Kansas’ Norm Roberts on Jayhawks’ NCAA tournament game vs. Arkansas
Check out some of what Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts had to say Friday ahead of the Jayhawks’ NCAA tournament game Saturday against Arkansas.
Jordan Guskey, Topeka Capital-Journal
DES MOINES, Iowa — Kansas men’s basketball’s NCAA tournament stay is continuing Saturday with a round of 32 matchup against Arkansas.
The 1-seed Jayhawks came in after a win against 16-seed Howard. The 8-seed Razorbacks came in after a win against 9-seed Illinois. Both Kansas and Arkansas are competing for a chance to reach the Sweet 16.
Will the Jayhawks be able to further their effort to defend their national championship? Will the Razorbacks be able to knock off the defending champs? Norm Roberts is Kansas’ acting head coach again, as Bill Self continues to be unavailable due to health reasons.
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Follow along for updates from Wells Fargo Arena:
The Razorbacks have been doing much better lately moving the ball and creating quality looks. Their 3-point shooting remains poor, of course. But that overall improvement has allowed them to make this a game again.
The Jayhawks were lucky just a moment ago to see Joseph Yesufu nail a 3-pointer from way, way, way behind the 3-point line. That came as the shot clock was winding down. It was also Kansas’ first 3-pointer of the game.
Now Kansas is also struggling to hit shots from the field. The Jayhawks haven’t hit one in almost three minutes. But their defense is still great so far, so they’re still up seven points with a little less than 12 minutes left in the first half.
The teams are a combined 0-for-8 from behind the arc right now. Kansas is 0-for-3, while Arkansas is 0-for-5. If the Jayhawks can start to rectify that on their end, they could really pull away early.
The Jayhawks are rolling right now, and are on a 9-0 run. Although the Razorbacks scored first, they haven’t in more than two and a half minutes and have missed their last four shots from the field. Arkansas is 0-for-4 from behind the arc, and settling for shots Kansas wants the Razorbacks to take.
Two more things to watch right now are the statuses of Arkansas guards Nick Smith Jr. and Anthony Black. Smith has already picked up two fouls. Black just exited the game due to an apparent injury.
The opening tip-off went to Arkansas, and this one is underway.
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. He is the National Sports Media Association’s sportswriter of the year for the state of Kansas for 2022. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.
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