Bill Self Brings Kansas to the Final Four
Bill Self succeeded Roy Williams as coach of the Kansas Jayhawks and ever since then he has been overburdened with questions about Williams. Over the weekend, Williams had the opportunity to answer questions about Self and being defeated by the Jayhawks.
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports suggested that Williams was completely unprepared for his opposition’s powerful triangle of triumph and believes that it was Self’s intense coaching that gave the Jayhawks the winning edge:
Self’s lockdown of the Tar Heels was so crafty that Ol’ Roy literally had no idea what hit him. It was a triangle-and-two defense, playing man-to-man on Carolina shooters Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock and zoning point guard Stilman White and big men Tyler Zeller and John Henson. The junk defense shut down the Heels’ prolific offense as Kansas pulled away in the final eight minutes to win 80-67. Carolina scored just three points in the final 8:34.
Williams was uncertain how long the Jayhawks played the triangle-and-two combo defense:
em>”I know they did for one possession, and they may have for another possession,” Williams said. “I’m not sure about that.”
Carolina didn’t make a single field goal off its set offense in the final 8½ minutes. The Heels were shut out for the final 3:57.
Kendall Marshall is a guard for the Heels said, “It hurts. This was a great team and we had great goals and it doesn’t feel like we quite achieved them. But we played as hard as we could and just came up a little bit short.”
The defeat also left Stilman White in tears.
Twitter users have this to say about the loss and Williams’ coaching ability:
So Roy Williams is not a big game coach, yet he has as many championships as the 4 final 4 coaches combined? Ridiculous!
oh yeah i told yall roy williams tries to get by on talent instead of good coaching. kansas adjusted, roy williams didn’t
Worst issue facing Roy Williams moving forward? How in the hell does he replace Stilman White….
Those folks who think Roy Williams got out coached last night are a ****… Bill Self did what better? Have no injuries? Get outta here!
#Kansas was in the Triangle-2 defense for a “possession or 2?” pitifulHow is it possible that Harrison Barnes and Roy Williams thought that