Withey’s superb defense advances Jayhawks to Elite Eight

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By C.J. Matson ST. LOUIS — He wished he recorded a triple-double, but Jeff Withey was glad he contributed to the Kansas Jayhawks’ 60-57 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, blocking 10 shots in a game that the Jayhawks struggled mightily on offense. It was a record-matching and record-breaking night for Withey. His 10 blocks against North Carolina State matched Cole Aldrich’s record for most blocks in a single NCAA Tournament game for a Kansas player. Aldrich blocked 10 shots against Dayton in 2009. Withey also surpassed Aldrich for the most block shots in a single season for a Kansas player.  Aldrich blocked 125 shots during the 2009-10. Withey currently stands at 126 blocks…

Favorable frontcourt matchup could propel Kansas

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By C.J. Matson ST. LOUIS — Kansas’s second round game against Purdue showed that if you don’t have favorable matchups, then your chances of winning are slim. Even though Kansas is a better, more talented team than Purdue, the Boilermakers had a favorable matchup that they exploited, playing a perimeter-oriented offense that required Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson to guard the perimeter. The Jayhawks’ game against the Boilermakers was reminiscent of their earlier matchups against the Missouri Tigers and Iowa State Cyclones. That won’t be the case in the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 matchup against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. North Carolina State plays a traditional style of offense puts more emphasis on the frontcourt. It’s…

VIDEO: KU Vs North Carolina St. Preview

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  Kansas, head coach Bill Self and players, spoke to members of the media inside the locker room to preview Friday night’s matchup with N.C. State.