Kansas avoided the no. 2 seed upset bug on Friday night as the round of 64 drew to a close. After an opening day that saw very little in the way of wild upsets, the college basketball world was treated to a host of great games and big time upsets on Friday. Those upsets included two 2nd seeded teams going down to 15th seeded teams, something that has only happened four times in tournament history.
With those upsets as the backdrop, Detroit and Kansas took to the court in the final matchup between a no. 2 and a no. 15 in this years tournament. The start was slow and at one point the game was one of the uglier contests of the day for a stretch. Then at the end of the first half and carrying over to the beginning of the second half, Kansas started to force the issue and take control.
Heading into this game Detroit was described as an athletic team with some high level talent, but weren't known as a particularly great jump shooting team. As the game went on Kansas seemed to fine tune their defensive gameplan and forced the Detroit offense to a standstill.
On the offensive end the Jayhawks relied on their strength and attacked the interior. Behind Thomas Robinson the Jayhawks ultimately walked away with a comfortable lead which was a refreshing sign for Jayhawk fans who had spent the day watching other high seeds fall.
Kansas wins this one in impressive fashion by a final score of 65 to 50. Robinson led the Jayhawks with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson each had a nice game combining for 25 points in the Kansas backcourt. Jeff Withey also chipped in a solid performance adding 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.
The biggest question for Kansas after this game is how significant the injury to Taylor is. Taylor left the game at about the midway point of the second half and did not return. Hopefully it is just precautionary measures due to cramping not anything more serious. Kansas moves on to the round of 32 and will play 10th seeded Purdue on Sunday with the winner heading to St. Louis for the Midwest regional semifinals.