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Top-seeded KU wary of No. 16 Penn in NCAA tourney opener

A.J. Brodeur knew the moment Penn beat Harvard for the Ivy League title that the Quakers were headed to the NCAA Tournament, the only questions left being their seed, opponent and destination.

No. 16. Against Kansas. In Wichita.

"We were a little surprised by it," the sophomore forward said ahead of Thursday's first-round matchup in the Midwest Region, where some are brazenly picking the Quakers (24-8) to become the first No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1 seed since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

"At the same time," Brodeur said, "we're excited by it. This is an opportunity for us. All season we were counted out, we were...