Indianapolis Star
Men's College Basketball
Seton Hall vs Kansas
When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas

Top-seeded Kansas was forced to fight through a difficult first-round game and hopes to use that experience to get off to a better start when it takes on No. 8 seed Seton Hall on Saturday in the Midwest Region quarterfinal at Wichita, Kan. The Jayhawks trailed by as much as 10 in the first half Thursday and grinded out a 76-60 victory over Pennsylvania to survive and advance.

“There’s always that pressure like, ‘You can’t lose to a 16 seed,” Kansas senior guard Devonte’ Graham told reporters after scoring 29 points. “So instead of just going out and playing loose, you’re going out and playing not to lose to the 16 seed. I feel we came out the first 10 minutes doing that. … Coach always says that’s the hardest game. You can’t win two without winning the first one.” The Jayhawks have won nine of their last 10 and things will get more difficult against the experienced Pirates, who outlasted North Carolina State 94-83 in the first round Thursday. Seton Hall matches Kansas with four players averaging at least 13 points and its seniors have won 84 games, including their first in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday after losing in the previous two opening rounds. “Our main focus was staying focused,” Pirates senior guard Khadeen Carrington told reporters. “I know that sounds funny, but the last two years we came here, the guys were kind of drained mentally. We couldn’t get over the hump. Guys came in real focused, real businesslike, and we’re not done yet.”

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS

ABOUT SETON HALL (22-11): Carrington led the way with 26 points in the victory over N.C State and is averaging 23 over the last six games to push his season mark to 15.2 - third on the team. Senior forward Desi Rodriguez added 20 on Thursday and leads the team in scoring overall (17.9) while sophomore Myles Powell (15.5) added 19 points and nine rebounds in the first round. Senior center Angel Delgado, who averages 13.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 50.1 percent shooting, will be key inside for the Pirates.

ABOUT KANSAS (28-7): The Jayhawks hope to get more out of sophomore center Udoka Azubuike (13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 77.4 percent field goal shooting) in the second round after the 7-foot Nigerian missed the Big 12 Tournament with a knee injury and played only three minutes on Thursday. His presence inside opens up the outside for Graham (17.6 points, 7.4 assists) and senior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (15.0), who have combined to make 209 from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Malik Newman averaged 24 points in the Big 12 Tournament but had just 10 versus Penn.


1. Carrington is eighth on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,818) and Rodriguez is tied for 12th (1,651).

2. Kansas, which has made 29 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, is 5-0 all-time in the event at Wichita.

3. The teams have split two previous meetings with the last in 2001 at the Maui Invitational when the Jayhawks earned an 80-62 victory.

PREDICTION: Kansas 80, Seton Hall 68
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Seton Hall 22-11 W1 14-3 5-6 3-2 12-4 10-7 10-9
Kansas 28-7 W4 14-3 8-3 6-1 9-4 19-3 16-5
Last Meeting
Seton Hall Kansas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/21/01 HALL 62 KU 80 62 29 32.8 80 55 46.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Seton Hall N/A
Kansas N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Seton Hall N/A
Kansas N/A
Assists Player  
Seton Hall N/A
Kansas N/A
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Seton Hall D. Rodriguez 536 50.5 77
Kansas D. Graham 617 40.1 154
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Seton Hall A. Delgado 379 128 251
Kansas U. Azubuike 221 77 144
Assists Player  
Seton Hall K. Carrington 148
Kansas D. Graham 260
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Seton Hall Off vs  red bar Kansas Defense
blue bar 79.5 Points For
red bar 70.6 Points Against
blue bar 46.9 FG%
red bar 42.1 FG%
blue bar 35.5 Reb
red bar 31.9 Reb
red bar Kansas Off vs  blue bar Seton Hall Defense
red bar 81.3 Points For
blue bar 73.6 Points Against
red bar 49.6 FG%
blue bar 43.7 FG%
red bar 32.8 Reb
blue bar 31.1 Reb