Bill Self Press Conference: February 13th

Bill Self met with the media on Thursday to discuss Saturday’s home match up against TCU.

You can listen to it here:

Here are some of the highlights of his press conference:

On Joel Embiid’s status…
“He feels better, he’s had Tuesday, Wednesday, and today off. Like I’ve said before the MRI’s and things that have been done tell us that there’s a good chance that he will get better quickly, that it’s not something that should linger too long if in fact we treat it and rest it appropriately now. A lot will depend on how he feels 24 hours from now, if he’s able to practice he’ll play and if he’s not able to practice then I would say he will not play.”

On Joel’s play the last couple of games…
“He’s landing on one foot, he’s not exploding, he’s looking around to see if he’s gonna get hit as opposed to initiating contact because he’s sore and hurts in different areas and so yeah, I think there’s certainly some signs that he hasn’t been himself.”

On Jamari Traylor’s status…
“Jamari and I are going to visit today and I’ll hold off on that until after we visit today. I certainly anticipate that visit going well, though.”

On defending dribble penetration this late in the year…
“The thing about it is, if you look at us against K-State. How did we score all our points? Dribble penetration. It’s the hardest thing to guard, the ball is the hardest thing to guard so they hurt us on dribble penetration a lot and they definitely hurt us on ball screen defense, more so than we hurt them on ball screen defense. In this particular game we did not defend the rim worth a flip and we certainly allowed the ball to get in too tight off the bounce. I do think that you can get better doing it, but I also think it comes a point and time where it’s pride also and just not allowing it to happen. The other night we didn’t have that type of mindset, so I think we can certainly get better at it but I don’t know if it’s as much technique as it is really wanting to get better at it.”

On winning the Big 12…
“It’s the same emphasis every year. If you’re the best team in this league there’s a great chance you’re going to have a chance to play for the highest stakes in March and that’s been the case. I guess there’s been two years since we’ve won the league that we didn’t make it to the second weekend out of the nine but other than that when you get into the sweet 16 type games, those are games that are coin flip games and those are games that can certainly go either way and those are the games that are the highest stakes from the sweet 16 game on and we’ve been in seven of the last nine of those in large part because if you’re the best team in your league you should be competing in those games, I think they go hand in hand to be honest with ya.”

On what the team has learned from their tough loss at K-State…
“I don’t know yet, we haven’t played and we’ve only had one 75 minute practice. I know they care, but I knew that before hand. And you say tough losses, to me it was a tough loss because it’s a game that you’re heading to overtime and you’ve got to be able to close out games better. But the reality of it is across America everybody has tough losses. Syracuse is the one team that hasn’t had a tough loss yet, I guess and Wichita State, but Syracuse especially how would they have bounced back if the shot didn’t go in from 40 feet last night? When you compete in the best league in America I think by most everybody’s judgement, and you’re 9-2 after 11 games, and you’ve played 6 games on the road, and you play good competition I don’t think that’s doing bad. I think what we should learn, if we’ve learned anything, which I hope we have, is that if we can’t make other teams play bad away from home then your chances of success aren’t very good and we didn’t do anything to make K-State play poorly the other night.”

On turnovers…
“We had 11 the other night in 45 minutes and the last time we played K-State we had 0 at halftime, so we’ve done a good job against them taking care of the ball. I think certain type of teams probably give us more of a problem taking care of the ball than others but I think we were decent against WVU too. Maybe we’re on an uptick there as far as limiting our bad possessions offensively.

On how Brannen Greene played during the comeback against K-State…
“I thought he did good. I thought he was a spark and played with more energy. I thought he was definitely one of our better performers without question but especially there late, he was good.”

On Conner Frankamp’s progress…
“I think Conner has done well too. I get asked questions like this all the time whether it be Conner, or Brannen, or Landen Lucas and the thing about it is they’ve all done well it’s just they haven’t had the same opportunities some of the other guys had. The other guys, if you were to ask me how’s Selden been, or how’s Wiggins been, or how’s Mason been, you could make a strong case that those guys have been pretty good. But they’ve all done well, and that’s one of the great things about our team moving forward even into next year is that we’ve got a lot of guys that’ll be chomping at the bit to get minutes that maybe they didn’t get the opportunity to earn this year.”

On TCU getting a win…
“No they haven’t got one yet, they’ll get one though I believe they will. It’s just a matter of time before they bust through.”

On the emergence of SMU under Larry Brown…
“I think it’s awesome. Under Larry and Jenk, let’s give Jenk a little credit, of course Jerrance would want half of the credit too (laughs). But I think it’s awesome to see where they’ve been and to see the interest level and the new arena and bringing a college basketball excitement back to the metroplex I think it’s really cool. To be ranked and everything, that’s quite an accomplishment in such a short amount of time, of course everybody that knows him knew that it would happen, it’s probably happened sooner than even what most people thought but it’s very cool to see.”

On who’s coming back during the All Star break…
“Yeah, I don’t know who all’s coming back though. We’ve got several that have told us they’re coming back but I don’t have the definite list. The way most of my guys have operated in the past we probably won’t know until about 5:00pm tomorrow that they’re in town and need tickets so that’s kinda how my guys operate.”