Wichita — Preparing to play Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard discussed what's stood out on film when he's studied the Jayhawks and why he believes Svi Mykhailiuk is the X-factor of KU's offense.
"They space you out, they pick and roll, they are driving," Willard said. "I love Devonte' Graham, what he does. He's the ultimate point guard, two guard. He can score when he needs to and he gets everybody involved."
With a size advantage in the post, via star forward Angel Delgado, Willard said the Pirates will try to make the most of their physicality.
Wichita — Limited to three minutes in a 76-60 victory over Penn on Thursday, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Udoka Azubuike "looked good" during Friday's practice ahead of the Jayhawks' second-round matchup against Seton Hall in the NCAA Tournament.
"We stressed it," said Self of Azubuike's knee (MCL sprain). "We threw him lobs. We did a lot of things to make him go get it to get some confidence. He did a good job with that. He's not 100 percent by any stretch, but I think you can put him out there for 15 minutes or so tomorrow."
Azubuike could play a big role against Seton Hall senior forward Angel Delgado, a second-team all-Big East selection who has averaged 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds.
Wichita — Scoring 11 points in the first 13 minutes, there was nothing easy about the Kansas basketball team's 76-60 victory over Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena.
"There's been more pleasant dental appointments that I've gone to that," KU coach Bill Self joked. "Yeah I'm glad it's over."
KU senior Devonte' Graham sparked the Jayhawks' offense with 19 points in the first half, despite missing his first few shots.
"Devonte' missed some wide open looks to start the game as we all did," Self said. "That's what happens. You miss some open ones and then the next open ones feel like they are a little bit guarded. But he made a couple of big 3s."
The Kansas basketball team conducted an open practice ahead of its first-round matchup against Penn in the NCAA Tournament.
Wichita — One day before the start of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said he wants the Jayhawks to play loose when they tip off against Penn in the first round at 1 p.m. Thursday (TV: TBS) at Intrust Bank Arena.
"Every kid growing up that plays this game, they dream of in the backyard or in the driveway of playing in this tournament and this moment," Self said. "There shouldn't be any what-ifs."
After an earlier practice Wednesday, Self said Udoka Azubuike (MCL sprain) will be a game-time decision for the Jayhawks' first round game.
Wichita — With a defense that usually limits 3-pointers, Penn coach Steve Donahue believes his team can compete with top-seeded Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
"We really guard. We guard the 3 really well. We're a top-10 defensive rebounding team. We're a top-20 points per possession, raw numbers. That gives us a fighter's chance."
Donahue believes the Quakers (24-8) are better than their No. 16 seed because they don't have as many weaknesses as typical 16 seeds.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about the Midwest region (KU will play Penn in the first round Thursday), Udoka Azubuike's progress from his knee injury and his thoughts on Malik Newman's breakout games in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Kansas basketball team held a 30-minute practice Wednesday at Sprint Center before its first game in the Big 12 Tournament. Udoka Azubuike was held out of practice after suffering a knee injury on Tuesday.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about Udoka Azubuike's knee sprain after practice Wednesday and how the Jayhawks will fill his minutes. Azubuike will sit out the Big 12 Tournament because of a knee sprain he suffered in Tuesday's practice.
Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham shares his reaction to when he heard he was named Big 12 Player of the Year, what it means to follow Frank Mason III as player of the year and why he thinks the Jayhawks can learn from their loss to Oklahoma State.