Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Notebook: End of first half had Bill Self (momentarily) perturbed

Kansas head coach Bill Self has a laugh with Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) as time begins to expire in the Jayhawks' 66-60 win over Baylor, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas head coach Bill Self has a laugh with Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) as time begins to expire in the Jayhawks' 66-60 win over Baylor, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.


— Kansas University coach Bill Self was furious at halftime Tuesday of what turned out to be a 66-60 road win at Baylor.

First, Wayne Selden, Jr., charged with 1.9 ticks left.

Then BU’s Ishmail Wainright took the ball out, and threw it full-court to Rico Gathers in the left corner.

Gathers, a senior, hit the only three of his career on the only three-point attempt of his career.

“He (Landen Lucas) let him catch and shoot it. I couldn’t believe it,” Self said. “When the ball is in the air, go get it. He let him catch and shoot it ,which is unbelievable to me.

“We’re fortunate that didn’t end up coming back to bite us more than it did. He more than made up for it late,” Self added.

Of the play, Lucas said: “I know coach wasn’t happy with me. I let him catch the ball. We don’t like to end the half like that. It was a letdown by me to even let him get the shot off. It gave them the lead which was unfortunate,” Lucas added.

Embiid to Qatar: Former KU forward Joel Embiid, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, who has yet to play for the Philadelphia 76ers because of a pair of right foot surgeries, will likely not play in the 2016 NBA Summer League, Sixers’ GM Sam Hinkie said last week. The 7-footer from Cameroon currently is in Qatar at a facility called Aspeter, reports. It is a facility renowned in the sports medicine field.

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“We sent some of our personnel with him, and he is doing great,” Hinkie said.

Draft talk: KU freshman Cheick Diallo is listed as first pick of the second round in the current NBA draft projections by

Earlier this season he was regarded as a top-five pick. Also, Wayne Selden, Jr., is listed as the sixth pick of the second round and Perry Ellis the final pick of the draft.

This, that: KU improved to 26-4 all-time against Baylor, including an 11-2 mark in Waco. ... Bill Self is 18-4 versus BU; Scott Drew 3-18 against KU. ... KU has 24 wins for the 11th straight season and 12 conference wins for the 16th straight season.

— See what people were saying about KU at Baylor during's live coverage

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By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60

By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60


Ron Prichard 6 years, 5 months ago

Interesting because ESPN specifically showed Embiid shooting at pregame of the Sixers game tonight.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 5 months ago

Yes it was live, pregame shoot around. He's gotta weigh 285lb+ now which I can't imagine will make it any easier on his feet. At least it's muscle and not fat.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

And to think, if Embiid was playing his junior season at KU now...

Bob Thompson 6 years, 5 months ago

He wouldn't be playing with a broken foot. He would be using up a scholarship.

Joe Ross 6 years, 5 months ago

I doubt it very much. Reports out of Philly was that Embiid was not complying with doctors orders for recovery. Playing pickup games and being active on the foot when he was told to rest. As a professional, no one is looking over his shoulder everyday to ensure compliance. At Kansas, if we made that kind of investment in a player, you can be sure we would have provided the necessary oversight to ensure that there was no activity to impede recovery or aggravate the injury. Had he stayed in college he would most likely be playing this season.

RJ King 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that. (not complying with doctors orders) I always loved Joel's fun-loving and carefree spirit. And he seemed to have a need to keep in motion (like the soccer dribbling before free throws). But he also displayed quite a bit of immaturity - for instance, some questionable tweets.

He is a friendly kid trying to find his way and fit into a new country, new teams, new cities without the presence of his parents (who seemed like they also may have provided guidance and support if they had been nearby).

I'm not shocked that he doesn't have the discipline and mindset to take on a long-term rehab.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 5 months ago

Joel is starting to look like the sequel to Gred Oden.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm starting to wonder if Embiid will ever play in the NBA. Maybe getting drafted at #3 was the best possible outcome for him as he will earn nearly 14 million for playing less than one entire season at the college level.

Was the foot injury inevitable? Was he irresponsible with his rehab? Coach Self certainly had Embiid's health his #1 concern as he sat instead of played in the NCAA. I wonder how many other coaches would have done the same.

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 5 months ago

Damn, Coach! I appreciate what these kids have done. I can't be at the game Saturday, but if anyone out there can be, let them hear it. Texas Tech won't roll in and roll over. They'll be there to end the streak and gain respect. They are playing for one of 64. Our guys need a juiced crowd Saturday. Man, I wish I could be there. What a tough bunch of dudes! If the game is close, they find all kinds of ways to survive and win. He won't admit it right now, but Coach loves these types of toughness teams.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 5 months ago

Coach admits to love love loving tough teams all the time. Nothing makes him happier.

Michael Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

I think this team needs to re-watch and analyze their performance in the final 5 minutes of this game and watch/analyze their 4 losses and compare them. It's like two completely different teams. Sure wish I could get into the heads of this team to instill in them the crucial need to play with the intensity they showed in the final minutes for entire games and quit pacing themselves at this time of the season. It's not a marathon, its 11 sprints to cut down the nets in Houston. They could take some notes from WVU who play 100 percent, get tired, sit for a short rest, and go back out and give 100 percent until they get tired again, rinse, repeat. Its a win-win-win proposition. Clamp down, build leads, rest, give bench more playing time and experience, get back in, increase lead, rest, etc. Your shots may not always be falling but there is nothing that keeps you from expending maximum effort every second the clock is running. The flashes of brilliance we see from Wayne, Devonte, Landen, and Perry should be the norm. Frank and Jamari usually bring it every night. Wish the others would too. For a final emphasis, re-watch KU vs Stanford in the NCAA tournament and compare that one. I don't think I've seen a game where such superior talent was crushed by an inferior opponent simply because they hustled more. It's not about making great plays every time down the floor, it's about giving everything you have toward making good plays every time down the floor. The opportunity for great plays increases with consistent good play. Like many previous years, this team CAN WIN IT ALL! If they leave it all on the court each time, they will.

Barry Weiss 6 years, 5 months ago

anyone think Diallo would go to the NBA, or be advised to, as a second rounder? I have to hope he is advised to stay, hone is very, very raw skills and get higher up in the first round after his second year.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

As I remember, Self advised Embiid to play another year at the college level but how can you turn down the money lottery picks are guaranteed? Diallo isn't even guaranteed to go in the first round. I hope he stays as he certainly needs to work on his basic skills and could be a really good player for Kansas next year but I'd say it's 50-50.

Freddie Garza 6 years, 5 months ago

  1. I was thinking the same thing on that 3 point shot by Gathers. That was a half hearted "effort" by Landen to prevent any of that from happening. That said, I appreciate the player that Landen is evolving into. He's become the most reliable post presence we have not named Perry. It looks like he's figured out that his biggest impact that he can have on a game is going to come with his rebounding.

  2. No way Diallo should even be REMOTELY thinking about the NBA right now. This dude needs coaching. HEAVY coaching. All of the ability is there, but when he's in the game, he looks completely lost in terms of the system that is in place. He actually looks like he's playing streetball out there while everyone else is trying to run a set. Once he figures it out, he's going to be DANGEROUS. But he's got a ways to go before he gets there.

Edward Daub 6 years, 5 months ago

Baylor's great throw, catch, and shot reminded me of the1992 NCAA Classic between Duke and Kentucky. I will never forget the Grant Hill heave to Christian Laettner and his buzzer beating shot. It is a true coaching dilemma whether or not to guard the in-bounds passer (with a tall defender). Pitino elected not to (kept an extra man back) and later second guessed himself for making it too easy for Hill to throw the lob. The coaching decision also depends on whether the in-bounds passer is allowed to run the baseline or has to stay stationary.

William Weissbeck 6 years, 5 months ago

That's Travis Ford guarding Laettner. Whatever was Pitino thinking? I don't think anyone has ever adopted that defense again.

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