for Kansas.
“It hurts,” Dotson said, wearing a towel on top of his head while surrounded by reporters and cameras. “It hurts.”
The Kansas basketball team’s freshman point guard finished with 13 points and 3 assists in an 89-75 loss in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Following a season-ending defeat against Auburn, Dedric Lawson explains what went wrong for the Jayhawks.
“It was their shooting ability,” Lawson said of one of many keys to the Tigers’ success. “They made every shot in the first half. Made eight 3’s.”
Lawson finished the loss with 25 points and 10 rebounds
“That 25 don’t even matter,” he said. “We just lost by like 20. It doesn’t even matter.”
Kansas forward Dedric Lawson explains how the Jayhawks are preparing for their Saturday night matchup with Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Although the Jayhawks rolled past Northeastern, they know the Tigers, SEC Tournament champions and winners of nine straight, will be a huge challenge.
“If you don’t win tomorrow, there’s no K.C.,” Lawson said of potentially advancing to the Sweet 16. “So it’s just taking care of what’s now.”
Lawson spent much of his discussions with media members Friday sharing his thoughts on Auburn’s abilities on both ends of the floor.
On the eve of his NCAA Tournament debut, Kansas point guard Devon Dotson explains how the Jayhawks are preparing to defend the four-guard, 3-pointer-focused attack of Northeastern in the opening round.
“I think they shoot about 20-something a game,” Dotson said inside KU’s locker room on Wednesday. “They’re gonna get them up. So we’re gonna have to be mindful of where they are.”
Without giving away too much of the defensive strategy, Dotson also said the Jayhawks will need to make the Huskies uncomfortable.
San Antonio — Listening to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self call the team soft following a loss to Oklahoma State, Svi Mykhailiuk believes it was a "breaking point" for the team to play better.
"We started taking everything personally, like for example don't let your man catch easy and don't let your man get a rebound," Mykhailiuk said.
Viewed as underdog against Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday (7:49 p.m., TBS), Mykhailiuk said it's nothing new for the Jayhawks after being doubted throughout the season.
The Kansas basketball team held an open practice at the Alamodome on Friday, one day prior to their Final Four game against Villanova in San Antonio.
San Antonio — Hopeful for the opportunity to see his mother for the first time in six years at the Final Four this week, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike is trying to contain his emotions.
Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder wrote on Twitter that Azubuike’s mom was approved for a visa, but coach Bill Self cautioned the school’s staff is still scrambling a little and there may be issues with her flights.
“She’s never seen me play at all,” Azubuike said. “She’s never seen me play basketball. I don’t know. It’s going to be an emotional moment for me. I don’t know how to handle it.”