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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.19.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.19.13


Kansas Basketball

Former Hilltopper Townsend to scout WKU for Jayhawks |
“They said, ‘Who is it?’ I said, ‘Coach Townsend,’ and everybody started laughing because I don’t think Kurt was by any stretch,” Self added of ninth-year KU assistant Kurtis Townsend, a former Hilltopper point guard who graduated from WKU in 1982.

Seniors give KU rare dose of experience -
Self’s Kansas team is entering the NCAA Tournament this week as a No. 1 seed with four senior starters — four players that played an integral part in the Jayhawks’ Final Four appearance last season. For a title contender in a one-and-done era, it’s certainly a rare case of seniority.

WKU coach: ‘We won’t be scared’ |
“As a coach I don’t really get caught up in seeding,” said second-year WKU coach Harper. “We’re just happy we are still playing. We went through a stretch we had our entire backcourt injured. When we’ve had our entire team together we are 17-5. I was hoping they (NCAA tournament committee) would look at that, but at the same time we’re happy we’re still playing.”

Kansas Women

KU women earn No. 12 seed in NCAA Tournament |
One of the last ones in but they made it two years in a row.

NCAA Tournament

Downtown KC prepares for another big college hoops weekend -
College basketball fans from states near and far had their sights on Kansas City and the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament. Now, to get a hotel room.

Previewing the NCAA tournament South Region - college basketball - ESPN
We could be in for Kansas vs. Roy Williams III. The Jayhawks defeated their former coach in the 2008 national semifinals and again last year in the Elite Eight. If KU and UNC win their opening-round games on Friday they'll face off once again, this time for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Previewing the NCAA tournament West Region - college basketball - ESPN
Remember the days when the mere idea of the Mountain West winner being seeded nine slots higher than the SEC tournament champ seemed, well, ludicrous? Not anymore.

Previewing the 2013 NCAA tournament's East Region - college basketball - ESPN
You can take your No. 1 overall seed and … well, you know. After Indiana dropped Michigan in Ann Arbor on March 10, it was generally assumed that the Hoosiers would be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. We probably spend too much time fretting about the No. 1 seeds, but in this case it felt right: If Indiana got the top spot in the bracket, it would be placed in the Indianapolis Regional, would play its Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games 45 minutes north of Bloomington, Ind., and would thus have a genuine home-court advantage.

Previewing the 2013 NCAA tournament's Midwest Region - college basketball - ESPN
Can you say brutal? Between them, the coaches of the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds have 22 Final Four berths and six national championships. One (Mike Krzyzewski) already is in the Hall of Fame; another (Rick Pitino) could become one of the newest members at this year's Final Four; and for the third (Tom Izzo), it's just a matter of time.