Mar 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason (0) save s the ball to Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the 2nd round of the 2014 NCAA Men

NCAA Tournament 2014: Kansas survives a battle with Eastern Kentucky in South Region, 80-69


In an NCAA Tournament so far that has not been void of the upset, the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks avoided becoming the latest victim on Friday as they were able to pull away from a pesky Eastern Kentucky squad late to get the win, 80-69.

Down the stretch in the second half, Eastern Kentucky would not waver one bit, dropping in three-pointers and hitting their foul shots, but the strength on the inside from Kansas was just too much to hold off until the very end.

In his first NCAA Tournament game, Andrew Wiggins finished with 19 points and four rebounds. But it was Jamari Traylor off the bench that made the biggest impact of anyone on the floor Friday, dropping in 17 points and adding in 14 rebounds in the win.

What may be the most eye-opening stat of the afternoon, though, may be the fact that Kansas was able to get the win, despite not hitting a single three-point shot. They finished 0-7 as a team from beyond the arc.

 

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