Bill Self sucked last night.



  • I rewatched the game. The officiating sucked, missed at least 5 travels on Oregon, the Dillon Brooks play on Jackson should’ve been a flagrant because that was not a basketball play in any way shape or form. Why wasn’t Self all over the refs for those missed calls? When does Self ever back away from getting on the refs? The Elite 8 is when, not once did Self appear to be working the refs over.

    But what stood out the most after rewatching? Self reverted back to form and puckered up tighter than someone sucking a lemon. Lagerald Vick played reasonably well last night. Nowhere to be seen towards the end of the game over Graham who airballed a freaking finger roll last night. That’s all anyone needs to know about how effective Graham was.

    13 fouls were called on each team last night, but KU shot 10 more FT’s. Why in the hell was Self not telling, Mason, Jackson, Graham, Vick, and Svi to drive the damn ball every possession? That’s how KU could’ve won the game last night. Screw the blocks, that happens when you drive the ball and Oregon was good at it. Oregon played zone, why were we not screening, cutting, and setting up lobs? Same thing KU has done all year, saw it a couple of times last night. KU could’ve shot 40 FT’s last night had they played aggressive. KU played timid, scared basketball last night. A hallmark of Self ball in the Elite 8.

    Here are Bill Self’s point totals in all 9 of his E8 games. 55, 81, 71, 55, 59, 61, 80, 59, 60. That 71 in Self’s first year at KU was the OT loss to Georgia Tech and KU scored 66 in regulation that game. 2 times in 9 games has a Bill Self coached team even reached 70 points in regulation in the Elite 8. Self’s teams have historically played like crap in the Elite 8 in his career. 2001 with Illinois and 2012 are the only 2 games KU has played well. Self was a lower seed both times. Self has choked when he’s the higher seed all but one time and even then, KU still scored 59 points and was incredibly lucky to win that one.

    Bill Self failed last night like he has done nearly every time he’s been in the Elite 8. Somebody get that man some liquor, weed, or whatever it takes to loosen him up and mellow him out in the Elite 8.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 said: Why in the hell was Self not telling, Mason, Jackson, Graham, Vick, and Svi to drive the damn ball every possession?

    Were you in the Huddle or the halftime locker room?

    @Texas-Hawk-10 said:

    Here are Bill Self’s point totals in all 9 of his E8 games. 55, 81, 71, 55, 59, 61, 80, 59, 60.

    Here are THE PLAYERS 3 point shooting stats in the Elite 8

    2004 6-19 2007 4-8 2008 5-14 2011 2-21 2012 4-14 2016 6-22 2017 5-25

    Bill Self from 3 0-0



  • @BigBad Were you in the hudle to hear Self keep telling his guys to keep launching 3’s when they clearly weren’t falling all night?

    How about I edit the point total comment to say Bill Self’s teams. Would please you more sonce you’re obviously the sheriff of the grammar police. Either that or you’re just being ass because someone has a different opinion than you.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 I do think you are way off here regarding last night. I think most would agree that I’ve been a pretty direct critic of Self, admittedly when I think he’s wrong – my view only. I think I have offered the puckering phrase you have relied upon here a few times. I just didn’t see that. But I know you have your view. But I think this year we’ve seen a different coach Self.

    Bill Self got a great deal out of this team. We lost Udoka, and Bragg was just flat MIA. Was Bragg’s lack of progress Self’s fault? I don’t see it. If I would have known that before the season – Udoka and Bragg basically out and useless – I would have been skeptical of an Elite Eight, much less the solid regular season.

    Bill Self was very relaxed last night, it appeared to me. And I just didn’t see coaching as the turning point last night. Unlike a number of tournament failures, I can’t really fault him for much of anything last night. We appeared to be in a very good position to succeed. Lots of great looks – and that’s what our scheme did for us. In fact, the players commented before the game how Self was much more relaxed, and that gave the “confidence” – that’s a quote from Mason.

    Oregon had rim protection. I think you are missing that very clear fact from last night. We didn’t have rim protection. This was really the key factor last night.

    And bad bounces more than any I have ever seen. 66-60 and Dorsey shovels one to the rim from three, four guys in position around the rim, and we don’t get the board. That told the story of the game. And Lucas was overmatched inside. Just playing to his ceiling. He can’t go beyond that. Lots of stuff.

    But do I know for sure that Self didn’t create a crazily tense atmosphere before the game? I don’t. This team, though, has come out flat over and over this season. It seems to be part of its DNA. The slow start was not surprising.

    The macro here is very obvious, and that is much of your point. The record speaks for itself. When you look at the big picture, the number of losses we’ve had on the second game of the weekend – 2nd round and Elite Eight says something.

    The inescapable implication is that Self does not have the guys ready to win on a short turnaround.

    There can be other answers, there can be other conclusions – but the evidence says exactly that. It’s hard to really argue against the evidence that we have.

    Thankfully, he had KU ready to win for the 2nd game of the weekend of the Final Four in 2008.

    I was very upset last year – VERY UPSET. Bill Self was out coached against Villanova, plain a simple. But I just don’t see that last night.

    We got open look after open look. Our guys came out after halftime with their hair on fire but just could not convert. It was the classic comeback waiting to happen. It just didn’t.

    The ugly thing is that we have a likely UNC or UK title to look forward to. Another blue blood getting another title. Anyone but UK please. Anyone.

    Another item – Bragg is gone as gone can be. The guy didn’t play last night. That is over. Reminds one of the Greene treatment vs. Nova. Just no excuse for why he didn’t play.



  • @HighEliteMajor said:

    Another item – Bragg is gone as gone can be. The guy didn’t play last night. That is over. Reminds one of the Greene treatment vs. Nova. Just no excuse for why he didn’t play.

    Especially given his skill set includes the 10-15’ jumper that would have helped against that matchup zone.



  • Players feed off the energy of their coach. And the sample size is big enough now that you can argue there is something to Self and the Elite 8. It is the 2nd game of the weekend, where we usually see the classic tight Self team in the round of 32 or E8. Is it preparation? With time to prepare, Self is probably the best coach out there,



  • Oregon winning it all would be the only salvation in this loss. Losing to the team that finishes cutting down the nets means we lost to the best team in March. Happened last year, in 2012, and a few others like Arizona, Syracuse and Maryland.



  • @HighEliteMajor I’m not ignoring the shot blocking abilities of Oregon, they’re good at it. The refs however were making calls and why KU shot 10 more FT’s than Oregon last night. Jackson was great at getting to the FT line last night in the middle of that zone, but Mason was the only trying to help him out. We weren’t running back cuts for lobs, our guys weren’t following basic zone offense principles last night. They were launching 3’s at will even when they weren’t falling. There was no reason based on how the refs were calling last night that KU shouldn’t have shot at least 30 FT’s. Oregon probably ends up with 12 or 13 blocks overall, but also a lot more fouls and trips to tge line as well.

    Self was good at adapting all year until last night when he reverted back to form of being incredibly rigid and failing to make adjustments until it was too late. Last night was probably the most angry I’ve been over a loss since the UNI game because those two games are probably the most similar to me.



  • @wissox I want UNC or Kentucky to beat them by 50 after the lack of class their coach and players showed. I would cheer for KState or Missouri over this Oregon team right now.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 What happened? My normal reaction to games like this is to just shut it off. I don’t read (except here), listen anything. I’m done.



  • @wissox Ennis and I don’t remember if it was Dorsey or Brooks were doing a go to sleep type motion while being interviewed postgame showing the same level of class as their coach. If our guys did that stuff after a game, the reaction would be on par with Greene’s dunk.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 yeah, what adjustments did he make last night? What was his plan to attack the zone? Why did our guys come out so tentative and no energy? Oregon was the aggressor.



  • We should probably fire Bill. Jeezum people



  • @BeddieKU23 just like Northern Iowa, VCU, Michigan, Nova, and UCLA right? They just made plays right? Different players, same result.



  • @HawkChamp said:

    @BeddieKU23 just like Northern Iowa, VCU, Michigan, Nova, and UCLA right? They just made plays right? Different players, same result.

    Right. Go find us a better coach then



  • @BeddieKU23 No - he needs to own up to it and improve. Six out of nine times in the elite eight Bill’s teams have had their lowest scoring output of the year. That is no coincidence. He needs to do some reflection and think about how he can improve this.



  • @BeddieKU23 HELL you and I both know no need to find another coach - -we have our coach -these people. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • @HawkChamp said:

    @BeddieKU23 No - he needs to own up to it and improve. Six out of nine times in the elite eight Bill’s teams have had their lowest scoring output of the year. That is no coincidence. He needs to do some reflection and think about how he can improve this.

    I know he should figure out how to get inside Devonte’s body before he shot those bricks last night. Or he should have pathologically told josh don’t get that 2nd foul so early. Science has come a long way, I’m sure he can find out how he can make his players make more shots



  • @HawkChamp he always takes responsibility for the losses



  • @BeddieKU23 You miss the point. You obviously think it is some odd coincidence that Bill’s teams play poorly or shoot poorly in the elite eight. Year. After year. After year. It is all about a free mindset my friend. From the beginning, Oregon looked like they desparately wanted a final four after last year - our guys were not nearly as aggressive.

    Same thing with the Northern Iowa and VCU games. It is not a coincidence that whenever they come out with no energy they dont shoot well, while the other team has energy and they shoot well. You dont see the trend?



  • @HawkChamp I’m not criticizing the initial gameplan entering the game because it was clear the gameplan was to shoot over the zone which based on KU’s shooting this year, was a sound strategy. My biggest complaint was Self not adjusting when it became obvious that strategy wasn’t working and switching to attacking the rim and getting Bell in foul trouble.

    My other major issue last night was KU not pressing more. KU forced 13 turnovers and could’ve caused a lot more if they had pressed and created some easy opportunities. I was disappointed to see Self go back to being ultra rigid instead of being flexible like he had shown this year.



  • Criticizing Self for having a losing record in the Elite 8 is undervaluing the fact that he has gotten us to the Elite 8 consistently in his tenure here. I just wish he hadn’t lost to Oregon in the Sweet 16 last year, or Mercer in the first round 2 years before that. Oh wait, that was Coach K.



  • @HawkChamp said:

    @BeddieKU23 You miss the point. You obviously think it is some odd coincidence that Bill’s teams play poorly or shoot poorly in the elite eight. Year. After year. After year. It is all about a free mindset my friend. From the beginning, Oregon looked like they desparately wanted a final four after last year - our guys were not nearly as aggressive.

    Same thing with the Northern Iowa and VCU games. It is not a coincidence that whenever they come out with no energy they dont shoot well, while the other team has energy and they shoot well. You dont see the trend?

    No I get your point loud and clear. I just fail to sit here and dig at it constantly in every post. All you have talked about is Villanova for the past year. We get it.

    And as you said Oregon wanted it more. How is that anyone but the players fault that they couldn’t match those 5 guys intensity and aggressiveness. They shot 30% from the field it’s as poor a shooting game as any KU team has had in memory.

    The players just didn’t execute and that’s the bottom line of it all



  • @approxinfinity K has five titles. COMPLETELY different scenario. How many does Self have? 1



  • @BeddieKU23 After a certain amount of times, you have to accept the similarities. The problem is Self and his preparation. He has a tough time being a one seed and winning. Maybe next year we should aim for a two or three seed. Less pressure.



  • @HighEliteMajor You know where I stand on Self. Love him. Respect him immensely. Agree wholeheartedly that he has evolved this year.

    We both know that he is wondering what he might have done differently, he said that he would “look at a few things” yesterday when ambushed by a rude question about his Elite 8 losses, and here are two things I wonder if he is wondering about, even if he couldn’t necessarily do anything about it.

    1. Would subbing Vick in for Devonte have made a difference?
    2. When our shot isn’t falling, and we don’t have big strong physical bigs, the entry pass is way too turn over prone. So then we drive. Why were we driving straight down the lane and attempting layups on the strong side, only to let Bell get a career high in blocks? Why no drive and dish, why no back cuts? Should we drive baseline more in that situation to be able to use the rim against the shot blocker? Could the weave be evolved more into a drive and kick weave in the lane to get us more inside looks?


  • @approxinfinity A losing record is one thing, playing what can generally be considered the worst game of the season just about every time is another. The only other game this year that rivals this one for poor play was the WV game in Morgantown. Villanova last year was the same story, worst performance of the year. VCU, Davidson, UCLA all KU’s worst performances of those seasons as well. Tulsa losing to UNC in 2000 was that team’s worst game of the year as well.

    Bill Self has also been the higher ranked team in 6 of his 9 E8 games and is 1-5 in those games. Arizona (2001 at Iliinois), GT, and UNC in 2012 are the only times KU has been the lower seed amd Self is 1-2 in this games, but the Arizona and UNC (2012) games are Self’s 2 best E8 performances.



  • @HawkChamp K had 9 McD Americans on that 2015 title team didn’t he? How many did Self have that year? 4. Cliff, Perry, Oubre, Selden.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 KU actually tried driving it, Bell was there to block most of them. You can’t force fouls, and Bell played a great all around game.
    As for pressing, you sorta have to make shots to set up the press, and KU couldn’t so theres that. What exactly was Self being ultra rigid about last night? It isn’t like Oregon shot well in the 2nd half.



  • @approxinfinity I had a problem with the driving and no dish all night. We made Bell look like Kareem last night and there was no adjustment.



  • @Eric-san You drive the ball and pass to the weak side, you attack from the basline. Basic zone offense principles which KU did not execute or try to execute. That’s the whole purpose of getting the ball to the high post against a zone defense, to open up the baseline and driving lanes. Bill Self failed to make that basic adjustment last night. All Jackson did when he got the ball in the high pist was pass back out to the perimeter for mostly contested 3’s.



  • @wissox Respectfully disagree. To me, Oregon getting beat by …50 would be salvation. Then let Ol Roy win it all. He’s the closest tie we have to KU in the tournament now. (No, I’m not counting Calipari)



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 Sorry - I didn’t see your post before I made mine, about the 50 points. Great minds…



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 That’s what happens - you get classless, punk players when you have a classless, punk coach.



  • @wissox Were it that easy… Oregon was the best team LAST NIGHT- that does not nessarily translate into the best team overall or the best team for two more games. That is the essence of the tourney - just ask guys who have actually played in it (I haven’t ) it’s how you play that GIVEN DAY.

    we shot 20% from 3 last nite… when’s the last time KU did that??



  • @HighEliteMajor Thanks - we need posters of your caliber in times like this where emotions are high and there is lots of misplaced anger and disappointment.



  • @HawkChamp said:

    @BeddieKU23 After a certain amount of times, you have to accept the similarities. The problem is Self and his preparation. He has a tough time being a one seed and winning. Maybe next year we should aim for a two or three seed. Less pressure.

    Yeah we should absolutely aim for a lesser seed. Let’s throw some games during the year so we can make that happen. We should probably cancel the non conference so we get penalized in seed. Heck we might as well hope the star runs a story that cripples the program while we are at it.

    Self shoulders the blame. He didn’t get it done, so at some point we should get a new coach right? Let’s get calipari or mark few. We should definitely start a fire bill self campaign



  • @BeddieKU23 you should just stop trying! We hear you.



  • @BigBad but on the other hand, he can’t finish in traffic, through contact. That could be why he didn’t play.

    Good question for Self.



  • In their 1999-2000 Elite 8 loss, the Golden Hurricane scored a season low 55 points. 2007, 55 points was a season low for KU in their Elite 8 loss to UCLA. The 59 points against Davidson was the season low for the title team. The 61 points against VCU in 2011 was that team’s lowest point total of the season. The 59 points against Villanova was last season’s lowest point output of the season. Last night was KU’s lowest output by 7 points all year and only the 3rd time KU didn’t hit 70 points.

    In 6 of Self’s 9 Elite 8 appearances, his team has produced their lowest single game point total for the season. That’s not a coincidence, that’s a trend and that’s a bad trend that Self needs to figure out because clearly whatever approach he takes in the Elite 8 has been a massive failure throughout his career.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 but, but but - it’s the players shooting! Every time! (Sarcasm of course)



  • @Bosthawk Probably the Indiana game.





  • @BeddieKU23 Hell you wanna hear idiotic - - There are actually some people trying to say Devonte threw the game . - - ROFLMAO - -Ya Devonte threw the game. - -Are you fricking kidding me? - -Sure make a person wonder do these same people actually think before they post something or do they just spew crap out their mouth just so they can see what they posted - -Just crazy off the wall crap - -Hell ya lets by all mean get a FIRE BILL campaign started, won’t have any problem finding a replacement with all these arm chair coaches that now all there is to know about the game, they have such higher basketball IQ then Bill - -hell the athletic dept would love for them to apply. -I’m sure anyone of these fine upstanding Coach would win EVERY GAME for us - -never lose an elite eight. Bill better be getting his stuff packed up in his office cause the wizard is o his way -BILL knows nothing I’m really sure he doesn’t prepare these guys in the least. - - So problem solved -were never lose again.

    I wonder how many people DO understand how many other teams would love the opportunity to get to the elite 8? - - I guess their Coaches must not EVER prepare them - cause their are a lot that have NEVER made an elite 8. - -I bet their fan base must be hollering - - off with their heads -I can’t stand Coaches that don’t prepare the guys - - ya let the Petition begin lmao. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • Here’s a quote from Mason last night that should erase any doubt about this team playing tight.

    “I think we started the game really tight. We didn’t take good shots to where we should have just moved the ball and draw the ball downhill and created easy shots for each other.”

    Frank Mason flat out said KU came out flat and didn’t make the adjustments to Oregon’s defense and to how the refs were calling the game.

    Last night was a night where having Bragg on offense would’ve been a help to plant him in the middle of that zone and create those opportunities for KU on offense, especially after Jackson picked up his 2nd foul so soon into the game. KU lost because they didn’t run basic zone offensive principles and Self never made the adjustment to those principles. They settled for contested 3’s far too frequently instead of working the ball to the middle of the zone to open up the baseline and the weakside to eliminate Bell’s shot blocking and put him in a position to pick up cheap fouls.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 KU took like 33 shots in the paint. Going 5-25 from 3 is biggest reason why KU lost.



  • @Eric-san You’re right, that 20% from 3 is why KU lost. Why was KU taking 25 3’s in the first place that were mostly contested when their shot clearly was working last night. And no, KU did not take 33 FG attempts from the paint. KU took 35 2 pointers last night and quite a few of those were mid range jumpers which are worst shot in all of basketball. KU did not make the adjustment to their 3 pointers not falling and that falls squarely on Bill Self not making that adjustment.

    When you have multiple players (Mason, Graham, and Lucas) saying they couldn’t figure out the defense, that’s 100% on Self because it’s not difficult to gameplan to beat a zone defense. KU saw multiple zones this year and played pretty well against those so why was Oregon’s any different?



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 who plays matchup zone in the big 12 that would have gotten KU prepped for it? I think the problem with the 3s were that a lot of them were early in the shotclock and/or out of rhythm. Why shoot 25? Because that was KUs identity this year. But you’re right, it is on Self to have the team as best prepared as can be. I’m sure if Oregon was our S16 matchup and Self had a week to prepare, KU would come out on top.



  • @Eric-san The basic principles for beating a zone don’t change regardless of what type of zone it is. Get the ball into the high post area to force defenders off the baseline and open up driving lines and back cuts for easy weakside layups. Bill Self said after the game that KU took way too many “marginal” shots which means KU’s offense played like crap last night and Self made no obvious adjustments. The one stretch of success KU had when they cut the lead to 6 was what KU should’ve been doing for the final 30 minutes of the game after it was obvious the 3 ball was going to work last night. Josh planted himself in the high post, Bell had to come up to help and KU was able to successfully attack the rim and get to the FT line (Jackson picked 5 assists during that stretch). What KU did instead was start launching 3’s again after that failed rebound opportunity when the game was 6 and KU never went back to attacking the zone. It really is on the head coach when something has some success and you quit doing that in favor of something else that had already proven to not work in that game.



  • @Bosthawk I didn’t research, but probably in their last Elite Eight


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