One of the top teams in the nation will battle with a burgeoning underdog on Friday night in the Sweet 16, when the No. 2-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (29-6) face the No. 11-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (24-12) at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The tipoff takes place at about 10:17 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS.
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The Jayhawks are coming off a game against Purdue where they trailed for almost the entire way. Kansas was able to edge the Boilermakers, 63-60, due to some late game heroics and a costly Purdue turnover.
Head coach Bill Self will expect his squad to make up for that effort with a more steady performance. Against Purdue, the Jayhawks had only seven turnovers, but shot 33.9 percent from the field, and got little offensive production out of Thomas Robinson, who converted just two shots.
Robinson, considered my some as the best player in college basketball, will likely bounce back from the Purdue game. The 6'10 junior averaged 17.7 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting.
The Jayhawks also have one of the best guards in the nation in Tyshawn Taylor. The senior entered the tournament with some prolific shooting games, but has scored just 20 total points in two games.
Kansas will be facing a North Carolina State squad that has over-achieved in the tournament thus far, and should be prepared to go to battle.
The Wolfpack played eight ranked teams in the regular season, and lost all eight times. But in the tournament, North Carolina State beat both No. 22-ranked San Diego State (a No. 6 seed), and No. 15-ranked Georgetown (a No. 3 seed).
In the past month, forward C.J. Leslie has turned up his performance level. The 6'8 sophomore was a major reason the Wolfpack went on a run late in the season, and Leslie's effort in the past two games has elevated North Carolina State past two tough opponents.
Lorenzo Brown is another player to watch for. The sophomore guard has gone 13-straight games in scoring double figures.
The Wolfpack shot just 37 percent against Georgetown, but forced the Hoyas to take 25 three-pointers, and did a solid job of drawing fouls.
The winner of the game faces the winner of North Carolina - Ohio.
PREDICTION: Both these teams are capable of shakey performances, but Kansas is the more consistent of the two. The Jayhawks will be eager to prove the scare against Purdue was just a scare. Expect a better effort from Robinson, and for Kansas to go into halftime with a lead, and not give it up.
PREDICTED SCORE: Kansas over NC State, 63-58