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Coach Self's postgame comments
after Kansas 75, Colorado 63
courtesy of Jack Alden

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"Colorado is really talented. We guarded them fairly well, but the biggest thing today was we rebounded the ball great, and it was group effort on the rebounds. I think our leading rebounder had seven -- Darnell and Christian. Everybody played well. I feel that weíre getting tougher and getting better. We played at altitude, CJ didnít have a good game at all, Brandon didnít scratch in the first half, Mario and Hawk were ineffective, Russell only had two points, and somehow weíre up two at the half. I thought that was the key. When we didnít play well, we were still ahead.

"The guys off the bench played really well. I thought Darnell played his best game since heís been back, I thought Sasha did some good things. Julian did some good things in limited minutes. And we played the second half.

"Brandon canít be like that (zero points first half, 17 second half). Thatís the thing we fight daily with him. Heís got to be aggressive. We ran a couple of deals to try to get him a shot early, and he didnít look comfortable at first. Then after he got his first one to go down, he looked a lot better. People talk about our rotation. You never know. You never know whoís going to be playing well that night. I thought our bench came in and bought us some time and did a pretty good job. But Iím really pleased to get out of here with a W.

"I told Christian after the game, thatís the best game heís played since Iíve coached him. He was terrific. Heís got a focus about him right now. And I thought Russell was really good. Oh, I thought he was good. And Mario did some good things. In limited minutes he gets 11 points and six assists and three steals. If he could just tighten his game up just a little bit.

"Hawk turned the ball over too much. He went through a stretch when he didnít turn it over, but heís gotten ripped the last two games, and heís too good of a player to do that. And Micah got in there and tried hard, but he didnít have anything go his way. He had four turnovers in seven minutes. But if you take Hawk and Micahís turnovers out, we actually did a decent job of taking care of the basketball.

"This is a team where, if we can get a lead in the last ten minutes, weíre kind of hard to guard, the way weíre playing right now, and force teams to foul. Then if we make our free throws, weíll be pretty effective. Tonight, fortunately, we made the majority of them.

"We canít worry about anything other than us taking care of business, and tonight was a good start."

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