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.
"I've got a lot of concerns. I didn't think we played very well at all. I thought we did some good things in the first one and didn't think we did near as many good things in the second one,” Self said “We didn't rebound the ball defensively at all. We turned the ball over at an alarming rate, which is pretty consistent to how we played going back to the summer,”
In fact, Self thought the team may have regressed in what they have worked on to date.
“We looked like the team that played in Europe, to be honest with you, offensively. And we didn't attack them with the ball. We didn't put pressure on the defense at all. So those would be the things that I would hope that we would improve on, at least put pressure on people on both ends, which we didn't do that very well at all against Washburn. We were much better against Emporia State," Self said.
The Jayhawks will hope to get rolling some Friday night with a huge matchup with Michigan State looming at the Champions Classic, Tuesday night in Atlanta. But, Self made it clear, that there is no difference when it comes to preparation.
“It wouldn't make any difference who we're playing after Southeast Missouri, the preparation will be the same,” Self said. “We practice playing games when you have two days preparation or three days preparation. And we've got Saturday, Sunday, Monday for Michigan State.”