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Notebook: Penn over Kansas chatter picking up across the country

But I say, nay nay

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Writers back east are trying to convince people that Penn actually has a chance in this one.

However, at least one writer says ignore the chatter; Kansas is winning the national title, which obviously means they won’t be the first 16-over-1 victim.

Penn matched up with Villanova earlier this season, giving the Quakers a taste of what playing a 1-seed might be like.

Coach Steve Donahue says his team really focuses on trying to defend the 3-point line.

For his part, Bill Self is impressed with the way Penn plays defense.

But, Penn doesn’t have Devonte Graham, who was named first team All-American by The Sporting News and the US Basketball Writers Association of America.

KU football WR Chase Harrell was arrested this past weekend on DUI charges.

Women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider has shaken up his staff a bit, hiring former colleague Jory Collins. Collins took over at Emporia State eight years ago when Schneider moved to Stephen F Austin.

The #15-ranked Kansas tennis team opened up conference play with a win over #38 Baylor.

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Veteran official Ted Valentine has not been invited to officiate this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Baltimore Orioles are launching a program that lets kids into the ballpark for free if mom or dad purchase an upper deck ticket.