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Kansas wins Naismith Student Section of the Year Award

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 10:22 p.m. CDT

Kansas already wrapped up two national championships even before the second-seeded Jayhawks opened the NCAA tournament against No. 15 seed Detroit Titans on Friday night.

The Collegiate Licensing Company and the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday that the Jayhawks were the winners of the inaugural Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the school's general scholarship fund.

Approximately 80 schools were narrowed to eight by two rounds of public voting, and the Naismith Awards board of selectors chose the Kansas student section from the finalists.

"We have the best students and fans in the country, and we are thrilled to now have national confirmation of what we have always known," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Earlier this week, Inside Higher Ed declared the Jayhawks champions of the "Academic NCAA Tournament," in which teams are advanced through the bracket based on their Academic Progress Rates, a standard used by the NCAA to measure academic performance.

Kansas defeated Davidson — a team it lost to on the hardwood in December — for the championship. Lehigh and Texas also made the Final Four.


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