Archive for Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 3/23/2010

March 23, 2010


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

Self said if you coach at a place like Kansas you can’t have a great season unless you perform in the tournament. But he said this season came as close to that word as any season that does not finish well could.

He said that there is extra pressure to being ranked No. 1 all year.

He said he hasn’t watched the tape and doesn’t know if he will. From reviewing the game in his mind he thinks his team might have played not to lose instead of playing to win, hoping to get through it instead of taking it.

Reiterated that applying full-court pressure early in the game was not the way to go. For one thing, he said, you have to score for the other team to take it out of bounds and Kansas had trouble scoring.

He said he can’t put his finger on why the team got off to such poor starts against Texas Tech and Texas A&M; in the Big 12 Tournament and against Lehigh and Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tourney.

He said he thinks people who really care about the program will be disappointed in the outcome but proud of how the team represented the university throughout the season and said he does not think the loss makes the season a failure.

He said he will support whatever decision the Henry family reaches about Xavier’s future. He said when Kansas recruited Xavier Henry it did so with the idea that he would be a one-and-done player.

Self said he expects a decision in “a week or so” from Cole Aldrich and the decision will be based on what’s best for Aldrich’s family.

Self said he has coached in the tournament 12 years in a row and in 10 of those games the losing team was in it until the last possession.

• Asked if he now has shifted to fan mode, Self, said, “In a word, no.” He said he won’t watch the games but said he wishes Frank Martin well, not because Kansas State is a neighboring school, but because he likes him and respects his team. He also said he wants the conference to do well.


sweettrue2 8 years, 2 months ago

That's the coach we know & love! It was a great season to watch, well done Coach Self!!

JimmyJoeBob 8 years, 2 months ago

It was a great season. Everyone would have loved to go further but we as Kansas fans know how tough the NCAA tournament can be. Remember the 5 second round losses we had with Roy. UTEP and Rhode Island had to be some of the worst losses while he was here. Coach Self is a great Coach and recruiter and he will have Kansas ready for a longer run next year.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 2 months ago

Here here Coach Self.

Even at Kansas, winning the conference outright, when K-State, Baylor, OSU, Texas and Missouri are all playing well and THEN winning the big 12 tournament on top of that should still be considered one hell of a season. You and those young men shoudl be proud.

In a year when perennials like UCONN and UNC don't even make the NCAA Tournament, Kansas is still there.

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