The Joel Embiid-less No. 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks opened up their quest for a national championship on Friday afternoon, knocking off the No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky Colonels 80-69 in South Region action at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The Jayhawks (25-9) trailed by as many as nine points after a sluggish start in the first half, but they whittled the Eastern Kentucky lead down, entering halftime tied at 32 points apiece.
In the second half, Kansas pulled away, keyed by the strong play of Andrew Wiggins, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis, for a double-digit victory over the very pesky champions of the Ohio Valley Conference.
With the win, Kansas advances to face No. 10 seed Stanford—who did the Jayhawks a big favor by downing No. 7 seed New Mexico—on Sunday for a berth in the Sweet 16.
Heading into that matchup, these are the five things we learned about the Jayhawks in their win over Eastern Kentucky.