Spokane, Wash. When the Kansas basketball team gets to Louisville, Kentucky, later this week there won’t be a March Madness Cinderella waiting for the top-seeded Jayhawks. Instead, KU and coach Bill Self will meet fifth-seeded Maryland, which defeated 13-seed Hawaii, 73-60, Sunday night to move on to the Sweet 16.
The Terrapins (27-8) used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to put away upset-minded Hawaii (28-6).
Maryland guard Melo Trimble scored 24 points to advance the Terps, while big man Diamond Stone and Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 apiece.
Former Kansas guard Mark Turgeon, who played at KU from 1983 to 1987 and worked on Larry Brown’s staff in 1988, when the Jayhawks won the national championship, is in his fifth season leading the Maryland program.
Turgeon wasn’t necessarily excited to be facing KU on Thursday in the South regional semifinal, but he said in a post-game interview on TBS he was glad his Terrapins had advanced.
“They’re the best team in the country,” Turgeon said of KU. “We’ve got a quick turnaround to play on Thursday night, but we’re excited to be in the game.”
KU and Maryland will play at approximately 8:40 p.m. Central, following Villanova versus Miami (FL).