The Kansas basketball team is navigating March Madness while also dealing with some roster variations due to recent positive COVID-19 tests.
Senior Mitch Lightfoot said the Jayhawks are trying to handle that by focusing on a particular area.
“Knowing what wins,” Lightfoot said. “Defensively we’ve got to lock in and follow our scouting report, really play to our defensive principles.”
KU will face USC in Indianapolis on Monday night.
After spending several days in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, Kansas forward David McCormack returned to the Jayhawks just in time to help them advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Being back, it felt great,” McCormack said on Sunday, ahead of the Jayhawks’ second-round matchup with USC in Indianapolis.
A day after one of his team’s key players made a successful return from a COVID-19 isolation, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday discussed his expectations for another Jayhawk about to rejoin the team, Jalen Wilson.
Self also got into KU’s Monday night matchup with USC, which will determine whether the Jayhawks advance to the Sweet 16 or see their season end.
Finally, after a year-long wait and some touch-and-go college basketball across the country, the NCAA Tournament is back and it's time to hop on the road to the Final Four.
For the Kansas men's basketball team, seeded third in the West region, that means kicking off tourney play at 12:15 p.m. Saturday against No. 14 seed Eastern Washington at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
We'll have much, much more on that matchup and KU's preparation leading up to Saturday's tipoff. But for now, here's our first reaction to the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket.
More from Selection Sunday:
A day ahead of his Kansas basketball team’s regular season finale, head coach Bill Self addressed a number of topics during his press conference, including what he’s hoping to see out of the Jayhawks now that it’s March.
Self would like to see some offensive consistency from his team, as well as some confidence for his shooters, among other things, when the Jayhawks close their regular season Thursday night at home versus UTEP.