Kansas ends Purdue's NCAA Tournament run in the Sweet 16

Ross Houston
March 30, 2017

Even though they were buried by a team that could very well go on to win the title, this was still a great season, so what their best players do going forward is worth keeping an eye on. Self would head off to Tulsa and IL before arriving at Kansas, where he has the top-seeded Jayhawks one game away from his third Final Four, while Altman would one day land at OR, which takes on Kansas on Saturday night.

But Graham has played in the shadows of Mason and Jackson all season despite the fact that he has scored in double figures in 29 of 34 games and also distributes the ball just as well as Mason. But Kansas might be getting better.

The Boilers and coach Matt Painter made the epically dumb decision to try to run with the Jayhawks.

However, after three Big Ten teams advanced to the Sweet 16 - No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 7 MI and No. 4 Purdue - some of the conference's detractors have changed their tone.

"We've got to jam their point guards and not let them kick it ahead", said Purdue junior Isaac Haas.

Kansas boasts its own player of the year candidate in Mason, but he does his damage outside the post. Graham was a marksman against the Boilermakers, draining five three-pointers on his way to 26 points in a 98-66 blowout.

KU scored 51 points on 33 second-half possessions, carving up a Purdue defense that entered as one of the top 25 teams in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Bragg, who had one rebound and three fouls in 5 minutes against Michigan State, said he was impressed with the inside play of teammate Coleby.

Purdue got 12 points from P.J. Thompson and 11 from Haas, but it wasn't almost enough. "They're going to have a homecourt advantage". "We're just being aggressive attacking him".

No. 3 seed OR (32-5) vs.

Whereas Kansas has run roughshod through the first three rounds, the Ducks cruised past Iona before running into trouble.

OR freshman Payton Pritchard made it clear when he arrived on campus he planned to take the starting point guard job from Casey Benson — and it took him all of five games.

"There were a lot of things we did wrong: turning the ball over, not boxing out, not communicating on defense", Purdue forward Vince Edwards said. "We showed spurts of that during the season, but now we're putting together a full game". "So, if we can limit that and get up, I think it is going to be a great game".

MIRROR IMAGES: Kansas and OR both prefer to play at a quick tempo, utilizing three OR four guards without a true center, and have an abundance of experience. It's been a busy Thursday night, but two of the three games have been close and the Jayhawks have stood out the most for their performance.

Jackson did well to raise his draft stock and move his team to the Elite Eight. Both teams have used those losses as motivation. "But the story is Caleb only got seven".

According to Jackson, the Jayhawks' sudden change was not the result of Kansas simply deciding to flip a switch. "We're taking everything more serious", Lucas said. "Unfortunately, he didn't like us as much". Every team feels like it has a chance to get to the Final Four after getting to the regional semifinals.

"(We're) 35 miles away from Lawrence", Mason said. That meant his son, Tyler Self, was able to check in for the final couple of minutes, just as chants of "Rock, Chalk, K-U!" began to ring out through Sprint Center.

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