Kansas’ Self impressed with Penn’s defense heading into first-round game

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March 13, 2018 - 9:12 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self has watched plenty of tape on Penn basketball since Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show — a film study that has left him impressed with the 24-8 Quakers, who will meet the Jayhawks in a first-round Midwest Regional contest at 1 p.m. Thursday in Wichita, Kan.

“The biggest thing is they guard,” Self said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “Look at their stats. They are only giving up 41 percent for the year — 29 from three — and they are a good rebounding team.”

Indeed … the Quakers, who tied for the Ivy League regular-season championship at 12-2 with Harvard, then beat Harvard for the league tournament championship, have the second-best 3-point percentage defense in the country.

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