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Bill Self concerned about Kansas' energy, passion on court

The Kansas head coach ripped into his team following a victory, calling the performance "unexcusable."


Although the No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks improved to 5-1 with a 70-57 victory over San Jose State, it was far from decisive. The Spartans kept the game close and had a 16-0 run in the second half to threaten an upset, but ultimately fell short. That was little consolation for KU head coach Bill Self, who ripped into his team to reporters after the game:

"We're playing at home and we don't do anything to create havoc at home in front of 16,300 the first 10 minutes of the game. It blows my mind. I don't know if we can get guys with that passion to buy into playing a certain way like Kansas teams have always played in the past."

Among the problems for the Jayhawks was the team's inability to stop SJSU guard James Kinney. The 6'2 senior scored 30 points in the game, an amount that Self called inexcusable:

"He's a good player, don't get me wrong, but that's not Kevin Durant out there. To let the dude come in and get 30 in our building and like it, to me, is totally inexcusable."

Self criticized his team's athleticism and remarked that the team might have to switch to a zone defense because it lacks the speed necessary to keep players in front of them. The sole loss in 2012 came in early November against No. 21 Michigan State, 67-64, but it was the only ranked team Kansas has faced so far.

After a Nov. 30 game against Oregon State, the Jayhawks will host the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes.