Devonté Graham knows first-hand how difficult it is to win at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum. He endured an 85-72 loss to the Cyclones last season and an 86-81 defeat in the 14,384-seat building in his freshman campaign.
Bill Self is never satisfied. At his radio show this week, the Kansas men’s basketball coach talked up Frank Mason’s play before stopping himself, pointing out that the senior guard has flaws too. He gives compliments about his players in postgame media sessions, but oftentimes, those come with subtle critiques at the end. Knowing this helps explain the contrast in Josh Jackson quotes following KU’s 87-80 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
If we’re going to be critical of the Jayhawks’ defense, we also need to be ready to embrace the positive that comes from the same four-guard look on the other end: that this is likely coach Bill Self’s best transition team in his 14 seasons at KU.