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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 3.20.15

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Happy Friday! Ohmygosh what a day yesterday.

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NCAA Tournament: Jayhawks Practice, Interview in Omaha

On the eve of its 26th-straight NCAA Tournament opener, the No. 2-seeded Kansas men's basketball team held open practice and met with the media in the CenturyLink Center Omaha Thursday afternoon.

KU exit early? Don't make Kelly Oubre Jr. laugh | KUsports.com

“I feel they (returning Jayhawk players) have a chip on their shoulder from last year. I’m just here trying to help my teammates and our team have the best chance to win,” Oubre added.

Getting to know upset-minded NMSU | Smithology | KUsports.com

The WAC regular-season and tournament champion Aggies lost at Baylor, 66-55, back on Dec. 17. But this is March. And upsets rule supreme.

Quick scout: New Mexico State a good and bad matchup for KU | CJOnline.com

Jesse Newell previews Strengths, Weaknesses, and Players to Watch

New Mexico State coach on KU matchup: 'I'm not going to outcoach Bill' | CJOnline.com

“I’m not going to outcoach Bill,” Menzies said. “We’re not going to draw up any special play or do anything out of the box that’s going to have people ranting and raving about our coaching abilities. We feel like we’re pretty solid and we do a good job.

Bill Self's biggest challenge? Keeping the Kansas Jayhawks' heads -- and confidence -- afloat | FOX Sports

Confidence is a fickle mistress this month, especially when your roster spends the early part of the afternoon huddled together in a tiny locker room watching "name" schools, schools that give you trouble -- the aforementioned Cyclones, Baylor, Texas -- circle down the Bracketville toilet at the hands of names your kids have never heard of before.

KU focusing on mental side of game as NCAA Tournament approaches | CJOnline.com

A reporter brought up last year’s round of 32 loss to Stanford, and the sophomore big man groaned when rehashing the experience. “We’ve got to make it farther than that — that’s not acceptable at all,” Lucas said, “and give ourselves a chance to play some good teams and compete against the best.”

KU notebook: Jayhawks to face funky zone; Perry Ellis gets Presidential shoutout | CJOnline.com

“A lot of pressure on Kansas. A little worried about Ellis and his knee problems — obviously their best player, but I think Kansas gets through up to here,” Obama said, indicating he had KU advancing to the Sweet 16.

Former Football Captain Mike Shinn Passes Away

Shinn laced up the spikes for the Jayhawks in 1962-63, and returned to lead the Jayhawks in 1965 as co-captain, earning Academic All-America and dean's honor roll recognition. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1965 NFL draft but opted for a career in industry.

Softball - Jayhawks Kickoff Big 12 Slate with Fun-Filled Series

No. 22 Kansas welcomes Texas to Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park for a three-game series, its first of the 2015 Big 12 Conference slate, March 27-29.

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Trick for the Wichita State Shockers? Seeing only Indiana Hoosiers red -- and not Kansas Jayhawks red and blue | FOX Sports

"If you try to overlook someone, or look on to the next game, that's when you slip up," said third-generation Shocker forward Evan Wessel. He pointed to the score flashing in a crawl on the television above a reporter's shoulder: 14-seed UAB 60, 3-seed Iowa State 59. "We don't want that," Wessel stressed, "to be us."

2015 NCAA tournament close calls - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Another game would come down to the nail-biting, hairpulling wire, and you'd catch your breath, check your bracket and think: Man, there were a lot of close games today. This has to be some kind of record, right? Turns out, you were right. This was, indeed, some kind of record. Five games were decided by one point on Thursday, the most of any single day in NCAA tournament history. But that's not all.

2015 NCAA tournament -- Georgetown Hoyas coach John Thompson III says players 'were fired up about' Eastern Washington coach's guarantee - ESPN

Georgetown coach John Thompson III did his best to avoid distracting his players before Thursday's NCAA tournament game, but he couldn't prevent their reaction to what Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford said before the teams met.

Sad start to the NCAA tournament for the Big 12 - ESPN

The Big 12 won't end the first weekend winless. Or, well, it probably won't. As Thursday gleefully reminded us, nothing in the NCAA tournament -- not even the best conference in college basketball, a conference so good that for four months no one even tried to argue otherwise -- can be taken for granted. (Mr. Ed says: Oh boy, here we go....)

Steve Spurrier still loves to take shots at Tennessee - CBSSports.com

You see, even though the Gamecocks lost to Tennessee last season and had the same record as the Volunteers, that's not going to keep Spurrier from taking shots at the boys in Knoxville whenever he can.

Jim Boeheim responds: Calls NCAA punishments 'unduly harsh' - CBSSports.com

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stepped to the microphone on Thursday, the first day of the NCAA Tournament round of 64, to answer questions for the first time since the NCAA announced its severe sanctions for the basketball program as a result of multiple violations, including impermissible benefits for players, not following its own drug policy and academic fraud.

- Professional Sports -

MLB schedules Game 162 for every team at same time for max drama - CBSSports.com

In an effort to boost the drama and excitement of the final day of the regular season, MLB has scheduled Game 162 for all 30 teams at the exact same time this year according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. All 15 games on Oct. 4 will begin at 3pm ET.

Wiggins on Minnesota: 'I plan to be there a very, very, very long time' - CBSSports.com

"I love Minnesota," Wiggins said. "They treat me nice up there. I plan to be there a very, very, very long time."

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: The must-see 8 seconds of Georgia State's stunning Baylor upset - CBSSports.com

Mr. Ed says: There were so many close games and great finishes yesterday, but I feel like this was the best one. If you haven't seen the three ball GSU hit toward the end of the game, do yourself a favor and check it out.

WATCH: VCU's OT layup vs. OSU is not so meaningless in Las Vegas - CBSSports.com

Check out this video from the Las Vegas Superbook as VCU covered the 3.5-point spread against Ohio State its layup just before the buzzer in overtime, losing 75-72 instead of 75-70.

VIDEO: Andrew Wiggins emphatically rejected by Cole Aldrich | theScore

Wiggins struggled with his shot in the first half and was emphatically rejected by Cole Aldrich as he attempted to finish a spin move at the basket. (Mr. Ed says: KU on KU crime. Not cool, you guys.)