Kansas Jayhawks Hold Off Upset Bid by Undefeated Toledo Rockets

By Taylor Sturm
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Toledo Rockets were the only undefeated and unranked team in the NCAA until they came up against the No. 16 Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas was a heavy favorite, but fell behind early and had to work a lot harder than expected to pull off the win. Toledo put up a great fight, but couldn’t hang on to beat the Jayhawks, losing 93–83.

Four Rockets players scored in double-digits, as they put up 83 points on a potential Final Four team in what could be their only loss of the entire season. Even in losing, the close game will give Toledo a lot of confidence moving forward. The 2014 NCAA Tournament is in their future, and they may have success against a weaker team.

Kansas, on the other hand, should be confused about this win. Four of their starters scored at least 14 points and had to put up one of their best performances of the season to avoid an upset. Toledo hasn’t shown that they are a top college basketball team because of the weakness of their schedule; however, the Jayhawks still struggled. It will be much later in the season before Toledo can legitimately be appraised and, if they are bad, then Kansas will have to be worried going forward.

Despite the records of both teams, the game won’t mean much in the long run to either team. Toledo and Kansas are both headed to the 2014 NCAA Tournament as what will be perceived as complete opposites. The Jayhawks will be going as giants, and the Rockets will be going as giant-killers.

Taylor Sturm is a SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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