No. 1 seed Kansas vs. No. 9 seed Connecticut
P, No., Kansas, Ht., Yr., PPG
F, 33, Landen Lucas, 6-10, Jr., 5.5
F, 34, Perry Ellis, 6-8, Sr., 16.8
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G, 1, Wayne Selden, 6-5, Jr., 13.3
G, 4, Devonte’ Graham, 6-2, So., 11.4
G, 0, Frank Mason, 5-11, Jr., 13.0
P, No., Connecticut, Ht., Yr., PPG
F, 0, Phillip Nolan, 6-10, Sr., 1.7
F, 32, Shonn Miller, 6-7, Sr. 12.6
F, 5, Daniel Hamilton, 6-7, So., 12.6
G, 44, Rodney Purvis, 6-4, Jr., 12.7
G, 4, Sterling Gibbs, 6-2, Sr., 12.0
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa
▪ TV/RADIO: CBS; KCSP (610 AM)
▪ ABOUT KANSAS (31-4): The top-seeded Jayhawks are looking to break through with their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2013. As a No. 2 seed each of the last two seasons, KU was upset in the round of 32 by Stanford in 2014 and Wichita State in 2015. KU and UConn have only met twice previously, with the Jayhawks winning both of those matchups. That includes the most recent game, a 73-65 KU victory at Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 19, 1997. The Jayhawks, who have won 15 straight games, have advanced to seven Sweet 16s in Self’s previous 12 seasons.
▪ ABOUT UCONN (25-10): The ninth-seeded Huskies have won five straight, which included a first-round 74-67 victory over Colorado on Thursday. UConn’s strength defensively is inside, as the team boasts a top-10 two-point percentage defense while also ranking 14th in block percentage. Coach Kevin Ollie, who is in his fourth season at the school, is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach, going 6-0 in 2013-14 to win the national title before winning Thursday over Colorado. The Huskies are the nation’s top free-throw shooting team, making 79 percent of their attempts.