What Does Kansas’ Win Mean For The NCAA Tournament?
What does Kansas’ win mean for the NCAA Tournament? For the time being, it means they can be the top team in the nation.
Fresh off a 64-61 victory over Baylor on Saturday, the Jayhawks found themselves atop Associated Press men’s poll. The Bears subsequently slid down to the number two slot.
Kansas ultimately received 62 of a possible 64 first-place votes from the media panel that participates in voting. This marks the second time this year that Bill Self’s group sits the number one spot, with the first having come back in December.
The Jayhawks looked great this past weekend, particularly star center Udoka Azubuike who is making a case for himself earning All-American honors this year.
The 20-year-old had his best game of the season when it mattered most on Saturday, recording 23 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win over Baylor.
And make no mistake about it, that victory over the Bears was big.
There is a reason Baylor is so respected by teams across the nation. Between Jared Butler, MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell and Devonte Bandoo the Bears have four guys that can go off on any given night.
It just so happened that all four were kind of a bust against Kansas.
Butler had 19 points but shot seven-of-18 from the field in the process. Teague went three-of-eight. Mitchell went two-of-11. And Bandoo was the worst of all, somehow finishing scoreless while only putting up one shot.
Theoretically this sort of performance should not happen again.
As far as what all this means for the tournament: it means that Kansas will likely end up with a No. 1 seed and Baylor will not. Obviously anything can happen between now and the beginning of March Madness, but at the moment all signs are pointing in that direction.