Big 12 notebook: Coaches weigh in on state of college basketball

Coaches across the conference address whether or not the game and conference are down, and if something can be changed.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 25, 2013
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photo - Kansas head coach Bill Self, right, receives a technical foul early in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth) ORG XMIT: IAJH101
Kansas head coach Bill Self, right, receives a technical foul early in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth) ORG XMIT: IAJH101

The state of college basketball was addressed in Monday's Big 12 Coaches' Conference.

With a league this year that has five teams separated by two games, questions are arising whether the sport of college basketball and the conference are down. The question of if there are certain things that officials and teams can do to give people what they want was also raised.

The coaches weighed in:

Kansas coach Bill Self: “I'm sure it's not broken. I do think from an officiating standpoint, we can still emphasize things in the rules that I think is great for less body contact, so to speak — especially on the post. I'm not blaming officials at all but teams are more and more aggressive and more and more physical, and it seems like teams have less regard for putting other teams in the bonus.”

TCU coach Trent Johnson: “Ijust don't think there's that many great teams this year. There's a lot of good teams. Maybe 20 to 25 teams that are good that could get on a roll and probably go deep into march.

“I don't think there's anything wrong with college basketball. The sport has been so good for so long. When you have a down year, everyone wants to nitpick it. Well, is this a down year because Kentucky's not as dominant as they've been or UCLA's not as dominant as they've been?”

THE FINE LINE OF BEING ON THE BUBBLE

Scott Drew's Baylor team is currently .500 in conference play. The Bears have dropped three straight.

That means they are part of the talk about bubble teams. So how does Drew keep his team thinking about the next game and not the implications of multiple losses?

He doesn't.

“First of all, basketball players, they're going to watch basketball,” Drew said. “They're going to watch SportsCenter. ... The thing is, like any parent with a child, you don't want to hold them too tight that you squeeze them to death.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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