The Kansas Jayhawks close out their exhibition schedule against the Emporia State Hornets. The Jayhawks already beat Washburn, 92-62, in an earlier exhibition game. Kansas will roll in this one but Bill Self tells the KU media that there are a few things they need to work on.
"I'd like to see our post defense improve, and I would really like to see us shoot it better - but to me, that's something that is uncontrollable at times, as long as you get good shots. I would like to see us be more aggressive on all fronts; I don't think we were as aggressive as we should have been in the first game. In all honesty, we didn't play great the first game, but I wasn't the least bit discouraged by that, I thought we did some good things and moved the ball well - hopefully our execution will be a little better."
To review, this needs to get better: post defense, shooting percentage, overall aggressiveness and execution. The Jayhawks will be able to roll pretty smoothly tonight so this is a good tune-up game to work on those things.
For Emporia State, they just want to be able to compete for the entire game, according to head coach David Moe (via Emporia Gazette)
"I think our objective is to go in there and compete as long as we can score-wise and then handle the adversity and see how well we can respond for 40 minutes, see if we can keep competing for 40 minutes."
The game is in Lawrence so Kansas fans will be able to see this. My prediction: 88-58 in favor of KU.