Stanford advances to Sweet 16 with 60-57 win over Kansas

Stanford advances to Sweet 16 with 60-57 win over Kansas

St Louis : MO : USA | Mar 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM PDT
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The Kansas Jayhawks will travel back to Lawrence, Kan., after losing their second-round match to the Stanford Cardinal, 60-57.

The Jayhawks had a shot at the end of the game but missed a three-point attempt that would have tied the game.

Credit goes to Stanford, who played good defense down the stretch and made clutch plays. They shut down Canadian-born Kansas player Andrew Wiggins, who was rendered useless for the entire game. Wiggins had an opportunity to show that he was a big-time player with Joel Embid being out due to injury.

Wiggins didn't live up to the challenge and neither did his teammates. Stanford was the better team and made less mistakes. Kansas did make mistakes down the stretch, and I don't think they came close to living up to their No. 2 seeding.

This basketball fan is thrilled with the loss. I don't have to listen to Kansas fans talking up their team. Let's talk them down. They were a disappointment. They let down their fan base. They were putrid. Take that guys. Take that.

Kansas fans are used to their team advancing far into the tournament. Losing to Stanford must be hard to swallow.

Let's not take anything away from Stanford. They've played well in their first two games, and those games weren't handed to them. Sunday afternoon they had to work hard against Kansas. Twice late in the second half they were up by seven points, only to see the Jayhawks march back.

I think having a tough game like this for Stanford will be a good thing when they take on No. 11 seed Dayton. Who would have thought that we would see the 10th and 11th-seeded teams play in the Sweet 16 and see both Syracuse and Kansas packing their bags and being sent back home?

 That's where we are.

I am surprised by the Kansas loss. I thought they would find a way to get the victory. Even when they were down by seven with time running out, I thought a miracle was possible, especially after hitting two straight free throws and narrowing the lead to two points.

It wasn't to be for the Jayhawks. Now coach Bill Self will have to reflect on his team's disappointing tournament, and he'll have to answer to the fan base back in Lawrence.

When this tournament started we wondered if Louisville should have been a third or second seed rather than the four seed. I thought they did deserve to at least get the third seed.

I think the results of this tournament show that. Kansas at the No. 2 seed was defeated by No. 10 seed Stanford. Duke seeded third lost in the first round of the tournament to Mercer and Syracuse lost in the second round to No. 11 seed Dayton.

Louisville is on its way to the Sweet 16 while the aforementioned teams were sent packing and will have to watch the rest of tournament from their dorm rooms.

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Anthony Bloch is based in Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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