No. 3 seed Ore­gon (32-5) vs. No. 1 Kansas (31-4)

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Cham­pi­onship, at Kansas City, Mo. 6:49 p.m., TBS Bot­tom line: The top-seeded Jay­hawks have rolled into the Elite Eight, win­ning their first three games by an av­er­age of 30 points. That in­cludes a 98-66 rout of No. 5 seed Pur­due in the Sweet 16, when they set a school record for a tour­na­ment game with 15 3-point­ers. Mean­while, the No. 3 seed Ducks are chas­ing their first Fi­nal Four ap­pear­ance since win­ning the 1939 ti­tle with the “Tall Firs.” Fi­nal Four the goal: Kansas is try­ing to reach its third na­tional semi­fi­nal un­der Bill Self and first since 2012, when the Jay­hawks lost to Ken­tucky in the ti­tle game. Not only has Ore­gon failed to reach a Fi­nal Four in nearly eight decades, coach Dana Alt­man has never made it de­spite nearly 600 wins and 13 trips to the NCAA Tour­na­ment. Did you know? The Jay­hawks and Ducks have met once in the NCAA Tour­na­ment, when Kansas won 104-86 in the Mid­west Re­gional fi­nals on Dec. 7, 2002. The Jay­hawks lost to even­tual na­tional cham­pion Mary­land in the Fi­nal Four in At­lanta.

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