Kansas barely gets by Seton Hall, Delgado


"I thought Silvio played well enough that we should have confidence using Silvio in pressure situations", Kansas coach Bill Self said. The output was partly necessitated by the absence of 7-foot sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who played just three minutes in the first-round win. The senior scored 15 points during a 22-5 Jayhawk stretch over the final seven minutes of the half, which featured a pair of Graham 3-pointers that not only erased the 10-point deficit, but gave Kansas the lead before halftime.

The total has gone over in nine of Seton Hall's last 11 games.

Seton Hall didn't go down without a fight, but a 28-point performance from Kansas guard Malik Newman helped carry the Jayhawks one step closer to their ultimate quest of a national championship.

With Kansas trailing an upset-minded Penn team by double-digits just over midway through the first half, the Jayhawks turned to Big 12 Player of the Year and Wooden Award candidate, Graham, who pulled his team from the 10-point hole.

It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws for Kansas.

With the win, Kansas will move on to face the victor of the No. 8-seed Seton Hall vs. On offense, he had his guys throw it to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk - by nature a 3-point specialist - to slash to the basket.

The Pirates are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Delgado was so effective that Self gambled by putting 'Doke right back in the game. We knew he was good.

Graham, perhaps atoning for a miserable performance in last year's tournament loss to OR, also had six rebounds and six assists as the Jayhawks cruised into a second-round matchup with eighth-seeded Seton Hall OR No. 9 seed North Carolina State in the loaded Midwest Region.

"To me, objectively thinking, I don't think like this is a 16-1 game", Penn coach Steve Donahue said.

For top-seeded Kansas, production at the point made up for the loss of a post player in the paint in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He took a wicked shot to the head from a teammate late in the first half, and wound up with eight points on 1-for-7 shooting.