LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Maryland Terrapins were the first of the four teams in the south regional to take the floor for their shoot around on Wednesday. The Jayhawks were the last.
The two teams will face each other in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. For the Jayhawks just getting to this weekend wasn’t enough.
“It felt good last week about getting that done,” said Wayne Selden, the Junior Guard. “But it’s a different week, last week doesn’t matter anymore.”
The Jayhawks appear to be under sized compared to the Terrapins. Devonte’ Graham is listed as 6’2″ and Frank Mason at 5’11” but Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon are listed at 6’3″ and 6’4″ respectively. Also Diamond Stone the Terrapin freshman weighs more than any one on the Kansas Roster, and is one of three players of Maryland who is listed above 6’11” (Diamond Stone: 6’11”, Damonte Dodd: 6’11”, and Michal Cekovsky: 7’1″). KU’s tallest players are Landen Lucas and Hunter Mickelson coming in at 6’10”.
But Graham doesn’t think that this size difference will stop them. “I think we matchup fine,” said Graham. “They might have us in size but a lot of teams we played this year have been bigger than us. So we’re just going to try and keep doing what we’ve been doing and be aggressive.”
The team who at the beginning of the year appeared to be a lock for a one-seed has fallen to a fifth-seed which causes Coach Bill Self to give the team high praise.
“Maryland is probably the most talented team we’ve played, we played Michigan State and they obviously beat us early, and [the Big 12] is talented too, but I dont know it anyone in our league has the talent Maryland has,” said Self when asked how this team compared.
Kansas will tip off with Maryland approximately 30 minutes following the Miami-Villanova matchup.