It’s not often we see a No. 16 seed hang around with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After all, the first round matchup is historically the most lopsided, with the No. 16 seeds still winless in March Madness. But on Friday, Boston University hung around with Kansas for the first 30 minutes or so, keeping America’s attention longer than expected.
Boston faded late in the second as Kansas rattled off a three-straight three-pointers, but the first 30 minutes exceeded expectations by far. At the half, Boston only trailed by four, 33-29, and didn’t allow the Jayhawks to pull away until the final eight minutes. The end result was a 72-53 win for the Jayhawks, but the final score is more misleading than it seems.
Four Jayhawks were in double-figures, led by Marcus and Markieff Morris, who had 16 and 15 points, respectively. John Holland scored a game-high 19 points in the loss for Boston. Marcus Morris also led the way on the boards with a game-high nine rebounds.
Kansas moves on to face the winner of Friday night’s UNLV-Illinois game in the round of 32. The rest of the Southwest region bracket can be found below and a full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket can be found at SB Nation.
No. 1 Kansas def. No. 16 Boston University Terriers, 72-53
No. 8 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels vs. No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 12 Richmond Spiders def. No. 5 Vanderbilt, 69-66
No. 13 Morehead St. Eagles def No. 4 Louisville Cardinals, 62-61
No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas vs. No. 12 VCU Rams
No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 14 Saint Peter’s in Chicago
No. 10 Florida St. Seminoles def. No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies, 57-50
No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish def. No. 15 Akron Zips, 69-56