Des Moines, Iowa Austin Peay hit 41 percent of its shots in a 105-79 loss to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.
“It was terrible,” junior forward Landen Lucas said of the Jayhawks’ defense. “We let the officials bother us and let them get in our heads too much. We’ve got to change that going into the next game.”
KU to meet Huskies: No. 1 overall seed KU (31-4) will play (25-10) UConn, a 9-seed that defeated 8-seed Colorado, 74-67, on Thursday. UConn hit 22 of 23 free throws.
The Jayhawks take on the Governors in the first round of the NCAA tournament
“I watched the first half in the hotel,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Colorado controlled the first half. Based on what our staff said, Connecticut players rose to the challenge, put a lot of pressure on Colorado after that. It was a great win for Connecticut. We know we have our hands full.”
Classy band: KU’s basketball band, which played during the Jayhawks’ game against Austin Peay in Wells Fargo Arena, also helped Drake University out on Thursday night. With Drake’s band on spring break, the KU band subbed at the Drake-Sacred Heart women’s NIT game in Drake’s campus arena in Des Moines.
Drake won, 95-59, and its players and cheerleaders posed with the Jayhawk band at center court after the game.
“How cool is that?” Drake women’s coach Jennie Baranczyk told ESPN.com. “They even learned our fight song. I’ll be cheering for Kansas men to win.”
Self a finalist: KU coach Self is a finalist for Naismith coach of the year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. Other finalists: Jay Wright of Villanova, Tom Crean of Indiana and Chris Mack of Xavier.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 3, at the Naismith Awards brunch at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.
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