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Shocker reader panel: 2018 is not too far off for excitement

Wichita State fans are ready for big things next basketball season, no matter which conference the Shockers call home.

University of Kansas

KU will be on guard in Sweet 16 matchup against Purdue

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound sophomore, and 7-foot-2, 290-pound junior Isaac Haas have been getting a lot of attention this week, making some wonder if KU’s guards — a group that includes starters Josh Jackson, Big 12 player of the year Frank Mason, Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk — will carry a chip on their shoulders into the game. The Midwest Regional semifinal at the Sprint Center will tip off around 8:39 p.m. Thursday.

Sports

Will KU double-team Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan?

About eight weeks before the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced, Bill Self was worried about Purdue. After watching one of the Boilermakers’ games, the Kansas coach envisioned a potential matchup problem if the two teams happened to meet in the NCAA Tournament.

Sports

KC is hottest ticket among NCAA regionals and KU can’t keep up with fan demand

When the grandson of one of the NCAA Tournament’s founding fathers has trouble getting a ticket to the Midwest Regional, you know it’s a hot ticket. So it was with Mark Allen, whose grandfather Phog helped get the event started. The NCAA allots each school 1,000 tickets — 500 in the lower bowl and 500 in upper sections — for the Sweet 16/Elite Eight round with the possibility of purchasing some upper-level tickets that other schools don’t sell. But that’s not enough to fill the demand from KU fans.

Sports

KU’s Landen Lucas has new offensive weapon in NCAA Tournament

KU senior center Landen Lucas went to a right-handed hook shot in addition to a left-handed hook against Michigan State. One reason for him having more comfort could be the recent removal of a brace that was protecting his right thumb from a “slight sprain.” Lucas finally was able to play without the tape starting with KU’s loss against TCU in the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks certainly benefited from the center’s offensive production last week; he made 11 of 17 shots (65 percent) and averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 11 rebounds.

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Fans line up outside the Sprint Center to Sweet 16 practices

Fans came out Wednesday morning at the Sprint Center to watch free practices of the four NCAA teams playing in the Sweet 16 there this weekend. KU fans and Michigan fans are looking forward seeing the two teams play against each other.
Shelly Yang The Kansas City Star
Fans line up outside the Sprint Center to Sweet 16 practices 1:02

Fans line up outside the Sprint Center to Sweet 16 practices

Frank Mason on teacher who flunked him: 'I'm thankful she didn't help me take the easy way out' 2:33

Frank Mason on teacher who flunked him: 'I'm thankful she didn't help me take the easy way out'

Nico Hernandez returns to humble beginnings before first pro fight 1:14

Nico Hernandez returns to humble beginnings before first pro fight

KU coach Bill Self after Michigan State win: 'Nobody listened to me' 1:16

KU coach Bill Self after Michigan State win: 'Nobody listened to me'