You can often times find out more about your team by listening to the opposing coach because he's the expert that's preparing for your team. So the Kansas Jayhawks beat Washburn 92-62 on Tuesday evening in their exhibition opener. There was no Josh Selby but Washburn head coach Bob Chipman says these guys are for real at just about every spot.
I think they really shut us down on the defensive end of the floor a little bit, but their spacing is so good on the offensive end. We were trying to double the posts and still get back to shooters and honestly, we were trying; it didn't look like it but they are so good with what they do so it made us look like we were just standing defensively. We fouled way too much and credit them; their offensive scheme, spacing, their strength with the ball and their decisions with the ball, we just weren't good enough defensively.
I like that line: "....and honestly, we were trying." It's like he has to convince us that his team was trying hard and KU was just dominating them. I think you could tell from watching the game on TV that Washburn was trying very hard. There's not a whole lot KU can take from this game but there was ah high effort and the best player had a big game. I'm not sure what else you can ask for.
So we have a lot of work to do and I don't know if there are enough days to get ready for Kansas State now, because it is going to be more of the same down there in Manhattan.
I love that little 'ol Washburn kicks off the season with games against Kansas and Kansas State. How many other schools like Washburn can say they'll play two of the top 10 schools in the country in week one?