Omaha, Neb. — Returning to the Elite Eight for the third straight season, Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham said it’s a special achievement. But it would mean more if the Jayhawks can advance to the Final Four.
“I came to this mountain two times in a row and fell short,” Graham said. “This year, I just want to make it over.”
Kansas advanced to the Elite Eight with an 80-76 victory over Clemson at the CenturyLink Center. Graham was limited with foul trouble in the second half but he tried to encourage his teammates from the sideline.
“I had to be the biggest cheerleader,” Graham said.
Wichita — Preparing to play Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard discussed what's stood out on film when he's studied the Jayhawks and why he believes Svi Mykhailiuk is the X-factor of KU's offense.
"They space you out, they pick and roll, they are driving," Willard said. "I love Devonte' Graham, what he does. He's the ultimate point guard, two guard. He can score when he needs to and he gets everybody involved."
With a size advantage in the post, via star forward Angel Delgado, Willard said the Pirates will try to make the most of their physicality.
Wichita — Scoring 11 points in the first 13 minutes, there was nothing easy about the Kansas basketball team's 76-60 victory over Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena.
"There's been more pleasant dental appointments that I've gone to that," KU coach Bill Self joked. "Yeah I'm glad it's over."
KU senior Devonte' Graham sparked the Jayhawks' offense with 19 points in the first half, despite missing his first few shots.
"Devonte' missed some wide open looks to start the game as we all did," Self said. "That's what happens. You miss some open ones and then the next open ones feel like they are a little bit guarded. But he made a couple of big 3s."
Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham shares his reaction to when he heard he was named Big 12 Player of the Year, what it means to follow Frank Mason III as player of the year and why he thinks the Jayhawks can learn from their loss to Oklahoma State.
Kansas seniors Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young address the Allen Fieldhouse crowd for their Senior Night speeches on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.
Kansas basketball seniors Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young reflect on their careers, what it means to them to share Senior Night together and their emotions heading into their final game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas guards Devonte' Graham and Marcus Garrett, along with center Udoka Azubuike, discuss the Jayhawks' come-from-behind 77-69 victory over West Virginia, Azubuike's free throws and the College GameDay atmosphere.
Kansas guards Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman discuss how they got past settling for 3-pointers and survived a scare from Iowa State, 83-78, Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham talked about how he can help freshman Silvio De Sousa adjust to joining the the team in the middle of the season and what changes when KU starts Big 12 play at Texas on Friday.
Kansas forward Clay Young and coach Bill Self discuss Devonte' Graham's monster week where he scored 35 points in back-to-back games vs. Toledo and Syracuse, and what impressed them the most about his performances.