Postgame Quotes

Jan. 6, 2009

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Postgame Quotes

Kansas 91, Siena 84

Jan. 6, 2009 – Lawrence, Kan.

Head Coach Bill Self

On the game:

“We played so well when we went up 30-10. We played great. And then (Siena) went on an 8-2 run when we subbed, and we kind of lost momentum the rest of the half and didn’t play very well the rest of the half. In the second half, we didn’t play well at all I didn’t think. We never guarded them. Their offensive players were far better than our defensive players were tonight. We only had 12 turnovers against a team that pressed, and we attacked their pressure well at times. Our guys put the game on the line with floating passes that could have been picked off. We were fortunate on those. Fortunately for us, we made our free throws down the stretch. And the big fellow bailed us out — Cole (Aldrich) was great. It’s a good win. I would have taken a seven-point win over Siena at 8 a.m. this morning. I would have taken a seven-point win over Siena when we scheduled the game. But I will say that when you outscore a team 25-1, you need to put your foot on their throat and go ahead and bury them, and we didn’t do that.”

On Cole Aldrich:

“I think he is playing more aggressive. I think tonight even when he missed a couple of shots, he took the ball to the hole. He was really getting in the habit of where he was guarding himself. He would make a move, and then spin back right back to where he started and didn’t really put the defense at a disadvantage. I also think we are getting the ball to him a little better. The thing that Cole does as well as anybody that I’ve coached, maybe ever, is reading offensive rebounds. He will not let his man block him off. His effort on the offensive glass in phenomenal. It is far better than anyone else on our team, and is the best in our league. He is leading the league in offensive rebound per game with a guy named Blake Griffin in our league. He played well. I’m really happy for him.”

On Siena’s fast tempo:

“We talked a lot about what we wanted to do – and trust me, Michigan State will push it a lot faster. What we really wanted to do was have Sherron (Collins) guard the ball. But then (Kenny) Hansbrouck got off to a good start, so we put Sherron on him, and nobody really guarded (Ronald) Moore late. They set the high ball screen for him, which Cole (Aldrich) can’t trap. So what we did was flat hedged it and went over, but we didn’t do a good job of getting over that ball screen. We could show a lot more toughness in that regard. We were good on the glass. We took care of the basketball, but it became a horse contest, and tonight they shot the ball a lot better than we did.”

Kansas Player Quotes

Junior guard Sherron Collins

On Siena’s shooting percentage:

“I think it was good. We didn’t do a good job of contesting shots, they were creating space and just shooting over us. They hit shots. Some were tough and some were unguarded, but they shot really well.”

On Kansas’ defense:

“There were times when we didn’t guard well, they got a lot of open looks and made shots.”

On improving defense:

“I think our guards have to do a better job of fighting through screens and getting tougher. I don’t think we came close to the intensity that we brought defensively against Tennessee.”

On matching the intensity against Tennessee:

“I think it starts with us and doesn’t have anything to do with the coaches. They do a good job with the scouting report and detailing what we have to do. We’ve got to do a better job of carrying it out ourselves and coming to play every day with intensity and energy. Today was a day we didn’t bring it at all.”

On what caused Siena’s high field-goal percentage:

“I didn’t think we did a good job of contesting shots tonight. They did a good job of creating space and then they shot over us. They hit their shots and you can’t take that away from them. We allowed them to get a lot of open looks and they hit their shots.”

Sophomore guard Tyrel Reed

On Siena’s performance:

“Siena is a good team. They got all five starters back and they play well together. They don’t get rattled by many things like playing in other arenas. They fought back well and we had some defensive lapses that you just can’t have. That allowed them to get back in the game. Defensively we played really dumb, myself included. We just have to improve on that.”

On Kansas’ defensive performance:

“We’re satisfied with the win. We enjoy winning but we weren’t really satisfied with our play. That’s definitely got to keep getting better every day in practice. We need to bring the intensity that we brought to Tennessee in every game.”

On what needs to improve:

“Communication is a big part. We’ve got to switch and all that stuff, but for the guards we’ve got to jump to the ball and be in the right position. Our positioning was off and it allowed them to drive and get other people open shots and make cuts to the basket.”

Sophomore Center Cole Aldrich

On how to defend shooters coming off screens better:

“The big guys have to do a better job of getting out on the screens and then switching back to our guys. We probably gave up six to eight points on easy layups where the guy making the ball screen just flew down the lane for an easy layup. They got a lot of easy buckets that way; that is one thing that we really need to work on.”

On what contributed to his scoring success:

“One of the things that coaches really told the big guys, and the whole team for that matter, is we had a size advantage and we just really needed to utilize it. Tonight I think we did a good job utilizing it. The Twins (Marcus and Markieff Morris) did a pretty good job of hitting the boards. Markieff had eight boards and three offensive boards. Marcus also had four offensive boards. We just have to continue to hit the offensive boards and try to get extra possessions.”

On the pride he takes in leading the Big 12 in offensive rebounding:

“I take a lot of pride in it because it really steals one or two extra possessions for us each game. In a tight game those extra possessions are really going to mean a lot. Going into conference play we are going to have a lot of tight games where every possession means so much and if we can get an extra one it just means that much more.”