Kansas routed UKMC 99-52 on Thursday, with six Jayhawks scoring in double figures in the laugher, but coach Bill Self wasn't happy after a reporter asked him about the team's goal at halftime.
The goal, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal?
Tyshawn Taylor told reporters that KU's goal at halftime was to win the second half by 20, which doesn't exactly pass as controversial and certainly doesn't rank at the top of Taylor's "things I shouldn't have said" list, but nonetheless angered his coach. The point of it was that KU had taken its foot off the gas in previous games and Self didn't want to see that happen again.
He also didn't want anybody to know about all that.
Self, asked if he were disappointed the Jayhawks didn't out-score UMKC by 20 in the second half, was angered that the plan for the blowout had been publicly revealed. Kansas, after all, was already leading by 28 at halftime.
"They shouldn't have said that to you," said Self, who used a 1-2-2 fullcourt press during the game. "They shouldn't have said that to you. We did OK, but we had a couple of guys make some bad plays. We did fine, but they should have never said that to you. As a matter of fact, it pisses me off that they did, so next question."
Kansas ended up out-scoring UMKC 47-28 in the second half -- one off the goal, and there were some laughs about Elijah Johnson missing a couple of late dunks to prevent the Jayhawks from getting there, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
Johnson had a quick quip: "It's kind of hard to do math when you are on the floor," he said. "It's hard to do math when we are running the floor and playing in a college basketball game."