KU basketball did what they were supposed to do and took care of business against UC Davis on Friday night in Tulsa. The final score was 100-62 and the Jayhawks never once looked to be flustered in this game.
A 16-seed will have to wait at least another year to have the chance of knocking off a one-seed, as the Kansas Jayhawks were the final one-seed to play their game, and won easily.
The Jayhawks faced the UC Davis Aggies and completely dismantled them.
Kansas, however, saw every one of their starters put up double digit points, with Frank Mason III leading the way with 22. Josh Jackson followed closely with 17, Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhaliuk both had 16, and Landen Lucas had 13.
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KU led 50-28 heading into the half and managed to keep the pace up to put up 100 total points in their first game of this tournament.
After being bounced in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, the Jayhawks know they have a lot to prove in this tournament. They might be the number two overall seed (sitting only behind Villanova), but the pressure is on for the Jayhawks to win their first National Championship since 2008.
Next up for the Jayhawks is whoever wins the game between Miami (an eight-seed) and Michigan State (a nine-seed). Michigan State had a down year in 2016-2017, but Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in the sport right now. Miami is also a really sneaky team that could play spoiler to the Jayhawks in the Round of 32.
Overall, defeating UC Davis was nothing special. KU basketball did what they had to do against a 16-seed, which was destroy them on the court. The Jayhawks did just that and now they’re just five wins away from their first title in nearly a decade.