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ROY REACTION

March 13, 1995

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Kansas' basketball players reaped plenty of treats on Selection Sunday.

"We met at my house and had brownies, banana pudding and ice cream," KU coach Roy Williams reported.

The Jayhawks, who huddled in front of the TV at Williams' house for the NCAA Tournament pairings show, received the most pleasant goodie of all -- a No. 1 seed in the 64-team postseason extravaganza.

KU, top-seeded in the Midwest, will meet No. 16 seed Colgate on Thursday in Dayton, Ohio. The other No. 1 seeds are Wake Forest in the East, UCLA in the West and Kentucky in the Southeast.

The Jayhawks, 23-5, landed the No. 1 seed despite falling to Iowa State in a Big Eight tournament semifinal Saturday in Kansas City.

"I'm sure a big part of it was the difficult schedule we played -- a schedule that I myself even questioned whether we could handle it," Williams said.

He said he believed KU was the lowest of the four No. 1 seeds. That's because it appears the most talented No. 2 seed -- Arkansas, is in the Midwest. The other No. 2 seeds are UMass in the East, Connecticut in the West and North Carolina in the Southeast.

"CBS people said the Southeast Regional was the strongest. If I had my pick, I'd say the Midwest and Southeast," Williams said.

As far as the Midwest Regional sites, Williams said he would have preferred Austin, Texas, over Dayton.

"I'm extremely honest with our team. I told 'em I wanted to go to Austin because it's warmer," Williams said, laughing. "That's the only reason. Since they put us in Dayton, I'm dumb enough to be positive about it. I want us to erase those bad memories."

KU lost to UTEP in a second-round game in 1992 in Dayton.

"Usually the site has zero to do with it, the opponent everything to do with it," Williams said. "Colgate is our opponent. If we play well and win, they'll probably let us play another one."

Colgate of the Patriot League will take a 17-12 record into Thursday's game. The Red Raiders, led by 6-10 freshman Adonal Foyle, beat Navy, 68-63, in the finals of the Patriot League tourney.

If KU beats Colgate, the Jayhawks would play the winner of the Michigan-Western Kentucky game. The winner of that game would advance to the regional semis the following week in Kansas City.

Proud papa: Depressed after KU's Big Eight tourney semifinal loss to Iowa State, Williams' spirits were lifted Saturday night in Emporia. That's when Lawrence High stopped Emporia and claimed the Class 6A state title. Williams' son, Scott, plays for the Lions as does Bob Frederick's son, Brad.

"It was emotional for me. I had that same dream as a high school kid and I didn't reach it. I went down after the game and hugged him and Brad Frederick both. I said in the locker room in front of a bunch, it's something they'll remember the rest of their lives and 20 years after they are dead."

  • No influence: Williams was miffed by CBS reports that he chatted with NCAA Div. I basketball committee chair Bob Frederick Saturday at the KC Hyatt. "We talked about our game and our sons' game. Even after I got to Emporia, Margey (Frederick, Bob's wife) said, 'Did you ask him this and this and this?' I said, 'You are his wife, you ask him those things.' I have too much respect for him to put him in that position and at that time (after KU loss), it was like Clark Gable, 'Frankly my dear I didn't care what the tournament committee was doing.'''

  • Team meeting: KU's players held a meeting Sunday, called by senior Greg Gurley. "We talked about what we've got to do. We got some things off our chest so we'll be ready Thursday," Gurley said. "This team is so tight. We can't have breakdowns like we had against Iowa State."

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