Kansas University had trouble hitting outside shots Sunday on a night the three-point line was extended nine inches past the regular 19-foot, 9-inch distance.
"I think we rushed some," KU coach Bill Self said of his Jayhawks, who cashed five of 16 three-pointers in a 79-70 victory over Washburn. "I also think the arc did mess with our guys no matter what I said: 'Don't worry about the arc, just shoot it.' They certainly were conscious of where the international arc is.
"The extra nine inches does make a difference. I do think it will help our game if we move it back," Self added.
Asked if he noticed a difference, point guard Aaron Miles said, "I mean, I guess. But we just missed shots. Some nights you make shots; some you miss them, that's why you have to bring intensity every night."¢
Two not used: Guards Jeff Hawkins and Alex Galindo did not play, not because of injury, but coach's decision.
"I'd love to have played everybody. It's not the way the game played out," Self said. "Nick Bahe played two minutes. Hopefully the guys have to stay ready. Tonight we were trying to win the game. It's why it occurred."¢
New warmups: "Boys with the hoods" might be a good way to describe KU's players this season.
The Jayhawks are wearing hooded warmups during pre-game drills.
"I think they're fresh," junior J.R. Giddens said of the Nike gear. "I'm not sure if we're supposed to wear 'em up during warmups, but I definitely think they're pretty cool."¢
Bottles only: The concession stands at the fieldhouse are selling Coke by the plastic bottle, not cups with ice this year.
"It's more economical for Coke, quicker service, makes the lines go faster," KU assistant AD Jim Marchiony said.
Contrary to rumor, it has nothing to do with Coke possibly donating for a new videoboard/scoreboard.
KU is in the process of looking at videoboards while seeking funding for a new board.
"We're doing a lot of fact-finding. We don't have the financing in place yet to do it," Marchiony said of putting in a new board. "We're not just talking to Coke about the scoreboard. The dollars we get from Coke, we discuss with them the best way to use it and for Coke to get the biggest bang for its promotional dollar, and that in time might include the scoreboard."