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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.23.12


Kansas Basketball and the NCAA Tournament

Thomas Robinson: Talent chiseled by hard knocks -
By now, Thomas Robinson knows that personal tragedy has come to define him. No matter how many dunks or rebounds or blocked shots he tallies, he is that rare star for whom “basketball player” is only part of his identity.

Elijah Johnson, a man from Gary with a plan -
After two years of mostly watching and waiting, Johnson is now taking his turn under the lights.

’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention |
“It was a tough weekend for me,” Withey said. “I feel I had a little bit of jitters. It’s the first time I played in this tournament, really (after not playing much as a sophomore). To get that monkey off my back feels really good. I’m excited we got past that round. I feel now we can really get comfortable and start playing.”

Roy Williams still fan of Jayhawks |
“This guy says, ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk.’ And you know what I said: ‘Go KU,’” Williams said Thursday

Wolfpack insist they’re not ’dogs |
“I think we have a great team,” Brown said. “And it’s hard to call our team underdogs with the way we’re playing right now.

Jayhawks big fans of women’s team, too |
“Our girls are playing good right now,” junior power forward Thomas Robinson said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence, and that’s all you need at this time of year.”

Expert predictions: All four regions - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Before the Sweet 16 gets under way, our experts offer their predictions for all four regions:

Rick Reilly's Guide to the Sweet Sixteen - ESPN
Rick Reilly looks at the Sweet 16 and sees a tasty treat ahead for college hoops fans.

Calipari, Matta among coaches facing the most Sweet 16 pressure - Andy Glockner -
Glockner has Self and Kansas about dead middle on the pressure meter.

Syracuse-Wisconsin, North Carolina-Ohio, more Sweet 16 predictions - Seth Davis -
Crazy upsets? Freak injuries? Dramatic comebacks? What else could happen?