With the first round coming to a close, the madness is officially upon us. While there haven’t been may wild moments or upsets up to this point, the lack thereof is enough to know that there’s craziness on the horizon.
For the Kansas Jayhawks, today’s game against UC Davis served to be a nice tune-up game at best. The only time the #1 seeded Jayhawks trailed to UC Davis was 5 minutes into the game when the score was 8-5. From that point, the Jayhawks did what they do best and exploded for a big win with a final score of 100-62.
While it isn’t remarkable to beat a 16-seed in such dominating fashion, Kansas did not let UC Davis make it much of a competitive game. Some of the higher seeded teams have struggled with their seemingly lesser opponents at one point or another, but Kansas never let the Aggies get started.
Led by Frank Mason III’s 22 points and 8 rebounds, Josh Jackson‘s 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Davonte’ Graham’s 16 points, the Jayhawks outpaced the Aggies from the opening whistle. At halftime, the score was 50-28 and it would only get worse, especially with Josh Jackson making absurd plays like this one..
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2017
After putting up an even 50 points in both halves, the Jayhawks were able to enjoy their first win of this tournament. But the victory can’t be enjoyed for long as Kansas now has to gear up for a game Sunday against a Michigan State team who just absolutely crushed Miami. Not many people saw Michigan State winning in such a controlling fashion, and it may have implications that the Jayhawks will be in quite the dogfight on Sunday.
I assume Kansas will still be favorited by at least 7-9 points, but the manner in which Michigan State beat a very competitive Miami team makes me think the spread could move to as low as 5 or 6. Whatever the case, this is what it’s all about, folks. Let the madness ensue.