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Welcome to the Dance, Kansas Jayhawks

Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:32 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 11:55 pm

What was supposed to be a marquee match-up between two of the top-10 teams in the country for the Big 12 title turned into a warning shot by Kansas to the rest of the country. The Jayhawks clearly cemented themselves as a Final Four favorite with an 85-73 victory over Texas. They jumped out to a 27-15 lead in the first half and cruised the rest of the way, with the margin ballooning to as much as 18 in the second half. Six Kansas players scored in double-figures, led by Tyshawn Taylor’s 20 points.

Kansas will enter the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed on an eight-game winning streak. The Jayhawks are playing some of the best basketball in the country, leading the nation in effective field-goal percentage and two-point shooting percentage. Can Kansas avoid being upset as No. 1 seed two years in a row, though? Last season, the Jayhawks were knocked out in the second round by Northern Iowa.

Player to know: Marcus Morris. The Jayhawks have a balanced group, with a plethora of options who can make plays offensively. Morris is the go-to-guy, though. He is a very difficult match-up for opponents due to his ability to face-up and his overall offensive skill set.  Morris has scored in double-figures in all but two games this season, also racking up eight double-doubles. He is hitting his stride down the stretch.

The Vitals:

  • Record: 32-2, 14-2 Big 12.
  • Team colors: Crimson and Blue.
  • We’re thinking: 1-seed.
  • KenPom ranking: 3
  • RPI: 1
  • Best win: Texas (27-7)
  • Worst loss: Kansas State (21-10)
  • Notable stat: The Jayhawks lead the nation in assists per game, with 18.0 per game.
  • Most recent tournament history: 2010. Entered the tournament as a No. 1 seed, and lost in the second round to Northern Iowa.

Posted by Jeff Borzello

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