* In response to the team shooting 57-percent, Self thinks the team takes really good shots. They've also gotten a lot of easy baskets to date, whether it be in transition or "angles," where you basically score with no defense. But for the most part KU takes good shots.
* KU could score a lot more easy baskets if they were better passers.
* It helps that they've got five guys that start who can stretch he defense, and it opens up other things. One of the biggest advantages they have is that the opposition has to guard all five guys.
* Tyshawn has grown up quite a bit in the past year. He frustrates Self, in a good way. He sees so much potential in him. Likened it to a quarterback – a quarterback can be playing great, take two plays off and it's 12 points the other way. That's kind of like Tyshawn.
* Tyshawn has to be the MVP of the team to date, because he's the one guy on the perimeter who does what no one else does – best ball pressure on D, gets other guys easy shots, breaks down defense.
* Still, Tyshawn needs to get better. But he's a kid. The stuff he went through last year was public, but it's probably not different than anything a lot of kids his age deal with. He hasn't had a problem with Self from a basketball standpoint. Look at his A/T ratio last year, it's a lot better than it was as a freshman.
* Tyshawn likes himself now, and when he feels good about himself that's when he plays the best – which is true of a lot of kids.
* Sherron as a freshman, Bob Huggins said in conference play that he was the second best player in the league behind Durant. Self doesn't know Thomas Robinson can be that, but he does think that Thomas can be a guy who people look at and say KU doesn't take a step off. In some ways they can even be harder to guard, because he's better at some things than Marcus and Markieff.
* In NYC, Robinson probably should have played more minutes, but Self didn't think that was a bad minute level for him. It lets him play with maximum effort every second he was on the court. Thought without question T-Rob was best player on the court.
* Self knows the team is an awful free throw shooting team right now, but they're better than what they've been shooting. You take away Tyrel Reed from the percentage, and they're down around 55-percent. But if you're an opposing coach looking at Kansas, you're probably saying "Well...geez. If they start making free throws..." Self believes free throw percentage will improve. Thinks Colorado State is pretty good. Like a lot of teams, including Kansas, they look really good some moments and not so good in others.
* Expectations for this game are no different than any other – team just has to continue to get better. They've got two days to work on a lot of things, and next week is finals week. Not a great practice week. Christmas Break is when you can really get better.
* They need every bit of practice time they can get with Josh Selby. He's going to need some time to get integrated, but if the coaches and players handle this right, they can see some vast improvement as a team during Christmas Break. Will try to really integrate Josh into the practice rotation next week.
* Being a part of the recently-announced Champions Classic with Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State is a great opportunity for Kansas. It will have a Final Four atmosphere to it in November, and you don't get that very often. Combined with the Maui Classic, it's going to make for a brutal stretch of games in 2011 early in the season for the Jayhawks, but they'll get better as a team because of it.
* Self feels the team mostly understands their roles and where they fit in. But defensively they don't play to their strength and speed. They have done some good things offensively, but they're behind and have to get better. They just have to commit to do that.
* Seniors have played really good in spots, but they could be more consistent. Brady hit shots in NYC but didn't do what he normally does very well, which is take care of the ball and get others shots.
* You become teams away from home, so these events and tournaments have great value from a chemistry-building standpoint. You hang out with each other, you can talk about anything and everything. Self likes being away from home, because you have a chance to bond with your players much more away from home than you do at home.
* Typical road trip is you spend an hour together in the morning for food, then 2.5 hours in the afternoon, then an hour for pre-game, then all night at the game, then on the plane. Those things are good.
* Self thinks a pro team coming to the Sprint Center, if it ever happened, could definitely change the college feel of Kansas City. Thinks the economy could force people to choose between financially supporting college hoops or pro hoops. KU, K-State and Missouri are selfish – they enjoy being the collective professional franchise.
* He loves how "college" Kansas City feels in basketball. Bunch of advantages to having an NBA franchise, but the atmosphere is great right now. Self is shocked about the NBA players wanting the age limit lowered to 18. "Younger kids are going to take their jobs." It's one thing to get beat out by someone who could help. It's another to get beat out by potential that isn't ready to contribute yet.
* He thinks the one thing that should happen in regards to early entry into the NBA Draft is that no kid should be allowed to leave to play in the NBA unless throughout their workings, or throughout their evaluations, that they can guarantee that this kid should be a top 15 pick. There's too much risk out there. If you're a lottery pick akin to LeBron or Kobe, then they should definitely go. But there aren't that many kids out there like that.
* Self is in favor of letting kids go immediately, but if they choose to go to school they should have to be in school longer. Thinks there should be some value put on where the league sees them as a prospect and a player. Too many kids who get bad advice and make bad decisions.