If Kansas make the Final Four they will have faced just one single-digit seed along the way. Al Dannity says the Jayhawks are far from a lock for Houston.
It’s a trap! Somebody dial up Admiral Ackbar because the Jayhawks are facing not one but two trap games this weekend. Having defeated #16 seed Boston University and #9 seed Illinois, the Jayhawks have been landed in a regional finals weekend with the #10, #11, and #12 seeds in the Southwest. In all three of the other regions, at least three of the top four seeds made it through to the second weekend. The Jayhawks are the only team in San Antonio that’s meant to have made it this far. College Basketball betting fans should remember that we’re only five years removed from when #11 seed George Mason shocked #1 seed UConn to make the Final Four.
Richmond can raise their game Before the tournament started I said the Richmond Spiders were under-rated, I did not however see them making it to the Sweet Sixteen. The #12 seed Spiders won the Atlantic 10 tournament to enter March Madness on a roll and it’s one they continued through their first two games. A tight 69-66 upset of #5 seed Vanderbilt was followed by a comprehensive 65-48 victory over #13 seed Morehead State. With regular season wins over Temple and Purdue to their credit, Richmond won’t be afraid of the step up in class this Friday. After two comfortable wins last weekend, Kansas should find the Spiders a tough test in the Sweet Sixteen.
Battle for the Final Four Just seven days ago an Elite Eight match-up with either #10 seed Florida State or #11 seed VCU would have been seen as a dream scenario for Kansas. The Seminoles and Rams have become much more fearsome foes in the last week. Florida State outlasted Texas A&M before stomping #2 seed Notre Dame. VCU meanwhile have beaten three different opponents, including USC in the First Four, by more than 10 points. Despite their double-digit seedings, it’s the Seminoles and the Rams that have played like power teams in the opening stages of the NCAA Tournament. Whoever wins between these two on Friday will enter Sunday’s regional final brimming with confidence.
It promises to be a challenging weekend for Kansas. When you’re the #1 everyone is gunning for you. The Jayhawks need to show they’re worth top billing in the Southwest.
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