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Notebook: Kansas Is Up And Ready for First Round Matchup with Penn

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Kansas News

Kansas-Penn not your run-of-the-mill 1-16 NCAA Tournament matchup |
While the Jayhawks are double-digit favorites in Las Vegas, and the pick to advance on 99.9 percent of brackets across America, there has been more than a little buzz this week about the fact that the Quakers could be the latest 16 seed to really challenge a 1, adding intrigue to what, in years past, has been a rather uneventful game.

Game day Breakdown: No. 1 seed Kansas vs. No. 16 seed Penn |
The easiest way to avoid letting a 16 seed think they have a chance is to knock them out early.

Penn aims to replicate NCAA Tournament success of Ivy League predecessors |
A high school student in Cincinnati four years back, Antonio Woods hadn’t thought much about enrolling at an Ivy League school.

Azubuike update: Self says KU center is now a game-time decision for Thursday vs. Penn |
“He practiced four possessions today, live,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday. “So he showed he could do it, but it'll be a game-time decision to determine whether he'll be utilized or not, but he's doing much better.”

Quick scout: Why it's tough to predict this KU-Penn game
Penn does a great job on the defensive glass (11th nationally in defensive rebounding percentage) despite the fact that it does not have much size (276th in average height).

How did KU's next opponent get its edge this year? 'It is cliché,' one player says
“I actually have an assignment due tomorrow, so I’ve got to get back to the hotel tonight and get that finished up before the game,” Brodeur said with a laugh. “Got a couple of things on my mind besides just Kansas.”

NCAA Tournament upset watch: Picking No. 16 Penn over No. 1 Kansas is madness -
By the time you get done reading this Penn may be in the Final Four.

Other Sports News

2018 NCAA Tournament Everything you need to know about first-round games
The Big Dance has finally arrived, and we're here to provide a preview of Thursday's 16 games. Below are the players and numbers to know, as well as the upset possibilities:

Former President Barack Obama picks Michigan State Spartans men, UConn Huskies women in NCAAs
Former President Barack Obama has picked his NCAA tournament brackets, and he has Michigan State winning the men's basketball title and -- no surprise -- UConn winning the women's championship.

Alabama coach Avery Johnson says Donta Hall remains
Alabama coach Avery Johnson said starting big man Donta Hall remains a game-time decision for the Crimson Tide's first-round matchup against Virginia Tech on Thursday night in the NCAA tournament.

Pittsburgh Panthers meet with Tom Crean about opening for basketball coach
The Panthers parted with basketball coach Kevin Stallings last week after just two seasons and hired Fogler Consulting to help with the search for Stallings' replacement.

Coach Tubby Smith fired by Memphis Tigers after 21-win season
Tubby Smith is no longer the coach at Memphis after two seasons, including a 21-win campaign this year. Former Tigers standout Penny Hardaway has emerged as the front-runner to replace him, sources told ESPN.