That was an entertaining game last night, but as you can see below, our defense needs some work.
With the holiday tomorrow, I'm not sure exactly when everything will be up on the site, but we'll get some stuff up for you tomorrow.
“He was rebounding the ball well for us the first half, second half, offensively and defensively, just being aggressive,” Tharpe said of Ellis. “Attacking, being the scorer he is. We are going to need him to score like this all the time.”
“I screwed it up because I should have taken a timeout five seconds into the game after our first turnover,” Self said of Tharpe’s errant pass to Wayne Selden in the corner, a turnover pinned on Selden 13 seconds into the game. “I don’t know if I’ve ever taken one that fast before, but I think I could have helped our team a little more if I would have taken it earlier because that wasn’t a great way to start the game.”
Asked to divulge the Rockets’ strategy for handling KU’s size advantage, Kowalczyk did not hide anything. “Pack it in,” he said. “That’s all we could do.” In keeping with Toledo’s theme of doing things right but watching them go wrong, the Jayhawks responded to that gameplan by hitting seven of 14 three-pointers. Junior point guard Naadir Tharpe made four of the five he attempted.
Self also was disturbed that Toledo hit for 83 points off 46.4 percent shooting. The Rockets hit nine of 16 threes and 10 of 14 free throws. Toledo’s 83 tallies were most KU has surrendered in a nonconference home game since a 91-84 win over Siena on Jan. 6, 2009.
Kansas Jayhawks Biggest problem: Yes, the Jayhawks are young, but what's really tripping them up is a lack of production from the most important position on the floor. Point guards Naadir Tharpe and Frank Mason have combined to shoot 40 percent, and while they have done a relatively good job taking care of the ball, as a team Kansas has been deficient in this department. The Jayhawks are 208th in the country in turnover percentage and 104th in assist-to-turnover ratio. They're also 239th in three-point percentage and 291st in defensive turnover percentage. So they need an all-around point guard, someone who can lead, defend and make long-range shots.
Kansas is shooting 32.1 percent from three-point range, and while the number isn’t crippling, it still ranks 219th in the country. Even more alarming: Just 18.8 percent of KU’s points are coming from three-pointers, way below what Self has been accustomed to over the last six years. Since the 2007-08 season, the year the Jayhawks won the NCAA title, Self has never had a team score less than 23 percent of its points from three-point range.
Stevens, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound two-star prospect from Montclair (N.J.) High, orally committed to KU in September but had been targeted by the Eagles throughout his recruitment. In addition, one Rivals.com report said an illness in his family inspired Stevens to want to stay closer to home for college.