Mar 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives to the basket against the Baylor Bears during the first half of the semifinal round of the Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NCAA Tournament: Kansas Advances To Sweet 16

Kansas opens up the NCAA Tournament by taking on No. 15 Detroit who come from the Horizon league and had a 22-13 record.

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March Madness 2012 Schedule: TV Times For Sweet 16 On Thursday

Kansas Jayhawks fans will have to wait until Friday night to see their team take the court, but the Sweet 16 gets underway on Thursday, with the East and West regional semifinals scheduled for Thursday night.

Syracuse and Wisconsin will get the madness started on Thursday, as the Orange and Badgers tip off at 6:15 p.m. CT in the first East regional semifinal game in Boston. The second East regional semifinal between Ohio State and Cincinnati is scheduled to begin at 8:45 p.m. CT. Both of the East regional semifinal games will be televised on CBS.

The West regional semifinals will get underway shortly after Syracuse and Wisconsin begin, with Michigan State and Louisville scheduled to tip off in Phoenix at 6:47 p.m. The second West regional semifinal game will begin at 9:17 p.m. CT, as the Florida Gators take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. Both West regional games will be televised on TBS.

Kansas fans have the luxury of watching all the other regional semifinal games tip off, as the Jayhawks are the last Sweet 16 game on the schedule. The Jayhawks will tip off against North Carolina State on Friday night, at 9:17 p.m. CT.

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Kansas Vs. Purdue: Tyshawn Taylor Hopes To Avoid Cramping In NCAA Tournament's Third Round

The Kansas Jayhawks have already enjoyed a season far beyond what most college basketball fans expected riding on the backs of their two stars: point guard Tyshawn Taylor and Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson. The Jayhawks will definitely need both to make a deep run in the playoffs, yet Taylor had a hard time staying on the floor after cramping issues in the opening round against Detroit.

Taylor received treatment during the Detroit game for cramps that limited him to 23 total minutes played. In fact, Taylor missed most of the second half.

"After the first IV went in, they asked if I was all right. My legs felt tight," Taylor said. "I tried to move. I said, ‘Dang.’ As a competitor, you want to be out there for your team. If it was a close game, I’d feel worse about myself."

Head coach Bill Self didn’t seem too worried about Taylor’s health for tonight’s 8:40 CT tip-off time.

"I think he’s fine. He cramped in Hawaii, too, and sat out a good portion of the Georgetown game, and that was a full-body deal. Yesterday it was just his calf. He says his calf is sore," Self said.

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March Madness Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks Favored In Midwest Region

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel has the task of predicting how the Midwest region will play out for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and he has good news for Kansas Jayhawk fans: he has them all the way to New Orleans in the Final Four. To do so, North Carolina will have to fall among others, but he believes Bill Self's team will be standing in the end.

Mandel writes, "Bill Self's Jayhawks have had a slew of tourney misfortune when faced with capable mid-majors (Bucknell in 2005, Bradley in '06, Northern Iowa in '10 and VCU last year), so it's entirely possible that Saint Mary's or Belmont (who I'm picking to reach the Sweet 16) could torment them this year. But provided Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor get through the first two rounds they'll be at a distinct advantage playing in partisan St. Louis, and they'll catch a break when Creighton or Michigan takes down North Carolina."

Kansas plays No. 15 Detroit in the tourney's second round.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Kansas Jayhawks Predicted To Make Final Four

The predictions are rolling out this morning and the news is looking good for local college basketball fans. Bill Connelly is the SB Nation's college basketball editor and he's predicting major success for the Big 12, landing two of the final four spots in New Orleans. Kansas, he predicts, will even go on to the title game against Kentucky.

He writes, "With North Carolina still a bit of an unknown, the Jayhawks are likely the steadiest team in the region. Tyshawn Taylor could either shoot Kansas to a national title or bumble his way to a loss to Purdue, but Robinson, Taylor and company are still in good shape to make a run here, especially in the St. Louis region."

Connelly has the Jayhawks losing to Kentucky in the final game, but a finals appearance for a team that many believed would be a rebuilding year for Bill Self would be an incredible accomplishment. The Jayhawks have been surprising people all season with their ability to play with anyone despite graduating so many seniors and losing the Morris Twins and Josh Selby to the NBA Draft. This might just be Self's finest hour.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation’s Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation’s NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Missouri And Kansas Predicted To Make Final Four

As predictions begin to roll in about the 2012 NCAA Tournament, it's interesting to note just how highly many think of the Big 12 teams in the contest, and yet they didn't earn a No. 1 seed. Myron Medcalf of ESPN is the latest to make some bold predictions and says that two Big 12 teams will occupy half of the Final Four in New Orleans when all is said and done.

Medcalf writes, "Among the 2-seeds, Missouri has the easiest path to New Orleans. The Tigers’ speed and perimeter versatility will pose matchup problems for every team in the West Region, including No. 1 seed Michigan State. Kansas losing in the first round to Detroit? Nah. The Jayhawks will beat every team in the Midwest, including the Tar Heels if they face them in the Elite Eight."

If the teams could end up facing each other for another Border War showdown, it would be an incredible game to watch considering how great the first two were this season. What a way for a rivalry so storied to end on the biggest stage possible. The way the two teams have played all season, this scenario is not as far-fetched as some might believe.

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2012 NCAA Bracket: Kansas, North Carolina Lands In Midwest Region

After a successful regular season, the Kansas Jayhawks have landed the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region for this year's NCAA Tournament, as the selection committee announced on Sunday. The Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular conference title for the eighth straight season.

The Midwest region should pose numerous challenges for a talented Kansas team. In the first round of the tournament, the Jayhawks will be facing 15-seeded Detroit with the winner moving on to face the winner of No. St. Mary's vs. the No. 10 seeded Purdue in the second round.

The Jayhawks are obviously among the best teams in the division, but the No. 1 seed North Carolina will post the biggest threat to move on to the Final Four.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub. Stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City for more Jayhawks recaps, previews and news updates.

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