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2018 NCAA Tournament, Know Your Foe: Kansas

Seton Hall and Kansas are set to go at it on Saturday with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

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For the first time since 2004, Seton Hall is getting set to play in the Round of 32. They will take on the top seeded Kansas Jayhawks, who are seeking their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.

For Seton Hall, a win would put them in their first Sweet 16 since 2000.


To discuss the matchup, we got a scouting report on the Jayhawks from Andy Mitts from Rock Chalk Talk.

Big East Coast Bias: We all know Devonte Graham is a fantastic player. Just how many problems can he present Seton Hall’s defense?

Andy Mitts: He can attack many different ways, and is typically smart enough to know when his own shot isn’t going to work. He’s won multiple games for this team without being able to score, but if his shot is on, no opponent stands a chance. And while he hasn’t been the lock-down defender he was in years past for entire games, he can still do it in spurts, typically when your team can least afford it.

BECB: Kansas has five starters that all score in double digits, but a rotation that only goes about seven men deep. Is depth ever a concern for this team?

AM: Depth is always a concern with this team, although it’s slightly alleviated now that Silvio De Sousa seems to have emerged as a reliable backup. But really it’s more about guys getting in foul trouble as opposed to guys getting tired out. They’ve done a good job pacing themselves to allow them to be ready for a final push if the game is still too close for comfort.

BECB: What is the status of Udoka Azubuike for Saturday?

AM: He came on for “emergency minutes” against Penn, and I’d imagine they are likely going to limit his minutes somewhat for this game, but he should be ready to play. It’s anyone’s guess how effective he’ll actually be though.

BECB: Who is one player on Seton Hall that scares you?

AM: I think that has to be Angel Delgado, given the propensity for this Kansas team to give up offensive rebounds and allow the opponent multiple chances to get points on a single trip.

BECB: Give me a prediction. Who wins and why?

AM: I have to go with Kansas. While I think Seton Hall can be pesky, the Jayhawks win the Big 12 for a reason. I think Dok plays limited minutes, but Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio pick up the slack as Devonte Graham wills this team to another victory.