It’s hard being a fan sometimes. You can feel hopeless after your team misses a layup at the end of the game or misses an assignment on defense. But this fan was so fed up that he decided to take matters into his own hands.
According to the Lawrence Journal-World’s crime blog, Lights & Sirens, University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm on Wednesday afternoon, where a man reportedly kept showing up to give “free throw advice.”
The man is reportedly not a KU student, and when the police showed up at McCarthy Hall, the man had already left. Because of this, Kansas University police deputy chief James Anguiano said that the police didn’t plan to file a criminal report. University police did disclose who the free-throw advice was for, but if you watched Tuesday’s Kansas-Oklahoma matchup, I’m sure you can guess who the free throw guru was trying to talk to.
Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike — who is shooting an atrocious 38.1 percent from the free-throw line this year — went 1 for 7 from the charity stripe and missed all of his late-game free throw attempts against Oklahoma. Kansas as a team went 42.9 percent from the line, so the fan may have been there to talk to the whole team, but Azubuike was the one who was tactically fouled in the close loss to the Sooners.
Kansas basketball beat reporter Matt Tait reports that coach Bill Self found the whole situation pretty comical.
Self on KUPD responding to call at McCarthy Hall offering up free throw advice… “If it’s Rick Barry I’m all for it. Or Mark Price. …I do think it was well-intended. As long as it’s not Freddie Kruger, I’m OK with it.” #KUbball
— Matt Tait (@mctait) January 25, 2018
Funny or not, this isn’t the first time Azubuike’s free-throw shooting has been talked about this season.
— KUsports.com (@KUsports) January 22, 2018
In Saturday’s game against Baylor, the Bears kept the game close by — you guessed it — fouling Azubuike. He went 4 of 11 from the line, just good enough to secure a three-point win for the Jayhawks.
Azubuike has become an actual liability, so you have to commend the fan on caring enough to go talk to the kid, I guess. Kansas faces Texas A&M on Saturday, so we will see if any words spoken by the disgruntled free throw guru resonated with Azubuike.