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Bring on the PodCats with Jesse Newell

KU’s beat writer joins us to talk about a weird Jayhawks season and try to project how Big 12 teams might fare in the tournament.

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Kansas State
Maybe Kansas had a down year, but K-State also battled plenty of adversity while going out and earning its Big 12 title.
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Longtime Kansas beat writer Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star joined us earlier this week for out last podcast before Selection Sunday. No, we didn’t preview a potential KU-KSU rubber match in Kansas City. In fact, Jesse and Eric made the case for treating the conference tourneys like an exhibition and resting players if your team is already in the tourney. Sadly, we also didn’t get a chance to talk with Jesse about Tuesday’s crazy David Beaty news, since this podcast was recorded Monday night.

But we did talk with Jesse about a bizarre season for Kansas basketball and whether the Jayhawks would have kept their streak alive if Udoka Azubuike hadn’t gotten hurt, as well as how much credit Texas Tech and K-State deserve for ending the streak. Jesse also weighed in on where K-State should be ranked/seeded and whether the Wildcats’ depth will be a problem in March. Stick around the end of the podcast to hear his opinions on whether KU basketball might face punishment from the NCAA, the chances of Bill Self going to the NBA, and his thoughts on Sandstorm at Bramlage. They just might surprise you.

Be sure to read Jesse’s work at the websites of the Wichita Eagle or the KC Star and Follow him on Twitter at @jessenewell.

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