NCAA Tournament

Tar Heels talk about checking KU's Ben McLemore

Updated: 2013-03-24T03:35:46Z

North Carolina’s Dexter Strickland was asked about guarding Kansas’ Ben McLemore. He switched off.

“You’ll have to ask Reggie (Bullock),” Strickland said.

Bullock said: “We have a similar game. I just have to limit his touches and keep him from getting wide-open jumpers.”


Gurley in Roy’s sights

Kansas radio analyst Greg Gurley has taken some good-natured ribbing from Roy Williams, his former KU coach, this week. It continued on Saturday.

“Greg Gurley was a speedster when he played for us,” Williams said. “Doesn’t look like it right now, but he was a speedster.”

Mostly, Gurley was a dead-eye shooter. He was one of several Kansas players to share the record for three-point accuracy in a conference game, making all five against Colorado in a 1994 game, until McLemore hit all six against Iowa State this season.

Henderson flattered

Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson was flattered to hear his flamboyant play has NBA superstar LeBron James of the Miami Heat talking about him.

“That’s cool that I’m able to catch somebody’s attention like that,” Henderson said. “It’s good that I’m known out there and those guys in the NBA locker rooms watch the NCAA Tournament. I know if I was in the NBA, I would be watching the NCAA Tournament, too. It’s one of the best things there is in the entire world. I know everyone is ready for March Madness.”

True neutral site

La Salle might have done Mississippi a favor by eliminating Kansas State on Friday. By the time Sunday’s La Salle-Ole Miss game tips off, the Sprint Center could be half-empty after the Kansas-North Carolina game.

Still, the Rebels are glad they won’t be playing in an arena filled with purple-clad K-Staters.

“Of course, you’d rather play a team that probably has just as many fans as we have here, not a team that has 18,000,” Rebels forward Murphy Holloway said. “Just because in the second half (of Friday’s K-State-La Salle game), I felt like their crowd got involved with the game.”

No Cinderella

La Salle may be a No. 13 seed, but don’t call them a Cinderella team in the NCAA Tournament.

“Absolutely not,” Explorers guard Ramon Galloway said. “…We were chosen for a reason, because we worked hard. I feel like we can play with anybody in the country. It’s a Cinderella story to the media and everybody that looks down on La Salle because nobody has La Salle winning this much or coming this far in the Dance.

“But for us, we already said that through the whole year we can play with everybody. Playing in the Atlantic 10 … we have Butler, VCU … going up against Saint Louis, it just makes us better because, you know, I mean, personally we feel like we met teams that played against the teams that were ranked No. 1.

“We are happy to be here. We are just glad that we are winning.”

| Randy Covitz, rcovitz@kcstar.com; and Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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