Midwest Region: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Purdue

Midwest Region: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Purdue

Losing in the first round, he said, "stinks, especially at Kansas, but you were in the tournament".

Altman, who coached at Kansas State, joked, turned trash talker and called them "the chickenhawks" on Friday.

The Jayhawks' athleticism, swagger and skill came together in those 360 degrees.

But no one has come close to halting the Jayhawks' blistering pace.

Those types of plays, along with KU's ridiculous 53.6-percent shooting clip from 3-point range (15-of-28) turned this one into a run-away that nearly no one saw coming. It became the most lopsided defeat since a 97-60 loss to IU in January of 2013. They've already submitted proposals to the NCAA to host sometime between 2019 and 2022, and they'll learn in April whether we get another opening round, a regional, or nothing.

Kansas senior guard Frank Mason is so stoic and speechless he could make the most expressionless of statues look animated. While Villanova was more consistently unsafe during 2015-16, its efficiency rate against Miami in the Sweet 16 (the 157.0 figure) and Oklahoma (151.7 in a national semifinal win) represented its top two performances of the year.

This year's team will go down as one of the best in recent memory. "Then you realize how hard it is to get back". They both had key blocked shots in the final 15 seconds of the down-to-the-wire win against Wichita State in the second round, and Adebayo had double-doubles in each of Kentucky's first two NCAA tournament games. They won their first round game and then faced 11 seeded VCU in what most of us thought would be a layup. The speed, aggression and efficiency they demonstrated never dipped in the 40-minute contest.

"We told him he was the MVP of the game", Graham said of Coleby. A guy that I grew up watching in IN with him and Jermaine O'Neal and guys like that. They were ranked in the top 25 to start the season, and even spent two weeks inside the top 10. It's a grind. It's tough.

Let's be painfully honest about this: Purdue needed to be ideal Thursday night against Kansas - not to beat Kansas, but just to hang with Kansas, a team that appears to be heading toward a national title. "Now we're just kind of used to it".

Down 59-56, N.C. State missed a wing jumper that would have made it a one-point game.

Presumably, the Big Ten Player of the Year left empty-handed on both accounts. He's averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Jawhawks.

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"When the game is moving so fast, it's hard to take advantage of size opportunities", Swanigan said.

The Ducks shouldn't have trouble playing loose and free, knowing few people expect them to win and the crowd will be overwhelmingly pro-Kansas. Can't win the game like that.

The Mountaineers led by three late in the game and had three chances to tie the game following Mathews' final basket.

Early on, Purdue was winning all the battles.

Purdue center Isaac Haas walks off the floor after the Boilermakers lost to Kansas to end their season in the Sweet 16. That includes a 98-66 rout of No. 5 seed Purdue in which they set a school record for a tournament game with 15 3-pointers.

But a pair of live-ball turnovers contributed to an 8-0 Kansas run.

Purdue got 12 points from P.J. Thompson and 11 from Haas, but it wasn't almost enough.

Next, Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews and a fearless 3-pointer in the last minute to beat West Virginia 61-58. Last year, Villanova knocked the Jayhawks out of the tournament in this round in Louisville. Derrick Walton junior led the Wolverines with 20 points, Zak Irvin had 19 points and D.J. Wilson contributed 12 points.

Shelley - she's had an apartment in Lawrence to be able to watch Landen play every home game while keeping her house in Portland - is in no hurry for this all to end.

Any last remaining questions about the Zags' resilience, their goal and their resolve - if there possibly could have been - should have vanished after they survived a brutal test of wills with West Virginia. It was more a sense of disappointment than anything else.

"No, no", Self said immediately when asked if he's ever coached a player who has had a better season than Mason.



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