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Bill Self Says Kansas Needs To Improve In One Major Area

Kansas coach Bill Self looking furious on the sideline during a game.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

This past Monday, the Kansas Jayhawks were able to eke out an 80-78 win over Texas.

With three of their next four games on the road, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self indicated where the team can continue to improve.

On Tuesday's edition of the Hawk Talk radio show, Self indicated that he wants to see his players shoot better from the free throw line.

Via The Kansas City Star:

“That is great we shot the three that well, sad we shot free throws the way we shot the three (percentage wise). You’d think we’d shoot a little better (from the line),”Self said.

The Jayhawks went 11-21 from the line against Texas and 16-27 against Baylor last week.

The struggles are even more troubling, considering the absence of star center Udoka Azubuike, who was shooting under 35-percent on the season before his year was cut short by injury.

“We should be shooting a lot better from the line considering Doke (Udoka Azubuike) is not out there, to be candid,” Self added.

“We are well under 70 percent for the season. I remember some years I thought we were a poor free throw shooting team and shot 72 or 73 for the year. We haven’t shot it well from the line or consistently well,” Self stated.

The Jayhawks have been under 70-percent from the free throw line in 11 of their 17 games this season.

Ironically, the game in which the Jayhawks had their best free throw percentage of the season - an impressive 93.8-percent - was in their 80-76 loss to Arizona State back in December.

That said, the Jayhawks have won every game this year in which they went to the line 20 or more times.

[The Kansas City Star]