Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews
KU coach Bill Self
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-66 victory over Missouri on March 5, 2011.
Columbia, Mo. — Elijah says …
Elijah Johnson on KU’s 24 turnovers against Missouri: “We need to take care of the ball because every team is not Missouri,” Johnson said of the Tigers, who generally force a lot of miscues.
KU coach Bill Self on freshman guard Josh Selby, who had three turnovers against one assist in seven minutes the first half. He didn’t play the second half.
“I didn’t give him a chance in the second half, which in hindsight, I don’t know ... but I thought Tyshawn (Taylor) and Elijah played really well. He (Selby) didn’t play well the first half, turned it over a few times. He’s better than that. Like we said after the game, ‘You’ve got to let that go. It’s next game.’ He’s been practicing better and all that stuff. He hasn’t quite found it yet. Hopefully that’s going to happen real soon.”
Thomas Robinson acknowledged that his sister Jayla’s scholarship fund is doing well.
“I don’t know. I don’t think I’m supposed to know,” he said of the exact figures being compiled by a Washington, D.C., law firm.
KCTV5 in Kansas City, as well as some other stations around the country, cut away from the final few minutes of the KU-MU game in favor of the Michigan-Michigan State game. In a statement on its Twitter feed, KCTV5 apologized to viewers and said that CBS told the station the problem related to sun spots causing problems with the satellite feed from the national network. Station general manger Bobby Totsch said that such a problem “won't happen again.”
CBS Sports official Jerry Caraccioli spoke to the Big 12 official website about the matter: “It was a combination of sun spots and satellite transponder issues,” he said. “The Kansas-Missouri telecast was interrupted, and we had to switch viewers in some of those markets to the other telecast. Some markets had their satellite feeds restored before the end of the game. It was an unfortunate and rare occurrence."
KCTV5 was to re-air the second half of the game after its 10 p.m. Saturday newscast.
Marcus Morris was called for a questionable intentional foul with 2:40 left, KU up, 63-54. Marcus Denmon had stolen the ball from Morris near halfcourt, and officials felt Morris deliberately tried to prevent a breakaway layup.
“It goes from 15 (-point lead) to four. I thought there were a couple plays I didn’t see it the same way as maybe the officials saw it,” Self said. “That’s neither here nor there. You’ve got to play through that. I didn’t think we did a very good job playing through it.”
Braeden Anderson, a 6-8 senior forward from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., will begin an official recruiting visit to KU today. He has also visited Kentucky unofficially and plans on making an official visit to Lexington. He may also visit Arizona and Oklahoma before making a decision.
Big 12 field set
The stage is set for the Big 12 tournament at Kansas City’s Sprint Center.
No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State, 11:30 a.m.
No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Iowa State, 2 p.m.
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. NU/OSU winner, 11:30 a.m.
No. 4 Kansas State vs. CU/ISU winner, 2 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. BU/OU winner, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. MU/TTU winner, 8:30 p.m.