Men's Basketball

Police called on Kansas fan wanting to give ‘free-throw advice’ at player dorm

Kansas head coach Bill Self accepted the blame for Tuesday night’s loss to Big 12 rival Oklahoma.
Kansas head coach Bill Self accepted the blame for Tuesday night’s loss to Big 12 rival Oklahoma. AP

Kentucky’s Big Blue Nation is known as one of the most passionate and sometimes crazy fan bases in college basketball, but one Kansas fan might have set a new standard for wacky after the Jayhawks’ loss to Oklahoma on Tuesday.

University of Kansas police were called to the KU men’s basketball dorm about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on a report about a man loitering and declaring he wanted “to give free-throw advice,” presumably to one of the Kansas players, according to a report by Sara Shepherd on LJWorld.com.

“Radio traffic indicated the man had been there multiple times that day before the police were called, and may have come back again just before 5 p.m. Note: Subject's clothing description included a blue and red windbreaker.),” Shepherd reported.

The man was not on the scene when police arrived.

During Tuesday’s loss, Oklahoma successfully employed a strategy of fouling one of Kansas’ worst free-throw shooters, Udoka Azubuike. Azubuike, a 37.5 percent foul shooter, missed six straight shots from the line in the final minutes. Oklahoma won 85-80.

On his radio program Wednesday, Kansas Coach Bill Self took the blame for the loss.

“By no means anybody should be down on (Azubuike),” Self said. “That should be all on me. I told the guys afterward, ‘Don’t even think twice about this one. This one’s on me because we did play enough to win.’ I certainly feel like my decision (to leave Azubuike in) obviously kept us from having the best chance to win with hindsight.”

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