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Notebook: Kansas Mauls Northeastern; Looks Ahead to Auburn

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Media aglow about Kansas after tourney-opening romp
No, it's not all irrelevant, but there's reason to ask how much of it is real and lasting after Kansas absolutely smashed Northeastern 87-53 to open up its NCAA Tournament, marking the 13th consecutive year the Jayhawks have advanced past the first round in March Madness. Dedric Lawson was, well, Dedric Lawson, giving Kansas a huge advantage inside while also helping by stepping away from the basket and making some jumpers. And Kansas as a team relentlessly attacked the basket, using its athleticism and quickness to get into the paint, and to the rim at will.

'My boys are winners': Lawson brothers carry Kansas to 87-53 win over Northeastern in NCAA Tournament |
They combined for 38 points, 14 rebounds and one big victory while helping lead No. 4 seed Kansas to Thursday’s 87-53, first-round victory over No. 13 Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Notebook: Jayhawks' defense rises to challenge on big stage in route of Huskies |
Defense, defense, defense. That was the focus all week for the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team ahead of its first-round, NCAA Tournament matchup with hot-shooting Northeastern.

Benton Smith: KU freshman Devon Dotson far too fast and tough for Northeastern |
There was no collective gasp inside Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday afternoon, because there weren’t enough Kansas basketball fans on site for the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament opener way out west for their reaction to overtake the air space.

KU senior diver earns All-American at NCAA Championships |
Kansas senior Vicky Xu concluded her first day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Championships as an All-American on the one-meter board Thursday evening inside the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Tipoff time, TV set for Auburn-Kansas in NCAA Tournament
Auburn and Kansas will begin Saturday at approximately 8:40 p.m. CT on TBS, it was announced Thursday night.

Las Vegas releases betting line for Kansas-Auburn
The SouthPoint Hotel opened the game’s betting as a pick ‘em, meaning the two teams are roughly equal, while Westgate LV SuperBook opened with Kansas as a one-point underdog. And while Kansas is actually the better seed as the No. 4 to Auburn’s No. 5, statistics website KenPom has Auburn ranked slightly higher (No. 14 to No. 17), and forecasts a one-point Auburn victory, 75-74.

Old-man game: Dedric Lawson unstoppable in win over Northeastern
The Jayhawks' best player and one of the most unstoppable forces left in the tournament, Lawson's most exciting plays come when he dribbles end to end like a guard and finishes at the rim. Usually, though, it's a quiet dominance. He seals off his man, catches the ball and lays it in. He dives in toward the rim from the top of the key and softly puts a shot off the glass. He posts up, patiently waits for the ball and scores over the top of length. He catches on the perimeter and, only if there’s space, puts up a 3-point shot.

Other Sports News

Morant first with tourney triple-double since '12
With family members and friends watching from the front row, Murray State's Ja Morant recorded a triple-double in an 83-64 win over Marquette in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at the XL Center.

Wofford's Magee breaks NCAA career 3s record
The crowd stood with arms raised when Wofford guard Fletcher Magee got the ball on the first possession of the second half, anticipating this would be his history-making moment.

MSU's Izzo doesn't apologize for yelling at Henry
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo didn't apologize after Thursday's NCAA tournament first-round win over Bradley for screaming at freshman forward Aaron Henry in the second half so intensely the two had to be separated by guard Cassius Winston.

Roundtable: Predictions for Friday's 2019 NCAA tournament games
The first full day of March Madness is behind us, and Friday will see the field narrowed to 32 teams.'s panel of college basketball experts weighed in on the best and worst of Thursday, and looked ahead to another potential thrilling day ahead

UCLA soccer coach in admissions scandal resigns
UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned following his indictment last week for allegedly taking payments totaling $200,000 as part of an extensive college admissions and testing bribery scheme, the school confirmed Thursday.

Watch: Charles Barkley yells chant after Auburn win
NCAA March Madness analyst Charles Barkley isn't hiding who he wants to win the NCAA Tournament. The former Auburn basketball player was on the edge of his seat in the studio, as the No. 5 Tigers survived a 78-77 first round win over No. 12 New Mexico State.

Other News

Indonesian airline cancels $5 billion order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets
Indonesia’s flag carrier has requested cancellation of a $4.9 billion order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets, citing customer concerns, the company confirmed Friday.

Brexit Delay OK'd By E.U. — Two Weeks, Or Maybe Two Months : NPR
Ultimately, May got an extension — but not the one she was hoping for. After several hours of negotiations, leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries unanimously agreed Thursday to postpone the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom to depart the political bloc. The E.U. offered two alternative deadlines — one if U.K. lawmakers can agree on a path forward, and one if it cannot.

25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says - The New York Times
“The flooding this year could be worse than anything we’ve seen in recent years, even worse than the historic floods of 1993 and 2011,” said Mary C. Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service, in a conference call with reporters. The major flooding this month in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and elsewhere is “a preview of what we expect throughout the rest of the spring,” she said.

This version of Champagne Supernova by Noel has 'really upset' Liam Gallagher |
How many special people change? Well, Champagne Supernova will always be a special tune - we've stated our reasons why here - but it's clear that the rivalry between the Gallagher brothers is showing no signs of changing also.

Liam Gallagher explains why he finds Noel's new single 'Holy Mountain' "a bit annoying" - NME
“Musically, I find it a bit annoying,” he added, explaining why: “I think there are too many notes in it, and it’s just a bit not risky. It’s not for me.”

Liam Gallagher says he'll deliver a second solo album - NME
The former Oasis man’s debut album became the fastest selling vinyl record of the last two decades and outsold the rest of the top 20 combined in its first week on sale, rocketing to number one. Gallagher subsequently congratulated himself and all his fans on taking the top spot.