Kansas Head Coach and Player Quotes

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On the offensive struggles of Rush and Wright...
“I would say going into it, if those guys would combine for the offensive night that they did, I would say it would be a real struggle, and it was. Mario (Chalmers) and Shady (Darrell Arthur) carried us in the first half, and Sherron (Collins) put us on his back in the second half. We said all along it would be different guys, and tonight was a prime example. There are two guys that are terrific players, and offensively it wasn’t their night, but they still contributed in so many ways. Julian (Wright) did a great job on Hoskins. So they still contributed, but it wasn’t their night.”

 

On the slow start...

“Thirty-one minutes is still quite a bit for a non-starter. He gets it. There have been times this year where Russell (Robinson) has been our best player. There have been times where Mario (Chalmers) has been our best player. And certainly there has been many times this year where Brandon (Rush) has been our best player. Sherron (Collins) was on a roll tonight. He was our best player tonight. I like the way we are doing it. It’s probably not as fair to him, but it is certainly better for our team. I talked to Sherron about it. I said, You are playing well enough. You deserve to start.’ He said, “I know, but if I did, it could screw up chemistry.’ He is about winning. If he is getting close to 30 minutes a game, then trust me, he is not going to complain much.”

 

On the difference in the second half ...

“Well, I think we didn’t shoot the ball well either half. But we probably did a little better job in the second half of getting in the lane and getting more easy baskets. We rebounded the ball better in the second half, and I think our first-shot defense against them was pretty good the entire night. It is a fine line in this game. Tonight many times we scored at the end of the clock and maybe we would get a stop at the end of the clock. Tonight there wasn’t much difference in the game at all. We happened to make some plays at the most opportune times.”

 

On shutting down David Hoskins...

“Well, you don’t think you can make him go 2-for-15. Our length may have bothered him tonight a little bit. Certainly, we think their offensive game revolves through him more than anyone else. Of course, Cartier (Martin) had a fabulous game shooting the ball. But I never anticipated us doing that good of a job on Hoskins.”

Freshman Forward Darrell Arthur
On his performance and Sherron Collins’ effort...

“I knew I was going to play a lot of minutes because they play a real small game. I knew I had to step up on the glass. Sherron (Collins) did a great job getting to the lane once again. He does a good job of getting in there and also does a good job of knocking down open shots too. He’s been playing great over these past couple games, he’s just leading the team.”

 

On physicality of the game...

“It was pretty tough out there they played physical, we played physical. We just pulled off a great win.”

 

Sophomore Guard Brandon Rush
On his performance and Sherron Collins’ effort...

“We started the game off with four straight open threes and then I got in foul trouble and had to sit out. Our bench play was pretty good. Sherron (Collins) came in and gave us some good minutes. (Darrell Arthur) came in and got a double-double.”

 

Freshman Guard Sherron Collins
On the Kansas offense...

“We did pretty good on getting our big men going. Our guards always pushed the ball and get it to the basket. We get to running and get more energy going, we bring more energy to the floor. I was trying to pick my spots and choose the best ways to attack the zone. Coach (Self) told us to attack and that’s what I was trying to do.