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Selected as a No. 2 seed, the Kansas men's basketball team will make its 26th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The nation's longest-active streak in the Big Dance will start against No. 15 seed New Mexico State in the Midwest Region on Friday, March 20, at 11:15 a.m. (Central) on CBS.
KU coach Bill Self discussed his team’s Friday matchup with a solid No. 15 seed, New Mexico State, as well as a potential Round of 32 game against Wichita State Sunday evening, following the selection show.
This ... this ... was not good. This was Iowa State 70, Kansas 66, the Jayhawks' second straight loss at this event at the hands of their rivals from the north and the Cyclones' second straight Big 12 tournament championship. And the crowing continued long into the evening, thousands of grousing KU fans pointing to their 11 straight regular-season conference titles, glowing Iowa State faithful pointing at back-to-back tourney crowns, a first in program history, plus three wins in their last four games against the Jayhawks, the beasts of the league, the bar, the Big 12's gold standard.
If you've seen it once, you've seen it a thousand times with this team, so the extremes the Jayhawks delivered on Saturday evening at Sprint Center probably were not all that surprising to most. Sure, they won't last long in the NCAA Tournament if they can't fix that. It looks as if this team's best chance is to make the other team play ugly, and these guys are pretty good at that. How far that can take you in the Big Dance is anyone's guess, but I'm guessing we're going to find out.
Say this for the NCAA Tournament selection committee: What they lacked in logic -- Northern Iowa as a 5? Georgetown as a 4? -- they more than made up for in sense of humor.
Hogue said he believed the time had come to start looking at the Cyclones (25-8) on equal footing with the Jayhawks (26-8). And he was not afraid to make a bold prediction for a year from now.
Iowa State mounts another beautiful comeback to beat Kansas in the Big 12 title game.
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Kansas is set to begin a new era when the Jayhawks take the field for their first spring practice under David Beaty on March 24. Below is a preview of what to look for from KU this spring.
"I'm not going to worry about the variations of plays, we just want to get where the kids master the base of the offense," Likens said. "One of the biggest mistakes coordinators make is you feel like you have to put your whole offense in to start. What happens is you end up having to cover so many mistakes you never master your base plays."
Clutch performances by two true freshmen and the most experienced pitcher on staff played a key role in the Jayhawks' 8-4 victory over Michigan Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
Senior utility Maddie Stein entered the batter's box with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh frame as No. 23 Kansas trailed by three runs. Stein's walk-off grand slam gave KU the 5-4 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Sunday afternoon inside Arrocha Ballpark.
The finish still earned Vollmer second team All-American honors in the event for the second time in her career.
The Kansas rowing team had a strong finish in day two of the Cardinal Invitational as the Jayhawks had two boats claim first place and two boats earn second place finishes.
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Random thoughts and wild predictions upon first look ... The two best RPIs omitted belonged to non-power-five schools for the 11th straight year, which again shows that a good RPI can save you if you're from a power-five league, but it won't help much if you're not.
The Wildcats and Shockers could meet in the Elite Eight. They played a classic in the Round of 32 last March.
The NCAA has released its full ranking from the selection committee, featuring all 68 tournament teams. Feast your eyes on the list below and see if you agree with how the group feels about this year's field. (Mr. Ed says: I think it's crazy that WSU, a consensus Top-15 team all year, isn't even in the committee's Top 25.)
Texas Southern beat Southern 62-48 on Saturday night in the SWAC title game, but APR sanctions on Southern's program include an NCAA Tournament ban. That meant this final SWAC game was for none of the marbles.
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Montana and Northern Arizona played a great game in the Big Sky semifinals, with Montana guard Jordan Gregory hitting what amount to a game-winning layup with .4 seconds left in the contest. That gave the Grizzlies a 61-59 lead. But then, something happened that probably should not have happened.
Desiree Andrews is an eighth grader and cheerleader at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During a boys' basketball game at the school, Andrews, who has Down syndrome, was being picked on by some fans in the stands. Three of the players on the team noticed the teasing and weren't going to stand for it. Miles Rodriguez, Scooter Terrien and Chase Vazquez immediately walked off of the court -- during the game -- and told the bullies to stop.