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Cliff's Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 2/1/2010
Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his weekly press conference today.
• Self couldn't see Tyrel Reed's strip at the end of the game because he was on the other side of the court. Self texted Tyrel after he saw a replay of it. Self texted: "You saved the game." That was as big of a play as there was in the entire game, probably even bigger than Sherron Collins' shot.
• KU played with great poise except for the last two plays in regulation. Self liked his team's body language.
• Xavier Henry had never played in an atmosphere like that.
• The No. 1 ranking doesn't have any meaning. Self is surprised that the national media makes a big deal out of it, because there could be a new No. 1 every week. Road losses in conference aren't major upsets. KU won the national championship and lost three conference games in five tries.
• In the first half against Kansas State, KU got the ball where it needed to go (inside). Self liked the way his team played in every aspect except for defensive rebounding.
• KU has won when it has gone to Colorado recently, but Self says KU hasn't played well when it has gone out there. This is the best Colorado team in a while.
• Self would rather be ranked No. 1 on Feb. 1 than Dec. 1. But he'd rather be No. 1 on March 1 than Feb. 1.
• The more you see Collins, the more you appreciate him. He's not a numbers guy. There was a time in the league when he was a freshman, other coaches viewed him as the second-best player in the league behind Kevin Durant. If you study him in practice, he has unbelievable basketball savvy and basketball I.Q. He sees the game in slow motion. He's playing to win. That's what point guards are supposed to do.
• Colorado's Alec Burks is a great get by Colorado and obviously a recruiting blunder by a lot of folks. He's good. Self saw him in the Missouri State championship finals. He was a good player then. That would be a loss for their team if he can't play Wednesday because of his knee injury.
• Last week, Self made practice ridiculously hard for his starters. Some of them were getting tackled and things like that to get them ready for physical play. Self joked that Mario Little was one of KU's best tacklers.
• You can't win a golf tournament in the third round. This is the third round for KU.
• Baylor's win over Texas was a minor upset to Self.
• Collins and Ty Lawson were the best two guards in the country during their senior years in high school. Self thought Collins would be this good.
• Brady Morningstar has played well in tough circumstances. The bump in the road (offseason DUI) helped his life and helped him mature.
• Self never thought Collins would have been a four-year guy. He could have left after his sophomore year if he had been healthy. He had to have surgery that offseason. He likes to win. The kid's legacy is that there have been a lot of good players here, but he's going to win more than any of them.
• Marcus Morris has always envisioned himself as being a perimeter player. Self hasn't given him many opportunities to show that. He has embraced that he can do things against big guys that they can't guard. He is using his quickness, and he's a great offensive rebounder right now.
• Self will continue to practice his players hard this week after the tough practices last week.
• Marcus can play himself into being a first-rounder. He can play himself into being a pro.
• Cornell and Michigan helped KU prepare for Colorado's unique offense.
• A two-game lead is nice, but the race is still a long way from being decided.