Kansas basketball: Quakers excited to face Jayhawks

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2018

March seemed to start early this season.

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Strap in to your favourite chair and let the madness begin. The lockdown Cavaliers are that good on D. It's tough to win games in the tournament.

Notable: DeCuire was Mike Montgomery's right-hand man at California, then returned to his alma mater and led the Grizzlies to 20-win seasons his first two years. The AAC and Big 12 have also won a title during that time span. Don't bet against Bill Self and the Jayhawks.

This isn't to say the 'Cats can't make a deep run, but it's worth wondering what will happen if they come up against a more experienced team like Virginia or North Carolina. Longhorns big man Mohamed Bamba shouldn't have a problem dominating inside.

Most Kansas players gave generic answers as to their tournament outlook. They're play-in games.

Preston never played a single minute due to an investigation, Newman struggled to find an identity, depth remained a concern and Kansas' guard-heavy lineup was exposed several nights in the Big 12.

The Kansas Jayhawks are a 1-seed yet again in the NCAA Tournament, but with the amount of respect they're getting, they might as well be a 7-seed. While there are the handful of major contenders to win it all, the four, five, and six seeds are largely populated by what one might call nondescript power conference teams that are good, but not great. The Pac-12 has to go even further back - Lute Olson's 1997 Arizona Wildcats were the last team from the league to win a title. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game.

No. 3 Michigan State University vs. Dan D'Antoni's offence may be more freewheeling and frenetic than his brother Mike's.

"When I pick whoever is going into the brackets it's on hot streaks for wins".

Up next: The victor will advance to play No. 6 TCU in the Midwest Region on Friday.

The victor of the No. 11 seed game will face No. 6 TCU in a Midwest regional on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The Aggies have been inconsistent this season, dropping from the program's highest ranking (No. 5) before going 9-9 through the SEC.

No. 5 Duke vs. Two games are played by the four lowest-ranked teams with automatic bids, and the other two are played by the four lowest-ranked teams with at-large bids.

No. 5 DePaul vs.

The Musketeers won the regular season in one of the nation's best conferences, the Big East, by developing a knack for prevailing in close games. On paper, Kansas has the easiest path to the Sweet 16 as a No. 1 seed, but Duke or Michigan State in the bottom half of the Midwest Region could derail a Final Four push. The victor may have to play Kansas's Devonte' Graham, so only one of that group can make the Final Four.

Casey Alexander, Lipscomb; Earl Grant, College of Charleston; Mike Jones, Radford; LaVall Jordan, Butler; Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin; Matt McMahon, Murray State; Wes Miller, UNC Greensboro; Ryan Odom, UMBC; and Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton.

No. 3 Ohio State vs.

Cal-State Fullerton in Detroit: Nearly 2,000 miles or about 32 hours by auto, for any fans thinking of driving.

West Region: No. 11 San Diego State over No. 6 Houston.

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