by Brandon Chatmon
I am helping out with the Oklahoman’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament at the Ford Center. Therefore in this blog I will be blogging on the Kansas Jayhawks.
With KU facing Northern Iowa in the second round, the potential gauntlet also known as the road to the Final Four for the Jayhawks begins. UNI was ranked among the Top 25 in the nation for several weeks this season and is one of the nation’s top defensive squads.
UNI has an exceptional ability to control the tempo of a game and force teams to play their slow-it-down deliberate style. The Panthers hold opponents to 54.6 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the field.
But Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor wants his team to worry less about UNI and more about themselves.
“We’re going to play our game,” Taylor said. ”I think if we do that, we’ll be fine.”
“They’re one of the best defensive teams in the nation,” KU freshman Xavier Henry said. ”They can shoot the three-point ball real well. We have to come out and defend, run the ball and try to speed up the tempo.”