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Notebook: Kansas to Face Auburn in Round of 32 Matchup Tonight

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Benton Smith: Auburn preparing to harass Jayhawks into turnovers |
If this was a different era of college basketball, the one in which Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl learned the game as an Iowa assistant, under Tom Davis, Pearl would have his Tigers applying defensive pressure all over the court, baseline to baseline.

KU freshman Devon Dotson prepared for enticing matchup with Auburn's Jared Harper | Jackson's Journal |
Late in the second half, Kansas was leading Northeastern by 30 points when Dotson canned a spot-up triple from the left wing. Dotson’s routine reaction was brief, but to the point, during KU’s 87-53 win in the opening round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Xu concludes NCAA Championships with two All-American honors |
The 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships concluded for the Jayhawks after senior Vicky Xu earned her second All-America honor Friday night inside the Jamail Swimming Center.

No. 16 Kansas tennis knocks off Baylor, 6-1 |
For the second-consecutive match, the doubles point came down to a third-set tiebreaker. Kansas' No. 3 doubles team of Maria Toran Ribes and Malkia Ngounoue triumphed over Baylor's Angelina Shakhraichuk and Dominika Sujova, 7-6(2).

KU baseball drops Big 12 opener at Oklahoma |
The latest loss came at the hands of Oklahoma during the Big 12 opener, as KU dropped a 5-1 decision on the road. Dylan Ditzenberger drove in KU’s only run, as the offense couldn’t do enough to support a strong showing by right-hander Ryan Zeferjahn.

Kansas softball claims two wins over Green Bay |
The Jayhawks (10-20) used their power at the plate to propel them to 9-0 victory in game one with six runs coming off two home runs by Miranda Rodriguez and Sydnee Ramsey. In game two against the Phoenix, KU shutdown a Green Bay comeback to conclude play on the first day of competition with a 5-4 win.

Everything Kansas said before facing Auburn in NCAA Tournament
MITCH LIGHTFOOT: Telling the younger guys, my message has been: Enjoy it. You're here, this is what you have worked for. They have done a great job of preparing themselves for it. It's a big moment. There's a lot -- there's pressure. But this is what you train for. This is what you spend all those hours working on your game for.

Marcus Garrett away from team Friday while dealing with illness
“One guy, you guys will notice that he’s not here, is Marcus Garrett. He’s sick," said KU coach Bill Self on Friday. "Started feeling bad yesterday before the game. Last night didn’t have a good night. But he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

Auburn players: Kansas is not ready for Chuma Okeke
The Auburn sophomore does not like to talk about himself, or the fact that many consider the versatile forward a future NBA star. But here he is in Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, with the brightest spotlight he has ever faced shining from above.

Injury update: Devon Dotson, Bill Self talk 'tweaked' left ankle
The KU men's basketball team may not quite be at 100 percent when it squares off against Auburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament. But the latest report on the point guard from the No. 4-seeded crimson and blue seems to be positive.

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