The Jayhawks are in the Final Four for the first time since 2012! Who do they play and when? Everything you need to know about Kansas’ March Madness run is right here.
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Kansas’ Regular Season
The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the most storied programs in college basketball history. They have won five NCAA championships, including three in a row from 1991 to 1993. They have also been to the Final Four 19 times, which is the most of any team in the history of the tournament. This season, they finished the regular season with a 27-3 record, which was good for first place in the Big 12. They also won the conference tournament, which earned them the number one seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament.
Kansas has only lost 1 game this season and that was against Duke in the early season. They have won 27 games in a row since then. Kansas is currently ranked first in the nation and is a favorite to win the NCAA tournament.
Kansas’ Key Players
Kansas has a number of key players that contribute to their success on the basketball court.
One of their most important players is point guard Devonte’ Graham. Graham is a senior who averages 17 points per game and 7 assists per game. He is a key leader on the team and has the ability to take over a game offensively when needed.
Another important player for Kansas is center Udoka Azubuike. Azubuike is a sophomore who is averaging 13 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. He is a very good interior defender and gives the Jayhawks a physical presence in the paint.
Small forward Lagerald Vick is also a key player for Kansas. Vick is a junior who averages 12 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. He is a very good shooter from the perimeter and his ability to stretch the defense opens up driving lanes for his teammates.
The Jayhawks will need all of these players to step up in order for them to have success in the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament
The NCAA tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The first four rounds are known as the First Four and take place at four pre-selected sites. The tournament then moves to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, before the Final Four. The Final Four is a two-day event that takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday in April, and is the last step in determining the national champion of NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
The NCAA Tournament Format
The NCAA tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The first four rounds are known as the “First Four,” and they take place at four different sites around the country. The first and second rounds, which are also known as the “round of 64” and the “round of 32,” take place at eight different sites around the country. The regional semifinals, which are also known as the “Sweet Sixteen,” take place at four sites. The regional finals, which are also known as the “Elite Eight,” take place at two sites. The Final Four, which is the national semifinals and national championship game, takes place at one site.
Kansas’ Seed in the NCAA Tournament
The Jayhawks are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 16 seed Austin Peay in the first round Friday in Omaha, Neb. That’s right, Bill Self’s squad will start its run at a 15th consecutive Big 12 title and a possible National Championship right here in the Heartland.
Kansas’ First Round Match-up
The Kansas Jayhawks are the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region and will take on the No. 13 seed Northeastern Huskies in the first round. The game will be played on Thursday, March 21 at 9:50 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Final Four
The Final Four is the most important weekend in college basketball. The four best teams in the country, as determined by the NCAA selection committee, play two semifinals games on Saturday with the winners advancing to the national championship game on Monday night. This year, the Final Four will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Final Four Format
The Final Four is the last weekend of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. The four remaining teams are placed into a single-elimination tournament to determine the National Champion of college basketball.
The National Semifinals, or the Final Four as it is more commonly called, are played on the first Saturday of April. The National Championship Game is then played on the following Monday night.
Both games are played at neutral sites, selected in advance by the NCAA. The most recent site of the National Championship Game was Lombardi Field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, while the 2020 National Semifinals and National Championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
A total of 68 teams now enter the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournament. The four lowest-seeded teams play in what are known as “First Four” games, with the winner advancing to join the other 64 teams in the main tournament bracket.
Kansas’ Final Four Match-up
This weekend, the Kansas Jayhawks will take on the Oregon Ducks in the Final Four. The Jayhawks are coming off a close victory against the Duke Blue Devils, while the Ducks knocked off the number one overall seed in the tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers.
This will be a rematch of a regular season game that was played back in November, where Kansas came out on top by a score of 74-60. However, both teams have changed quite a bit since then, so it should be a completely different game.
Kansas is led by sophomore guard Devonte’ Graham, who is averaging 17.3 points and 7.2 assists per game. Graham will have his hands full with Oregon’s defense, which is led by junior guard Dillon Brooks. Brooks is averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
The Jayhawks also have junior forward Landen Lucas, who is averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Lucas will need to have a big game if Kansas wants to advance to the National Championship game.
The Ducks are led by senior forward Chris Boucher, who is averaging 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting an incredible 69% from three-point range. Boucher will be key for Oregon if they want to pull off the upset against Kansas.
This should be a great game between two evenly matched teams. Be sure to tune in this Saturday to see who will come out on top!