The Oregon Ducks upset the Kansas Jayhawks 74-60 Saturday night in what was virtually a home game for Kansas.
Kansas simply came out flat and senior Frank Mason put the team on his back for most of the night. That combination leads to a loss this deep into the tournament.
Oregon led by as many as 18 points at one point in the second half, but Kansas made a quiet run to cut Oregon’s lead to six. Oregon missed their jumper, which would have meant Kansas would get the ball and have a chance to cut the lead to four or three. That did not happen.
There was miscommunication between Josh Jackson and Frank Mason when rebounding the ball and it went right back into the hands of Oregon. Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey then made a three-pointer seconds later, essentially killing any chance at the Jay-hawks coming back.
Oregon made the basket, but this Kansas defensive possession was great. Defended backscreen, side pick and roll, and switched out of post: pic.twitter.com/WyPLVQYCAi
— Half Court Hoops (@HalfCourtHoops) March 26, 2017
Oregon proved to be the better team in this game and now they have a shot at winning the whole entire thing.
Under Head Coach Bill Self, Kansas has made the tournament 15 times, the sweet sixteen 10 times, and the elite eight 8 times. They have won 13 straight regular season championships, and have been to four final fours. However, their only national championship was in 2008. Under Self, Kansas has had the No. 1 seed seven times in his tenure. Out of those seven times, Kansas has only been to two final fours.
This was Bill Self’s 7th loss in the NCAA Tournament as a 1 seed. The only coaches with more are Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams. pic.twitter.com/3rOa1dVeqK
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2017
Bill Self should not go by any means. He has constantly given that program consistent wins and tournament appearances, but it is alarming that a winning program like the Jay-hawks don’t have at least two more rings to show for in the Bill Self era.
Meanwhile for Oregon, this is their first final four appearance since 1939. The program has grown to become a great one under Head Coach Dana Altman, and it seems as though every year they make it deeper and deeper into the tournament.
Oregon will play the winner of the North Carolina-Kentucky match-up. Can Oregon knock off another blue blood? It’s certain that they can, as they are looking like this year’s dark horse. After losing a heart-breaking loss in the elite eight last season, they now have a chance to rewrite that loss and win it all.