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The Jayhawks take on the Michigan Wolverines tonight in Arlington

Jayhawks
41 56 93-40

Wolverines

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Field goal percentage for season
48 percent made

rebounds per game

39.1 7.1

Field goal percentage for season
48.4 percent made

rebounds per game

35.1 6.2

steals per game

steals per game

ben mclemore
Kansas freshman guard

Michigan sophomore guard

trey burke

rebounds per game

assists per game

rebounds per game

assists per game

steals per game

5.3

points per game

2.0

steals per game

3.0 1.6

points per game

6.7

field goal percentage
49.4 percent made

1.0

3-point percentage
41.6 percent made

15.8
turnovers

field goal percentage
47 percent made

3-point percentage
38.7 percent made

18.8
turnovers

free throw percentage
87 percent made

free throw percentage
80.1 percent made

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it takes two

Withey, Young one-two punch impresses A
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a layup it’s on me.” This is the core of the Jayhawks defense. It goes back to the philosophy that Self has preached since before his days in Lawrence: Give up one or fewer shots per possession and no easy buckets. The Jayhawks will pressure the shooters and allow Withey to take care of the rest. Perhaps that’s what makes Kevin Young such an important figure. Not many teams have a safety net beneath their safety net. If Withey can’t make a play, Young is there to step in. “A lot of times people suck in and double team me,” Withey said. “And Kev always does the miracle play and gets a dunk or something like that. He makes a lot of the hustle plays and I don’t think he gets enough credit for who he is.” Miracle might be a stretch; repetition would be more like it. Being together for two years has allowed the duo to pick up on each other’s tendencies. Young said he just plays off Withey and makes sure to go to the opposite areas of the court. “My fro just points me the right way,” Young joked. If his hair does hold any superpower, it would explain why it seems so easy for Young to disappear in the chaos. Withey goes one way and his smaller partner sneaks into the background. Beilein will be keeping an eye on Young, and if his message has gotten through, the Wolverines will too. “I’m not a big name,” Young said. “I’m another puzzle piece to this team.” — Edited by Madison Schultz

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Bigger stadiums, bigger problems

There’s a storm-a-brewin!
By Mike Vernon
mvernon@kansan.com
RLINGTON, Texas — Like it or not, we’re in a new era of NCAA Tournament basketball. This is the age of bigger stadiums, more fans and more money. This is the age of playing a Regional Final at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the famous video board has another, “smaller,” video board hanging below it. This is the age of basketball games in football stadiums. Where there’s more air from the backboard to the stands than there is in all of Allen Fieldhouse. Where the fans have to squint to see the rims. And as this new age begins to affect play on the court, it becomes a problem. TNT Analyst, five-time NBA Champion and well-known 3-point shooter Steve Kerr is no stranger to shooting in domes. He played for Arizona from 19831988, which included an Elite Eight matchup against North Carolina in the Kingdome in Seattle. That was back when a curtain cut the stadium in half, and stands were brought in to give the game a more intimate feel. The Kingdome has a capacity of 66,000 for football, but 40,000 for basketball. Even then, it would bother Kerr. Still, he never played in a stadium that seats 80,000 people with a raised court in the center of the stadium. “The shooting backdrop is different,” Kerr said. “Everything is different. People on the floor are down below, you chase a loose ball out of bounds; you have to jump off a ledge. It’s uncomfortable.” Kerr’s not alone, either. The numbers back him up. Tyshawn Taylor alone backs him up. Taylor became a talking point last season for those who believe that it’s harder to shoot in domes. Taylor missed his first 18 NCAA Tournament 3-point shots in domed arenas from 2009-2012. He made one, his only make, against Kentucky in the Championship game last year. However, Taylor was just the centerpiece of a phenomena that occurred across college basketball last season. According to USA Today, in the first eight domed games in last year’s tournament, teams made just under 30 percent of their 3-point shots. That’s down from 35 percent in the regular season and 41percent in non-dome tournament games. Michigan’s freshman guard Nik Stauskas, a 43 percent 3-point shooter, said he felt comfortable in the gym by the end of his shootaround, but he didn’t start that way. “It took a couple of minutes to get the touch going just because of the depth perception,” Stauskas said. “But once you’re going, it’s all right.” The contrasting styles of Michigan and Kansas will clash in Cowboys Stadium tonight. Michigan is a run-and-gun team that likes to shoot the ball from outside the lane. Kansas is best when it plays a little smash mouth and wins inside. If last year’s numbers are any indicator and it’s tough to shoot in Dallas, the advantage goes to Kansas. Even further, the Jayhawks played two games at the Edward Jones dome in St. Louis last season and another two in the Superdome in New Orleans. “It probably does favor [Kansas] just because they’ve experienced it before,” Kerr said. As the Jayhawks wrapped up their open practice Thursday — their first time shooting at Cowboys stadium — Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe both wanted one last shot. McLemore made a three from the stadium’s far corner. Tharpe had a bit more ambition. He launched a shot from half court and not only did it go in, it only touched nylon. A nothing-but-net half court shot in Cowboys Stadium. Imagine that. — Edited by Brian Sisk

he scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. bschuster@kansan.com The Tar Heels went after WithARLINGTON, Texas — There’s ey — which didn’t work out too no question that Michigan has well considering his 16 points dedicated a lot of time to figuring and 16 rebounds — and watched out how to get around senior cen- as Young provided the dirty work ter Jeff Withey. that Beilein alluded to. Heck, any team that didn’t cer“Nobody boxes me out,” Young tainly wouldn’t be playing in the said. “I get the easy put-backs.” Sweet Sixteen. But with the WolDespite Beilein’s attempts to verines’ players, you get the feel- make sure the Wolverines don’t ing there isn’t much else to worry get mesmerized by Withey, their about inside. style of play makes Michigan susThere’s a simple message within ceptible to the same mistake. the UM locker room: Watch out “The way you play Michigan is for Withey. probably similar “My job is to the way you’d to hit the layup want to guard when I can,” Carolina,” Kan“[Young] makes a lot of sophomore sas coach Bill the hustle plays and I Michigan guard Self said. don’t think he gets enough Trey Burke said. That tends to “It’s all off reads credit for who he is.” bode well for a from Jeff WithJayhawk team Jeff withey acclimated to ey, really.” Senior center c h a l l e n g i n g Yes, the Jayhawks’ big man a lineup that has played as close to his college starts four guards. potential as possible. Yes, Withey After all, it’s not like Withey has finally evolved into an elite doesn’t assert himself in the paint scorer without having to sacrifice regardless of what the opponent one bit of his defensive prowess. does. Actually, his presence down Yes, Withey is a man who should low allows Kansas to place its be feared in the post. pressure elsewhere. But while the Wolverines talk“A lot of people fear being ed about the Jayhawks’ center, back-doored,” Kansas guard Elitheir coach kept reminding them jah Johnson said. “But when you of that other guy. back-door you’re going with a “People forget how good this head of steam. And you’re going four-man is for them,” Michigan with a head of steam into a brick coach John Beilein said of Kansas wall.” forwards Kevin Young and Perry And don’t think Withey Ellis. “They do a lot of the dirty doesn’t enjoy being the last line of work that is unnoticed by the defense. He’ll often encourage the common fan.” Jayhawks to leave the paint alone. One wouldn’t have to look too “It’s something I take pride in,” far back to see what happens when Withey said. “A lot of times I’ll tell Young is left wandering. Last them to pressure out and not let weekend against North Carolina them take the three and if they hit

Senior center Jeff Withey scores with a layup during the second half of the game against Western Kentucky last Friday night at the Sprint Center for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Withey led the team with 17 points, seven blocks and eight rebounds in the 64-57 defeat against the No. 16-seed Hilltopers.

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evenly matched

Fans, experts split on Sweet Sixteen game
GEOFFREY CALVERT
gcalvert@kansan.com about the experts. “Michigan’s it, who’s not picking us.” However, it’s not a slight to Kanplaying.” Senior guard Elijah Johnson said sas that many media members and he wouldn’t hold a grudge against fans seem to think top-seeded Kansas could falter anyone for pickFriday in the ing against KanSweet Sixteen. sas because he “We enjoy seeing people on Rather, it’s a doesn’t feel he’s ESPN and whoever do the c o mp l i m e nt justified in getting to the Wolvermad at someone brackets say, ‘Oh we got ines. On Jan. for their opinion. Kansas going down,’ and 28, Michigan While senior then we pull out a win.” ascended to guard Travis RelNo. 1 in the eford said the travis releford A s s o c i a t e d Jayhawks don’t Senior guard Press poll betake it personally, fore faltering they still notice in its final 11 regular season games when people pick against them. “We enjoy seeing people on to a 6-5 record. Four of those losses ESPN and whoever do the brack- came to teams in the NCAA Tourets say, ‘Oh we got Kansas going nament. Multiple Jayhawks said Michidown,’ and then we pull out a win,” Releford said. “We see who’s saying gan’s ability to score transition

ARLINGTON, Texas — Of ESPN.com’s 13 featured college basketball writers, only three of them picked Kansas to represent the South region in the Final Four. Five writers selected teams from the South region that didn’t survive the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend. As of Thursday evening, the nation was split 50-50 on NCAA. com’s poll about whether Michigan or Kansas would survive its 6:37 p.m. tilt Friday night. All four of CBSsports.com’s featured college basketball writers like the Wolverines to dispose of the Jayhawks. That’s fine with Kansas. “Those guys aren’t playing,” senior forward Kevin Young said

Coach Bill Self and sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe laugh during practice inside the Cowboys Stadium Thursday afternoon March 28. Kansas is set to play the No. 4-seed Michigan tonight at 6:37 p.m.

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buckets stood out to them, and Michigan’s 75.2 points per game are only .2 points behind Kansas’ 75.4 points per game. Similarly, the Jayhawks tend to play their best when their defensive pressure leads to easy fast break dunks. “One thing about them is they are really a transition team from what I watched in the game,” sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe said. “They like to shoot the three in transition and they like to shoot it from the corner.” Michigan’s offensive catalyst is sophomore guard Trey Burke, the 2013 Big Ten player of the year. He averages 18.8 points per game and also distributes 6.7 assists per game. Even when South Dakota State held Burke in single-digits scoring for the first time this season in the round of 64, he notched seven assists, one of the 23 times this season he’s earned at least six assists. Despite Burke being a national player of the year candidate, Michigan isn’t a one-man band. Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr., both sons of former NBA All-Stars, have combined to convert 11 of 17 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament. Freshman forward Mitch McGary is averaging 17 points in the Big Dance, and freshman guard Nik Stauskas shoots 43 percent from 3-point range on the season. But everything starts with Burke for Michigan, who Johnson said looks like he’s playing in “slow motion” because he looks so comfortable on the floor. Tharpe said Burke is the one Kansas wants to stop. “We don’t let him get into the paint and let him get going, then

other teammates won’t be able to feed off it,” Tharpe said. On the flip side, Johnson has struggled at point guard during the tournament, scoring an identical five points on 1-6 shooting in each of the two games. He also hasn’t facilitated the offense much, combining for six total assists. Perhaps his absence as the offense’s captain is one of the reasons freshman guard Ben McLemore has played even worse than Johnson offensively. McLemore has scored nine of his 13 points during the NCAA Tournament from free throws and has shot only 2-14 from the field, including 0-8 from 3-point range. “I personally still feel like I haven’t played and Ben hasn’t played,” Johnson said. “That’s two starters right there. We’ve been winning games and we’ve been doing what we’ve been doing with only 60 percent of our starting five out there performing.” McLemore said he talked to one of Kansas’ coaches who told him he’s been shooting the ball at a flatter angle and with his hands not being spread out. But coach Bill Self said even more than focusing on mechanics, McLemore needs to focus on himself and his confidence. “I think there’s one voice, primarily, and it’s his own,” Self said. “And he needs to understand that he’s good. He’s really good. When he’s really good, he’s as good as there is. And that’s what I think he’s got to believe going into tomorrow.” — Edited by Tara Bryant

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Universities raise the stakes for postseason success
Laken Rapier
lrapier@kansan.com There is more than a trip to Atlanta on the line. It’s all about the Benjamins. When Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines take the court Friday, there is more the opportunity to survive and advance to the Elite Eight; there will be a $25,000 price tag on Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. Michigan coach, John Beilein, is one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball, according to a survey conducted by USA Today. He rakes in more than $2.2 million a season, $200,000 of which is entirely bonus, making Beilein the 13th highest paid coach in college basketball. So far in the 2013 NCAAA tournament, Beilein has pocketed $75,000, one-third of which was awarded for simply securing a tournament bid. Beilein received $25,000 for each win of his first two wins. He still has the opportunity to earn up to $100,000 if the Wolverines win the big dance. But what’s on the line for Bill and the boys? Nothing. Self doesn’t receive a bonus for earning a tournament bid or for advancing through the first five rounds. But if Self does lead the Jayhawks to Atlanta, a $150,000 check will be there waiting for him there. This gives each win up until the Final Four a $37,500 price tag. What will the beloved Jayhawk coach take home for reaching the title game? A big fat nothing. However, if — when ­ — the Jayhawks bring back another National Championship, Self will receive an additional $200,000. That’s $350,000 total Beak ‘Em Bucks for winning all the marbles. This would leave each win with a price tag of more than $58,300. That’s more than 3,880 Jeff Withey jerseys. In addition his NCAA tournament bonuses, Self has other incentives for this year’s success. He has already received an additional $75,000 to supplement his regular season salary of more than $3.6 million, according to USA Today. For sharing the regular season Big 12 title with Kansas State, he raked in $50,000, twice as much as he received for taking home another Big 12 tournament title. Self ’s salary and post-season incentives make him the fifth highest paid men’s college basketball coach, which makes sense seeing as Self heads college basketball’s second most valuable team, according to Forbes. It’s hard to argue Bill Self doesn’t deserve it. He works hard for his incentives. And despite his high salary, he remained off Forbes’s list of most overpaid coaches. A list that University of Missouri’s coach Frank Haith is first on. As for the University of Florida’s Billy Donovan and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Andy Enfield, they each have a pretty penny on the line. The 15 seed’s coach has received $15,000 in the tournament: $5,000 for clinching a NCAA tournament bid and double that for making it to the Sweet Sixteen. If Enfield can lead his team to the Final Four, he will pocket an additional $15,000. Winning the entire tournament comes

Head Coach Bill Self shakes hands with North Carolina Head Coach and former Kansas Head Coach Roy Williams after a postseason matchup. with a $20,000 bonus. This leaves Enfield with the opportunity to pocket a total of $50,000. A lot is on the line for this Cinderella team. But there is even more at stake for Florida’s Donovan, who is makes more than $3.6 million a year coaching the Gators, according to USA Today. After the first two rounds of the tournament, Donovan has earned $37,500 for the NCAA tournament bid and another $37,500 for making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Donovan, like Self, will not get a paycheck for a win today. He will receive $25,000 if the Gators make it to Atlanta, and if the Gators chomp their way to the championship, Donovan will take home another $150,000. Florida’s coach would earn a quarter of a million dollars worth of bonuses if he leaves Atlanta with a championship trophy. For the twelve remaining

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coaches, there is more than banners and bragging rights on the line during March’s madness. The hard work pays off. — Edited by Tara Bryant ­

NCAA Tournament

Wichita State advances to Elite Eight after defeating La Salle
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LOS ANGELES — Wichita State went from sweet to elite, beating La Salle 72-58 on Thursday night to reach the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years. Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points, Carl Hall added 16 points and freshman Ron Baker 13 for the ninth-seeded Shockers, who proved their upset of No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the third round was no fluke. They never trailed in this matchup of small schools whose past NCAA tourney success was long buried in the history books. The Shockers advanced to Saturday’s West Regional final against No. 2 seed Ohio State, a 73-70 winner over Arizona in the first semifinal at Staples Center. Their yellow-clad fans, several waving handmade signs, made up nearly all of the smaller crowd that stuck around to see the end. Wichita State (29-8) tied the school’s 2010-11 team for most victories. That group won the NIT title. These Shockers have designs on next matching what the 1965 team did — reaching the Final Four. La Salle (24-10) briefly fought back in the second half — getting within 11 points — but the Shockers made sure the history of No. 13 seeds never making the final eight remained intact. The Shockers beat Kansas by two points to get to the final eight in 1981. They didn’t need to take down a giant this time, just a 6,500-student school from Philadelphia that scrapped its way 2,754 miles from an at-large berth in Dayton, Ohio, to Los Angeles. Jerrell Wright and Tyrone Garland led the Explorers with 16 points each. Ramon Galloway, who averages a team-leading 17.4 points, was held to 11 for a program that won the 1954 NCAA championship and reached the 1955 national title game. Wichita State dominated inside, owning a 47-29 rebounding edge and outscoring La Salle 40-26 in the paint, helped by Hall, who had 14 points in the first half. The Shockers limited La Salle to 36 percent shooting — the same as Gonzaga shot in its second-round loss. Hall sat down with his third foul while La Salle was busy whittling its deficit to 11 points by attacking the rim. But the Explorers never got within single digits, and Armstead scored nine straight points to push Wichita State’s lead to 62-47. Another 6-0 spurt, capped by Cleanthony Early’s dunk, made it 68-48. The Shockers hit two straight 3-pointers to open the second half and push their lead to 22 points. La Salle turned aggressive, answering with a 10-0 run to close to 44-32, with Wright scoring the first seven points and Galloway making a 3-pointer. The Explorers got shocked to start the game, with Wichita State outscoring them 14-2. The Shockers ended the half on a 9-1 run, including five by Baker, to lead 38-22 at the break. La Salle was held to 27 percent shooting, while Wichita State shot 53 percent and dominated the paint, 24-10. Hall’s teammates repeatedly found him down on the block and he muscled in layups over the smaller Explorers. Galloway missed his first six shots. His finally made a 3-pointer that drew the Explorers within eight, but Wichita State quickly restored its lead to double digits. Although 6-foot-11 center Steve Zack was cleared to play, he didn’t and the Explorers missed his added height and inside presence.

Wichita State’s Carl Hall goes up for the basket as teammate Tekele Cotton, left, and La Salle’s Sam Mills, rear, and La Salle’s Tyrone Garland (21) watch during the first half of a West Regional semifinal in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

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Bill Self’s Sweet Sixteen appearance history
Blake Schuster
bschuster@kansan.com

2004
In Self ’s first year as Kansas’ coach the No. 4-seedJayhawks raced out to a 56-41 halftime lead over No. 9-seed University of Alabama-Birmingham before toppling the Blazers 100-74. Wayne Simien had one of his most memorable performances, rattling off 30 points while recording nine rebounds and five assists. Kansas went on to lose its Elite Eight meeting with No. 3-seed Georgia Tech 79-71 in overtime.

2007
No. 4-seed Southern Illinois tried to grind out a win against No. 1-seed Kansas by working the shot clock but had no answer for Brandon Rush. Rush shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, notching 12 points while the Kansas bench contributed 22 points to a 61-58 victory. Yet No. 2-seed UCLA would stymie the hopes of the Jayhawks in the Elite Eight with a 68-55 victory over Kansas.

2008
No. 12-seed Villanova was no match for the No. 1-seed Kansas team destined for greatness. The Jayhawks steamrolled the Wildcats 72-57 en route to the National Championship. Mario Chalmers, Russell Robinson and Brandon Rush each had at least 14 points in the victory.

2009
After Memphis’ free throw woes helped win the Jayhawks a fifth title in 2008, No. 2-seed Michigan State ended No.3-seed Kansas’ reign by learning from the Tigers’ mistakes. MSU’s Kalin Lucas went 5-for-5 at the line in the game’s last 49 seconds to seal a 67-62 victory for the Spartans.

2011
Kansas bounced back from a stunning loss to Northern Iowa in 2010 to defeat No. 12-seed Richmond and advance to the Elite Eight. Brady Morningstar’s 18 points and Thomas Robinson’s 14 rebounds helped the No. 1-seed Jayhawks defeat the Spiders 77-57. They would eventually fall to Virginia Commonwealth in a 71-61 heartbreaker two days later.

2012
No.2-seed Kansas made just two shots from outside close range but was able to put away No. 11-seed N.C. State 60-57 thanks to monstrous outings from Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson. The duo combined for 26 points and 10 blocks to eliminate the Wolfpack as the Jayhawks charged toward another National Championship appearance. —Edited by Brian Sisk

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tipoff
At A Glance
For three halves at the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks looked as if they were playing not to lose. In the fourth, it finally seemed like they wanted to win. It’s fair to question how much pressure the status of being a No. 1 seed has added to a team playing in its own backyard. But now Kansas will play in a bigger stadium with bigger lights, and it’s also fair to question which Kansas team will show up. Is it the team with potential first pick Ben McLemore firing on all cylinders, or the squad that struggled in Kansas City?

Kansas

GAME
DAY
Kansas huddles up during practice inside the Cowboys Stadium yesterday afternoon. Kansas is set to play the No. 4 seed Michigan tonight at 6:37 p.m.

COUNTDOWN TO TIPOFF

Hunting for Wolverines
Jayhawks battle Michigan in Arlington
no. 1 seed KANSAS VS. NO. 4 seed michigan
6:37 p.m., Cowboy stadium, arlington, texas

Michigan

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At A Glance

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Michigan personifies the widely held belief that college basketball contains many good teams, but no great ones. The Wolverines ascended to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll on Jan. 28, but ended up as a No. 4 seed in the tournament after playing against seven NCAA Tournament teams in the last 11 games of the season, going 6-5 in that span. But Michigan seems to be hot again. The Wolverines handled South Dakota State in their first game in the NCAA Tournament and then embarrassed Virginia Commonwealth 78-53 to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

Player To Watch
Ben McLemore, guard
McLemore is the player to watch, considering he’s been hard to find as of late. He averaged an impressive 17.4 points per game in Big 12 play McLemore this season, but just 13 points per game on the road. In postseason that average drops to 10.4 points per game. It’s clear that McLemore has the talent to shine, he just needs to put more work into his performance tonight.

Player To Watch
Trey Burke, guard
South Dakota State was the only school to hold Burke to less than 10 points this season, but it didn’t really matter as the Burke Wolverines easily advanced to the round of 32. Burke has 13 20-point games on the year and 23 games with at least six assists, including three games of at least 11 assists. For as much as he distributes the ball, Burke averages only 2.2 turnovers per game.

KANSAS (31-5, 14-4 Big 12)
starters
Elijah Johnson, Point Guard
It’s not like Johnson has shined in postseason play, but he has demonstrated efficiency. Aside from one missed basket against Iowa State, Johnson has been perfect at the free throw line since the start of the Big 12 tournament and is averaging four assists per game. Yet, he’ll probably need to do more defensively to get past Michigan. The Jayhawks’ senior guard will likely have the duty of slowing down player of the year candidate Trey Burke in what will be a key matchup in this Sweet Sixteen game.

Michigan (28-7, 12-6 big 10)
starters
NIK STAUSKAS, GUARD
Although others in the backcourt such as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke overshadow him, Stauskas contributes plenty to the Wolverines on both ends of the floor. He shoots 45 percent from the field and averages 11.3 points per game. He’s the Wolverines’ top 3-point shooter at 43 percent and shoots 88 percent from the free throw line. But his most impressive stat is that he’s committed only 22 fouls all season despite averaging 31 minutes per game. The freshman has committed only one foul in the past seven games.

Question Mark
How Does Kansas Avoid The Slow Start?
Two games into the tournament, Kansas has yet to figure this out. Is it too much pressure? Are the Jayhawks having trouble getting loose? Or does Bill Self not give out the game plan until halftime? Whatever the reason, Kansas can’t afford a slow start against Michigan. The Wolverines raced out to a 38-23 lead in the first 20 minutes against Virginia Commonwealth and never looked back. The Jayhawks have to take their show on the road with the added pressure of a Sweet Sixteen and playing in the cavernous Cowboys Stadium.

Johnson

Stauskas

Question Mark
How well did the Big Ten prepare Michigan for the Big Dance?
Michigan is talented enough that it may very well have ended up with a No. 1 seed if it didn’t play in the Big 10, a conference featuring five teams with a No. 5 seed or better. The Wolverines finished 4-5 against ranked opponents, although it went 2-1 against teams that finished in the Top 25 but weren’t ranked when they played Michigan. Kansas has four seniors in its starting lineup, but Michigan could be able to counter that with its arsenal of big-game experience in the Big Ten.

★★★★✩
Travis Releford, Guard
One could argue that no player has been more important to the Jayhawks’ success in the first two rounds than Releford. He completed more than 66 percent of his shots against Western Kentucky and North Carolina and has been Kansas’ best defender on the floor. Playing in his hometown of Kansas City at the Sprint Center was an advantage. But the Jayhawks need his senior leadership and clutch scoring. Releford’s defensive game could be his biggest asset against the Wolverines.

★★★★✩
TIM HARDAWAY JR., GUARD
The son of former NBA star Tim Hardaway, the junior is averaging 16 points per game during the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. At 6-feet-6, Hardaway’s rebounding skills are comparable to Ben McLemore’s, especially on the defensive end. Hardaway leads the Wolverines with 150 defensive rebounds, almost 30 more than secondplace Glenn Robinson III. In a late-game situation, Hardaway is the best guard for Kansas to foul because he shoots only 70 percent from the free throw line.

Releford

Hardaway

★★★★★
Ben McLemore, Guard
We’re still waiting to see what McLemore can do in the NCAA Tournament. His 11 points were hardly noticeable against Western Kentucky and he was benched after going 0-for-9 from the field against the Tar Heels. He could have hit a freshman wall, but he’s going to need to find a way past it by tipoff if Kansas is going to advance. McLemore opens up the floor for not only the Jayhawk back court, but also the post players in Kevin Young and Jeff Withey.

★★★★✩
TREY BURKE, GUARD
The sophomore guard joined Hardaway on the All-Big Ten First Team, but Burke went a step further and earned the conference’s Player of the Year award. Burke averages 18.8 points per game, has snagged 55 steals and has notched 236 assists to only 76 turnovers. His 3.11 assist-to-turnover ratio is fourth in the nation. The last time he finished a game with more turnovers than assists was Nov. 23 against Kansas State.

McLemore

Burke

★★★★★

★★★★★
MITCH MCGARY, FORWARD
The 6-foot-10 freshman has only four starts this season, but he’s started both of Michigan’s NCAA Tournament games. He bullied his way to 21 points and 14 rebounds on 10-of-11 shooting Sunday against Virginia Commonwealth and rolled to 13 points and nine rebounds in the round of 64 against South Dakota State. He shoots 60 percent from the field and guides Michigan with a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game. However, he’s a monstrous liability from the free throw line, where he’s gone only 19-of-41 for 46 percent.

Kevin Young, Forward

big Jay will cheer if...
Kansas plays like it’s December. Just a few months ago, the Jayhawks ran through the likes of Colorado, Temple and Ohio State. The dunks were plentiful, the team was in rhythm and Kansas could do no wrong. What happened to those guys? If the Jayhawks can come out and play like there’s no pressure, it’ll be hard to fault them even if the result is unfavorable.

Young

Perhaps no player is better at being in the right place at the right time than Kevin Young. He crashes the boards on offense and defense, and puts an emphatic twist on simple plays. His energy is invaluable and, with longer timeouts in the NCAA Tournament, he should be able to carry the team. Young is a glue guy for this Kansas lineup. He will have to be ready to provide a spark at any given moment in the tense environment of Cowboys Stadium.

Baby jay will weep if....
Kansas continues to struggle offensively in the first half. Slow starts can suffice against Western Kentucky and North Carolina when it’s a down year for the Tar Heels, but Trey Burke and Michigan will pounce on Kansas if the Jayhawks score 21 points and shoot 25 percent in the first half like they did against the Tar Heels. The Wolverines are too talented offensively and match up too well with Kansas to allow the Jayhawks to compensate for another sluggish offensive performance.

McGary

★★★★✩
Jeff Withey, Center
Make no mistake about it, this Kansas team goes nowhere without the recent play of Jeff Withey. Forget the fact that he’s seven blocks away from breaking Tim Duncan’s tournament record; Withey’s offensive game has evolved to the point where he is no longer only a defensive player. He’s scored at least 14 points in each of his last four games with no signs of slowing down. The center’s matchup with Mitch McGary will certainly be entertaining.

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GLENN ROBINSON III, FORWARD
After disappearing offensively in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines’ other son of a former NBA player has scored 35 points in two NCAA Tournament games, including 21 points against South Dakota State. Like Stauskas, Robinson fouls very little, garnering only 42 whistles against him this season despite averaging a healthy 33.2 minutes per game. While he doesn’t shoot the 3-pointer often, he’s 22-64 on the year for a respectable 34 percent as a forward.

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For the first time in 19 years, Michigan has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The 1993-1994 team was the last batch of Wolverines to advance that far. Michigan’s starting five is shooting 49.4 percent from the field.

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Points by Perry Ellis since the start of the NCAA tournament.

Kansas 73, Michigan 66

Prediction:

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The number of sons of former NBA All-Stars starting for Michigan.

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Bigger in Texas
HANNAH WISE

Other notable tournament venues of Jayhawk basketball
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2010-2011 SEASON BOK Center Tulsa, Okla. Kansas vs. Boston W 72-53 Kansas vs. Illinois W 73-59

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COWBOYS STADIUM FAST FACTS
Cowboys Stadium covers 73 acres. The stadium is 3 million square feet. Officially opened on June 6th. Capacity of up to 100,000 fans. Video board is the world’s largest: 72 feet high by 160 feet wide. Each side consists of the first true 1080 HD display in an NFL stadium. Each display contons over 10.5 million Light Emitting Diodes. The video board uses 30 million light bulbs.

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BIG BOARD Width: 159' 7-1/16" Height: 71’ 4-3/4” SMALL BOARD Width: 50’ 4-3/4” Height: 28’ 6-3/4”

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2011-2012 SEASON CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Kansas vs. Detroit W 65-50 Kansas vs. Purdue W 63-50

2010-2011 SEASON Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Kansas vs. Richmond W 77-57 Kansas vs. VCU L 71-61

Allen Fieldhouse
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ALLEN FIELDHOUSE FAST FACTS
Allen Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955, as the Jayhawks defeated Kansas State. Since 1964-65 season, more than five million people have attended Kansas games at AFH. Largest basketball arena in the state of Kansas and the second largest in Big 12 Conference. Texas now has the largest arena in the Big 12 with a capacity of 16,755. Capacity was 15,200 prior to the 1986-87 season, when 600 seats were added. Prior to the 1994-95 season, an additional 500 seats were added. More than 4,000 seats are reserved for students.

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2009-2010 SEASON Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City Kansas vs. Lehigh W 90-74 Kansas vs. Northern Iowa L 69-67

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Texas in the tourney: no representation, no excuse
I
f you type, “Division I Basketball Schools” into Google, there are a few suggestions for your search, per the norm. The fourth suggestion is an innocent note that sends a big message about what’s happened in college basketball this season. “Division I Basketball Schools in Texas” The number: 21. There are 21 Division I schools in Texas, and none — zero, zilch, nada — made the field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament. Not only that, but the South Regional, the host of the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, is in Texas. And not only is it in Texas, it’s in the epitome of what Texas seems to stand for. This is Jerry’s World, otherwise known as Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, where the video board stretches longer than the court and a bronze statue of Tom Landry greets you at the front. This isn’t just any host for the regional final. This is the biggest and best stadium in sports. Why doesn’t Texas basketball keep up? The answer isn’t easy, but the few that have seen the changing landscape of high school and college sports seem to have an idea. Take Tom Inman, coach at Grand Prarie High School in Dallas, for example. Mr. Inman won the 2006 5A State Championship at Plano Sr. High School, and he has seen the talent born and raised in the football land that is Texas. “It’s as good as anywhere,” Inman said. “If not the best.” Yes, Texas is home to some of the best basketball in the United States. Yet, there isn’t a single Texas team in the NCAA Tournament. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s really not acceptable. There are the big money programs like Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor who have no excuse. They have the opportunity to recruit talent like no other. Names like Grant Hill, Chris Bosh, Deron Williams, Mookie Blaylock and DeAndre Jordan are just a few that can be plucked from the seemingly endless list of professional talent from the Lone Star State. So, the players are there, but they don’t seem to stay in Texas. Inman has seen cases where Duke, Kansas or Kentucky can come into a recruit’s house and offer national ap-

So, where are these division i schools anyway?
Baylor University Bears University of Houston Cougars Houston Baptist University Huskies Lamar University Cardinals University of North Texas Mean Green Prairie View A&M University Panthers Rice University Owls Sam Houston State University Bearkats Southern Methodist University Mustangs Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks Texas A&M University Aggies Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks University of Texas at Austin Longhorns Texas Christian University Horned Frogs University of Texas at El Paso Miners University of Texas–Pan American Broncs University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners Texas Southern University Tigers Texas State University–San Marcos Bobcats Texas Tech University Red Raiders Waco Houston Houston Beaumont Denton Prairie View Houston Huntsville University Park Nacogdoches College Station Corpus Christi Arlington Austin Fort Worth El Paso Edinburg San Antonio Houston San Marcos Lubbock Big 12 Conference Conference USA Great West Conference Southland Conference Sun Belt Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference Conference USA Southland Conference Conference USA Southland Conference Southeastern Conference Southland Conference Western Athletic Conference Big 12 Conference Big 12 Conference Conference USA Great West Conference Western Athletic Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Athletic Conference Big 12 Conference

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peal that’s too much to turn down. “They’re gone,” Inman said. Inman used Julius Randle as an example of Texas’ recent collegiate basketball struggles. Randle goes to high school in Dallas and is the No. 3 prospect in the country according to ESPN.com. He recently picked Kentucky over Kansas and Texas among other schools. “It’s hard when a Julius Randle goes national,” Inman said. “They get picked out.” They may get plucked away onto bigger and better programs, but still, that doesn’t give Texas any excuse to be shut out of the tournament. Everything is bigger in this state, right? It’s supposed to be better too. For a regional game that’s in Dallas in Cowboys Stadium and for there to be no Texas teams just doesn’t feel right. And for there to be no Texas teams in the entire tournament... this just doesn’t feel right at all. — Edited by Brian Sisk

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Florida looking to end No. 15-seed FGCU’s fairy-tale run
Geoffrey calvert
gcalvert@kansan.com ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s only natural that a team becomes a national darling when it’s the first No. 15 seed in a 75-year-old tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Florida’s junior center Patric Young understands why Florida Gulf Coast, the upstart program the Gators will face at 10:07 Friday night, is receiving perhaps the most attention of any remaining team in the NCAA Tournament. But he’s ready for the fairy tale to end. “It kind of motivates us because we’re getting tired of seeing these guys get all the credit,” Young said. “It’s like [the media] are deciding that they won the game before the game’s even been played. That’s not fair to us.” It’s hard to fathom that a No. 3 seed could feel overshadowed, especially one like Florida, which won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. But even though the Gators are coming off consecutive Elite Eight appearances, Young seemed to possess an underdog mentality as his team prepared Thursday to end Cinderella’s FGCU’s run. “We just want to go out there and prove that we’re not just going to be some pushover team that they can just come in and then walk over us and do the same things that they’ve been doing,” Young said. “We haven’t really gotten credit for anything we’ve accomplished over these past few years so I’m used to it.” But Florida Gulf Coast hasn’t lost its underdog persona, either. The No. 15 seed is in its 11th year of basketball and has a 194-147 alltime record. Florida, on the other hand, has 1,293 victories. Should the Eagles advance, they would face either Kansas and its 2,101 all-time victories or Michigan and its 1,245 victories. Although any team that reaches the tournament’s second weekend has proved

Florida Gulf Coast’s Dajuan Graf, from left, Eddie Murray and Brett Comer celebrate after winning a third-round game against San Diego State in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday in Philadelphia. Florida Gulf Coast won 81-71. itself capable of handling the pressures of March basketball, Florida Gulf Coast sophomore guard Brett Comer said he thinks Florida might still be overlooking the Eagles. “I feel like, you know, honestly deep down they might not be taking us as seriously, just like other teams, because we weren’t the high-recruited guys,” Comer said. “Everybody talks about Florida. Nobody talks about Florida Gulf Coast.” Dunks could be the Eagles’ best chance at creating momentum, which could be key since Florida junior guard Scottie Wilbekin said he expects the majority of the crowd to back Florida Gulf Coast. But senior center Erik Murphy said that when the Gators face their opponent, which has come to be known as “Dunk City,” they have to remember a dunk isn’t worth any more than any other sort of field goal. “A dunk, layup, two points, the same thing,” Murphy said. “Those plays energize them, though, so we want to try to limit them.” If Florida is in rhythm shooting 3-pointers, it might not matter how many dunks Florida Gulf Coast accumulates. The Gators shoot 38 percent from long range as a team. Murphy, despite being a 6-foot-10 big man, is the team’s best 3-point shooter at 46 percent and has connected on 72 attempts this season. Three other Gators have made at least 50 deep-range shots, and no one who regularly shoots a 3-pointer shoots below 33 percent. Florida is also fairly formidable on the offensive glass. Since one of the best times to get a 3-point attempt is on a long offensive rebound, the Eagles know playing tight perimeter defense has to complement strong rebounding down low. “One thing we’re going to try to take away is their wide-open threes,” Florida Gulf Coast senior guard Sherwood Brown said. “I’m sure they got a lot of points off of missed threes and put-backs.” Florida Gulf Coast is the first team to win its initial NCAA Tournament game since Florida won its first two ever tournament games in

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1987, although the NCAA later vacated the Gators’ victories for committing NCAA violations. Florida Gulf Coast sophomore forward Eric McKnight said the Eagles intended to win in their first ever NCAA appearance, but the Sweet Sixteen wasn’t something they even considered. “The Sweet Sixteen wasn’t talked about,” McKnight said. “But we knew we did not want to lose the first game because we would have felt like that’d have been pointless.” — Edited by Madison Schultz

COMMENTARY

FGCU on honeymoon with tournament, Jayhawks keep it real
ho do those smug bastards from Florida Gulf Coast think they are? Just look at them. They’re smiling, laughing, having a good time and making a mockery of the NCAA Tournament. And what right do they have? The No. 15-seed Eagles lost 10 games this season. Hell, they lost to the Lipscomb Bison twice. They wouldn’t even be in the tournament if it weren’t for a monster run through the Atlantic Sun Tournament in which they tore apart every foe they faced. After that, people allow them to have fun in the insanely intense “win or go home” NCAAs. Today at Cowboys Stadium, a few of the Eagles were even running around with a video camera trying to capture the moment. “I’m a big believer that college basketball should be an enjoyable

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By Blake Schuster

experience,” FGCU coach Andy Enfield said. “That’s what college sports to me is all about.” Enjoyment? Oy vey, maybe there’s a reason this guy is stuck in Fort Myers, Fla. He won’t get anywhere if he doesn’t believe in winning. How could the NCAA allow this travesty to occur? Players should never be allowed to showboat like this. All these dunks are destroying the game. The ball goes up in the air and you have no idea if

it’s a shot or pass. Are they trying to make this simple game look incredibly tough? Or are they just good at making it look cool when they mess up? “You’ve got to turn them loose in games,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla told USA TODAY. “I think that’s been the lesson of the Eagles’ success; Andy’s willing to cede some control of the decisionmaking, particularly on offense, because he trusts his team.” So now you’ve got a team that has only been NCAA Tournament eligible for just its second year running around with a coach who refuses to reel them in. Maybe they need to spend more time watching the No. 1-seed Kansas Jayhawks. In their first two games in Kansas City, the Jayhawks played like statues. There were hardly any smiles,

laughing was non-existent and it would be shocking if Tyler Self was spotted running around with a video camera — OK, maybe that last one isn’t so much of a stretch. But look at how Kansas beat Western Kentucky: They came out feeling the pressure and fed off it. The Jayhawks trailed at half and played a tightly fought game from start to finish against a No. 16-seed.

And clearly this is a formula that works as the Jayhawks employed it again two days later against North Carolina. “Being a one-seed,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, “And playing in your backyard, sometimes you play not to lose rather than embrace the moment.” Isn’t that the point of a tournament? Not losing? There will be detractors who

say that FGCU got to the Sweet Sixteen their way, but you’ve got to trust an uptight Jayhawks team to advance. Once you embrace that moment anything can happen. And it’s terrifying to think of what could happen if Kansas did. — Edited by Brian Sisk

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Don’t let missing materials ruin your Sweet Sixteen
Packing for the big dance isn’t easy. Lucky for you, I’m one step ahead of the game. Here are the essentials for you to survive and advance.
Laken Rapier
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First and foremost, tickets. Do not be the person who forgets his or her tickets. If you forget anything, forget your glasses or contacts. Jerry’s big screen is the perfect example of “everything is bigger in Texas.”

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Electronics
A disposable camera won’t cut it this weekend. Be sure to charge your camera so you can document every element of the overthe-top and extravagantly lavish Jerry’s World. And don’t forget your phone charger. If you think Allen Fieldhouse drains your battery, you haven’t seen anything yet. Everything from the perfectly polished floors to the gourmet concession stands is Instagramworthy and has the potential to get mad likes.

Clothing
Please wear the correct shade of blue. Do not, by any means, wear navy. A cobalt blue would be most appropriate. Given the excessive number of schools that will be playing in Arlington this weekend whose team colors are a shade of blue, I would suggest pairing your cobalt blue shirt with crimson accessories. Let it be known you are NOT a Michigan or Florida fan. But be cautious: We don’t want anyone looking like Craig Sager. Ladies, wear comfortable shoes. There is a lot to do and see in the DallasFort Worth area, so grab some boots that are made for walking. It’s the Sweet Sixteen — glam it up. This goes for you too, boys.

Weather
On a more practical note, prepare yourself for the forecasted wonderful weather. Although the roof on the stadium will not be open, the projected temperature will be in the 70s. You can leave your winter clothes behind. Dust off your sandals and dig out your shorts.

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Personal hygiene and toiletries
Please wear deodorant, especially if you sweat when you are nervous. Things could get nerve-wracking, and crimson and blue are not the most pit stain-friendly colors. In addition to the necessities such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, you’ll need hairspray. Texas women are famous for their voluminous hairstyles. The bigger the hair, the better. Don’t skimp on the curls. And last but definitely of the utmost importance – the tickets. Did I mention to remember the tickets? — Edited by Madison Schultz

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Alumni

Kansas alums abound in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Laken rapier
lrapier@kansan.com ARLINGTON, Texas — Cowboys Stadium will be filled with basketball history this weekend when hosting the four remaining South Region teams: Kansas, Michigan, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast. Fans from all over the country will travel to Arlington to cheer their teams on to victory. It’s all about atmosphere when traveling and alumni are a large factor. There is power in numbers, especially when traveling. Rarely, if ever, do these four teams travel to Dallas. Next to students, alumni are the most influential fans when it comes to making noise and getting the crowd involved. Luckily for the Jayhawks, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has the largest number of Kansas alumni in the entire country. “There are 6,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex,” Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs for the alumni association, said. “It’s always been a good area for KU. Lots of students and alumni come from this area.” To accommodate the large number of alumni in the area, KUAA and the athletic department are cosponsoring a pregame event at the Arlington Convention Center. Last year’s Sweet Sixteen pregame event in St. Louis welcomed more than 4,000 KU fans. “It’s one big tailgate party inside,” Lewis said. “We are expecting about the same kind of turnout this year, somewhere between 3,500 and 5,000 people. It should be huge.” The free event will start at 2:30 p.m. and end one hour before game time at 5:30, allowing those attending the game ample traveling time. Inside the 5,000-person ballroom will be 12 big screen TVs, food vendors, a cash bar and official KU fan shop. The band and spirit squad will take the stage around 4:30 p.m. for the pep rally. Alumni Association President Kevin Corbett and Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger will welcome the crowd during the pep rally, along with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “There is no doubt KU alum living throughout Texas travel well,”

Fans from all teams congregate in the Power and Light District in Kansas Ciy, Mo., before the second round games of the NCAA Tournament last Friday. Kansas defteated Western Kentucky 64-57 on Friday and North Carolina 70-58 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Today they will play Michigan in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Lewis said. “It should be a really great crowd.” The Michigan alumni could well outnumber the Jayhawk alumni this weekend. A large showing for the Wolverines could pose a great threat to Kansas as they travel from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., to Arlington. The University of Michigan has more than 500,000 alumni around the world and a particularly strong following throughout Texas. Michigan’s alumni association has multiple clubs across the country, but one of their strongest bases calls Dallas home. “The club in the Dallas area is one of several really active ones,” Bradley Whitehouse, the senior communications coordinator for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan , said via email. “As many as 200 alumni attend the regular gamewatching parties that the Dallas club hosts for football and basketball.” This showed at yesterday’s shoot around and media day, where a majority of people in attendance sported Michigan gear. “Our alumni are known to travel to big games,” Whitehouse said. “And with several thousand living in the Dallas area, there should be a lot of maize and blue in the stands on Friday.” Florida and Florida Gulf Coast fan bases will be significantly lopsided. The Gators will have a large advantage over the Eagles when it comes to the crowd. Even though many in Cowboys Stadium will be cheering for the underdog, it will still be hard for Florida Gulf Coast to compete. Texas is home to more than 10,000 University of Florida alumni, the fifth-largest state alumni base of the more than 45,000 registered alumni. A majority of Texas’ Gator alumni, nearly 3,500, live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — more than any other city in Texas. And although 62 percent of Florida’s alumni reside in Florida, the alumni association and Gator Club are excited to have the opportunity to host a pre-game event at Buffalo Wild Wings in Arlington. “We have so many alumni living in the state that never get to see the Gators come to their state,” Scott Francis, director of Broaden Gator Engagement, said in an email. Despite not being considered one of the “blue bloods,” Florida has a strong following and expects a strong showing in Jerry World tomorrow. “The following for the team has been loyal and fantastic,” Francis said. “Especially as an SEC school, which is more well known for its strength in football.” Florida Gulf Coast is at a huge disadvantage when it comes to traveling alumni. According to a map from Florida Gulf Coast’s alumni associa-

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tion, the largest alumni base remains in Florida with 8,604 alumni. Despite Texas being home to only 48 alumni, Eagle alumni will be hosting a pregame party at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Grill in Arlington. Jerry World may be a sea of blues tomorrow, but there is no doubt the alumni will have a huge effect on the atmosphere as a whole. Regardless of who they are rooting for, many alums exit Cowboy Stadium with a bad case of the blues. — Edited by Madison Schultz

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As long as i got my suit and tie
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Bill Self is a man of many ties

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Laken Rapier

lrapier@kansan.com If there is one thing Bill Self wears better than a championship ring, it’s a tie. Self dresses for success and definitely impresses. The coach has a great eye for fashion and his incorporation of school colors makes that obvious. Self has a splendid tie collection, but below are Bill’s 16 sweetest ties. It’s obvious he shines in his go-to striped ties, but keeps his fans guessing with the occasional pattern. While most of his neckwear is a slam-dunk, one tie that I don’t like is the yellow tie, which represents the entire list of his worst ties. This particular yellow tie too closely resembles the hue of that former rival of ours in Missouri, and the Tigers are far from a fashion statement. Hopefully Bill leaves the yellow ties at home and brings his best stripes to Dallas. It’s clear he has a favorite: He has repeatedly worn the same red, white and blue striped tie. But we will let that slide because he’s Bill. So cross your fingers and hope he leaves the Tar Heel blue and Mizzou yellow hanging in Lawrence. P.S. Bill, can we see a bowtie sometime? — Edited by Brian Sisk

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