“I’m a big believer that you can teach kids to do anything,’’ Self said. “If we’re not good defensively, that’s on me because I haven’t done a good enough job of getting them to play that way. There’s no excuse for not being good on that end, in my opinion.’’
Embiid says the bigger concern of the two right now is his back, which he ices after every practice. He appeared to tweak it for a second in the first half against Tech but didn’t seem affected after that while tying a career high with 32 minutes.
There is no shame in winning ugly. Especially on the road. Even though Kansas had season-lows in rebounds (28) and assists (six), the Jayhawks managed to win. The ongoing struggle for this team seems to be getting everyone to produce to his fullest (or in that neighborhood) each and every game. A lot of that has to do with the team's youth. Consistency is the most difficult thing to grasp for most teams. Because KU starts three freshmen and a sophomore, that is inherently more challenging. If junior point guard Tharpe (1 of 7 shooting, 2 assists, 4 turnovers at TT) can set the tone in that department, the rest of the team likely will follow his lead.
"When coach (and offensive coordinator John) Reagan came to me with Eric's name, I was intrigued," Weis said. "We're very pleased to be able to add him to our staff. It is our good fortune that Washington experienced a staff transition at the same time we were looking for a receivers coach. Eric has experienced a great deal of success in exactly the position that we were looking for."
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