No.2 seed Kansas are making their 26th consecutive appearance in this tournament which is the longest streak in the nation, and they start against New Mexico.
Where: CenturyLink Center, Omaha.
When: Friday March 20, 12:15 (ET)
Kansas are 26-8 for the season as they face off against the No.15 seed New Mexico State who are 23-10 and fresh from winning the WAC for a fourth straight season.
However, the Jayhawks hold a 2-0 advantage over their rivals in their all-time series with their last meeting coming back in 2008.
New Mexico are 9-17 in the NCAA Tournament overall while Kansas are 96-42, so the likelihood of an upset is low as the experience of the No.2 seed could play a significant factor in who prevails if this is close.
Nevertheless, you only have to look back at yesterday’s results to see that anything can happen in this knock-out format, as the madness certainly started early with a number of top seeds falling out of the tournament.
The Aggies are limiting opponents to 59.3 points per game, and they will need to continue that defensive work against Kansas who are averaging 71.2 points per game and shooting well from beyond the arc.
It remains to be seen who takes control of the game, but Kansas forward Perry Ellis will likely play a key role as he leads the team in points with 13.8 per game and rebounds at 7.0 per contest.
On the other side of the court, Remi Barry leads the Aggies with 13.3 points per game and so look out for these two as they look to make an impact with both teams hopeful of progressing to the next round.