Observations

Kansas-N.C. State observations

March 23, 2012 

• The 3-point line was common thread in Kansas’ six losses this season. The Jayhawks were outshot 55 to 26 from 3-point range during the season in their losses, including giving up 11 each in losses to Duke and Davidson. N.C. State held a 4-0 advantage in the first half. The Jayhawks went 0-for-8 from 3.

• Larry Brown, who played point guard at North Carolina, sat behind the Kansas bench. Brown led Kansas to the 1988 national title before giving way to current North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Williams, who famously wore a Kansas sticker to the 2008 national title game – after the Jayhawks beat the Tar Heels – did not come out for the N.C. State-Kansas game. Assistants Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath did sit along press row to scout the game, though.

• N.C. State walk-on Staats Battle advanced to the final eight in ESPN.com’s “Coolest name in the NCAA tourney” contest, defeating Alabama’s Dakota Slaughter with 70.1 percent of the fan vote. He will face California’s Bak Bak in the next round. Voting will close Monday night.

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