12:15 PM ET, March 23, 2014
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No. 10 seed Stanford knocks off 2-seed Kansas to slip into Sweet 16
ST. LOUIS -- Kansas knows all about Stanford now.
The Cardinal couldn't deny a slight at a news conference a day earlier fueled them just a bit before pulling their second -- and much bigger -- upset of the NCAA tournament.
"We definitely saw that video," Randle said Sunday after the No. 10 seed Cardinal beat the second-seeded Jayhawks 60-57 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the South Regional.
"Coach told me not to talk about it but I definitely took it as a challenge. It was a little big extra motivation."
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Enough for the Cardinal to make the Jayhawks the second No. 2 seed to be knocked out of this tournament in the third round and enough for them to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2008.
Wiggins was held to four points on 1-for-6 shooting in what could have been his final college game. He accepted his share of the responsibility for the loss.
"I let a lot of people down," Wiggins said. "If I would have played better, we wouldn't be in this situation, you know? I blame myself for this."
Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance since 2008.
"To beat a team like this, a storied program with great coaching, great players, always feels amazing," Powell said. "So as of right now we're still in the race and we're still playing in March, and it feels great."
Stanford beat No. 7 seed New Mexico on Friday and will have a higher seed for the first time when it faces 11th-seeded Dayton in the regional semifinal in Memphis, Tenn. The Flyers beat No. 3 Syracuse 55-53.
The 6-foot-8 Wiggins, a likely NBA lottery pick if he decides to leave school, was saddled with four turnovers for Kansas (25-10). Wiggins had averaged 28 points the previous four games but the Jayhawks were missing 7-foot freshman Joel Embiid, who was sidelined by a stress fracture in his back.
Coach Bill Self thought Stanford's height up front bothered Wiggins, but added, "I think he had an off-game, too. Give them credit for that, we put him in position to make some plays."
Josh Huestis, who had the primary responsibility for guarding Wiggins, played 39 minutes and had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
"That was Josh's assignment and he took it to heart," Dawkins said. "He had help. We just tried to make it as difficult as we could for him to score."
Self said the game seemed like "a struggle from the opening tip."
Everything didn't go right for Stanford, either. The Cardinal were 0 for 9 from 3-point range.
"We can make 3s but that's not what we rely on," Dawkins said. "I didn't even notice it because that's not what we've been."
Tarik Black had 18 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks, but he fouled out with 5:25 to go. Conner Frankamp had 12 points on four 3-pointers, the last two in the final 23 seconds to make it close after Stanford had pulled ahead by seven.
Stanford was 9 for 12 at the free-throw line over the final 2:04 and needed all those points. Frankamp's second 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 59-57 with 14.9 seconds left.
Anthony Brown hit one of two free throws with 12.9 seconds to go and Frankamp banged a third 3-point attempt off the glass near the buzzer in a bid to tie it.
"I knew when that left my hand it was off," Frankamp said. "I didn't get a great look at it."
Kansas went to a full-court press down five points with about 11 minutes to play and forced five turnovers the next 6 minutes to tie it.
Kansas had been 0 for 10 from 3-point range for the tournament, seven of the misses against Eastern Kentucky, before Frankamp connected with 3:34 to go in the half.
Frankamp hit another one just before the halftime buzzer off a turnover to put the Jayhawks up 24-22, their first lead of the game. They trailed most of the first half against Eastern Kentucky, too, before pulling away for an 80-69 win.
Powell hit his first shot on a drive after going 0 for 8 against New Mexico on Friday. He had 10 points before drawing his fourth foul early in the second half.
Villanova, the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, lost 77-65 to seventh-seeded Connecticut on Saturday.
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ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23: A view of Basketballs lined up during warm ups prior to the game between the Stanford...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Deciding factor: Kansas was already without injured big man Joel Embiid. While Andrew Wiggins did play, he was almost as much a factor as Embiid. Wiggins scored four points and committed four turnovers.
Player of the game: Chasson Randle. Sure, he had seven turnovers, but he also had 13 points and six rebounds.
Key stat: Think the Jayhawks missed Embiid? Kansas scored just 20 points in the paint against the Cardinal, which was the Jayhawks' second-lowest total of the season.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-47 (.447)||19-58 (.328)|
|3P Made-Attempted||0-9 (.000)||5-16 (.313)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-26 (.692)||14-18 (.778)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|
|» Mar 23, 2014||STAN 60, @KU 57||Recap|
In what is expected to be his only college season, Wiggins steadily dropped off down the stretch, after scoring a KU freshman-record 41 points in a loss against West Virginia on March 8. His 4 points today matched his second-fewest in a games this season. (line graph!)[+]
Andrew Wiggins Points in Last 5 Games
Kansas has been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by a double-digit seed four times in the last 10 years, all of which came with the Jayhawks as a Top 4 seed. That's tied with Georgetown for the most such losses over that time frame.[+]
Most Losses to Double-Digit Seeds - As Top 4 Seed in Last 10 NCAA Tournaments
Stanford won despite going 0-for-9 on 3-pointers, tying 1999 UConn for the most 3-point attempts without a make in an NCAA Tournament win.[+]
Most 3-pt FGA Without a Make - In an NCAA Tournament Win
Andrew Wiggins had his second-fewest points (4) and field goals attempts (6) in a game this season. Wiggins had been much more aggressive since Joel Embiid went down with a back injury, averaging 23 points and almost 15 shots per game in games Embiid did not play.[+]
Kansas shot a season-low 32.3% in the paint Sunday. The Jayhawks' 20 points in the paint were their second fewest in a game this season (18 in a loss at Florida). Andrew Wiggins was 0-of-3 in the paint after averaging 11.5 paint points per game in his previous four games.[+]
Kansas finished the season 1-3 when scoring fewer than 25 points in the paint.
Kansas in the Paint
Andrew Wiggins averaged 28 points per game in his previous 4 games, shooting over 50 percent in 3 of those 4 games, but he was 1-for-6 for 4 points today in the loss to Stanford.[+]
Andrew Wiggins Last 5 Games
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