NCAA South: Stanford takes out Kansas, 60-57
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — Kansas knows all about Stanford now.
The Cardinal couldn’t deny a slight at a news conference a day earlier fueled them just a bit before pulling their second — and much bigger — upset of the NCAA tournament.
Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden Jr. ducked their heads and giggled Saturday when asked about Chasson Randle, Stanford’s leading scorer.
“We definitely saw that video,” Randle said Sunday after the No. 10 seed Cardinal beat the second-seeded Jayhawks 60-57 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the South Regional.
“Coach told me not to talk about it but I definitely took it as a challenge. It was a little big extra motivation.”
Enough for the Cardinal to make the Jayhawks the second No. 2 seed to be knocked out of this tournament in the round of 32 and enough for Stanford to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2008.
Wiggins was held to four points on 1-for-6 shooting in what could have been his final college game.
“I let a lot of people down,” Wiggins said.
Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12).
UCLA 77, Stephen F. Austin 60
SAN DIEGO — Jordan Adams scored 19 points and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.
The fourth-seeded Bruins (27-8) will play Florida, the tournament’s overall top seed, in the South Regional semifinals on Thursday in Memphis.
First-year coach Steve Alford has won as many NCAA tournament games in three days as the Bruins had in the previous five seasons combined.
Alford replaced Ben Howland, who was fired a year ago after the Bruins lost to Minnesota in their NCAA tournament opener.
This is UCLA’s first trip to the regionals since Howland got the Bruins to their third straight Final Four in 2008.