Not all wins are equal.
Simply looking at a score alone does not always tell the story of how a game unfolded and what it could mean for a team down the road, including in this year's NCAA tournament round of 64.
The Kansas Jayhawks only managed to get past the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by a score of 64-57. Kansas looked sluggish offensively for the entire game.
That win could be nothing more than an aberration should Ben McLemore actually play up to his potential and the Jayhawks actually hit a three-pointer.
There's a ton of talent on Kansas, and a win against the North Carolina Tar Heels would easily make people forget about its close call against WKU. If anything, the win could have been great for Bill Self because it provides the kind of result that will make his players extra focused to ensure that they don't play that poorly again.
Along with Kansas' win, here are three other games where the result is a bit deceiving.
No. 3 Marquette 59, No. 14 Davidson 58
On the flip side, it took a lot of fortitude for the Golden Eagles to erase a six-point deficit with 1:33 to play. When they needed a key three-pointer the most, they got it.
Marquette shot the ball extremely poorly but still managed to come out with the victory. There's something to be said for a team that snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.
This is the kind of win that can help spur the team on down the road.
No. 5 VCU 88, No. 12 Akron 42
Starting point guard Alex Abreu was suspended following his arrest for marijuana-trafficking (h/t Phil Trexler and George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal). To make things worse, the Zips were hit with the flu bug prior to their first game (h/t Brandon Parker of the Washington Post).
With so many things going against them, the Zips didn't even stand a chance. Credit the Rams for winning by 46 points, but Akron was out-manned and out-gunned for the entirety of the 40 minutes.
No. 9 Wichita State 73, No. 8 Pittsburgh 55
This is a team that gets to the line about 20 times each game. Against the Panthers, Wichita State had a whopping 41 free throws, converting 33 of them. That free-throw percentage is also over vastly better than the Shockers' season average of 69.5.
As a team, the Shockers didn't light up the stat sheet with their fantastic shooting. There were only 19-of-49 from the floor and only managed to make two of their 20 three-point attempts.
Wichita State will meet a very motivated Gonzaga team. A similar shooting performance, sans getting to the line as much, will mean almost certain doom for the Shockers in this tournament.
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