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Kansas News

KU's freshmen excited for new experience at NCAA tournament
"Even Selection Sunday, that was exciting, too," said Ochai Agbaji of his early NCAA tournament experience. “It was kind of a little bit nerve-wracking just to see where we were going to be. You know that was the real question. It was just different.”

Shawn Occeus a defensive stopper for 3-point-loving Northeastern | Smithology |
Since the NCAA Tournament bracket was unveiled on Sunday evening it’s proven difficult to mention Northeastern basketball without also bringing up the Huskies’ 3-point shooting.

Getting to know: Northeastern basketball (NCAA Tournament) | Jackson's Journal |
Northeastern, the No. 13 seed in the Midwest region, will play a four-guard lineup that generates most of its scoring production from 3-point range. Fourth-seeded Kansas, meanwhile, has the talent advantage in the frontcourt and will try to get a bulk of its points from inside.

Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett continues to serve as KU's ultimate X-factor |
Kansas coach Bill Self hinted this week that he may be looking at tweaking his starting lineup ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. NCAA Tournament opener against No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Mitch Lightfoot preparing KU's NCAA Tournament newbies for what's to come | Smithology |
On Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home Arena, seven members of the Kansas basketball team’s rotation will experience the NCAA Tournament — and all the nerves and pressure and highs and lows that accompany it — for the first time.

Battle at center position could be pivotal when Kansas takes on Northeastern | Jackson's Journal |
Northeastern center Anthony Green had a solid scouting report on Kansas before head coach Bill Coen even talked to the team ahead of the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ochai Agbaji 'definitely fine with' potential return to bench
“Well I think they can stretch it from all spots and they can even from the five spot whenever they play a certainly lineup," Self said on Tuesday. "They really know how to play, a bunch of vets. And athletic, too.”

Other Sports News

Woman accuses Cal players, staff of harassment
The University of California's athletic department has referred allegations of sexual harassment to its Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, the school said in a statement Wednesday.

Smart ejected after 'cheap shot' shove of Embiid
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was ejected less than a minute into the third quarter of Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia for a two-handed shove into the back of 76ers star Joel Embiid.

Source: Ichiro retiring after Thursday's game
Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners he will retire after Thursday's game in Tokyo, sources confirmed to ESPN, and has exited the game.

Calipari: Plan and desire is to retire at Kentucky
"Before I go to bed, let me just say this: I'm coaching at the Univ. of Kentucky," he wrote in a Twitter post. "In my opinion, there is no better job in the world to coach basketball. My plan and my desire is to retire at Kentucky. I think the university feels the same as I do and we've talked openly about it.

Rockets vs. Grizzlies - Game Recap - March 20, 2019 - ESPN
James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough.

Other News

New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says - The New York Times
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week.

Justice Department issues subpoenas in criminal investigation of Boeing - CNN
US Justice Department prosecutors have issued multiple subpoenas as part of an investigation into Boeing's Federal Aviation Administration certification and marketing of 737 Max planes, sources briefed on the matter told CNN.

Liam Gallagher Confirms Collaboration With Son Gene on Upcoming Album | Billboard
Liam Gallagher is getting a little help from his son Gene on his next album. On Wednesday (March 20), the veteran rocker posted an Instagram photo of the 17-year-old working with him in the recording studio.

Daily Inter Lake - Law Roundup, Local battle-ax rains on town’s parade
A woman asked Kalispell Police Department wanting to know who to complain to about vehicles reportedly blocking residential driveways and blaring music during parades. The woman crabbed to an officer she allegedly faulted for why cars park in her driveway during parades. The officer suggested she call police if she was blocked in and the cars would be cited and towed if they violated parking codes. She proceeded to purportedly advise the officer that she would call her attorney, the police chief, the mayor and the city manager.