The top-seeded Kansas men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row with an 83-79 victory over No. 8 seed Seton Hall on Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.
Led by 28 points from Malik Newman and a monster performance from sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who was limited because of a left knee injury, the Jayhawks jumped out early and held on down the stretch to move to next week's regional semifinals in Omaha.
The Jayhawks (29-7) will play next Friday against the winner of Sunday's game between No. 4 seed Auburn and No. 5 seed Clemson.
Here's some quick reaction from Saturday's win over Seton Hall.
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 sophomore big Udoka Azubuike explains how No. 2-ranked Kansas couldn’t turn a hot start Sunday into a victory against No. 16 Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse.
Azubuike, who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds, discusses ASU’s back-court attack, whether fatigue has become an issue for the Jayhawks and their short rotation, KU’s defensive breakdowns and what led to Kansas turning the ball over 16 times in the home loss.
Kansas sophomore guard Malik Newman explains how the Jayhawks exploded for a 32-3 run during their rout of Toledo at Allen Fieldhouse, and why it’s not difficult to remember to play defense when KU is rolling offensively.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses his players gaining confidence throughout blowout victories, the Jayhawks' depth and No. 2 ranking in the AP/coaches polls. He says there is no update on Billy Preston, who hasn't played in a game this season.
If you couldn’t make it out for KUsports.com’s 2017-18 Kansas basketball season tip-off party Thursday night at Abe & Jake’s Landing, here’s some of what you missed.
Members of the 2008 KU national championship team, Sherron Collins, Tyrel Reed, Brennan Bechard, Jeremy Case and Matt Kleinmann sat down with Matt Tait and Tom Keegan to watch the final minutes of the Jayhawks’ memorable overtime victory over Memphis from nearly a decade ago.
Afterward, the former KU players fielded questions from fans.
Collins, Reed and Bechard gave their thoughts on what makes Bill Self a great coach.
Case discussed how Self and then-assistant Danny Manning worked together.
And Collins explained how important it was to have Brandon Rush back on the team that season when he could have left early for the NBA, had Rush not suffered an injury.