KU Gameday: UNC’s James Michael McAdoo, McLemore’s struggles, lots of links

We’re closing in on gametime for today’s NCAA Tournament South Regional contests between Kansas and North Carolina from the snow-covered Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., and there’s plenty of big-time storylines happening here … including finding out who Wichita State’s opponent will be when Ole Miss and La Salle play after KU-UNC.

But that’s for later.

I wrote about North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo leading up to the game, and how he handles the massive amount of expectations heaped on his shoulders in Chapel Hill. The biggest knock on McAdoo seems to be his laid-back approach, but that’s his personality, and his teammates made a point of saying he wasn’t that way on the court. I think if you watch  him play, you can’t help but think he can be more aggressive but he’s young and he seems to just be getting better. His matchup with Kansas center Jeff Withey today will be key.

-There was a lot of talk after KU’s win over Western Kentucky on Friday about the inability of KU guard Ben McLemore to handle the ball in the open floor, and he seems to be struggling down the stretch. Here’s Rick Plumlee’s article on how the Jayhawks need more out of McLemore if they want to advance to the Sweet 16.

-Great read by Rustin Dodd on what happened a decade ago when Roy Williams decided to leave Kansas for North Carolina and the Jayhawks and Bill Self came together. Some of the details in there, including the one on Williams dipping his head after making eye contact with the KU interim AD on a flight back from LA – after he knew he’d already taken the UNC job – are just fantastic.

“I will remember this as vividly as yesterday,” he says. “I looked over at Coach Williams, and our eyes met, and he dropped his head. And I thought, ‘Oh my god, he’s leaving.

-Here’s a photo gallery from yesterday’s media sessions for KU and UNC.
-Here’s a notebook Rick and I put together, including stuff on Roy Williams’ “spells” he suffers through and a few more KU and UNC items.