Kansas (29-5, 14-4 Big 12) is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional as selected March 17. KU will take on No. 16-seeded Western Kentucky (20-15, 10-10) from the Sun Belt Conference on Friday, March 22, at approximately 8:50 p.m. (Central) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The game will be televised on TNT. Kansas will have open practice in the venue on Thursday, March 21, from 5:10-5:50 p.m.
Kansas is making its 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as its 24th-consecutive trip to the tournament, the longest active streak in the nation. KU is a number one seed for the 11th time since seeding began in 1979. The Jayhawks were a one seed in 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11 and this season, with the last five under head coach Bill Self.
KU, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, has won nine-straight Big 12 regular-season championships dating back to 2005 and six conference postseason championships under head coach Bill Self. This season, KU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 29-5 record and a 14-4 mark in Big 12 conference play. Kansas has won 10 of its last 11 games.
A victory against Western Kentucky on Friday would give Kansas a 30-5 record and KU would become the first school in NCAA Division I history to have won 30 or more games for four-straight seasons (note: Memphis won 30 for four straight seasons from 2006-09 but later vacated the 2008 season). It would also be KU's 2,100th all-time victory, which ranks second behind Kentucky (2,111).
Kansas is 17-1 at home, 7-3 in road games and 5-1 on neutral courts in 2012-13. In his 10th season at KU, Bill Self holds a 298-58 record for an 83.7 winning percentage. Overall, Self won his 500th career game with a 108-96 overtime win at Iowa State (2/25) and is 505-163 in his 20th season as a head coach. KU averages 75.4 points per game and leads the Big 12 with a +13.9 scoring margin. KU also leads the league in rebounding at 39.1, rebound margin at +6.6, field goal percentage at 48.0, field goal percentage defense at 36.0, which leads the nation, and blocked shots at 6.6.
Kansas starts four seniors, including three fifth-year seniors, and one freshman. An All-Big 12 First Team and USBWA Freshman All-America selection, redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore leads the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game. His scoring average leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks second overall in the conference. The one time Big 12 Player of the Week and three-time conference Rookie of the Week, McLemore leads the league in free throw percentage (86.7). A USBWA All-America Second Team selection, McLemore has a team-high 69 three-pointers made and is third on the team with 37 steals.
Joining McLemore on the USBWA All-America Second Team is two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year senior center Jeff Withey, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Big 12 Championship. Withey leads Kansas in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and has 12 double-doubles this season. An All-Big 12 First Team selection and three-time Big 12 Player of the Week, Withey leads the league in blocked shots at 3.8 per game, which ranks third nationally. Withey is Kansas' and the Big 12's all-time blocked shots leader with 294.
A USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year finalist, Wooden Award Final Ballot and Naismith Award Top-30 list honoree along with McLemore, Withey is scoring 13.6 points per outing and is second in the Big 12 with a 57.8 field goal percentage. Senior guard Travis Releford is third in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 56.4 percent. An All-Big 12 Second Team selection, Releford is scoring 11.5 points per contest.
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Big 12 Player of the Week (3/4) honoree senior guard Elijah Johnson has a team-high 163 assists and is second on the team with 49 three-pointers made to complement his 10.1 scoring average. Senior forward Kevin Young rounds out the KU starters; he is scoring 7.6 points per contest and is second on the team with 6.6 rebounds per outing.
Ellis joined Withey on the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team where he averaged a team-high 14.3 points and tied Withey with a team-best 6.3 rpg average in Kansas' title run.
ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY
Located in Bowling Green, Ky., with an enrollment of 21,045, Western Kentucky is making its 23rd trip to the NCAA Tournament, including four trips in the last six seasons. WKU is 20-15 on the season after having won four games en route to the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship, March 8-11 in Hot Springs, Ark. The Hilltoppers are coached by Ray Harper who is 32-23 in his second season at WKU and 374-86 in his 14th season overall.
WKU has won seven of its last eight games and finished fourth in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference with a 10-10 record. WKU won the Sun Belt title as a sixth seed and defeated No. 11 seed UL-Monroe (74-60), No. 3 South Alabama (62-59) and No. 2 Arkansas State (58-56) before topping No. 4 Florida International (65-63) in the championship game.
Western Kentucky averages 67.2 points per game, has a +1.5 scoring margin and a +3.2 rebound margin. WKU averages 6.4 three-pointers made, 6.1 steals and forces 13.9 turnovers per contest. Sophomore guard T.J. Price leads WKU in scoring at 15.3 points per game. He has made a team-high 79 three-pointers and is second on the squad with 77 assists and 35 steals.
Sophomore forward George Fant leads Western Kentucky in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game to complement his 12.9 scoring average. Fant has a team-high 39 blocked shots this season. Senior guard Jamal Crook is also scoring in double figures at 12.0 points per game and he leads WKU with 37 steals in 2012-13. Rounding out the Western Kentucky starters are freshman center Aleksejs Rostov (4.7 ppg) and redshirt junior guard Caden Dickerson (2.4 ppg).
Junior guard Brandon Harris comes off the bench to score 8.3 points per game. He is second on the team with a 5.7 rebound average and 64 three-pointers made. Sophomore guard Kevin Kaspar has made 36 threes and is scoring 5.5 points per contest. Other WKU regulars include junior forward O'Karo Akamune (2.9 ppg, 2.6 ppg) and Kene Anyigbo (1.8 ppg), another junior forward.
THE KANSAS-WESTERN KENTUCKY SERIES & TIES
Kansas and Western Kentucky are meeting for the fifth time in men's basketball with KU leading the series 3-1. Kansas won the first meeting 104-81 on Dec. 20, 1969, in Allen Fieldhouse. The next two meetings were in NCAA Tournament play with the first in the 1971 NCAA Final Four consolation game in Houston with Western Kentucky defeating Ted Owens' Kansas squad 77-75 (March 27).
Kansas edged Western Kentucky 75-70 in the 1995 NCAA Midwest Regional in Dayton, Ohio, on March 18. The Jayhawks then defeated the Hilltoppers 75-62 in Allen Fieldhouse in the first round of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 19, 1997. The Jayhawks went on to win the 1997 Preseason NIT under head coach Roy Williams.
Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend graduated from Western Kentucky and was a point guard at WKU for two seasons (1978-80), helping Hilltoppers to the 1980 Ohio Valley Conference title and an NCAA Tournament bid.
KANSAS VS. THE NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
In 2012-13, Kansas played 16 games against 10 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament field: Belmont (1-0), Colorado (1-0), Iowa State (3-0), Kansas State (3-0), Michigan State (0-1), Ohio State (1-0), Oklahoma (1-1), Oklahoma State (1-1), St. Louis (1-0) and Temple (1-0). KU went a combined 13-3 against those squads.
Kansas is the No. 1 seed for the 11th time since the NCAA Tournament started seeding in 1979: 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11-13. This is the fifth time KU has been a No. 1 seed under Bill Self. Kansas is 27-9 as a No. 1 seed and 10-0 against the No. 16 seed. Kansas' 36 games as the No. 1 seed are KU's most games played in any seed in the NCAA Tournament.
KANSAS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
--This year marks Kansas' 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance.
--Kansas' 24-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, from 1990-2013, is the nation's longest active streak and ranks second-best all time. North Carolina had 27 straight from 1975-2001.
--Under head coach Bill Self, Kansas is 23-8 (74.2 percent) in the NCAA Tournament with six Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights, two Final Fours, one NCAA National Championship and one NCAA runner-up finish.
--In the last 11 NCAA Tournaments, Kansas has a 32-10 (76.1 percent) record with one NCAA National Championship (2008), four Final Four (2002-03-08-12) and seven Elite Eight (2002-03-04-07-08-11-12) appearances.
--The Jayhawks' 42 NCAA Tournament appearances are fourth nationally behind only Kentucky (51), North Carolina (44) and UCLA (43).
--Kansas sports an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 93-40. The Jayhawks' 93 wins rank fifth behind Kentucky (111), North Carolina (108), Duke (96) and UCLA (95).
--The Jayhawks will play their 129th NCAA Tournament game on Friday. The Jayhawks' 129 games in the event rank fourth all-time in NCAA history: Kentucky (157), North Carolina (149) and UCLA (140).
--KU's NCAA Tournament winning percentage of 69.9 percent ranks sixth all-time for a minimum of 20 games played.
--Kansas coach Bill Self is making his 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach.
--KU is one of six schools that has won at least three NCAA Championships. The Jayhawks won the NCAA crown in 1952, 1988 and 2008. The other schools are UCLA (11), Kentucky (8), Indiana (5), North Carolina (5), Duke (4) and Connecticut (3).
--Kansas has appeared in the Final Four 14 times, making KU one of just six schools to reach the Final Four 10-plus times: North Carolina (18), UCLA (17), Duke (15), Kentucky (15) and Ohio State (11).
--Kansas has won 12 games in the Final Four, which is fifth-best all time: UCLA (25), Kentucky (19), Duke (16) and North Carolina (15).
--Five different Jayhawks have been named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, including B.H. Born in 1953 and Wilt Chamberlain in 1957, who both won the award even though KU lost in the finals. Clyde Lovellette (1952) and Danny Manning (1988) also won the honor. Mario Chalmers won the Most Outstanding Player Award for the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
--Former Jayhawk player and coach Dick Harp is the only person to play in the Final Four and later coach his alma mater in the Final Four.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
--In 2007-08, Kansas became only the fourth school to win a BCS game, and then play in the Final Four the same academic year. The 2007 KU football team won the FedEx Orange Bowl and the men's basketball team captured the NCAA National Championship. Other schools to accomplish the feat include Ohio State (1999), Wisconsin (2000) and Florida (2007).
--In 1993, Kansas became the first school in NCAA history to make a Final Four appearance, a College World Series appearance and win a bowl game in the same year.
--Larry Brown is one of two coaches to take two different teams to the NCAA championship game (UCLA, 1980 and Kansas, 1988). Frank McGuire took St. John's in 1952 and North Carolina in 1957. McGuire's 1957 North Carolina team defeated Kansas for the championship in triple overtime.
--Brown is the only man to coach teams to the NCAA Championship (Kansas in 1988) and the NBA Championship (Detroit in 2004).
--When Phog Allen's 1952 team won the NCAA title, Allen was 66 years old. That was the oldest age for the head coach of a championship team until Jim Calhoun (68) of Connecticut won in 2011. Allen became the fourth coach to win the NCAA National Championship at his alma mater, a feat that has been accomplished 14 times.
--Adonis Jordan's 5-of-7 three-point shooting performance in the 1993 national semifinal game against North Carolina is tied for the second-highest percentage ever in an NCAA Final Four game. Donald Williams of UNC accomplished the feat twice, both times in 1993. In 2011, Butler's Shelvin Mack went 5-for-6 (83.3 percent) to break the record.
--Kansas won the NCAA Tournament in 1988 as a No. 6 seed. Only one team has won the tournament with a lower seed - Villanova in 1985 as an eighth seed. Jim Valvano's 1983 N.C. State team also won the tournament as a No. 6 seed. In the 1990s, the lowest seed to win the tournament was the 1997 Arizona team, which captured the title as a No. 4 seed. The Wildcats upset Kansas, the top seed, in the Sweet 16.
KU IS THE CRADLE OF TOURNAMENT COACHING LEGENDS
Eight head coaches who have advanced to the NCAA Tournament have graduated from the University of Kansas. In fact, the 122 combined NCAA Tournament wins by those men are easily the most by graduates of any one school: Phog Allen (KU 1906, 10-3), Tad Boyle (KU 1985, 1-1), Tim Carter (KU 1979, 0-2), Frosty Cox (KU 1930, 2-4), Dick Harp (KU 1940, 4-2), Ralph Miller (KU 1942, 5-11), Adolph Rupp (KU 1922, 30-18), Dean Smith (KU 1953, 65-27) and Mark Turgeon (KU 1987, 5-5).
KANSAS IN KANSAS CITY FOR THE NCAA TOURNAMENT The 2013 NCAA Tournament will be the 12th time in Kansas men's basketball history the Jayhawks will have played in the event in Kansas City, Mo. KU is 14-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament contests in Kansas City with its last appearance in the first two rounds of the 2004 NCAA tourney at Kemper Arena. This season will be the first time KU has played an NCAA Tournament contest in the Sprint Center.
Kansas went 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Kemper Arena with the most memorable being its 1988 Final Four title run. Kansas was 8-6 in NCAA tourney play in historic Municipal Auditorium, including a 2-0 record in its opening-round games en route to the 1952 NCAA title later won in Seattle. KU's 54-53 triple overtime loss to North Carolina in the 1957 NCAA title game was also in Municipal Auditorium.
KANSAS IN KANSAS CITY
Kansas City has been a second home of sorts for Kansas over the years. KU's first-ever game -- a 16-5 loss to Kansas City YMCA on Feb. 3, 1899 -- was played in Kansas City. The 2013 NCAA Tournament second-round game against Western Kentucky will mark KU's 284th game played all-time in Kansas City, and its 25th in Sprint Center. KU is 20-4 in Sprint Center including winning the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Big 12 Championships in the venue. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, Kansas went 4-0 in Sprint Center. In 2008-09, KU went 1-2 in the venue. In 2007-08, Kansas went 4-0 in the venue, including winning the Big 12 Championship en route to its NCAA National Championship.
Kansas is 6-0 in the Sprint Center this season having won the CBE Classic (78-41 vs. Washington State 11/19 and 73-59 vs. St. Louis 11/20), defeating Oregon State 84-78 in the BMO Harris Bank Kansas City Shootout (11/30) and winning the Big 12 Championships defeating Texas Tech 91-63, Iowa State 88-73 and Kansas State 70-54. KU played 106 games in Kemper Arena with an 81-25 record. KU is 205-78 in games played in Kansas City.
MORE NOTES ON THE JAYHAWKS IN KANSAS CITY
--Kansas went 26-4 in Kemper Arena from 1997 until 2006, when it played its last game in the venue. Included in that run were Big 12 Championship titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
--Kemper Arena was the host of the 1988 NCAA Final Four when the Jayhawks won the national championship.
--With the Nov. 30 contest against Oregon State, Kansas has played at least one regular-season game in Kansas City in 23 of the last 25 seasons, including every year Sprint Center has existed.
KANSAS TEAM NOTABLES
--Kansas leads the NCAA Division I in field goal percentage defense at 36.0 percent and is third nationally in blocked shots at 6.6 per game. Both stats lead the Big 12 and KU also leads the conference in scoring margin (+13.9), field goal percentage (48.0), rebounding (39.1) and rebound margin (+6.6). The Jayhawks also rank in the top four of the Big 12 in scoring (second, 75.4), free throw percentage (third, 73.3), rebound defense (second, 32.5), assists (third, 15.6), steals (fourth, 7.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (fourth, 1.1) and three-point field goals made (fourth, 6.0).
--Kansas has held a double-digit lead in all but seven contests this season. KU has held the lead in all but one game in 2012-13.
--Out of its 34 games, Kansas has held 19 of its opponents to 60 points or less, including nine during conference play.
--KU has outrebounded 27 of 34 opponents this season. KU has had eight games with 10-plus rebounds over its opponent, including a 40-30 advantage against Iowa State (3/15). Kansas' 50 rebounds at Oklahoma State (2/20) were a season high and its +22 against Texas Tech (3/4) was its widest margin of 2012-13.
--KU has out shot all but five opponents in 2012-13. Additionally, KU has shot 50 percent or better in 13 games this season. Kansas has shot 53.2 percent or better in four of its last seven games, including a season-best 66.0 percent vs. Texas Tech (3/14) in the Big 12 Championship.
--Kansas has held a 40-plus point lead in four different games this season.
Kansas shot 55.6 percent in three Big 12 Championship victories, including its season-best 66.0 percent vs. Texas Tech (3/14). Kansas is shooting 52.7 percent from the field in its last seven games. The Jayhawks have out shot all but five opponents in 2012-13 and have shot 50 percent or better from the field in 14 games, including five of the last seven contests.
KU leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 48.0 percent. Individually, senior center Jeff Withey is second in the Big 12 and senior guard Travis Releford third in field goal percentage at 57.8 and 56.4, respectively. Withey is 31-for-44 (70.5 percent) from the field in his last six games, while Releford has shot 70 percent or better in 13 games. Withey has shot 50 percent or better in 27 of 34 games this season, including 16 games of 62.5 percent or better.
Redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore has nine games of 60 percent or better shooting this season. He shot 50 percent or better from three-point range in nine conference games. Senior forward Kevin Young is 26-for-38 (68.4 percent) in his last eight games and has 15 games shooting 60.0 percent or better. Freshman forward Perry Ellis is 30-for-46 (65.2 percent) from the field in his last eight games. He was 18-for-23 (78.3 percent) in KU's three Big 12 Championship victories, setting a KU record.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
Tabbed as the battle between the two Big 12 Conference regular-season co-champions, then-No. 7/6-ranked Kansas completed the three-game series sweep over then-No. 11/12-ranked Kansas State March 16 to earn the league's automatic big to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Senior center Jeff Withey, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, led the way for the Jayhawks with 17 points a 70-54 title-game victory of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship at Sprint Center.
Earlier in the event, Kansas completed season sweeps of Texas Tech (91-63) in the quarterfinals and Iowa State (88-73) in the semifinals. For the third time in the last four seasons, Kansas, the nine-time Big 12 Conference regular-season champions, earned both the regular-season and tournament titles. The 2013 tournament championship is Kansas' 13th all-time league tournament title and ninth Big 12 tourney crown.
Freshman forward Perry Ellis had an outstanding tournament leading Kansas in scoring with a 14.3 ppg average in the three games. Included was a career-best 23 points against Iowa State (3/15) in the semifinals. He claimed All-Big 12 Tournament honors along with Withey.
BIG 12 REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONS
Down but not out was the theme in Kansas' run to its ninth-consecutive Big 12 Conference regular-season title in 2013. After opening conference play with a 97-89 overtime win against Iowa State, the Jayhawks would begin conference play 7-0.
Oklahoma State ended KU's 33-game home court winning streak in what was the first of three-straight conference losses (at TCU and at Oklahoma). Kansas would rebound to win seven of its last league games and tie Kansas State at 14-4 for the regular-season title.
Kansas has won 13 of the 17 Big 12 regular-season titles (includes ties), including the last nine, which ranks tied for fifth on the NCAA all-time consecutive list. Kansas' 56 conference titles are the most in NCAA Division I. Kentucky is second with 51 and Penn third at 37. Kansas' nine-straight league titles is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the longest streak in school history. Including 2013, Belmont (Atlantic Sun/Ohio Valley East) and Murray State (Ohio Valley West) are next at four on the active league title list.
CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE REGULAR-SEASON WINNERS (source: NCAA Record Book; *active streak)
No. - Team, Conference - Seasons
13 - UCLA, Pac-12 - 1967-79
11 - Gonzaga, West Coast - 2001-11
10 - Connecticut, Yankee - 1951-60
10 - UNLV, Big West - 1983-92
*9 - KANSAS, Big 12 - 2005-12
9 - Idaho St., Rocky Mountain - 1953-61
9 - Kentucky, Southeastern - 1944-52
8 - Long Beach St., Big West - 1970-77
The legacy the four senior players will leave at Kansas is quite impressive. Entering the final games of their careers, fifth-year senior Travis Releford has a 156-26 record for an 85.7 winning percentage when wearing the Crimson and Blue.
Fourth-year seniors Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey have a 129-18 (87.8 percent) record, while senior transfer Kevin Young is at 61-12 (83.6 percent). Releford has been a part of five Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, while Johnson and Withey four and Young two.
Additionally, in the last four seasons, Kansas has won three Big 12 postseason championships (2010, 2011, 2013), advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice and one Final Four, including last year's run to the NCAA championship game in New Orleans. Combined these seniors are 17-4 in postseason play.
MCLEMORE AND WITHEY NATIONAL ACCOLADES
On March 18, Kansas' Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore were named USBWA All-America Second Team while Kansas joined Indiana as the only schools with two representatives on the first and second teams. On March 9, McLemore and Withey were named to John R. Wooden Award final ballot. On Feb. 25, the duo was selected as Naismith Top 30 candidates.
McLemore has also been named USBWA Freshman All-America and All-America Third Team by The Sporting News (TSN), while Withey was a TSN All-America Second Team honoree. The Naismith Award had three schools with two players listed (Kansas, Duke and Indiana) and the Wooden Award final ballot consisted of 15 players.
The 2013 Wooden Award Gala will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, All-Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas head coach Bill Self.
Here are some block party notables for Kansas All-American candidate Jeff Withey:
--A USBWA All-America Second Team and All-Big 12 First Team selection, Withey leads the Big 12 and is third nationally with 3.8 blocked shots per game. KU's record for single-season blocked shot average is 3.6 set by Withey in 2012.
--The 2012 and 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Withey set the KU and Big 12 single-game record with 12 blocked shots versus San Jose State (11/26).
--A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week, including twice in 2012-13, Withey's 129 blocks in 2012-13 are more than six Big 12 teams this season and rank second on the KU single-season list behind his school-record 140 last season.
--Earlier this season, Withey broke the Kansas and Big 12 Conference career blocked shots record, currently at 294. He passed Greg Ostertag who had 258 blocks at Kansas from 1992-95 and Chris Mihm of Texas' 264 from 1998-2000.
--For his career, Withey has had 11 games with seven or more blocked shots, including four in 2012-13.
--Withey broke the NCAA Tournament record for blocked shots with 31 in the 2012 event.
A USBWA and Sporting News All-America Second Team and All-Big 12 First Team member, Kansas G Ben McLemore leads the conference freshman class with a 16.4 scoring average, which is second overall in the league. A three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week honoree, McLemore leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 86.7 and also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (seventh, 50.7), rebounding (20th, 5.3), three-point field goal percentage (second, 43.7) and three-pointers made (sixth, 2.0).
KU's leading scorer, McLemore has 10 games with 20 points or more this season, including three 30-point efforts: 36 vs. West Virginia (3/2), 33 vs. Iowa State (1/9) and 30 vs. Kansas State (2/11). He is the only freshman in KU history to have three 30-point games in one season. His 36 points against West Virginia (3/2) broke the Kansas freshman record of 35 points set by Danny Manning against Oklahoma State (3/2/1985).
Kansas freshman record-wise, McLemore's:
...556 points are a Kansas freshman record. He is the only KU freshman to have scored more than 500 points.
...16.4 ppg would surpass the KU freshman record of 14.6 ppg held by Danny Manning in 1985.
...5.3 rebound average would rank tied for ninth on the KU freshman list.
...69 three-pointers made in 2012-13 are tied for third on the KU freshman list (Xavier Henry, 2010).
...43.4 three-point field goal percentage is fifth on the KU freshman list.
...86.7 free throw percentage is first on the Kansas freshman list.
Should Kansas defeat Western Kentucky, Kansas would play the winner of the No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Villanova game on Sunday. Tip time for Sunday's contest will be announced following Friday's contests.