They also lost by 21 points to West Virginia during the regular season, but the Bears scored 68 points in that game and were not struggling to reach 50 like on Friday night. In three games without him, that number has increased to 1.117 points allowed per possession.
No. 2 Kentucky vs. The exception is the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (29-7) taking on the fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs (25-8) as seven-point favorites in the South Region.
There's going to be plenty of star-power on display for Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups. The Boilermakers also took part in a preseason scrimmage against West Virginia, which defeated the Jayhawks on February 13. Baylor has much more size - they're basically just a bigger, longer, more athletic version of SC - but the Gamecocks have been excellent offensively in this tournament (90.5 ppg). However, their historic season came to an end Saturday evening as they fell to No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs 79-73.
The final game of the night features the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats against the No. 11 Xavier Musketeers. The Jayhawks won both of their first games easily, beating UC Davis, 100-62, and then the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans, 90-70.
North Carolina opened as a +600 co-favorite at the sportsbooks.
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The Jayhawks will take the court afterward and face the Purdue Boilermakers (No. 4), who recently have had disappointing first round exits in past tournaments, have played well up to this point beating Vermont and Iowa State in rounds one and two.
South Region | FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
Speculation has followed these comments as to whether or not these claims could be the downfall of Ball's play entering the tournament. What is going to break first, the defense of the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats or the offense of the No. 3 UCLA Bruins? Check out five under the radar players to watch during the second weekend of March Madness. He put all that talk to bed with his outstanding performance in a win over 6 seed Cincinnati Bearcats 79-67, scoring 18 points shooting an efficient 7-10 from the field. North Carolina earned those accolades, but at the moment the Heels aren't playing up to that level.
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