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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 4.2.12


Kansas Basketball and the NCAA Championship

KU, UK fans are cordial before title game -
Kyler Hodson was standing in a hotel elevator with his mother when he noticed a friendly couple nearby. They happened to wearing Kansas gear, which could have made for an awkward moment, given Hodsons dedication to Kentucky.

It’s gutsy not to root for gutsy KU -
Out here, the party is wherever you want it to be. The party is wherever you are. The sun is shining, 80 degrees or so, the beer and hurricanes cool to the touch.

Kansas-Kentucky final is a matchup of legendary dimensions -
Together, Kentucky and Kansas maintained excellence over the decades, and here they are in the Superdome, 40 minutes for the national championship.

Anthony Davis supreme swatter |
This guy is a momentum killer, builder and swinger.

John Calipari talks about KU days |
So I said, ‘I’m going to work at the training table?’ ‘Yes, for the Sinclairs.’

Kansas underdog … on paper |
Cartoonists would sketch slingshots in the hands of the Kansas University players, all aimed at the giant of college basketball, Anthony Davis. He plays for Kentucky, the winningest program of all-time.

KU finds the right fit with strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy |
So much science goes into the planning of the workouts, the study of the progress each individual makes. Decisions are made with intellect, not emotion.

Legacies at stake in Bill Self-John Calipari national title matchup - Andy Glockner -
Jordan Juenemann remembers the last time Bill Self and John Calipari met with the national title at stake. Now a Kansas senior, Juenemann was just another Jayhawk fan in 2008, proud owner of a basketball signed by the whole team. He was in his Hays, Kan., house with his family, nerve-wracked as Kansas trailed by nine late in the contest, a championship seeming to have slipped away.

NCAA Tournament – Luke Winn – " Posts Thomas Robinson’s Second Chance "
This is Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson's moment to shine.

Final Four 2012 - John Calipari looks back at the one that got away against Kansas in 2008 final - ESPN
"I'll tell him, 'I can remind you exactly what's on it,'" Self said. "We joke about it. It's all in good fun."

Title game a contest of similar rivals - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
NEW ORLEANS -- Kentucky and Kansas are the two winningest programs in college basketball.

Blog from New Orleans: Photos, quotes from KU's interviews, plus Calipari talks about his time with KU | NCAA Tourney blog |
KUSports blog from NOLA

Bill Self named Naismith national coach of the year |
VERY deserving. More deserving than anyone else in the country this year.