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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has been on both sides of more than a few of these types of NCAA Tournament chess matches, stressed to his team all week that speed beats size.
Purdue entered the game as the Big Ten champion by two games. The Boilermakers had taken down Iowa State in the second round. They had Kansas’ attention. The Jayhawks should have college basketball’s attention after Thursday.
KU is the first team since UConn in 1995 to score at least 90 points in its first three tournament games.
But his top-seeded Jayhawks needed everything they got out of Coleby’s 13 minutes off the bench at Sprint Center, where KU limited the Boilermakers’ powerful front line and advanced to the Elite Eight with a 98-66 beating of fourth-seeded Purdue.
"Their guards made some tough shots and just got into transition too much," Painter said. "We've been able to dominate the boards in our first two games and they did a good job on the glass. Seemed like every time they got an offensive rebound they made us pay."
"I actually think that was me who said that we should do the high pick-and-roll," Graham said with a laugh. "So yeah, I’m going to take credit for that."
"When we play on both ends of the floor like we have in this tournament," Jackson said, "I do not think there is a team that can play with us."
Certainly, they were the catalysts as the Jayhawks dissected fourth-seeded Purdue 98-66 on Thursday at the Sprint Center to advance to the Elite Eight against third-seeded Oregon on Saturday — and they’ll be the major X-factors against the Ducks, too.
As KU pulled away for a 98-66 victory against Purdue, Lucas was a spectator, reacting to each play as if he was relaxed at home on his couch, cycling through scenes in a movie.
"If Aaron (Miles) wasn’t my best friend, I would say Frank (Mason) is the best point guard ever," former Kansas guard Michael Lee says with a laugh, "at least in my window of time watching KU."
Experience is nice. Making tons of shots is even nicer.
"They've got an athletic, terrific team," KU coach Bill Self said of Dana Altman’s Ducks following a 98-66 pasting of Purdue that was the nightcap to Oregon’s 69-68 victory over Michigan. "They're like us; they're going to play small a lot of the time because they will play Dillon (Brooks) at the 4 like we play Josh (Jackson) and then play the best defender in the Pac-12, Defensive Player of the Year (Jordan Bell) around the middle, kind of like we do Landen (Lucas). So I think it will be two teams that at least match-up with each other pretty well."
Last weekend I took a trip to New Orleans for the Nike Opening Regional Camp. One of the themes that stood out was the talented group of players committed to the University of Kansas.
Kansas enters Big 12 Conference action play this weekend having won two of its last three games, including a pair of walk-off victories. With six nonconference games remaining, Kansas has posted an 18-12 record ahead of its 21st season in the Big 12. The Jayhawks open league play at home for the first time since 2015 when KU hosted Texas.
A brutal Mountaineers final possession sends Gonzaga to the Elite Eight.
Gonzaga and Xavier, two of college basketball’s best mid-major programs for years, will play in the Elite Eight. Someone’s finally getting to a Final Four.
No question about it, Oregon sorely misses the presence of shot-blocker and 3-point shooting big man Chris Boucher, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a 73-65 win over California in the Pac-12 tournament. But Bell's presence is the reason why Boucher's absence isn't the missing piece to the Ducks' potential in making the Final Four.
A three-judge panel determined that the trial court should have allowed into evidence a series of text messages between the accuser -- a former Baylor women's soccer player -- and a friend of hers sent immediately before the alleged assault in October 2013.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a second former Baylor football player on Thursday on a warrant related to a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in Waco, Texas, in 2013.