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UConn Men Confident They Have A Good Chance Against Powerful Kansas - Hartford Courant
It presents a great opportunity for the team and to see if we're battle-tested," Daniel Hamilton said Friday after the Huskies prepped for top-seeded Kansas. "To go in and play against one of the best teams in the country to see where we stand, and I think we really got a great chance, especially how we've been playing lately, the last four games. And if we just continue to keep up the intensity and keep this level of play, I think we will come out with a victory.

Ellis, Kansas take another swing at unfriendly 2nd round - NewsTimes
The Jayhawks (31-4) have only reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament once with Ellis, a trip to the regional semifinals his freshman season. They were sent home in the round of 32 each of the last two years, but Ellis has been peaking at the right time for a team that brought into the field a bounty of talent as well as the pressure of the No. 1 overall seed.

Calm, cool, confident: Unbeaten Ollie leads UConn into No. 1 Kansas
"Kansas is the No. 1 overall team, they’re a great team," Ollie said. "But like I said, we have some things in mind that we’re going to play with and we want to go out there and play UConn basketball.

Bill Self’s 2016 Kansas Jayhawks team has been bolstered by his trust | The Kansas City Star
On the surface, anyway, Kansas coach Bill Self spent much of KU’s game Thursday against Austin Peay exuding much the same sharp disposition from the 53 previous NCAA Tournament games he coached.

KU, UConn are two basketball powers with different football problems | The Kansas City Star
Top-ranked and NCAA Tournament overall No. 1 seed Kansas currently owns the worst football program among the power-five conferences and one that would struggle in any league, as last season’s opening-game loss to FCS South Dakota State suggested. As he begins his second season, David Beaty seeks his first victory as a head coach.

Other Sports

Legit Stephen F. Austin has star player who looks like a real Lumberjack -
Best part about the Lumberjacks is their senior star, a guy named Thomas Walkup, who is absolutely jacked. The guy actually looks like a lumberjack. And he's got that Bryce Harper hair going on, too.

Michigan State's parting gift: Leaving us with one delightful tourney debate -
Whether it was really the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history is something I'll let others debate because different folks quantify such things differently. So that debate will probably go on forever, meaning it's nothing I can resolve right here right now.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford fired after nine seasons -
The school on Friday announced in a statement that Ford and OSU "mutually agreed that the school and Ford will part ways."

Ravens CB Tray Walker, 23, dies one day after motorbike crash - NFL -
Ravens cornerback Tray Walker passed away on Friday, just one day after suffering a serious head injury following a devastating motorbike crash in South Florida.

Here's the crazy offer Chip Kelly reportedly made for Marcus Mariota -
"Last year the Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick," Schrager said on the Herd with Colin Cowherd. "They said 'take any of our quarterbacks' -- that's Bradford, that's Sanchez, that's whoever -- 'and take anyone on our defense; we want that No. 2 pick.'"

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Menswear Brands Capitalize On Sweaty March Madness Coach | Fox Business
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