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Kansas vs. Western Kentucky: Live Score and Updates for Round of 64 Matchup

The Kansas Jayhawks should easily take down the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers tonight.
The Kansas Jayhawks should easily take down the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers tonight.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIOctober 18, 2016

Kansas 64, Western Kentucky 57 - Final Score

It may not have been pretty, but senior center Jeff Withey willed the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to a 64-57 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The Jayhawks looked sluggish from the opening tip and allowed the much smaller Hilltoppers to dominate the offensive glass. Western Kentucky pulled down 13 offensive rebounds and did much of its scoring on drives through the lane.

Kansas' 17 turnovers also helped the Hilltoppers hang around for much longer than expected.

Withey proved to be too much for Western Kentucky to handle in the end, though. The 7'0", 235-pounder scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds and seven blocks. 

Guards Travis Releford and Ben McLemore poured in 11 points apiece and combined for nine rebounds.

Western Kentucky shot just 31 percent from the field, which ultimately led to its downfall.  

Head coach Bill Self looked very frustrated with his team's performance in the round of 64 contest, which bodes well for the eighth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels. Former Kansas head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels will take on the Jayhawks in the third round on Sunday.

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