“Defensively, our guards don’t guard,” Bill Self said after KU’s 90-71 victory over Missouri. “They got the ball wherever they wanted off the bounce and we have to correct that.”
Tigers’ guards Keon Lawrence (25 points) and J.T. Tiller (13
points) created problems for Kansas with their dribble penetration and
helped get KU’s big men in foul trouble.
“Our guards don’t understand right now that the big
guys foul more when their guards get in the paint,” Self
said. “Certainly, we got to do a better job of guarding the
ball. They were quicker than us. I shouldn’t say that, but
their guards went anywhere they wanted. We have to focus on keeping
guys in front of us. We’re not sound, we’re
off-balanced, we lunge, we challenge in the backcourt and then they
dribble past us and we put the big guys in harms way. ...
That’s frustrating because their guards are quick, but our
guys could have done a better job.”
Self, though, is not about to panic about the defensive guard play of
Mario Chalmers, Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins, or the fact that
KU has just nine steals in its last three games. After averaging 11.4
steals per game in non-conference play, the Jayhawks have averaged only
6.5 steals during the conference season. (Kansas still entered the week
ranked seventh in the country in steals at 10.0 per game.)
“Everybody has stuff to work on,” Self said.
“Every team throughout the season goes through phases where
they don’t rebound as well or they do certain things better
than others. In my opinion, that’s what we’re not
doing very well right now is keeping guards in front of us.”
Baylor poses a tough guard matchup with its fabulous quintet of Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Tweety Carter, Henry Dugat, and LaceDarius Dunn.
“Their guards are excellent,” Self said.
“They are as good as guards as we have in our league. They
can really put the ball down. We have to do a much better job
defensively than we did (against Missouri).”
Self spoke more specifically about his guards’ defense.
“They’re not playing to their quickness level right
now,” he said. “They’re not as quick as
they were earlier in the year defensively. I think a lot of it is
mindset, I think a lot of it is technique, a lot of it is playing your
man before he catches it so that way he’s not in an area
where you have to crowd him or he can get around you. There’s
a lot of things we can do to get better at that.”
Robinson said the guards are up for the challenge.
“(We’re) just thinking a little bit too much
defensively,” he said. “I think we’re
still as quick, but we’re just thinking a little bit too
much. Once we stop thinking a lot, our defense will step up.”
Kansas Needs to Get Defensive
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