Kansas meets up with Eastern Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
KU enters the contest at 20-8, ranked #12 in the latest AP Poll. EWU, meanwhile, is 16-7 and unranked. KenPom has the Jayhawks at #22 and the Eagles at #110.
Kansas and Eastern Washington have met just once in program history, an 85-47 KU win in Allen Fieldhouse back on Dec 5, 2007.
The Jayhawks are coming off a 69-62 neutral site win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament, while the Eagles won the Big Sky Conference Tournament by a 65-55 total over Montana State.
The Eagles finished tied for second in the Big Sky regular season, a half-game behind Southern Utah, but punched their ticket by winning the conference tournament. They were just 1-4 in nonconference play, losing to Washington State (71-68), Arizona (70-67), Oregon (69-52), and Saint Mary’s (80-75).
The winner will move on to face either USC, Wichita State, or Drake in the second round (USC’s opponent is a play-in game between WSU and Drake).
Here are the essentials:
(3) Kansas: 20-8, 12-6 Big 12
(14) Eastern Washington: 16-7, 12-3 Big Sky
Line: KU -10.5
How to Watch
Saturday, March 20, 12:15 p.m. CST
Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum (Home of IUPUI)
- Brad Nessler (Play-by-Play), Steve Lavin (Analyst), Evan Washburn (Reporter)
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network
- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)
Additionally, you can stream the Tournament with your subscription to any of the following services: Hulu+LiveTV, fuboTV, Paramount+ (fka CBS All-Access).
Kansas is 108-47 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
KU has an NCAA record and still longest active streak of NCAA Tournament appearances at 31-straight.
KU also has the longest active streak of 20+ win seasons with 32-straight.
Kansas has been a top-4 seed for 21-straight NCAA Tournaments.
The Jayhawks are 8-8 this season against teams in the field of 68.
EWU has five players that average double-digits in scoring.
KU is 14-0 all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
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