Kansas Men's Basketball
Self went on to say last year’s loss at TCU was one of the strangest games he’s been a part of. One of his assistant coaches even told him before the game that it was the most ready his team had been to play. / “Sometimes it can jump up and shock you,” Self said, “and that was one of those times that shocked us.”
“Mari and Perry has been totally different,” Self said, differentiating it from his center rotation. “(With) Mari and Perry it has been whoever’s playing the best. There have been times where both of them have played well and one has been better than the other. The one we usually play is the one who’s been playing better at that particular moment. Just like in the last two home games, Jamari’s played better (in the first half), but in the second half, Mari didn’t play much at all because Perry was so good. I think that’s kind of nice to have. Whoever’s got a hot hand, so to speak, we can run with it.”
“I think our guys enjoy playing in front of energy,” Self said. “We’re spoiled here by our fans and what we play in front of every day, and then we go on the road and we play in front of a 90-percent-filled building or 95-percent-filled building, and we think, ‘Dang, where is everybody?’ and the home team is thinking, ‘This is the best crowd we’ve had all year.’ We have to be cautious about that (if it’s not full). You’ve got a job to do, go do your job. The building will be full at TCU, I would think. Last year it was full (record crowd of 7,412).
Self has tried to treat Wiggins like anybody else, in part to temper some of the other-worldly expectations. The prized forward has only done two one-on-one interviews with the media - one of them with The Associated Press in December - since the start of the season, and unless he has a big performance, Wiggins generally isn't made available to reporters following games.
Great breakdown by Jesse here about the differences between this team and previous HCBS teams. Helps to explain the TO numbers somewhat.
Kansas’ and Kansas State’s women’s basketball teams are both coming off losses to ranked foes, but that might make Saturday’s 1 p.m. Sunflower Showdown at Bramlage Coliseum more enticing, considering they recently claimed upsets over ranked teams as well.
“They’re not ranked in the top 10,” Jayhawks junior point guard Natalie Knight said of the Wildcats, “but we know we’re gonna get their best game, and we’ve gotta be ready to play, because it is a rivalry game and it’s important to both KU and K-State. So it’s a big game.”