KU freshman guard Conner Frankamp hit a three at the first-half buzzer, giving the Jayhawks a 24-22 lead.
Kansas shot just 32 percent.Second half
After Kansas tied the score at 49-49, Stanford’s Dwight Powell responded with a layup that pushed Stanford’s lead back to 51-49. The Cardinal never trailed again.
Stanford outscored KU 30-20 in the paint.Black stands out for KU
Kansas senior Tarik Black had dreams of playing in a Sweet 16 in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. But his college career ended on Sunday after scoring 18 points in KU’s 60-57 NCAA Tournament loss to No. 10 seed Stanford.
Black, a transfer from Memphis, was the only scholarship senior on this year’s Kansas team. For most of Sunday, he was the Jayhawks’ best offensive option, but he fouled out with more than five minutes left on a borderline block call near the baseline.
“I thought my hands were straight up,” Black said. “I don’t think I committed that foul. The ref didn’t say anything to me about it. He just called a foul. They do their job. They just blow the whistle, and that was his choice.”
In some ways, it was a disappointing season for Black, who was selected the preseason Big 12 newcomer of the year but spent most of the year plagued by foul trouble and playing behind freshman Joel Embiid. But he didn’t want to characterize the Jayhawks’ season as a disappointment.
“That’s an opinion that people will have to formulate for themselves,” Black said. “I’m not going to put anything out there on my opinion, because I think we had a good season. We didn’t go as far as I wanted us to, or anybody in this locker room wanted us to. But that’s not to say we underachieved.”
• Stanford’s zone defense — a rotating 1-3-1 — gave Kansas plenty of trouble, especially in the first half. Kansas coach Bill Self said he wasn’t surprised by the defense, but his team struggled to attack it until late.
“I thought they really gapped it and we didn’t do a good job of getting our nose dirty and getting in there until late,” Self said. “And then we got in there late (and) we actually got fouled or came away with at least potential scoring opportunities. We were passive against it.”
KU’s players said they were ready for Stanford to go zone, but when the Jayhawks missed some outside shots early, they appeared a little hesistant against the zone.
“That’s what happens when you’re not real confident sometimes or individuals are not confident (or) not having a great game,” Self said. “Things are open, but you are hesitant to throw it.”
• Kansas finished a season with double-digit losses for the first time since 2000, when the Jayhawks were an eight-seed and lost to Duke in the second round.
• KU finished 11-9 away from Allen Fieldhouse this season.
• The Jayhawks’ 57 points was the lowest in an NCAA Tournament game since they scored 55 in a loss to UCLA in the Elite Eight in 2007.