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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.22.11

Kansas Basketball

Recap: Jayhawks' defense anything but a weakness in first two NCAA games | The Newell Post |
This team can separate itself from the rest if they bring the defense up to the level of the offense.

Rapid Reaction: Kansas 73, Illinois 59 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Pat Forde says the UNI loss is now dead in the rapid reaction to last night's win.

KU big favorite with favorable draw |
Better embrace the roll of favorite. Unfortunately this team is going to be under a lot of pressure next weekend.

Tourney Talk

10 bracket-buster observations after first weekend of NCAA Tournament | Conference chatter |
Tourney observations

UT closes curtains on Bruce Pearl saga - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
A lot of talk that Oklahoma will make a play. The level of competition in the Big 12(-2) could get real stiff soon.

Missouri Tigers to keep basketball coach Mike Anderson with new deal, sources say - ESPN
Mike Anderson continues to take mediocre basketball to a new paycheck. Good for him. I suppose if I had endured the Quin Snyder disaster I'd be content to a guy that at least didn't embarrass my University and Anderson certainly does that.

Texas Longhorns' Tristan Thompson: 'I'm coming back another year' - ESPN
Texas takes the early lead for "preseason" Big 12 favorite because I'm guessing we won't be returning everyone.

Sweet 16 primer: Teams, times, outlooks, more | Beyond the Arc
Now's the Sweet part. We're through the early madness of the men's NCAA tournament and onto the regional semifinals, just two games away from the Final Four. Only four of last year’s Sweet 16 made it this season, which should make for a refreshing change of pace. Kinda.