Kansas is playing so well of late that even head coach Bill Self is taken back by his team’s dominance. Twice during it’s 73-61 win over Connecticut, Saturday in the NCAA Second Round did it amass big scoring runs.
First, they hit UConn with a 16-0 run. Then, they would send the Huskies sprawling to the canvas with a 19-0 run. Though, UConn would cut the lead to nine in the second half, this game was decided early and convincingly and the Jayhawks are on their way to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.
“That can't be possible. That means we would be up 35, so I didn't know that,” Self said. “But, we played great the first half. Guys were ready to play. Everybody was on point, offensively and defensively and we obviously rebounded the ball very well, too.”
“Then, you know, second half as much as we talked about continuing on what transpired the first half we got passive, got stale and quit attacking, and they did a nice job the second half. But these two guys (Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden) made some really key plays in the second half to keep them at arms length.
Selden led Kansas with 22 points, while Ellis notched 21 points and entered the top 10 scoring list in the illustrious history of the program. Kansas will await the winner between Maryland and Hawaii, who play Sunday in the NCAA South Regional, Thursday in Louisville.
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