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Kansas Ready For Elite Eight Matchup Against Oregon

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One-time Oregon fan Landen Lucas ready to take on dad's alma mater |
Oregon, the school where Lucas started at center for three seasons back in his playing days, had lost the night before to Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game. The Ducks, Lucas felt convinced, would be shipped to the Midwest Region as a No. 3 or 4 seed, in the same corner of the 68-team bracket as Kansas.

Notebook: Altman, Self use different approaches to prepare teams for Elite Eight battle |
With injuries and a lack of walk-ons limiting the third-seeded Ducks’ available bodies, head coach Dana Altman and a couple of his assistants will actually be on the floor operating as the scout team against the Oregon starters.

Gameday Breakdown, Elite Eight: KU vs. Oregon |
The Jayhawks may be the first time since UConn in 1995 to score 90 or more points in its first three NCAA Tournament games, but no one in a crimson and blue jersey believes that offense is the reason the Jayhawks are still playing.

Closing teams out has keyed Kansas' Elite Eight run |
No one knew at the time that it would lead to three consecutive blowout victories and make Kansas the first team since UConn in 1995 to top 90 points in three consecutive NCAA Tournament games, but, to a man, the Jayhawks seemed to clearly understand that their season-long trend of playing tight games down to the wire would not cut it in the Big Dance.

KU's small-ball lineup pays off in big way |
It takes full advantage of their talented group of guards and versatility on the defensive end, especially with 6-foot-8 freshman Josh Jackson playing the four-spot. When they’ve faced teams with size, such as Purdue in the Sweet 16, they’ve just outran them.

Ducks, like Jayhawks, aim to rectify last year's Elite Eight setback |
Third-seeded Oregon, too, finished just one victory short of the Final Four twelve months back. It’s a feeling the Ducks remember well. After winning the Pac-12’s regular-season and tournament championships, they fell, 80-68, to Oklahoma and Buddy Hield.

How KU strength coach Andrea Hudy is working to keep the Jayhawks fresh
Nothing like this, though. The video he’s watching — posted by KU strength coach Andrea Hudy to Twitter — shows KU’s players going through a series of slow stretches, which includes Devonté Graham extending his legs with help from a roller board and Carlton Bragg in a Spiderman-like pose working his groin and hamstrings.

Landen Lucas gears up for game against his parents’ alma mater: Oregon
“Landen loves the Oregon Ducks, especially football,” Lucas’ mother, Shelley, said Friday in a phone conversation. “In seventh grade he literally wore something Oregon, something green and yellow, every single day,”

Vahe Gregorian: Elite Eight is biggest nemesis for Kansas coach Bill Self
With 623 career wins, 13 straight Big 12 titles, 43 NCAA Tournament victories, a ninth Elite Eight appearance and a national championship on his ledger, Kansas coach Bill Self is destined to be inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

‘It’s an unbelievable relationship’: KU basketball’s Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk off-court ‘brothers’ | The Topeka Capital-Journal
Upon sheer mention of the relationship between Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard can’t keep from interjecting … loudly.

‘Voice of the Ducks’ baby-sat KU basketball’s Landen Lucas as youth | The Topeka Capital-Journal
Engaged in what he calls a “special friendship” with Lucas’ parents that dates back nearly three decades, Allen and his family baby-sat the current KU basketball forward when Lucas was a tyke growing up in Portland, Ore.

Other News

Florida buzzer-beater puts the madness in March, and oh was it worth the wait -
One of the most ridiculous buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history came after one of the most shocking blocks in NCAA Tournament history, the heart-stopping, arena-rumbling climax to an overtime epic that provided, far and away, the best game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

With De'Aaron Fox playing at this level, Kentucky just might be unbeatable -
De’Aaron Fox — the most entertaining, blazing, promising Kentucky point guard since John Wall — had a legendary performance in Memphis in the South Regional semifinal. Fox proved, once again, that he — not Malik Monk — is Kentucky’s best, most valuable player. Lift the lid, inspect and you’ll discover this has been the case all season. Now, with America having watched one of the more dominant individual tournament performances in recent memory, most will come to realize it.

Potential No. 1 NBA Draft pick Lonzo Ball announces he's played final game at UCLA -
UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final game in a Bruins uniform. After the Bruins lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky 86-75 in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, Ball announced that he is headed to the professional ranks.

NCAA Tournament 2017: March Madness, Elite Eight tip times, scores, TV channels, bracket, schedule -
March Madness is finally here ... for real. Florida picked a great time to hit the first buzzer-beater of the tournament, sinking Wisconsin to set up an Elite Eight matchup with South Carolina on Sunday.

UCLA’s Steve Alford removes himself from consideration for the Indiana opening -
UCLA coach Steve Alford publicly removed himself from consideration for the Indiana job early Saturday while insisting he won’t even talk to the school about its opening.