Even though I won't be watching it (no online streams for preseason games), I'm excited for another Jayhawk game day. Lots of news today, including crazy animals!
For now, there are plenty of things to work on. Self says he’s always been the type of coach who emphasized teaching offense in November. Defense was important, of course, but he didn’t need to teach it.
"I thought it was easier to teach them how to guard than how to score," Self said.
I always thought Self was a defense-first coach, so I was surprised to hear this take from him.
Self said he’s "hoping we don’t miss him (Tharpe on Friday). I’m hoping other guys step up and play great. A couple of years ago, Tyshawn (Taylor) and Elijah (Johnson) sat out Naadir’s first game, and Naadir almost got a triple-double — 12 points, nine turnovers and eight assists (in exhibition win over Pitt State in 2011). So I think certainly Frank is going to make some mistakes. I think it’s great for him to get out there."
This will be a good chance for Mason to get out his first-start jitters in case we need him for a spot start later in the year.
Part of his job, Traylor indicated, is to introduce the freshmen to the rough realities of the way college basketball is played in the paint by "making them a little tougher, like the guys before me did to me. I try my best to bang around with these guys. I used to be like a pinball in practice with Thomas (Robinson) and Jeff (Withey) taking turns on me. I guess it’s my turn to help other guys out by making them tougher."
Have to disagree. The preseason team is all about projections. If you feel a freshman will be good enough, there is no reason to leave them off. That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing them split up.
While the moves, however large or small, will be made public during Weis’ regularly scheduled news conference today, KU’s second-year head coach said rearranging the parts only could do so much.
"Changing personnel is one answer. Chemistry is one answer. But when it comes down to it, we just gotta get the guys playing better," he said.
Amen. Have to play much better.
7. Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas (2008): It might be difficult to remember now, but the Jayhawks used to play some ball. Meier tied Crabtree for second in the league with 97 receptions. Briscoe trailed only Dez Bryant with 1,402 receiving yards. This was an underrated duo.
Boy I miss those two....
Unfortunately, the offensive woes cause good defensive play to get largely ignored.