Archive for Monday, December 31, 2007

Self’s wish: better free-throw shooting for KU

December 31, 2007


KU climbs past Yale, 86-53

It was time to get back to work for the Kansas men's basketball team. Saturday the Hawks returned to the floor after their holiday layoff to square off against Ivy League opponent Yale. Enlarge video

Bill Self has one wish for his Kansas University Jayhawks as they enter 2008.

"My new year's resolution for the team would be, 'Stay hungry,''' Self, KU's fifth-year basketball coach, said after an 86-53 rout of Yale on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

"We can't be happy where we're at."

Though a perfect 13-0, the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks are not without flaws.

"I think most KU fans would agree that we will shoot free throws better. Ooh, brutal," Self said after his players made 12 of 25 against Yale for 48 percent.

"You can't put it on one or two guys. It's the whole team. Every guy on our team who play the majority of minutes - with the exception of Sasha - is shooting between 60 and 70 percent. That's not good enough," added Self, whose Jayhawks have made 62.8 percent of their free throws to opponents' 64.5.

Sasha Kaun has made 51 percent of his free throws.

The other regular rotation players are led by Brandon Rush's 75.0 percent mark, followed by Russell Robinson (71.4), Mario Chalmers (67.7), Darrell Arthur (65.0), Sherron Collins (63.6), Darnell Jackson (63.2) and Rodrick Stewart (60.9).

Also ... "We've got to rebound better," Self said. "Sasha, Darnell, Brandon and 'Shady' (Arthur) don't go after balls like they should. We've got to rebound the ball better, become a little more consistent."

KU has outrebounded its opponents 36.9 to 31.7 per game. Jackson and Arthur lead the team at 6.5 and 5.9 boards respectively.


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