|"It was a good effort. Until about the 11:00 mark of the second half, we really played well. The first seven or eight minutes of the second half may have been as effective as we've been offensively, making shots and getting steals and going down and having easy shots. But we didn't maintain that pace.
"It was a win. It was a good win. I think the kids are starting to realize what we can do defensively. And I got my biggest wish. I wanted Billy to get the record tonight (201 career three-pointers made, passing Terry Brown for first place at KU), and I was really happy his family was here, too.
"I was really impressed with Kenny Gregory at that time, because I was signalling C.B. to foul a guy because I wanted to get Billy out when nobody else was up there (at the scorer's table), so he'd get his own ovation. And Kenny came up and fouled a guy. I'll give him credit for having savvy and saying he knew what he was doing.
"Billy and I talked about it yesterday. He hoped he would get it today, and I hoped he would get it today. I hoped he wasn't too tight, trying to get it too quickly. You know, one he shot right before the half went all the way down and came back out. And I really wanted that one to stay down, because I only wanted him to have to hit one more in the second half to tie. But our guys were looking for him. We did a good job on the backboards.
"You also have to give credit to Randy (Wiel, MTSU coach) and his team. I mean, they were down like 40 points and kept playing, and I knew they would. I told him, again, that first part of the second half was about as good as we've played. But it's a great guy on that other bench. We just had more horses.
"T.J.'s foot was hurting him, and there was no sense continuing to play him. I think the doctors want to check him, and I think Monday they're going to do a bone scan and an MRI. They've already done an x-ray. But they want to make sure it's nothing but a strained arch, and hopefully those tests will be negative, as well.
"I was very humbled (to be included in the pregame ceremonies unveiling and dedicating the Phog Allen statue in front of the Fieldhouse) and honored that they'd allow me to come up and talk. I've said many times, I heard he was a great man before I got here, and after I got here I figured out he was even bigger than the picture everybody painted. I truly believe he is the father of basketball coaching, and I'm honored to hopefully continue what he started here at Kansas. He's the one who made the program what it is today, made that field house be full of those people who love Kansas basketball, and I'm just happy to be a part of that tradition.
"We're going to have Thanksgiving dinner a couple of days late tomorrow at the house. We won't have practice. Then Monday and Tuesday we'll allow some running and shooting time, and maybe some dummy offense work, but very short, maybe 45 minutes. Then Wednesday we'll have a full practice before the Pepperdine game. And hopefully those days off will help T.J., because we're going to need him against Pepperdine."
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