No. 10 seed Stanford takes down Kansas to advance to Sweet 16
Stanford beat Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16.
And Kansas goes down.
Tenth-seeded Stanford took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence and knocked off second-seeded Kansas, 60-57.
Kansas couldn't figure out Stanford's mutating 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone defenses, failing to knock down shots from the perimeter or attack the Cardinal at the heart of the zone. Tarik Black carried the Jayhawks on the offensive end, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds, but Jayhawks not named Black or Conner Frankamp shot 9 of 42 from the field. Andrew Wiggins was 1 of 6 and scored just points in what was likely his final game in a Kansas uniform.
Stanford's size gave Kansas issues throughout the game. Four players scored in double-figures for the Cardinal, with Dwight Powell leading the way with 15 points and seven rebounds -- despite playing with four fouls for the final stretch. Kansas came back in the second half with its full-court pressure defense, as Chasson Randle being the lone ball-handler on the court really hurt Stanford. But the Cardinal had a game-changing Anthony Brown layup after Kansas had all the momentum.
For the most part, Stanford was able to keep Kansas off the glass and out of transition -- two huge keys against the Jayhawks.
Stanford advances to play Dayton, meaning we will have a double-digit seed in the Elite Eight.
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