A nice mix of two-point and three-point field goals and the return of Josh Jackson from suspension (8-of-12 from the field for 17 points) paced the one-seeded Jayhawks to another relatively easy First Round victory, this one 100-62 over the play-in game winning UC Davis Aggies.
Potential National Player of the Year Frank Mason III flashed a complete game, making 8-of-14 field goals en route to 22 points. Mason added eight assists and five boards while turning the ball over only three times.
All five Jayhawks starters finished the game in double figures, with Devonte' Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and Landen Lucas adding 16, 16 and 13 points respectively to the KU cause.
UC Davis’ Chima Moneke, the son of former Nigerian diplomats who made his way to DI hoops by way of Australia, did all he could in the losing effort adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Davis' leading scorer, guard Brynton Lemar, was helpless to overcome a pesky perimeter defense, as he shot just 4-of-17 from the field and three-of-eight from distance.
The Jayhawks get either Tom Izzo’s No. 9 seeded Michigan State Spartans or Jim Larranaga’s eight-seeded Miami Hurricanes Sunday. The game time will be announced likely later this evening.