For the first time since 2013, Kansas is moving onto the Sweet 16 following Saturday’s 73-61 win over Connecticut in the NCAA second round. One of the main reasons is one of the main reasons their season turned around in late January, Wayne Selden.
Selden paced the Jayhawks with 22 points and continues to atone himself for past tournament failures. It’s clear if the Jayhawks are to win their first National Championship in eight years, he’ll be a major reason why. His dominance kept Kansas at arm’s length from the feisty Huskies, who fought back in the second half.
“The ball stuck a lot today,’ head coach Bill Self said. “I didn't think we had that great ball and body movement that we try to accomplishment throughout every game. But what we had, we had some individuals step up and make some good plays and I thought him driving the ball and putting pressure on the defense was good. He made a couple of shots early that were good.”
“But, if we get two of our three guards playing well and scoring, I think that we're pretty hard to guard and to me he's as big a key as anybody because he's a guy that can get a shot off that can go for big numbers,” Self continued. “It's harder for Frank (Mason) and Devonté (Graham), they're not as big to get their own shot. But he's one of those better guys that we have that can probably get his own shot.
Kansas will meet Maryland in the NCAA South Regional, Thursday night in Louisville.
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