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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.21.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.21.13

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Kansas Basketball

How No. 1 will fall: Kansas - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
The Jayhawks could lose in the NCAA tournament if Johnson forces things and makes mistakes. But it’s not that simple. Ben McLemore (16.4 PPG), perhaps this summer’s No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, is the most talented player on the roster.

Louisville Cardinals Lead The List Of College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams - Forbes
No. 2

Naadir Tharpe making most of opportunity |
“Definitely,” said Tharpe, following KU’s victory against Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament last week. “I was sitting on the bench, and I felt like I was useless to my team. At the end of the day, I tried to keep a good attitude, but I definitely think about that all the time, being on that bench. I don’t want that to ever happen again.

Opinion: Wait pays off for KU players |
Remember Jeff Withey checking into a game, making a mistake and checking back out? It happened often his first two seasons of college basketball. Heading into his junior year, he had played just 207 minutes, scored but 80 points and had season scoring averages of 1.3 and 2.3.

Ready to roll: Jayhawks make themselves at home |
I have some great memories of the Jayhawks and Westin Crown Center. Hopefully there's a young Jayhawk fan somewhere down at the Crown Center this weekend that get's to do the same.

Ellis’ emergence gives Kansas a scoring option off the bench -
Jeff Withey wasn’t quite sure. He wanted to believe that freshman teammate Perry Ellis was close; that as the season headed for March, Ellis would take another step, bolstering a particularly thin Kansas bench.

NCAA Tournament

Championship coaches round table: Calipari, Boeheim, Self on cheating in NCAA
The 12 active national title-winning coaches in men's college basketball have seen seismic changes in the game over the past few decades. Against the background of the 75th NCAA tournament, USA TODAY Sports

March Madness 2013: The 11 (or higher) seed power rankings - March Madness 2013 - Luke Winn -
The upset power rankings.

Lexus Road To Atlanta -
Previewing the South Region.