The South Region will have two double-digit seeds competing for a spot in the Elite Eight after the No. 10 seed Stanford Cardinal upset the No. 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks 60-57 on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
With the win, Stanford advances to face No. 11 seed Dayton on Thursday for a spot in the Elite Eight.
The Cardinal (23-12) led for most of the way and did a tremendous job of limiting the Jayhawks on offense, particularly on the inside.
Stanford’s big men, led by Stefan Nastic and Dwight Powell, clogged the lane, altered shots and made it very difficult for Kansas to finish at the rim. They out-rebounded the Jayhawks 37-35 for the game and completely shut down every player in a white jersey not named Tarik Black.
Kansas (25-10) didn’t seem to miss big man Joel Embiid against Eastern Kentucky in the second round, but boy did it need him today.
The Jayhawks were absolutely dominated on the interior, finding no easy shots and struggling to finish. Black was their lone bright spot, but both Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis—who had double-doubles against EKU—contributed nothing on Sunday.
Black had 18 points and six boards before fouling out in the second half, but Traylor and Ellis combined for 12 on 4-of-18 shooting.
Highly touted freshman Andrew Wiggins picked a bad time to completely disappear. He had as many points as turnovers, four, and only shot 1-of-6 from the field.
Powell led Stanford with 15 points and added seven rebounds, sending the Cardinal to their first Sweet 16 since 2008.