For the first time in three years, Kansas advances to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament following a 73-61 victory over Connecticut on Saturday in Des Moines.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you otherwise,” said KU junior Wayne Selden, who led all scorers with 22 points. “This is the hump we haven’t been able to get over and it feels great.”
Selden and senior forward Perry Ellis lead the charge against a 9th-seeded UConn team, both contributing over 20 points. The junior guard went 8-for-15 from the field and again displayed his ability to finish at the rim by hammering a dunk in the second half.
“Players have to play in March,” said Ellis. “That’s all it is.”
Ellis churned through the Huskies defense to put up 21 points and eight rebounds.
“Coach is always telling me, ‘go at it,’” said Ellis.
Kansas will play the winner of Maryland/Hawaii on Thursday in Louisville, KY.