Thursday blog from CenturyLink Center: KU videos, quotes and more
8:48 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
We're going to wrap up the blog from here in the CenturyLink Center.
Before we go, here's a podcast with Matt Tait where we discuss our observations from the day.
Be sure to check back to KUsports.com on Friday for all your NCAA Tournament coverage in the Jayhawks' first game.
7:54 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Earlier this week, Detroit forward Eli Holman made headlines after being quoted as saying, "(Thomas) Robinson? I can handle Robinson. He has to handle me."
Matt Tait caught up with Holman in the locker room today. There will be much more in Friday's story, but here's a quote from Holman about his previous soundbite.
"The comment kind of got blown up a little bit," Holman said. "So I'm gonna clear that up now. That wasn't exactly what I said. Thomas Robinson is a great player. He's projected as one of the top five picks in the (NBA) draft (in June) and the guy's a beast down low. But what I'm saying is Detroit's here too, now. And we're coming to play."
7:37 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
We talked about the athleticism of Detroit's Doug Anderson earlier. Here's another example of it from a video shot at practice earlier today by Tom Keegan ...
7:33 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Some interesting/funny responses from Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson when asked about Missouri earlier today:
Question: You guys won't have two play them but do you have any thoughts on Missouri being in town with you guys this weekend?
TYSHAWN TAYLOR: No, I don't got (any) thoughts on it.
ELIJAH JOHNSON: Not too many thoughts. They are close to home, too.
TYSHAWN TAYLOR: I hope they are enjoying the weather.
ELIJAH JOHNSON: Yeah.
Question: Are you going to root for them?
ELIJAH JOHNSON: I'll root for the Big 12 because I know that any win with help our conference.
TYSHAWN TAYLOR: They're not in the conference they're in the SEC now.
ELIJAH JOHNSON: You know what, Ty, you got a good point! (Chuckles.)
TYSHAWN TAYLOR: So it doesn't matter, really.
7:05 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
The last of our one-on-one interviews, this one with senior walk-on Jordan Juenemann. He talks about enjoying the food in Omaha and also doing everything he can to help prepare KU's starters for Detroit.
6:51 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Here's the next one-on-one video interview with KU forward Justin Wesley. The sophomore talked about cheering for KU in the NCAA Tournament from his dorm room last year and also was honest in the evaluation of his own game.
6:36 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
KUsports.com photographer Nick Krug has a photo gallery up. Here are a few of the shots ...
6:26 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Here's the first of our one-on-one interviews, this one with KU guard Conner Teahan. The senior talks about memories from Omaha and areas where KU needs to improve defensively against Detroit.
5:19 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
5:15 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
5:05 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Just got back from the KU locker room and will have video interviews with Conner Teahan, Justin Wesley and Jordan Juenemann up shortly.
4:25 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Well, it looks like Syracuse is going to hold on. Looked for a while like UNC-Asheville might bust everyone's brackets.
Just a heads-up: We'll be with the Jayhawks during the entire 30 minutes they are available, so there might not be an update for a little while. After that, though, we should have quite a bit to talk about from here in Omaha.
4 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell
Welcome to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., site of the Kansas men’s basketball team’s Round of 64 game Friday against Detroit.
Today is the pregame media session, meaning all eight teams at the Omaha site are here to talk to reporters about their upcoming games. KU’s players and coaches will talk to media members starting at 4:30, with open practice to follow at 5:10.
We’ll have updates throughout the day here, but I wanted to start with a couple videos/links in case you haven't seen them yet.
• Here's an interesting video that has interviews and footage from inside a Detroit practice earlier in the year. Gives some nice insight into what Ray McCallum's coaching style is.
• Here's shaky, videocam video from Detroit's Eli Holman showing the Titans' entrance into Omaha.
• When KU coach Bill Self talks about Detroit's athleticism, he's definitely talking about 6-foot-5 junior Doug Anderson. Here are a few of his dunks: