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Kansas vs. UC Davis: NCAA Tournament First Round preview, prediction

NC Central to face UC Davis in NCAA tournament play-in game More madness
Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:35

Jim Les, coach of 16th-seeded UC-Davis offered attempted to offer perspective Tuesday. Our whole goal is to win as many games as we could. "The main thing we've been talking about coming into this tournament is not to look past anybody because it just takes one loss and it's all over". Like he said after the game, he's not afraid of anybody and I really respect hearing that from him. "But, to me, he's always given everything he's got on the court".

"We have a chip on our shoulder, individually and collectively, " said senior guard Darius Graham.

For the past couple of weeks, Self and the Jayhawks have talked about their mindset being a major key to their tournament success. "It took me a while to adjust, but I feel like I've adjusted quite well".

"They've got some great athleticism", said Jackson, who is KU's second-leading scorer (16.4 ppg to Frank Mason's 20.8) and second-leading rebounder (7.2 rpg to Lucas' 8.4).

Jackson is able to try to do those things thanks to the end of his one-game suspension, which was announced before the Big 12 tournament after it was revealed he was cited for backing into a vehicle on campus in February after not reporting the incident to police. "I need to try to play to my athletic ability, run in transition, try to find open guys, be a facilitator". At the time he did not inform coach Bill Self of the incident.

Asked what he learned from his involvement and the aftermath of a December dispute at The Yacht Club with a member of the women's basketball team, Jackson pointed to his evolving maturity. Certainly there's been some challenges, but I don't think that's going to be a factor in any way, shape or form.

"What I learned from it is we all make mistakes", Jackson said Thursday. To me that's my value to them because they all go through those journeys along the way during a college career. A lot of us have been looked over our whole lives. Being here with these guys, I love each and every one of them.

Before coaching, Les was a standout at Notre Dame and at Bradley and was the 70th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, selected in the third round by the Atlanta Hawks. I'm proud of them, how they handled it.

"Josh is a great kid. So it's important for us to ... stay locked in and stay focused and enjoy the moment but know that we're here to take care of business also".

On Wednesday, thanks in part to Moneke's game-high 18 points with 12 rebounds and two steals, the 16th-seeded Aggies won their first NCAA tournament game, a 67-63 against fellow No. 16 seed North Carolina Central in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. He plays a lot of 4 for the Aggies, so he will be an interesting cover for the Jayhawks, even with their small ball lineups. They grab just 29 percent of their misses, which probably has something to do with being in the 300s in average height.

"Our guys grew up as little hoopers dreaming about playing and having this opportunity, and so it's special to be here and we're just going to continue to fight to keep this story going", Les said.

"But I feel we've got a good grasp on it and we've got a lot of things figured out", Jackson added.

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