Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 99-52 victory over UMKC on Jan. 5, 2011.
Kansas junior Markieff Morris, who picked up a technical foul for jawing with a UMKC player with 16:02 left, did not play the rest of the game.
“You play each possession. You don’t play the score when you have a big lead. The message isn’t being heard because why would Markieff get a technical for running his mouth when/if he has heard the message and knew his value to the team,” coach Bill Self said. “He doesn’t get it. We have to keep stressing the message. Whatever we have to do physically or mentally, I’m prepared to do it. Unless those guys pull their heads out of their rear end, we’re going to have some problems.”
KU has had three players called for technical fouls, with one player ejection this season.
“It’s childish, immaturity,” Self said. “There will obviously be a pretty strong message moving forward in this particular situation. It needs to be strong. I love our guys, but I’m not happy with the immaturity level of a few of them. I think it reflects negatively on everyone else out there trying hard.”
Cryptic ‘good news’
Elijah Johnson said Self gave the team “some good news before the game and it just riled us up right before it was time to play.”
When pressed, Johnson wouldn’t reveal the good news, saying it was meant for the locker room only.
DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., is expected to choose between KU, Kentucky and Texas today. Most recruiting analysts believe KU is the favorite. Daniels’ plan is to enroll in college and practice second semester, but not play in games until the 2011-12 season. He’s Rivals.com’s No. 9-rated player nationally.
Robinson returns home
KU sophomore Thomas Robinson did not attend the game. He was in Washington, D.C., for his grandmother’s funeral.