OMAHA (KSNT/AP) – The 7th seed Wichita State University Shockers handed the 2nd seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks a shock Sunday evening 78–65, earning themselves a trip to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament.
In the first meetings of the two schools in 22-years the Shockers, considered by most to be the underdogs in this matchup, took the lead early and never looked back.
Behind another steady performance from Fred VanVleet and the hot shooting of Evan Wessel, the No. 7 seed Shockers rolled past the second-seeded Jayhawks 78-65 on Sunday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 at the expense of the school that has caused them so much chagrin.
Tekele Cotton led the way with 19 points for the Shockers (30-4). VanVleet finished with 17 and Wessel hit four 3-pointers to score 12, sending the Missouri Valley champions to Cleveland for the Midwest Regional semifinal against third-seeded Notre Dame.
Devonte’ Graham and Perry Ellis had 17 points each, and Frank Mason added 16 for the Jayhawks (27-9), who blew an early eight-point lead and never really threatened in the second half.
Said KU Head Coach Bill Self “We did not help ourself by not defending, everything we tried they had a counter for. They were far superior to us the second half, They took us out of most everything we wanted to do.”
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