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‘Pros vs. Joes’ comment provided motivation for KU ahead of Maryland game

Kansas Jayhawks guard Wayne Selden Jr. shot over Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman in the second half of Thursday’s game.
Kansas Jayhawks guard Wayne Selden Jr. shot over Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman in the second half of Thursday’s game. skeyser@kcstar.com

The NCAA Tournament selection show on CBS may have been a train wreck, but we know this much: the Kansas basketball team was watching.

In praising the Jayhawks, Doug Gottlieb also gave them ammunition to get motivated for Thursday’s Sweet 16 game against Maryland:

The Sporting News had a story with the headline: No. 1 Kansas lacks NBA-caliber talent we expect of NCAA champions.

Kansas’ Wayne Selden mentioned that talk after the 79-63 win over Maryland on Thursday, saying: “People counted all of us out of this game. They said they had pros over there and we were just joes. I think this locker room took it personally.”

Here is what Selden said:

After beating Maryland 79-63 on Thursday in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Louisville, KU's Wayne Selden said the Jayhawks were motivated by talk that the Terrapins were the more talented team.

Of course, KU was a 6 1/2-point favorite, so people weren’t overlooking the Jayhawks. But they were clearly motivated by that quote.

Others thought Selden’s quote was a stretch:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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