Archive for Sunday, March 28, 2010

Self, who picked ’Cats, keeps busy in CBS studio

Kansas head coach Bill Self speakers with media members outside the locker room following the Jayhawks' 69-67 loss to Northern Iowa, Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas head coach Bill Self speakers with media members outside the locker room following the Jayhawks' 69-67 loss to Northern Iowa, Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

March 28, 2010

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Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and fellow CBS-TV panelists Greg Anthony and Seth Davis each went for the favorite when asked by studio host Greg Gumbel for a prediction before Saturday’s West Regional final between Butler and Kansas State.

“Kansas State,” Self said from behind the desk in the network’s New York headquarters.

The trio’s picks, jokingly referred to as boring by Gumbel, proved incorrect.

Butler bounced K-State, 63-56, and prevented the Wildcats from advancing to their first Final Four in 46 years.

“One thing coach (Brad) Stevens and his staff did,” Self said after the game, “is they really rallied their guys when K-State took the lead (52-51 with 4:49 left after erasing double-digit deficit) and got the momentum.

“Just like when Syracuse went up by four (late in Sweet 16 game vs. Butler), that’s when Butler played its best ball and just put them away down the stretch. In this particular game, they made the plays late.”

Of Kentucky’s 73-66 loss to West Virginia in the East Regional final, Self said: “Well, they didn’t make shots. West Virginia forced them to play on the perimeter, and it just didn’t work out today.”

Self had a busy day in the studio.

He had this to say to Baylor coach Scott Drew and guard LaceDarius Dunn, who will face Duke in the South Regional final today:

“Congratulations to you from our league,” Self said. “About Duke, though, your zone is so effective, you’ve got so much length, but they’ve got three guys who can really score from the perimeter. How are you going to get out to all their shooters?”

Drew responded: “They’re going to get shots. We just have to make sure they are contested. They are going to make shots. We just don’t want to give them wide-open ones because they are too good. We know those are going in.”

Self also spoke with Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, whose Volunteers meet Michigan State in the Midwest Regional final today.

“You put it on us very good,” Self said of KU’s 76-68 loss to the Vols on Jan. 10 in Knoxville, Tenn. “One thing I’ve been very impressed with is getting your full complement of players back, but also Brian Williams (6-10, junior). I think he takes a lot of pressure off Wayne (Chism) so you can move him (Chism) around a bit and play him inside/outside. I think he (Williams) has been a presence on the interior for you.”

Pearl responded: “I think Wayne probably enjoys playing with Brian as much as anybody else because Brian is an excellent passer. He has excellent basketball IQ, and I think they play well off each other.”

Banquet

KU’s basketball banquet will be Monday, April 12, in the Holidome. The banquet is available to Williams Fund members. Reservation forms are sent out in the mail.

Comments

yoyogirl 5 years, 3 months ago

Bill looked good behind the CBS desk..........he just can't go there permanently for some time. We need you here Bill!! Good temp job though. :o)

opie81 5 years, 3 months ago

get back to work making your team tougher bill!!!

woodscolt 5 years, 3 months ago

grow up jimmy. your an idiot. You and the "plenty of alumni you refer to are the problems. get lost. Why don't you transfer to one of the teams that hasn't won a big 12 championship or a national championship lately. Your a cry baby and don't have enough maturity to realize single elimination tourneys catch better teams on bad days. Why do you think the nba does best of 7's. Go find your mommy so she can give you a posh puff, idiot. Tired of you babies. Go find a binki a$$hole.

Watch your mouth ljw

woodscolt 5 years, 3 months ago

grow up jimmy. your an idiot. You and the "plenty of alumni you refer to are the problems. get lost. Why don't you transfer to one of the teams that hasn't won a big 12 championship or a national championship lately. Your a cry baby and don't have enough maturity to realize single elimination tourneys catch better teams on bad days. Why do you think the nba does best of 7's. Go find your mommy so she can give you a posh puff, idiot. Tired of you babies. Go find a binki a$$hole.

Watch your mouth ljw

woodscolt 5 years, 3 months ago

grow up jimmy. your an idiot. You and the "plenty of alumni you refer to are the problems. get lost. Why don't you transfer to one of the teams that hasn't won a big 12 championship or a national championship lately. Your a cry baby and don't have enough maturity to realize single elimination tourneys catch better teams on bad days. Why do you think the nba does best of 7's. Go find your mommy so she can give you a posh puff, idiot. Tired of you babies. Go find a binki a$$hole.

Watch your mouth ljw

woodscolt 5 years, 3 months ago

grow up jimmy. your an idiot. You and the "plenty of alumni you refer to are the problems. get lost. Why don't you transfer to one of the teams that hasn't won a big 12 championship or a national championship lately. Your a cry baby and don't have enough maturity to realize single elimination tourneys catch better teams on bad days. Why do you think the nba does best of 7's. Go find your mommy so she can give you a posh puff, idiot. Tired of you babies. Go find a binki a$$hole.

Watch your mouth ljw

woodscolt 5 years, 3 months ago

grow up jimmy. your an idiot. You and the "plenty of alumni you refer to are the problems. get lost. Why don't you transfer to one of the teams that hasn't won a big 12 championship or a national championship lately. Your a cry baby and don't have enough maturity to realize single elimination tourneys catch better teams on bad days. Why do you think the nba does best of 7's. Go find your mommy so she can give you a posh puff, idiot. Tired of you babies. Go find a binki a$$hole.

Watch your ...................

gram77 5 years, 3 months ago

ku fans fighting among themselves, how sad

Larry 5 years, 3 months ago

jimjones...the new lulu.. Your kool aid pic is appropriate because you've definitely been drinking a ton of it. I can only imagine that you were joking.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

"ku fans fighting among themselves, how sad"

You don't really believe that some of those posters are KU fans, do you?

CLARKKENT 5 years, 3 months ago

JIM JONES----IF YOU THINK THAT BILL SELF IS NOT A GOOD COACH, THEN YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, AND YOU JUST NEED TO SHUT UP AND GO AWAY.

BUT YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT LEW, HE JUST NEEDS TO SHUT UP AND GO AWAY.

moveforward 5 years, 3 months ago

jimjones... if you've watched the tourney over the years (seems doubtful) you'd know that the best team doesn't always win. the team playing the best that month and over the three weeks does. There is a huge difference. Think of all the times that duke, kentucky and north carolina came in loaded and lost. This team simply lost focus and did not have the urgency it took. Underdogs win... and that's what makes the final four truly the greatest sporting event on the planet. See ya next year.

Camron Flanders 5 years, 3 months ago

Every player who has completed their eligibility at Michigan State (under Izzo - 15 years folks) has gone to at least one Final Four. You don't honestly believe that they have better athletes than KU, do you?

Coaching means more than you think, especially in single-elimination tournaments. Keeping a team focused, motivated, loose, playing to win even while losing is extremely important and something below-average coaches can't do.

Just saying.

Daniel Speicher 5 years, 3 months ago

Well, Jimmy... I think that all depends on what Cole and Xavier do. However, I would bet we at least make it to the Sweet 16 again next year. Furthermore, we have classically done better when we are not "loaded with talent" and not an overal #1 seed. Both our 1988 and 2008 championships were not on years we were expected to take it all the way, and we did. I think the great thing about KU Men's Basketball is that we are strong contenders every year. Even UNC can't boast such a claim after last season.

Beyond that, we have, quite possibly, the best recruiting coach in the nation. He builds his players' trust and challenges them. He undoubtedly has one of the best coaching staff under him and his trainers are second to none. Although I would like to see him become more passionate at times and show more on-court presence... His pre-game coaching can't be knocked. Sorry, Jim... You don't have a clue what you're talking about. Bill is here for the long haul and rightfully so. We don't have to worry about him being fired... We just need to make sure OSU doesn't lure him away with their infinite funds...

--Danny Speicher

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