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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.25.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.25.13

Jamie Squire

Kansas Basketball

UNC-ya: Halftime speech by seniors — not Bill Self — sparks KU in 70-58 win |
“Jeff motivated us going down the line saying, ‘This isn’t going to be our last game. He asked Ben (McLemore), ‘Is this going to be your last game?’ He asked Elijah that; Travis that. We all said, ‘No.'"

Opinion: Naadir Tharpe takes Bill Self on wild ride ... to the Sweet 16 |
A 5-foot-11 sophomore guard from Worcester, Mass., Tharpe scored all of his 12 points in a second half in which he made all three of his three-point shots. He also made three of four free throws in the half.

KU beats Tar Heels, advances to Sweet 16 -
And for a span of 20 minutes on Sunday — a second half that would decide the Jayhawks’ season — the Jayhawks made a run that perhaps would have only seemed possible in the confines of Allen Fieldhouse.

UNC coach Roy Williams: Loss stings, but not because of history with KU |
“The fact that I coached there for 15 years is extremely important to me,” Williams said following KU's 70-58 victory Sunday. “But it doesn't add anything today. I hurt for myself. I hurt for the kids in the locker room. The fact that it was Kansas, you know, (in) 1990 we lost to UCLA in the second round. I'm still pissed off about that because we were pretty doggone good. I remember UTEP in '92, Virginia in '96. I can name every one of them. Every one of them hurt. That's it.”

KU flusters North Carolina shooters -
“It was definitely a nightmare in the second half … we didn’t quite have the same energy, and they perhaps had a little more. They got into a rhythm, started making shots. We couldn’t stop them. We struggled shooting the ball the whole game. You have to give them credit. They led the nation in defensive field-goal percentage (36 percent) for a reason.”

Notebook: Bill Self says team 'fortunate' to have three-game NCAA win streak over UNC |
“I don’t think it’s coach Williams at all,” Self added. “I think it would be anybody that’s on the other team, coaching the other team. When things don’t go well, you can’t allow other teams to play well. I thought that’s what happened tonight. Even though we played miserably the first half (in falling behind 30-21), I thought they could have played better, too. At least we kept ourselves within striking distance.”

Down and out? That’s when KU is at its best -
Bill Self is ticked. This is the way he and his players will later remember their most important halftime of the season. He screams, he rants, and then he leaves the room to let the players talk it out. Elijah Johnson asks his teammates what they want to do. Kevin Young says, Play. Jeff Withey asks if they want to play or enjoy a weekend.