Jayhawks Defeat Purdue, Advance To Sweet Sixteen

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By Blake Schuster Purdue did its best. They were 23 seconds away from adding their name along side Bradley, Bucknell, VCU, and Northern Iowa in Kansas Basketball infamy, but an Elijah Johnson layup stopped it. Where the Jayhawks had gone down so many times before, they emerged on top. Now a date with North Carolina State in St. Louis waits next weekend after Kansas defeated Purdue 63-60 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. “I’ve been around long enough now that usually teams that have great success in the tournament figure out a way to win a game when they don’t play their best,” Bill Self said. “Hopefully this was that game.” To start — and…

Rested Jayhawks Prepare For Purdue

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By Blake Schuster A little after midnight on Friday the Jayhawks strolled into the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Omaha. Fresh off a 65-50 victory over Detroit, they were greeted by family and fans. Back in their rooms they cooled off, ate a little, and passed out. Relishing in victory, preparing for war, they slept. That’s how it goes when you play the last game of the second round in the NCAA tournament. Minds fried, bodies worn down, no energy to worry, you go to sleep —and it may have been the best thing for Kansas. “The only celebrating we did was for Thomas [Robinson’s] birthday,” Elijah Johnson said. “There’s not too much…

VIDEO: KU players preview Purdue matchup

      Travis Releford discussed the Jayhawks upcoming matchup with 10th seeded Purdue, while Tyshawn Taylor discussed his leg cramps from Friday night.

VIDEO: Bill Self previews Purdue matchup

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        Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self previewed Sunday evenings matchup with 10th seeded Purdue.

Jayhawks Cruise Past Detroit 65-50

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By Blake Schuster Omaha, Neb. — Normally being grouped with Duke would be a good thing for Kansas basketball, but on a day where the Blue Devils joined Missouri as one of the few #2 seeds to fall to a #15 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Jayhawks wanted no part of that — and they played like it. Kansas rolled over Detroit 65-50 in Friday night’s second round match-up at the CenturyLink Center, setting itself up for a Sunday night bout with Purdue. “We didn’t talk about [the losses] at all or make it a big deal but it did wake us up a little more and gave us energy for the game,” Thomas…

VIDEO: KU VS Detroit Preview

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    #2 Seed Kansas takes on #15 Seed Detroit Friday evening. The Jayhawks arrived Thursday for their final practice before the second round game in Omaha.

Holman Provides Physical Challenge For Jayhawks

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By Blake Schuster His name is Ray McCallum; he is a 6-2 guard, and former McDonald’s All-American, who averages 15.6 points per game and can pass the ball with the precision of a quarterback. He is the name Kansas fans have become familiar with as the Jayhawks prepare for a Friday showdown with Detroit in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He is not who Kansas should fear. His name is Eli Holman. You won’t see him in the starting lineup, but if Detroit is going to give Kansas a run, Holman will be a large reason why. The 2012 Horizon League 6th Man of the Year, who was originally recruited to Indiana by…

” PJ 2 CJ” Blog: NCAA Tourney Sleepers

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  Pat (PJ) Strathman and CJ Matson prepare you for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by breaking down their four sleeper teams that could make noise come tourney time.

The “GRAFF” Report

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  By Trevor Graff: The conference season is coming to a close with Kansas, Missouri and Baylor fighting for the conference title with the relative safety of a probable NCAA tournament berth.  The next tier of the Big 12 will either play their way in to the tournament or fall on the wrong side of the bubble.