Bill Self blasts his team’s lack of hunger

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) can't block an inbound pass to Texas Tech guard Niem Stevenson (10) during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas coach Bill Self didn’t hold back during the post-game radio interview on just how frustrated he is with his team in the wake of Tuesday night’s 85-73 loss to Texas in Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’s unbelievable, 41 points out of our softness or lack of ball-handling ability,” Self said. “We turn it over 15 times … and they get 26, which is unheard of, and then they turn it over 10 times and we get eight.”

He was just warming up.

“The second-chance points (comparison) was a joke,” Self said. “We do not have anybody who fights for the ball. We are playing all 2 guards and we have been able to dodge a few bullets. Udoka (Azubuike) got his butt whipped by their big kid (Norense Odiase) on the glass and our supposedly two best rebounders who play minutes should be Lagerald (Vick) and Svi (Mykhailiuk). Svi did not have a good game tonight and Lagerald (two points, two rebounds in 34 minutes), that was about as poor as I have seen him individually.”

Self went on to explain how that could happen.

“It is because we didn’t play tough,” he said. “I have done such a crap job of getting these guys to understand how athletes who are hungry play. Those are some hungry athletes on the other side and we didn’t match it at all from an intensity standpoint. We got what we deserved, certainly, and hopefully we can grow and get better from this.”