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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.27.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.27.13


Kansas Basketball

The Sweet 16's most indispensable players - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
If you took Withey away from Kansas, what would you have? You would have a couple of really good senior guards (Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford), a lottery-pick-level scorer on the wing (Ben McLemore) and a handful of 6-foot-8 or smaller forwards.

Self, KU prep for evenly matched battle with Michigan |
“I guess we could use it. I don’t really think there’s that type of motivation we need to use to get our guys ready,” Self said before Tuesday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse. “I hope everybody talks about Michigan. That’s fine with me. We’re still the 1-seed. We need to play like the 1-seed. We haven’t done that yet, at least consistently. “They are very capable of being the 1-seed,” he added of the Wolverines of the Big Ten. “Two or three weeks ago they were on the 1-line. There’s not a nickle’s worth of difference between the teams. Whoever plays best on Friday will win.”

KU savors back-to-back Sweet 16s by men’s and women’s teams -
Kansas is the only Division I school that has produced Sweet 16 teams in both the men’s and women’s programs for the last two years.

Self: KU won’t be playing Wichita State anytime soon -
“I’m happy for the Shockers. I’m excited for them,” Self said, smiling. “But that doesn't mean we're going to play them. “That was a joke. Because I knew that would be the next question.”

Kansas Football

Jake Heaps appears to have a hold on KU’s top quarterback spot -
“He’s the man to beat out,” Weis said on Tuesday. “I put him first for a reason.”

KU football gets back to business after spring break |
Before his Kansas University football players hit the road for spring break last week, KU coach Charlie Weis promised them something upon their return — a killer Monday morning conditioning session. The idea behind the welcome-back workout was to keep football on the minds of the Jayhawks while they lived it up at their various spring break destinations.

KU becomes pioneer in using virtual reality to enhance football program | Tale of the Tait |
Kansas Athletics became the first NCAA institution to partner with EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, in the creation of software to eventually be used in a virtual reality football simulator. The simulator utilizes EON Reality’s popular Icube and will enable student-athletes to simulate an actual game for training and teaching purposes.

Women's Basketball

Twice as nice: KU women enjoying return trip to Sweet 16 |
Team’s starting lineup takes a big hit with an in-season defection and a season-ending knee injury. A February fade pushes team onto a very thin bubble. Nervous players gather to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show. The word “Kansas” pops onto the television screen and the room erupts. The very same team that sneaks into the tournament field storms into the Sweet 16. It happened last March and it has happened again this March.

NCAA Tournament

2013 NCAA tournament - Andy Enfield's rise at Florida Gulf Coast - ESPN
Andy Enfield had a cushy job and a nice living in the New York financial world, but somehow, he knew everything was supposed to lead back to basketball, Dana O'Neil writes.