9:00 PM ET, March 20, 2011
Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
TULSA, Okla. -- One year ago, Kansas' players covered their heads in towels, drooping in the locker room after an upset loss that seemed unfathomable.Now, they're jumping for joy.
Kansas' Cakewalk to Final Four
Left alone in the Southwest regional with the 10, 11 and 12 seeds, Kansas will not have to face a team seeded better than No. 9 if it reaches the Final Four.
The last time a No. 1 seed reached the Final Four with its lowest-seeded opponent along the way being a 9-seed came in 2001. Here was Michigan State's path to the Final Four that year:
• Round of 64: No. 16 Alabama State
• Round of 32: No. 9 Fresno State
• Sweet 16: No. 12 Gonzaga
• Elite 8: No. 11 Temple
The result of the easier path? Michigan State lost its Final Four game against 2-seed Arizona by 19 points.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Most Sweet 16 Appearances
|-- Source: ESPN Stats and Information|
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-60 (.383)||27-52 (.519)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-21 (.286)||4-12 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-9 (.778)||15-20 (.750)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
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