Jayhawks arrive in Tulsa for NCAA game

Rhode Island's Jared Terrell celebrates with teammates after winning the Atlantic-10 championship

Rhode Island's Jared Terrell celebrates with teammates after winning the Atlantic-10 championship

Lewis is excited she doesn't have the stress of traveling, but she is mostly happy to be back in the tournament for a second straight year.

Kansas State was awarded a home game for the first round of the women's championship.

"I appreciate the players and our staff", Weber said.

These are not games in which Kansas flourished in recent years. A win there would move Kansas into the second round, where it would face the victor of Friday's 8-9 game between Miami, Fla., and Michigan State. "We've obviously lost different ways in the tournament". Why such the toss-up?Here's a little information about their journey this season, and NCAA Tournament history to go off of.

Drake (28-4) defeated Northern Iowa (24-8) this season and has won 22 straight games but both the Bulldogs and Panthers were given 10 seeds.

"I was probably the happiest in the room", Iwundu said. Last year, the top-seeded Bobcats were upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Idaho State on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The furthest Drake's ever gone in the tournament is the Elite Eight, a feat achieved back in 1982.

Self said location doesn't guarantee success for the Jayhawks, yet, win or lose, the team is where it wants to be.

No. 1 Gonzaga: I do think that the Zags are good enough to win a national title this year. We're staying in the Midwest. Purdue, a top-15 team as late as last week, features arguably the best front court player in the nation in Caleb Swanigan.Swanigan can dominate a game by himself. On top of all of that, Frank Mason being awesome allows us to use the hashtag #BIFM on Twitter, and if you don't understand what that means, well, I'm sorry for your loss. In that way, he's just like me or you. Nothing on paper as the Jayhawks are a No. 1 seed for the seventh time since 2005. "So it'll happen. But I'm certainly hopeful that that'll be postponed".

The Jayhawks will hold a shootaround that is open to the public from 4:25 to 5:05 p.m. Thursday at BOK Center after practicing at an undisclosed location. Rhode Island doesn't have a great matchup for the big man, but Patton may not be ready to carry a full load in a high pressure NCAA Tournament game.

"We've stayed here a few times before, we played pretty will in Tulsa last time, we didn't play great again BU [Baylor University] - but played pretty well against IL, so hopefully it will be a repeat performance", said Self. "We're looking forward to everyone coming down", Owen said.

The Jayhawks played three games in the tourney in Tulsa during the Ted Owens era.

Vermont hasn't lost a game yet in the calendar year of 2017.

"I've got a ton of friends here", Self said. He slowed down a bit over Purdue's last few games, but getting out of the familiarity of the conference should help him and his teammates.

The KU game will tip-off at 5:50 p.m. on Friday. "They really deserve it". (They) score it very well.

No. 16 seed North Carolina Central minus-3.5 vs. "We're just so thrilled that it's drivable and our fans can get there". Some will watch with a scouting eye.

If the Cyclones can make the second weekend, they'll get to play at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

MI could go one of two ways: they could either be this year's Syracuse or UConn by using a long conference tournament run to their advantage and ride the momentum through the real Big Dance, or they could run out of gas early and be one-and-done. "We've practiced pretty hard this week".

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