The Kansas Jayhawks survived a thriller against archrival Kansas State on Saturday, winning 73-72 in a game that saw the Wildcats take the final shot — a missed 3-pointer from Barry Brown on what looked like a broken final play.
Kansas had four players reach double figures while Udoka Azubuike had one of his best games in a Jayhawks uniform.
Here’s what Bill Self had to say about Kansas’ win over K-State:
On the nature of close Big 12 games
“We don’t have the same teams of the past that can pull away from folks. When you play good competition, any win is a good win. Especially close wins. I envision us having a lot of games like this. We’ve only had one game that couldn’t have gone either way in the league, and that was the Texas Tech game. I anticipate all games to be like this.”
“I’ll be honest…I know we play West Virginia on Monday. I believe we play Baylor on Saturday. I have no idea after that. I’ve always broken the league down into two-week segments, but I haven’t done that at all this year. It’s all about who is in front of us.”
On beating K-State and the game as a whole
“It was a fairly well-played game. (K-State) played great. I’m sure they’re proud of their guys. I’m proud of our guys.”
On the final play
“It was going to be a two-man play with Brown and Wade. We were able to keep the ball in Barry’s hands. I’m not here to say I’m surprised, I don’t know exactly what they were trying to do except the high ball-screen.”
“I thought our ball-screen defense at the end was pretty good.”
On playing well in close games late
“We’re not an execution team. It seems like everything we do in late-game situations is just us playing to how they’re defending us. We haven’t spent any more time on that than we always do.”
On Azubuike’s performance
“He was great offensively…he’s a different player when he can play. I thought he played really smart defensively.”
On facing West Virginia on Monday
“It’s a 30-minute practice tomorrow. We did, on Wednesday after the game against Iowa State, talk about inbounding the ball. We haven’t played well out there. When you think about our depth situation, they’re going to come after us. We’ve got to be prepared for that.”
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