January 29, 2007

KU must do a better job on the glass

Bill Self and the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (18-3; 5-1) haven't lost in Lincoln, Neb., since February 15, 2004. Doc Sadler and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-7; 1-4) hope to put an end to that streak later tonight. Having won two straight games, the Jayhawks will need a solid outing from their big men. Self talked about tonights Big Monday match up, and a variety of other topics, during his weekly Big 12 teleconference.

"I thought our big guys played pretty well at Baylor, but then I thought against Colorado, I thought we played, I'd say not very aggressive," said Self. "We didn't pursue the ball very hard, and I'm not as concerned about the points, although that is a big part of it. But I'm saying put yourself in position to catch the ball in the scoring area and pursue to ball.

"We didn't do a good job of that at all the other day," he added. "We've got to improve that. That's been something that's been a concern all season long, our rebounding. Even though statistically our numbers look pretty good, but we're still not the rebounding team I think we can become."

Minutes after Kansas defeated Colorado, 97-74, on Saturday afternoon, Self was visibly upset with the play of his big men. Against the Buffaloes, Sasha Kaun, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson scored a combined 24-points. Additionally, as a group, they collected just 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks don't need Kaun, Wright, Arthur and Jackson to light up the scoreboard, but they do need each to be aggressive on the glass. When the final buzzer sounded, Colorado had out rebounded Kansas, 37-30.

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