The Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Michigan State Spartans by a final score of 90-70.
Junior guard Devonte’ Graham stepped up with some big shots down the stretch for the Jayhawks which helped extend the teams’ lead.
“It feels good,” Graham said. “We haven’t had many games like this. The score really didn’t show how hard of a game it was, like coach [Self ]said, but we were able to hit shots late and stretch it out.”
Freshman standout Josh Jackson was also a big factor in the win over the Spartans. The KU freshman lead the team in scoring with a game-high 23 points.
“I think the difference was our focus on the defensive end,” Jackson said. “Michigan State runs a lot of different things on offense and it can get kind of confusing some times especially when it is such a fast paced game but I thought we communicated well out there and really locked in on defense.”
Jackson was later asked about the momentum that the win gives the Jayhawks heading into the Midwest Regional.
“I think we get a lot of momentum,” Jackson said. “Today we played really good defense down the stretch and for us to see how important defense is I think that will make it even more important as we go throughout the tournament.”
The Jayhawks will now shift their attention to their Sweet 16 matchup, facing the Boilermakers of Purdue in Kansas City on Thursday.