Kameron McGusty scored 27 points and Miami advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time, using its swarming defense to beat Iowa State 70-56 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
Providence coach Ed Cooley said senior Ed Croswell's performance in the second half of the game against Kansas on Friday allowed the Friars to recover from a 13-point deficit and briefly take the lead before they lost 66-61 in the Sweet 16.
Thursday losses by Arizona and Gonzaga, followed by KU’s 66-61 survival victory over No. 4 seed Providence at United Center on Friday night, have left the Jayhawks (31-6) as the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the NCAA Tournament and as the betting favorite in the eyes of several gambling outlets. By Matt Tait
Friday night, with its season on the line and the three other No. 1 seeds out of the NCAA Tournament already, top-seeded Kansas played a game that featured as many ugly moments as pretty and as many heart-stopping plays as easy ones. The result was a 66-61 win over fourth-seeded Providence at United Center that sent the Jayhawks (31-6) to the Elite Eight for the eighth time under head coach Bill Self and the first time since 2018. By Matt Tait
Ochai Agbaji's dunk off a lob pass with 2:59 remaining spurred the resolve and determination the top-seeded Jayhawks needed to hold off No. 4 seed Providence and its upset bid Friday night by winning 66-61 in the regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.
Sam Burt learned after he broke his right arm last season that he could play one additional year for the Kansas football team. He opted to do so, and now will return for one last chance to help the Jayhawks move forward.
Miami's Charlie Moore, who played for Kansas for two seasons, has returned to his home city for the last time as a college basketball player as the Hurricanes prepare to play Iowa State in the regional semifinals on Friday.
Providence coach Ed Cooley bristled Thursday when he was asked about rarely getting a chance to face the most storied programs in college basketball. One of them is Kansas, which it will play for the first time on Friday in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.