With one Kansas freshman sensation again out with injury and another having a very off day, No. 10-seeded Stanford beat the No. 2 Jayhawks 60-57 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.
Kansas was making its nation-leading 25th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. Stanford made the field for the first time since 2008.
But it is Stanford of the Pac-12 (23-12) that will advance. Next up for the 10th-seeded Cardinal in the South Region will be 11th-seeded Dayton University, coming off upset wins against No. 6 Ohio State and No. 3 Syracuse.
BOX SCORE: Stanford 60, Kansas 57
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Joel Embiid, 7-foot freshman center for Kansas, missed his sixth consecutive game with a stress fracture in his lower back. He again watched from the bench in a warm-up suit.
Forward Anthony Wiggins, a 6-8 freshman, came in averaging 17.4 points a game. Like Embiid, he’s in the discussion as one of the top picks in the 2014 NBA draft. But he finished the game with just four points and four turnovers.
“They’re long. We don’t go against very many teams that are bigger than us,” Kansas Coach Bill Self said. “So they bothered (Wiggins) with length, and I think that he had an off game. Give them credit for that, but certainly he put himself in position to make some plays and didn’t make them.”
Self was asked what advice he would give Wiggins going forward.
“Unfortunately, I expect to be here, but I don’t know if he’ll be with me,” said Self, hinting at the expected one-and-done jump to the NBA. “Everything is a learning experience for young kids, and this isn’t the worst thing that’s going to happen to him in his life. If it is, he’s had a charmed life. … But the kid’s had a remarkable season. … I’m sad for him that it wasn’t our day or his day today.”
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins credited 6-7 forward Josh Huestis for his defense on Wiggins.
SOURCE: Gary Mihoces
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