The Kansas basketball team needs to continue to improve as the move toward conference play at the end of the month. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.in Kansas City, Mo.
It is undoubtedly a signature win for first-year Washington head coach Mike Hopkins, who took over this season after spending 22 years as an assistant coach at Syracuse.
If Washington can force early turnovers and disrupt the perimeter passing lanes for Kansas, it can give its offense a chance to take advantage. The Jayhawks were led by junior guard Lagerald Vick, who came through with 28 points, but his teammates simply did not do enough.
"Sometimes in practice Coach gets so mad at us because they just be killing us sometimes, but you've got to think about it - they actually are Division I basketball players too", Graham said. "I thought our defense was horrendous and our hustle plays weren't very good either". They'll get another stiff test at home on Sunday against NCAA runner-up and 12th-ranked Gonzaga.
The Huskies, who have won five in a row since losing to Virginia Tech on November 17, will have a chance to add another quality line item to their resume Sunday when they host a 12th-ranked Gonzaga team that's looking to avoid consecutive losses following a 16-point defeat at the hands of Villanova on Tuesday. The Jahawks have scored 90+ points in 5 out of 7 games this season. Instead, after corralling the loose ball on his back, Washington big man Noah Dickerson fired a pass out to Crisp at the top of the key and Crisp stepped right into the 3-pointer. Bagley is averaging 21.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per night, and he is a dominant star.
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Young, the walk-on senior guard, has been a Red team mainstay since his arrival in 2015-16 but recently has seen more time with the main core as his role as an emergency "big" for the frontcourt-thin Jayhawks has emerged.
And then there are moments like Wednesday night, when all you need is a phone call.
Efficiency is the team's watchword and philosophy as the Ramblers do not waste possessions. "Other teams aren't used to it, so they get confused and kind of thrown off".
When KU rallied to cut an eight-point lead to 53-52 with 9 minutes 45 seconds left, Washington immediately went on a 7-0 run to lead by double-digits for the final 6:55 before a Malik Newman three-pointer with 29 seconds left.
"You could see this coming if you were a coach", Self said.
"We, at Loyola, have to be a program of development". The 6-foot-8 forward is second on the team in points per game behind Nowell (16.4) and first in rebounds (eight).
Michigan State is everything the Spartans were expected to be at the start of the season.
The unlikely victory for a team that entered Wednesday as a 22-point underdog set off a raucous celebration that started in the tunnel back to the locker room, with water flying and bodies jumping, and was still going almost 15 minutes after the final buzzer sounded.
Minnesota recently lost to Nebraska, while Purdue has lost to Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
Kansas has made the NCAA Tournament in 28 consecutive seasons.