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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.23.13

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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.23.13

Ed Zurga

Kansas Basketball

Whew! Kansas survives big, red scare | KUsports.com
“We came out uptight, nervous,” said KU center Jeff Withey, who scored 17 points with seven blocks and six rebounds. “They surprised us with how good they were. We definitely took them lightly. I talked earlier that we can’t let that happen, but we did."

Opinion: Jeff Withey helps save day | KUsports.com
Well, it never hurts to have the best big man on the floor, which Kansas almost always does in any game on any year. As usual, senior center Jeff Withey made it difficult to score in the paint, making hitting three-pointers the best chance for an upset. The Hilltoppers (20-16) hit just three of 20 threes.

KU avoids upset bug, edges Hilltoppers - KansasCity.com
In the scripted version of such things, the No. 1 seed does not need its all-everything senior center to carry it to a victory over a No. 16 seed that had not beaten a ranked team in three years.

Ben McLemore has rough go in close KU win - KansasCity.com
“Coach asked me if I was nervous, but I don’t think it was,” McLemore said. “I was trying to get my head into the game and I guess I was trying to be too focused. I didn’t want to mess up, especially my first time in the NCAA Tournament.”

NCAA Tournament

Florida Gulf Co Eagles vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Boxscore - SI.com
We dodged the upset bug, others weren't so lucky. This one notable for the region it occurred in.

La Salle Explorers vs. Kansas State Wildcats - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 22, 2013 - ESPN
This one notable due to the team it happened to.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 22, 2013 - ESPN
Cyclones made a big splash.

Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 22, 2013 - ESPN
Going to be a tough one against good ol Roy on Sunday.