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Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 2/14/13

Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Self's comments at his press conference today.

Full audio has been posted.

Texas looked good against Iowa State on Wednesday night. Having Myck Kabongo back makes a difference for Texas from a speed standpoint. Texas performed a lot better offensively. The Longhorns can play faster with Kabongo back. It gives UT another primary ballhandler.

• ESPN GameDay is great. It's an infomercial for your school. KU's fans do a great job of showing up for that. They get excited for this event.

Self was worried about his team's confidence before Monday night. The Oklahoma State shouldn't have shook KU, but it did a little bit. Usually when confidence is shaken, it's on the offensive end. Self saw his team's confidence was low when it couldn't get the lid off the basket in the first half against TCU. Against OU, KU played above average offensively, which was good for Self to see. The coach said he thinks KU fully got its confidence back against Kansas State.

Self says KU gets its leadership by committee this year. That's kind of like the 2007-08 team.

• Elijah Johnson hasn't played the way he knows he can play. A lot of that is making shots. If you make shots, a lot of things change. Johnson is a far superior shooter than what his stats show. Self thinks at the end of the year, his stats will be at a comparable level to last year. Self has confidence that will happen.

When asked if Naadir Tharpe's role will be increased, Self said Tharpe has a pretty big role already. Whether his minutes are 18 or 24 in a game ... that depends on situation. Tharpe has been inconsistent. He's been good one game and not as good the next. He needs to stay aggressive and drive it and let that set up everything else. He's become a good defender. He did a great job guarding KSU's Rodney McGruder in the first half.

Self hopes Mario Chalmers gets to meet with the team. He's not sure of Chalmers' exact plans yet. A lot of guys are coming back. Chalmers is scheduled to get to Lawrence on Friday.

Ben McLemore has been pretty good the entire year. Self would like him to get more looks, but teams are going to do things to try to limit his shots. Self thought McLemore looked terrific on Monday.

There's a reason why little quick guys have so many assists. It's because they force help. KU has to do a better job of doing that. Tharpe was great at it against KSU. Johnson has shown the ability to do that.

When KU recruited Chalmers, the coaching staff thought he was going to be great. That was a really special recruiting class. It took Chalmers a while to get on track and get used to Self. After Chalmers got comfortable, he was great.

Perry Ellis needs to see the ball to go in. He's trying hard, and his attitude is great. If he keeps going like he's going, he'll start making shots.

Self isn't putting pressure on his guys to win the league. He's putting the pressure on the guys to get better.

Comments

Chris Shaw 1 year, 10 months ago

Jesse, What is the official ruling on the "Tiebreaker" in the Big 12 regular season? Is it still the same rule as previous seasons?

A couple of scenarios could happen:

1) K-State and Kansas tie at 15-3, but Kansas swept K-State so they would be outright champions? Or is the tiebreaker just used for Big 12 tournament seedings and in this example KU would get the #1 seed and be Co-Champs with K-State during the regular season?

2) Kansas and Okie State tie at 14-4, but Okie State sept Kansas. IMO, Okie State would be the outright champion because of the sweep. If this scenario does happen, I sure hope Kansas does not hang a banner for 9 in a row.

3) Kansas, Okie State, and K-State all tie at 14-4. Kansas swept K-State, Okie State swept Kansas, and Okie State/K-State split with one another. Kansas definitely has the worst loss out of the 3 because of TCU, but I could see a 3 team Co-Champion.

What's the official ruling on "Tiebreakers" in the Big 12 since going to the round robin format?

Jesse Newell 1 year, 10 months ago

If there's a tie, everyone gets a trophy and everyone is a co-champion. Tiebreakers only determine seeding in the Big 12 tournament.

Ron Prichard 1 year, 10 months ago

Also, if Kansas gets beat by a team but has the same record, they definitely still count it as co-champs and they will hang a banner. This has happened with Texas at least once I think. KU has shared the title with Texas twice, and I think at least once KU was the second seed in the conference tournament.

texashawk10 1 year, 10 months ago

KU has shared 3 titles, one with OU in 2005 and two with Texas in 2006 and 2008 and Kansas was the 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament all 3 times because KU lost to each of those teams during the regular season.

texashawk10 1 year, 10 months ago

If #2 is your logic, then KU doesn't deserve 3 of the 8 banners they currently have during this streak as KU lost tie breakers to OU in 2005 and UT in 2006 and 2008, but still got a trophy because they tied with them in the standings. If KU and KState tie, they both get a trophy and KSU will make a DVD about that one year they won the regular season title and conveniently leave out the part about tying with KU and KU sweeping KSU. It'll be very similar to that "decade of dominance" DVD they came out with where they won 1 conference title and another school in the same conference won 3 national titles during that time.

TxJyHwk 1 year, 10 months ago

I think the difference now is we play every team twice (home and away), so they were trying to see if the championship rules changed also

Chris Shaw 1 year, 10 months ago

No different scenario Texashawk. In the previous format because Texas and Kansas only played once and some schools played twice and only others once....A Co-Champion regardless of whom beat whom I agree with.

I think now with the round robin format it's easy to figure out a true champion regardless of whom beat whom. IMO, if Okie State sweeps Kansas and both end up being 14-4 no freaking way should Kansas share that title.

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

• Self isn't putting pressure on his guys to win the league. He's putting the pressure on the guys to get better.

I know, I know - who am I to disagree with Bill Self? But please - put pressure on them to win the league. Goals are good !! And it's not an unrealistic goal - these guys have the potential to be really good.

oldalum 1 year, 10 months ago

But if he pressures them to get better and they do get better, isn't it likely they will win the league?

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh sure - resort to sensible reasoning. How unfair is that?

clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 10 months ago

Gameday games were a ton of fun, but man does it wear you out as a fan (especially a lazy college student) it is a whole day worth of excitment before the game even starts, then you wait in line, get seats and then wait about two hours for the game to start. Guess kids now a days have smart phones.

Kip_McSmithers 1 year, 10 months ago

Jesse, any chance we can get some updates or highlights of some of the future Jayhawks? Every once in a while we get a score, point total for Conner but what about Brannen, Wayne, Joel, and Frank?

Scott Smetana 1 year, 10 months ago

True, Tharpe has been a little inconsistent. However, EJ has been consistently bad the past few weeks. We need Tharpe to play 35 minutes a game with EJ 20 until he can re-define his game and role with this team. Just my opinion. Self's glue to EJ is worrying me.

Chris1955 1 year, 10 months ago

I made a similar observation yesterday and got flamed. I hope you have better results.

Jason Wilson 1 year, 10 months ago

Tharpe can't play 35 minutes a game. It's pretty difficult to transition from 15 minutes a game to 35.

Scott Smetana 1 year, 10 months ago

He played 27 against KSU, had 8 assists with 1 turnover. More importantly he created half court offense, was quick on defense, and was a court leader. I say give it a shot, play him 35.

Boouk 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't think KU played above average offensively against OU.

Kevin Huffman 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah....about average. BELOW average defensively....ESPECIALLY in the 1st half & ESPECIALLY on those mid-range jumpers that Withey, Young & Ellis weren't getting out on.

Robin Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

It's a different Texas team we're playing on Saturday

their weaknesses have been point per game, assists, and shooting percentage, which are all related

in the first game back for Kabongo he shoots 50 percent, adds 13 points, and dishes 7 assists; the team scores it's highest total for the season, matches their best Big12 shooting percentage and gets 17 assists as a team, rather than their 263rd ranked 12 apg average (17 apg is elite).

they were already strong on FG% D and rebounding, so the Jayhawks better come out strong.

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Great analysis, Robin.

Nothing more to be said.

Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 10 months ago

it's exactly right on how Self approaches it.....you get better every day. that's how you don't get caught up in wins and losses...those things take care of themselves.

before the season, you set your goals: during the season you have to make plays, hit FTs get rebounds, follow scouting report....everything else takes care of itself.

UT got a big win vs. ISU on Wed....that should get KU's attention. Go Jayhawks!

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