No. 1 seed Kansas vs. No. 16 seed Austin Peay
P, No., Kansas, Ht., Yr., PPG
F, 33, Landen Lucas, 6-10, Jr., 5.2
F, 34, Perry Ellis, 6-8, Sr., 16.7
G, 1, Wayne Selden, 6-5, Jr., 13.3
G, 4, Devonte' Graham, 6-2, So., 11.7
G, 0, Frank Mason, 5-11, Jr., 13.1
P, No., Austin Peay, Ht., Yr., PPG
F, 5, Chris Horton, 6-8, Sr., 18.9.
F, 42, Kenny Jones, 6-6, Jr., 7.9
G, 2, Jared Savage, 6-5, Fr., 6-5
G, 11, Khalil Davis, 6-5, Sr., 11.2
G, 4, Josh Robinson, 6-2, So., 16.7
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa
▪ TV/RADIO: TNT; KCSP (610 AM)
▪ ABOUT KANSAS (30-4): The top-seeded Jayhawks are aiming for their 15th straight victory when facing the Governors on Thursday. History is on their side, as No. 1 seeds are 124-0 all-time against 16 seeds. KU, which enters as a 26-point betting favorite, is 19-0 all-time against Ohio Valley opponents, with its last win coming in December 2012 against Belmont (89-60). The Jayhawks also have won nine straight NCAA Tournament openers, a streak that dates to 2007.
▪ ABOUT AUSTIN PEAY (18-17): The 16th-seeded Governors are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 after winning four consecutive games in the Ohio Valley Tournament as the eighth seed. Six-foot-8 forward Chris Horton is the player to watch, as he enters as one of the nation’s best rebounders while possessing the ability to make close shots and get to the line often. Austin Peay, which was only an average three-point shooting team in the regular season, shot well at the right time, making 37 of 87 threes in the OVC Tournament (43 percent). That included a 16-for-31 effort in their championship game victory over Tennessee-Martin.