Bill Self Does Everything Possible to Help His Kansas Jayhawks
One thing is for sure, if you are a Kansas Jayhawks fan it is officially time to be concerned.
The Jayhawks dropped their third straight game, this time to the Oklahoma Sooners. It was the first time since 2005 that Kansas has lost three straight games and now it finds itself in for a fight for the regular season conference title.
The Jayhawks have tied or outright won the Big 12 title for the past eight seasons but this year is now a question mark. However, there were a few bright spots for the Jayhawks, who trailed the entire second half.
First, The Kansas offense at times looked as dominant as it had earlier in the season. Three Jayhawks, Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson all scored in double figures.
Second, freshman Perry Ellis came in midway through the second half and played some great minutes for Head Coach Bill Self. Ellis missed a few layups that really could have helped Kansas put pressure on Oklahoma, but regardless Ellis played well which is a good sign for Kansas.
Nevertheless, things that must concern Self are that his defense has been a liability the past week.
The team that came into the game leading the nation in defensive field goal percentage, allowed the Sooners to shoot 44.8% from the field for the game.
Getting handled in their man-to-man defense, Self made a bold move and switched to a “triangle and 2″ defense, with just under 10 minutes left in the contest.
This move paid off as the Jayhawks cut the 55-46 lead to a one possession game, as the Jayhawks got five consecutive stops on the defensive end.
Unfortunately, the Sooners finally made a three point shot to put the game away, but Self had the courage and insight to make the move. If he had not made the move, it could have been worse.
Not many coaches would have made that move.
Self also worked the officials towards the end of the game to check the monitor about a Sooner elbow that connected with Johnson. He did not get the flagrant foul, but as any great coach does, Self left no stone unturned.
If anyone can get the Jayhawks out of their funk and back to winning basketball, it is Self.
Even though the Jayhawks lost, Self gained respect and confidence from his team for his in-game adjustments.
Self has proven that once again, he is one of the best coaches in the nation.
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