Kansas meets up with Southern Cal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
KU enters the contest at 21-8, ranked #12 in the latest AP Poll. USC, meanwhile, is 23-7 and ranked at #24. However, KenPom has the Jayhawks at #18, but the Trojans in the top-10 at #8.
Kansas and USC have met 16 times previously, with KU holding an 11-5 advantage. The most recent meeting was a 63-47 Kansas win in Los Angeles in December 2011.
The Jayhawks are coming off a 93-84 win over 14-seed Eastern Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Trojans knocked off 11-seed Drake by a 72-56 score.
USC finished in second place in the Pac-12 regular season, win percentage points behind Oregon, and lost to Colorado by two in the Pac-12 Championship game. They were 5-1 in nonconference play, losing to UConn by three points. USC played just two teams ranked in the top-25 all year long.
The winner will move on to face either Oregon or Iowa in the Sweet 16 next weekend.
Here are the essentials:
(3) Kansas: 21-8, 12-6 Big 12
(6) USC: 23-7, 15-5 Pac 12
Line: USC -1.5
How to Watch
Monday, March 22, 8:40 p.m. CST
Indianapolis, IN: Hinkle Fieldhouse
- Ian Eagle (Play-by-Play), Grant Hill (Analyst), Jamie Erdahl (Reporter)
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network
- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)
Online Streaming: www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live/watch (Requires sign-in with cable provider).
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 109-47 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
KU has more NCAA Tournament wins than any other school since 2000 with 51. The Jayhawks have a chance to extend that lead, with UNC (50), Duke (49), Michigan State (46), and Kentucky (45) already out of the tournament (or not qualifying).
Magic Numbers: USC is 0-5 when scoring under 62 points, but 23-2 when scoring over 62 points. Meanwhile, Kansas is 20-0 when holding opponents under 72 points, but just 1-8 when opponents score over 72 points.
USC is 21-0 when three players score in double figures.
Teams are shooting just 39% overall on the year against USC, a top-10 figure in D-1.
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