Both teams could have easily lost their first matchup of the tournament, but that clearly did not happen.
Who knows how far Kansas can go without Joel Embiid in the lineup. He did not play against Eastern Kentucky and who knows if he will play against Stanford…or at all. The Jayhawks still have Andrew Wiggins, so they should be fine against the Cardinal.
What to Watch For
Wiggins scored 19 points in Kansas’ first game of the tourney. He is the best player on the team and probably the most talented in the country. He is clearly one to watch for. However, someone else will have to emerge if Kansas is going to make it past the next round.
With that in mind, five players scored 10 or more points this past game for Bill Self‘s team.
Chasson Randle is the key for Stanford. He dropped 23 points last contest. He is averaging 18.7 points per game on the season.
Kansas is easily one of the best teams in the tournament, even without Embiid in the lineup. Andrew Wiggins has a lot to do with that, but the team does have other players, like Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden. With that said, Selden only had two points in 29 minutes of play last game. I doubt the Cardinal will be able to stop Wiggins on the offensive side of the ball. As a result, I am going with Kansas in this one. If Randle can have a big game, then this contest could be really interesting.
Kansas 80 Stanford 70