Posted November 08, 2012 on
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Everybody seemed to be happy on the Kansas bench last season.
Bill Self was certainly pleased with the way his team ran roughshod to an eighth straight Big 12 title. All his players were content, too, because they understood their roles, and that seven or eight of them were going to carry the load on a night-by-night basis.
There could be quite a bit more discontent this season, at least early on, and Self believes that's just as good as the positive vibes that enveloped the program last year.
The reason? There are about a dozen guys who could be vying for playing time.
"This year will be a little different,'' Self said. "We'll have some guys disappointed this year because they're pretty good.''
Pretty young, too.
All-American Thomas Robinson left a year early for the NBA, and veteran guards Tyshawn Taylor and Connor Teahan have graduated. Stepping into their place will be nine freshmen, if you count walk-ons, several of whom will be count...
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After Monday night’s sloppy win over Washburn in their final exhibition, Kansas coach Bill Self told the media Thursday that his team will play hard after their performance in the two exhibition games in Friday night’s season opener against Southeast Missouri State in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas coach Bill Self mentioned the possibilities of redshirts for two of his players for different reasons during his media session, Thursday afternoon.
The taste of college basketball has come in sips for Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor, just enough to make them thirsty for more.
The high-profile recruits were deemed partial qualifiers by the NCAA last season, which left them to watch as Kansas made another remarkable run to the Final Four. They couldn't practice until the second semester, and even then had to find their own...
Jeff Withey admitted that he sleepwalked through most of Kansas' two exhibition games.
The 7-footer, a key component of last year's national runners-up, has been trying to adapt to life without Thomas Robinson, the All-America forward who left early for the NBA Draft. Withey's the guy who's getting the double teams now, and the guy all eyes will be on in the paint...
A couple of things to keep an eye out on in Kansas’ Friday night regular season opener with Southeast Missouri State are seniors Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson and how they respond after essentially being challenged by head coach Bill Self.
Southeast Missouri State coach Dickey Nutt approached old friend Bill Self before Friday night's game and asked him why the team was in Lawrence, playing seventh-ranked Kansas.
Nutt felt his team had no business inside Allen Fieldhouse.
By the end of the game, his Redhawks proved they belonged.
They pulled within six points midway through the second half, silencing the crowd...