Monday, March 16, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook



KU gets No. 3 seed

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Complete coverage of Kansas' No. 3 seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

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2009 KU Selection Sunday

Bison represented

Kansas University basketball fans may need to drive to Minneapolis in droves if the Jayhawk faithful are to rival North Dakota State’s legion of fans in Friday’s 11:30 a.m. NCAA opener at the Metrodome.

It’s a 31⁄2-hour drive from Fargo, N.D., home of N.D. State, to the Metrodome. It’s about a seven-hour drive from Lawrence.

“Honestly, right now I don’t think it’s real fair that Kansas has to travel to Minneapolis to play North Dakota State,” Bison coach Saul Phillips told the Journal-World on Sunday. He has eight Minnesota natives on his roster.

“They’ve earned a right to probably play at a more neutral court. But at the same time, hey, I’m not making any calls in protest. We’ll take any little advantage we can get, because if you go by what works in our favor throughout this whole matchup, that might be the little sliver that we can latch onto.”

KU coach Bill Self did not agree with a reporter’s assertion that the NCAA had KU play in Minnesota in the hopes Jayhawk fans would purchase tickets and help sell out the Metrodome.

The Sprint Center in nearby Kansas City, which also hosts first- and second-round games, long has been sold out.

“I think when we were a 3 seed and Oklahoma a 2, they (Sooners) were going to Kansas City, not us,” Self said. “If we were a 2 and OU a 3, we’d go to Kansas City. I don’t think that (ticket sales) has anything to do with it at all.”

Nobody went crazy

The defending national champion Jayhawks, who had gathered in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse for the Selection Sunday show, applauded when CBS revealed KU’s NCAA fate.

“There wasn’t as much energy in our room to watch the selection show because we already kind of knew how we scored in the situation,” Self said. “But we will be excited to play.”

Long week

Self is OK with the fact the Jayhawks must wait until Friday to play. KU lost to Baylor on Thursday at the Big 12 tournament.

“You would think that since we played last Thursday we would want to play as soon as possible. I’m not disappointed that we play on Friday at all because I need to really become familiar with North Dakota State and also the potential teams that North Dakota State or us could play. And I'm sure they feel the same way,” Self said.

Self already had tapes of the Bison to review Sunday night. It’s because KU director of basketball operations Brett Ballard tapes games of virtually all Div. I teams that could make the tournament beginning in February.

“We will have plenty of tape,” Self said. “I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't have at least three or four games on them already.”

Cole knows Carlson

N.D. State has eight Minnesota natives on its roster. Cole Aldrich played AAU basketball with Eric Carlson, a 6-6 red-shirt freshman from Shakopee, Minn.

“He’s a great kid. He’ll be another tough challenge for us when he gets in the game,” Aldrich said.

Collins’ take

Sherron Collins wanted to play tourney games in Kansas City.

“I was real hopeful,” he said. “I knew there was a good chance it would not happen. We won our conference but lost in the tournament. We’ve got fans who follow us wherever we go.”


Seth Peattie 10 years, 10 months ago

65 Teams in the DANCE, all but 1 can SUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ROCK CHALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Timmay97 10 years, 10 months ago

Why did they have to have the team name Bison? Yikes!

Step it up Hawks! Every game is now your rival game. Don't take ANYONE lightly.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 10 months ago

One thing I'm glad to see is that they don't have a dominant big man. I still have nightmare flashbacks of 6'11 Chris McNaughton for Bucknell and 7'0 Patrick O'Bryant for Bradley.

KU_Chronic 10 years, 10 months ago

that is good to hear that they dont have any bigs to rival cole... as long as he comes out with energy and demands the ball from the guards we should be able to eat them alive inside and then hit them from deep when the perimeter opens up. ROCK CHALK DONT SCREW THIS UP!!!

mikehawk 10 years, 10 months ago

There are no gimmes in The Big Dance. Tip it up and play the game. Survive and advance, or go home.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

The team with the toughest draw of all in the first round is Louisville.

They must play the always tough "To Be Announced" aka TBA.

TBA is tough, because there are no tapes of them.

TBA is always well-coached, but it is always tough to tell what style of play they will have.

TBA can come at you big and powerful, or small and fast.

TBA can run the floor, or turn it into half-court grind-it-out.

Pity poor Louisville.

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