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The Jayhawks (31-4) win their 14th-straight game and will face No. 9 seed Connecticut on Saturday.
Mykhailiuk, who had a dunk and did not receive credit on the stat sheet for a fierce block but altered a dunk attempt, also played point guard — yes, point guard — next to Lagerald Vick during a 10-0 run that helped the Jayhawks stretch a 61-44 lead to total blowout status in the second half.
KU was great from start to finish in their opening-round win against an overmatched 16 seed and there’s no doubt that what unfolded Thursday only elevated the confidence of this team. And that’s saying something given that the Jayhawks already were riding a 14-game (now 15-game) winning streak.
In many ways, KU’s ability to do more as an entire team was the difference between two teams at opposite ends of the tournament bracket.
Lagerald Vick, who hadn’t played at all in seven of the Jayhawks’ past 11 games and earned a combined 10 minutes in the other four contests, admitted to being "excited" when coach Bill Self told him to enter Thursday’s NCAA Tournament game against Austin Peay with 14:15 left, KU up 17.
Getting to the top means beating the best team sooner or later. For the Huskies, the task comes sooner. Starting out as the No. 9 seed, UConn defeated No. 8 Colorado 74-67 in the first round Thursday. Now the Huskies play top-seeded Kansas, which made short work against Austin Peay, winning 105-79.
Bill Self's regular-season success rivals the game's great coaches, but Kansas' coach needs a second national title -- and he can land it with this team -- to silence critics.
(From Jan. 21, 2016): Adam Schein shares his thoughts on Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self.
Adam Schein reiterates his thoughts from earlier this year (linked above) about Bill Self.
The Kansas Jayhawks band played for the KU men in the NCAA tournament and the Drake women in the WNIT Thursday.
The Jayhawks (7-8) have won three of their last four games and look to use this weekend as a final preparation before Big 12 Conference play starts next week. Stanford (7-5) looks to get back on the diamond after taking a 12-day hiatus having played its last game March 6.
The Jayhawks welcome Minnesota, UMKC, Saint Louis and Tulsa for the non-conference tournament. KU kicks off the four-game tournament with the No. 22 Gophers at 2 p.m., Friday on the Jayhawk Television and Radio Networks.
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I know schools where the NBA-caliber players don’t know their professors and that antipathy is shared. Or if the profs do know the players, they are so busy covering up for them, and enjoying the whiff of the jock, they don’t care about actually making sure they are doing the work. But here, I was able to walk through the athletic academic center and see serious engagement across the board.
Wichita State has proven at this point that the committee didn't take them seriously enough. That much is clear following the Shockers first two games in the NCAA Tournament.
Butler's live bulldog mascot, Butler Blue III, was denied entrance to PNC Arena in Raleigh for the Bulldogs' NCAA Tournament game against Texas Tech.
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"It's a familiar feeling for me," Pollard said after the shakeup. "I played for five different teams in the NBA and each time, you're playing against people you used to play against, to fight against. I can handle. I just have to figure out if I can trust anybody, who it is, and if it's going to do me any good."
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Duke got the win, but karma is always the victor.
"Go up and grab the ball off the rim when it comes off, and then grab it with two hands, and then come down with it. That's considered a rebound," Prince said, with a totally straight face. "So they got more of those than we did."
The pep bands of USC and Providence got out on the floor and had a dance-off, giving the fans that stuck around PNC Arena plenty to cheer about.