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December 29, 2012

Self talks after American game

Bill Self meets with the media after the Jayhawks defeated American.

Opening statement:

"We played pretty good tonight. Of course, we shot the ball unbelievable. We've shot it better here about the last three or four weeks, but tonight we were on fire from behind the arc. They kind of played contain defense. Our defensive pressure was actually pretty good even though we didn't turn them over a lot. We shared the ball and it was good to get guys a lot of minutes. Certainly some of our bench guys made the most of it."

On Naadir Tharpe:

"He's getting better. He's getting more confident and getting more aggressive. He can really shoot the basketball and he's learned how to facilitate more. The guys that played the six-most minutes, if I'm not mistaken, had 23 assists and two turnovers, which is pretty good. I haven't heard stats like that ever. Of course, Travis (Releford) was on fire, and Elijah (Johnson) was the one who needed to see the ball go in the hole, and it did. Ben (McClemore) got a couple fouls so he was never really a factor, but a lot of good things happened. We shared it. We've got eight days now. When you're playing pretty well you want to keep playing, but we've got eight days to try to tighten some things up. The next 19 games in the regular season will be big games because you have 18 in the league and Temple is plenty good enough to beat us here if we're not ready. We're looking forward to trying to get better."

On Temple:

"They're good. They've got a kid named (Khalif) Wyatt who can really score."

On the big ovation for Aaron Miles and other alumni being back at Allen Fieldhouse:
"He deserves it. (Christian) Moody was back, and I saw Steven Vinson behind the bench. Calvin Thompson was in the house, so there were some guys that were here that I haven't seen in a while. It was a good game and a fun game, but you can't get too excited about it. We need to focus in and get better in practice."

On the players having eight days without a game or classes:

"It's the worst time for a student-athlete to be up here with no students and go practice. We won't practice twice every day, but we'll practice twice a lot of days. We'll get a chance to get in some stuff. We definitely need to get a secondary defense in. We need to work on situations, especially late-game (scenarios) after the way we finished the game a couple of times against Michigan State and Ohio State. We have to try to tighten some things up before we get into a lot of close games."

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