- Kansas Sports -
Senior Perry Ellis scored 27 points as top-ranked Kansas muscled its way to a 79-63 victory over No. 5 seed Maryland on Thursday night at KFC Yum! Center. KU's 17th-straight win puts the Jayhawks in the NCAA Elite Eight for the 21st time to face No. 2 seed Villanova on Saturday (7:50 p.m. Central, CBS).
"All I’m trying to do is leave it all on the floor," Ellis said after grabbing five rebounds and helping KU to a 43-28 advantage on the boards against a tall No. 5-seed Maryland team. "It’s the same mindset as always. I just want to attack," Ellis added.
There may have been more than a few signs pointing to the Sweet 16 match-up with Maryland being a serious challenge for the top-seeded Kansas basketball team, but the Jayhawks did not let any of those change anything about the way they do business.
"One thing I love about this team is something as a player I miss ... that camaraderie, that brotherhood," Miles said. "I have that with our coaching staff."
"Everything was going great for us and I just felt like we should have had the lead," said freshman forward Diamond Stone after the loss. "But Kansas is a great team, just like us. It really should’ve been two No. 1 seeds. But the better team won today. Kansas brought their A-game and we came up short."
Bill Self's starters have been sensational, but it's been the bench that has been the biggest difference-maker.
The top-seeded Jayhawks put on a show in Louisville against No. 5 seed Maryland. The highlight of the night for Kansas came when Wayne Selden heat-checked himself and cashed a 3-pointer right in the face of his former AAU teammate, Jake Layman.
The Kansas Jayhawks are set to battle Maryland in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, but back home, as a tribute, the football team is busy playing Knockout during practice. In full uniform. Like, they stuck a basketball set on the field and played Knockout.
The Kansas baseball team opens up Big 12 play March 25-27 at Hoglund Ballpark, as the Jayhawks play host to West Virginia for a three-game set.
Kansas soccer will continue its spring exhibition season Saturday, March 26 when the Jayhawks welcome FC Kansas City for a noon match at Rock Chalk Park. Admission will be free to the public.
- Everything Else -
Grayson Allen and an Oregon player had a moment after the Ducks' win in the Sweet 16.
The Mets center fielder could've picked up this fair-hit ball off the bat of Houston's A.J. Reed, but, well, nah.