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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.19.15

And so it begins. Day 1, March Madness, 2015.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks arrive in Omaha for NCAA opener |

“We’ve had a good day,” Self said. His squad practiced on Wednesday in Allen before leaving Lawrence at 1:35 p.m. “We went very hard yesterday and backed off today. Perry (Ellis, slowed of late by sprained right knee) looks really good in practice. He’s getting his explosion back and he feels more and more confident each day on his knee. Obviously we’re not whole, but we’re as close as we’re going to be whole, more than likely."

Kansas attorney general fires back after New Mexico A.G. predicts NCAA upsets |

"My friend and colleague Attorney General Balderas is obviously pandering his home-state crowd with his baseless prediction that New Mexico State will defeat both KU and Wichita State in the NCAA basketball tournament," Schmidt said.

- College Sports -

NMSU’s Menzies credits mentors |

“As an assistant coach, you always think you have all the answers anyway,” Menzies joked. “But I learned a lot from my different mentors and former bosses. And I just had a bunch of different answers that I combined into one blueprint for New Mexico State.”

SMU's Larry Brown in 1st NCAA since the '88 title at Kansas | FOX Sports

While the Mustangs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993, Brown returns to the Big Dance for the first time since leading Kansas to a national title 27 years ago.

Dayton Flyers vs. Boise State Broncos - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 18, 2015 - ESPN

Kendall Pollard scored 17 points on Wednesday night, and Dayton -- cheered on by the deafening home crowd -- went on a closing run for a 56-55 win over Boise State in the First Four. It was the first time since 1987 that a school has played an NCAA Tournament game on its home court, an anomaly resulting from Dayton hosting the opening games.

Robert Morris Colonials vs. North Florida Ospreys - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 18, 2015 - ESPN

Lucky Jones scored 21 points, including a key free throw, Rodney Pryor had 20 and Marcquise Reed 19 to lead the Colonials to an 81-77 victory over North Florida on Wednesday night in the First Four. (Mr. Ed says: Luckily for Kentucky, they avoid this play-in game winner!)

Sasha Menu Courey death investigation closed by Columbia, Missouri police - ESPN

The Columbia (Missouri) Police Department announced its decision Wednesday in a news release, more than 13 months after "Outside the Lines" reports prompted the investigation, stating, "After over a year of following leads, reviewing evidence, and taking multiple statements, CPD Detectives have been unable to identify a suspect in the case."

Kentucky vs. history: A list of every team to reach the tourney unbeaten -

Wondering what the other 18 undefeated teams have done upon getting to the NCAAs? Well, seven of those squads finished the season without losing. Not an awful percentage. But since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985, it's never been done.

Syracuse AD out; Jim Boeheim to retire after three more seasons -

"Coach Boeheim ... intends to retire as head coach in three years," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud wrote in a letter posted Wednesday. "His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership."

Report: Alabama adds Charlie Weis Jr. to support staff -

Alabama has also hired former Kansas offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau.

North Carolina academic case puts NCAA and its 'mission' on trial -

As another NCAA tournament starts and with the 10th anniversary of that title next month, the anticipation of North Carolina's athletic fate intensifies. A star player on that '05 team, Rashad McCants, told ESPN last year he did not attend a single class in which he received an A in that 2005 spring semester. McCants added that he was "100 percent" sure coach Roy Williams knew about the bogus classes.

If You Hate College Basketball, Root For Iowa State

Maybe you're one of those basketball aesthetes who dreads March Madness, who just doesn't understand why anyone would want to watch a bunch of semi-skilled college kids try to hump a ball into a basket 35 seconds at a time. That's fine! You can hate college basketball all you want, but I'm here to tell you that if you are one of these people, you should root for the Iowa State Cyclones.

- Videos and Audio of the Day -

WATCH: You, um, really need to see this play by Arkansas' Bobby Wernes -

As it turns, Bobby Wernes, third baseman for University of Arkansas, is a pretty good baseball player. In matters related, Mr. Wernes during the course of his team's eventual 12-11 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday made a play at the hot corner that cries out for Internet Appreciation.

LISTEN: Eastern Washington coach guarantees win on 'Jim Rome Show' -

And on Wednesday afternoon, EWU coach Jim Hayford agreed to only one radio interview request: CBS Sports Radio's "Jim Rome Show." As the interview came to a close, Hayford went off script and, unprompted, confidently said, "We're gonna win and talk again, Jim."

WATCH: Jay Buhner and Ken Phelps reminisce about trade and 'Seinfeld' -

"It's nice to be remembered for something," Phelps says in the video above where he reunites with Buhner at Mariners camp. Phelps today does some work for Fox Sports in Arizona, where the Mariners train, and he stopped by camp to reminisce. Of course, the trade was a topic of discussion.