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Kansas Jayhawks
RECORD: - REGION: St. Louis  SEED: 4
COACH: Bill Self CONFERENCE: Big 12
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Illinois-Chicago 1st Round W 78 - 53
Pacific 2nd Round W 78 - 63
UAB Sweet 16 W 100 - 74
Georgia Tech Elite Eight L 79 - 71


REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS


Will lose when ...
When it doesn't get offensive production from Langford, Simien, Miles and Giddens.

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The starting lineup is solid, but it isn't enough to conquer the bigger challenges.

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TO THIS POINT    
How They Got Here: At-Large Bid
No one in the tournament has had the road break in front of them quite like the Jayhawks. Kansas and Wake Forest are the only teams that have advanced playing only double-digit seeds. And the Jayhawks got to do it in Kansas City.

Now Kansas merely has to move over to St. Louis and gets a No. 9 seed in UAB. Getting to the Final Four for a third straight year wouldn't even require beating a No. 1 or No. 2 seed with both Kentucky and Gonzaga gone. No. 3 Georgia Tech is the region's highest seed.

The Jayhawks were just physically so much better than Illinois-Chicago in the opening round and put the game away for good midway through the second half. Bill Self was able to sit his starters during the irrelevant final five minutes. That seemed to help the depth-challenged Jayhawks, who also wore down Pacific on Sunday en route to another comfortable victory.

Now in the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season despite a regular season that uncharacteristically had more speed bumps than a mall parking lot, Kansas meets the high-scoring and free-wheeling Blazers. Plenty of pressure will be on point guard Aaron Miles, both literally and figuratively. He'll be faced with breaking down UAB's full-court defense and handling the Blazers small, but quick guards. It's a classic contrast in styles, but Kansas big man Wayne Simien remains the best player on the floor which can often be the difference in these matchups.

Entering the Dance, the Jayhawks won at least 20 games for the 15th straight season, but couldn't seem to solve Texas in the regular season or Big 12 semifinal loss. Bill Self's first season in Lawrence has seen mixed results, but only because expectations are so high after back-to-back Final Fours under Mr. Williams. The Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 back in early December, but lost to Stanford by six. Losses to Nevada and Richmond proved better than first thought. Oh, and they did beat Michigan State by seven, as well as win 12 conference games ... each of which proves Kansas has the talent, albeit younger than last year's senior-laden squad, to get to San Antonio.

PLAYER TO WATCH      
Wayne Simien | F | Junior
Wayne Simien is a bruising forward who gets the job done around the rim. Simien, the Jayhawks' leading scorer and rebounder, combines a good shooting touch with a ferocious attitude on the boards. He's also a good post defender and can pass well for a big man. The Jayhawks need more days like his 31-point performance in the Big 12 quarters against Mizzou to advance very far.

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Wayne Simien 6-9  255 Sr 17.89.11.032.8.539.801.200
  Keith Langford 6-4  215 Sr 15.85.03.531.8.484.677.371
  J.R. Giddens 6-5  205 Sr 10.73.70.925.2.453.652.403
  Aaron Miles 6-1  175 Sr 9.23.97.233.7.399.681.338
  David Padgett 6-11  250 Sr 6.54.51.219.7.525.692.000
  Jeff Graves 6-9  255 Sr 6.14.71.017.1.632.638.000
  Michael Lee 6-3  215 Sr 5.12.51.718.8.348.815.316
  Jeff Hawkins 5-11  180 Sr 1.80.70.69.6.274.556.188
  Omar Wilkes 6-4  185 Jr 1.60.90.13.9.417.500.308
  Jeremy Case 6-1  190 Sr 1.50.50.54.3.281.667.261
  Christian Moody 6-8  225 Sr 1.41.10.16.8.650.364.000
  Bryant Nash 6-6  205 Sr 1.11.40.35.3.265.733.000
  Moulaye Niang 6-10  220 Jr 1.01.10.15.0.227.722.000
  Nick Bahe 6-2  185 Sr 0.80.70.24.4.286.000.273
  Brett Olson 6-7  220 Sr 0.30.30.12.3.200.500.000
  Stephen Vinson 6-2  195 Sr 0.20.00.21.9.143.000.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
@ MissouriW, 84-82   
NebraskaW, 78-67   
OklahomaW, 79-58   
@ TexasL, 82-67   
Iowa StateW, 90-89   


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