Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 1/4/13


Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today.

Full audio has been posted.

Ben McLemore has been very consistent. He's been more aggressive too. He hasn't hit a "freshman wall" yet, but it's still early to be hitting a wall. It's not even to the conference season yet. He's been more than KU expected from a consistency standpoint.

Temple's win over Syracuse was a great win on a neutral court. It will get KU's guys' attention. From a selfish standpoint, this game gives KU a better strength of schedule. Temple attacked Syracuse's zone well. It flooded the high post against the Orange. Temple played very well that game.

Self has learned you can't compare scores or say, "Let's attack Temple the way Canisius did." Coaches change and alter their teams and adjust week to week. Self focuses on how his team can attack an opponent.

• Self says the one true road game it had against Ohio State was great for the team because it played with the lead and played from behind and didn't panic in certain situations. That gives Self the best feel for his team even though it was only one game

Self has never told a kid that he thinks he has to red-shirt. He tells a player where they are in the rotation. He then tells them what guys they'd have to beat out to play the minutes they think they deserve. Red-shirts also help guarantee graduation. Self thinks if you're not an elite player, a red-shirt can definitely be a positive.

• Elijah Johnson is still growing into a leadership role. Self thinks he's done well. You can have a great leader that's a big guy. But if you ask coaches, they will always want their point guards to be their leaders. They're the quarterbacks of the team. If a guy cares, he'll force himself out of his comfort zone and become vocal. He's a bright kid. Johnson has become an extension of Self with his message to teammtes.

• Most of Self's talks with his players come in groups. He doesn't meet with guys individually very often to go over their games. He wants everyone to know how the other players can improve. It's not done to embarrass; it's done partly so other guys can help police each other and help each other improve.

There have been times where Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis have been the best bigs in practice. There also have been times that Jeff Withey and Kevin Young have been best. Withey is going to play. Self sees this as a competition of three guys for two spots. Self has been impressed with Young, who coaches the other two young guys up, even knowing that might cut into his own playing time.

Self thinks replay is fine in college basketball. He'd rather get the calls right. In the Arizona-Colorado game Thursday night, Arizona didn't have a high-definition monitor on the scorer's table. There was an official that was in the national title game last year, so he's a great official. Self doesn't want to say it's unfortunate, because he doesn't have a dog in the fight. If the officials don't have the best look at courtside, though, that's something that probably needs to be corrected. That would have been a tough overtime for any team to play. Self doesn't know if KU has HD TVs at courtside at Allen Fieldhouse for its officials. That's something he hopes to look into.

• Self hasn't seen Tulsa or SMU play this year. Self can tell you that Larry Brown isn't concerned about beating Danny Manning, and Danny isn't concerned about beating Larry. Both are concerned about their teams. Self says it'll be pretty cool to see those guys go at it.


jgkojak 5 years, 3 months ago

Young is a future coach. Self has said he's the brightest guy on the team, and how he is interacting, coaching the other guys up.

You can see how happy Young is to be out there playing every time, the tougher the situation the happier he looks.

Scott Smetana 5 years, 3 months ago

CU got robbed. AZ is so incredibly overrated. #3?? They're a bubble team at best. Watch out and they'll take a 1 seed after getting through the pac 16. As it looks, they're going to play the season having played only 1 ranked team (florida), which KSU beat.

riverdrifter 5 years, 3 months ago

Yessir. Spot-on. And yes, Zona is waay over-rated.

AsadZ 5 years, 3 months ago

Very interesting comment on his talk with players in a group environment rather than one on one. He is doing it purposely so that the player can buy into it for making the team better. What a genius.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 3 months ago

Well if our road goes through Arizona I'm up for it. The inside game isn't nearly as strong as ours from what I've seen and we are deeper overall. They've got good wings, Nick Kohnson is tough, Lyons is athletic, but not a true PG. we can take them.

jaybate 5 years, 3 months ago

Self wants Perry's scoring bad.

But Temple presents a really interesting challenge: Jake O'Brien, Mr. 44% from trey 4.

Who will guard Jake best for the 18-20 mpg he plays, as Jake jacks up treys?

The guy that denies Jake his treys, scores and boards is going to go a long way to winning the start in the first conference game.

If its even, Perry gets the nod.

Kevin has to outplay Perry.

Jam Tray has to turn down the fouling rheostat.

Jack Wilson 5 years, 3 months ago

"Self wants Perry's scoring bad" .. yes he does.

At some point, he will "need" Perry's scoring bad.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't think we need Perry's scoring bad, but that's just my opinion. Will we be better with him on the court more and more as he matures and becomes a better player; absolutely. I heard on 810 the other day that Temple wasn't a good three shooting team. My guess is we'll be fine there as well. What does cause me to pause is Temple's length and athleticism, which could present some interesting challenges. Regardless, Temple will not be the next team to beat Kansas in the Field House.

Mkultra 5 years, 3 months ago

For an "Elite" school that Arizona claims to be to not have an HD monitor for the refs is inexcusable. I'd go one step further and say if the game is televised in HD you must have an HD monitor what would they cost $200-300 at most, less if the NCAA bought all of them at once.

dylans 5 years, 3 months ago

Breakout the 13" black and white, when it helps good 'ol AU. ;)

REHawk 5 years, 3 months ago

...and if Kansas does not have an HD monitor, it should get one pronto, whatever the cost. Win or lose, coaches and team members and fans MUST know as precisely as eletronically possible. Arizona's win was tarnished last night; and a league title might have been incorrectly determined, opening game of the conference season. Bushleague situation. I hope every Big 12 school responds with determined speed to the issue of superior monitors.

Chris1955 5 years, 3 months ago

From what I understand that the refs got the replay wrong, due to the visual clarity of the small monitor on the courtside table. I wonder if the PAC 12 commissioner would consider overturning the victory, based on better video evidence.

I wonder if there is any precedence for this happening in college sports?

ccarp 5 years, 3 months ago

I doubt that the KU replay is in HD since it is likely the same feed as Jayhawk TV. Fans and officials deserve the greatest clarity. :-)

colreader 5 years, 3 months ago


Speaking of replay:

Sat 1/5 3:45pm CST Big 10 Network KU@Ohio St game replay HD!

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