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Notebook: Kansas Mauls First 2 Rounds of NCAA Tournament

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Dominant Dok: Azubuike plays big role to lift Jayhawks past Seton Hall |
The idea coming into KU's second-round NCAA Tournament game at Intrust Bank Arena was for the top-seeded Jayhawks to keep injured center Udoka Azubuike on some sort of minutes restriction, somewhere in the 15- to 20-minute range.

5 stats that popped for Kansas in a 2nd-round tournament win over Seton Hall | Smithology |
The hot shooting hand of guard Malik Newman and a resurgent Udoka Azubuike helped No. 1 seed Kansas get past feisty No. 8 Seton Hall, 83-79, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 83, Seton Hall 79 | Tale of the Tait |
Even on a night when leading scorer Devonte' Graham shot 1-of-7 from the floor, the Jayhawks had enough offense to reach the Sweet 16. Malik Newman was terrific, finishing with 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting and the Jayhawks, after starting 3-of-13 from 3-point range, made 6 of their last 8 3-pointers to knock out the Pirates. The Jayhawks, as a team, shot 50 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and got to the free throw line 10 more times than Seton Hall (26-16).

Graham survives injury scare, breaks program record for minutes in a season |
It was the simplest of plays — one Kansas has run a thousand times this season. And it almost was responsible for the end of the Jayhawks' season.

Angel Delgado's historic performance not enough to beat Kansas |
When a single basketball player produces 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds in one NCAA Tournament game, it’s typically safe to assume said player’s team moved on to the postseason’s next round.

Strong pitching leads KU softball to 2 wins |
Kansas pitchers Sarah Miller and Andie Formby threw complete games and the KU softball team beat Northern Colorado, 4-1, and Saint Louis, 4-0, at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday.

Texas shuts out KU baseball |
Kansas senior left-hander Taylor Turski allowed four runs in seven innings but the KU baseball team never plated a run in a 4-0 loss to Texas on Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

How a Devonté Graham gesture — on the game's biggest play — helped KU to the Sweet 16
The movement is subtle, almost looking like nothing. Kansas guard Malik Newman has the ball, but it's Devonté Graham a few steps away who is the one to watch.

KU's Graham passes concussion protocol after getting hit in head by Azubuike
Kansas point guard Devonté Graham pointed to the spot on his noggin where 7-foot, 280-pound center Udoka Azubuike’s shoulder clocked the 6-2, 185-pound guard in the final minute of the first half of Saturday’s 83-79 second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Seton Hall at Intrust Bank Arena.

Other Sports News

Purdue Boilermakers center Isaac Haas practices but unlikely to play
Purdue center Isaac Haas participated in parts of the Boilermakers' practice on Saturday, one day after fracturing his elbow, but head coach Matt Painter said he does not expect the 7-foot-2 forward to be able to return for any part of the NCAA tournament.

NCAA tournament loses NBA draft picks in Collin Sexton, Deandre Ayton, Michael Porter Jr
In 2015, the Final Four featured nine players who were selected in that summer's NBA draft. Karl-Anthony Towns and Kentucky and Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin authored a wild national semifinal matchup before Duke won a come-from-behind thriller over the Badgers in the title game.

UMBC alum Eric Barger and friends behind $800 Vegas bet on Retrievers
Eric Barger bet $800 at The Venetian in Las Vegas that the Retrievers would beat the Cavaliers, even though No. 16 seeds had gone 0-for-135 against No. 1 seeds in the men's tournament.

Udoka Azubuike of Kansas Jayhawks gets MVP praise from coach Bill Self
Kansas coach Bill Self called center Udoka Azubuike the team's "most valuable player" in the Jayhawks' 83-79 second-round NCAA tournament win over Seton Hall on Saturday after the sophomore returned from injury to score 10 points with seven rebounds.

Jordan Poole of Michigan basks in buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Houston
"After the shot went in, I didn't know it went in," Poole said. "I looked at the bench. I was always thinking if I hit a shot like that, I didn't want to get tackled. So I was kind of trying to avoid everybody, but I gave up and they tackled me and it was an amazing experience."