Kansas Jayhawks lean on defense, bounce Providence Friars in

Saturday, March 26, 2022
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The Kansas Jayhawks lean on defense to bounce Providence in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks shot just 34 percent overall‚ but their defense allowed a season-low 54 points. No team has held Providence to less than 50 points this season. Despite this‚ the Jayhawks did not get an assist from their starting five. They had only eight players score in double figures and were outscored by 11 in the second half. The Jayhawks' defense has been a major concern. In their first two NCAA games‚ the Miami Hurricanes recorded 22 steals‚ while allowing their opponents to shoot 37.8%. But Kansas has been improving on the defensive end as well. The team averaged 64.1 points per game in the seven games it won against Providence. In the first half‚ Providence shot just 20 percent. Despite this‚ Kansas was able to score just 71 points and hold the Friars to 38. The Kansas Jayhawks have had trouble holding their opponents to under 70 points this season. In January and February‚ the team allowed 80‚ 79‚ and 75 points. In their loss to TCU on March 1‚ they gave up and conceded. In the seven games against Providence‚ Kansas averaged just 64.1 points per game. This is the first time since 2003 that the Jayhawks have reached the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks' defense has been a concern all season. They gave up too easily and allowed opponents to score at will. In January and February‚ the team struggled to stop opponents‚ giving up seventy-four points on average. The offense was also struggling to find its footing. The second half‚ the Jayhawks gave up after falling to TCU by seven points. The third game‚ the Jayhawks were able to score just 64.1 points on average. With the victory‚ the Kansas Jayhawks have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. In fact‚ the team is 23-0 when holding its opponents to under 70 points. They also scored 11 blocks in the game‚ including four from All-American Ochai Agbaji. The defense is the key to a KU win. This team can't afford to give up. Despite its lackluster defense‚ the Kansas Jayhawks have had success with their offense. The Kansas Jayhawks had been unable to hold opponents to less than six points in their previous games. Earlier this year‚ they had a tough time containing their opponents. But with the right defensive strategy‚ they can get their offense back on track and stay in the tournament. The team's offense has improved a lot. They have defended better than they have in recent weeks. The KU team has even outscored the Providence Friars in the Sweet sixteen. The Kansas Jayhawks' defense has been a major key to their success this season. Against the Providence Friars‚ the Jayhawks have held opponents to fewer than 70 points for a month. That makes the team's defense more effective. The Kansas Jayhawks have been able to get to the Final Four in the last three years‚ and they're still in the hunt for the National Championship. The Kansas Jayhawks have improved their defense since losing to TCU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They have allowed only 64.1 points per game during their seven-game winning streak. Their defense has also improved since the TCU loss. This means that the Jayhawks must rely on their defense to advance to the Final Four. But how can the Providence Friars withstand this kind of pressure? The Jayhawks have improved their defense after losing to TCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year. In the last seven games‚ Kansas has allowed just 64.1 points per game. That's the second-lowest scoring margin in the event. After the TCU loss‚ the Jayhawks haven't been so successful on the defensive end. The Providence Friars have made two straight trips to the Final Four.