Bad News, Good News Bracket Reaction

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The Annoying Matchup

  1. Samford’s Three-Point Shooting

You’ve probably heard that Samford shoots a lot of threes by now. The Bulldogs rank FIFTH out of 362 teams in shooting ‘long three-pointers,’ per Synergy. They rank fourth on all jump shots efficiency.

The entire starting five can and will shoot, which will bring Hunter Dickinson out to the perimeter. It’s going to be an annoying game, at the least.

  1. High-pressure, High-tempo

Samford presses as much as anyone in the country. Kansas will face a high-pressure, in-your-face defense that tries to steal extra possessions and turn them into three-point shots. KU’s grade against press defense this year is ‘below average.’

How much does Samford run? It literally ranks last in the country in half-court defensive possessions faced. But I’ll get back to that one in the ‘good news’ section below.

It’ll be a high-stress game for KU’s guards, its coaching staff… and its fans.

  1. Second-Round Heaters

Gonzaga got a better seed than expected. Most projections had them as a seven-seed. So why is this bad news?

The Zags are hot. They’re ranked No. 11 in the country over the last two months. And they’ll bring a strong crowd to Salt Lake City.

Gonzaga’s opponent, McNeese St., is also playing well, winning 11 straight headed into the Tourney. Former LSU coach Will Wade is a stud who will have his team ready. I didn’t want to see them in the first round.

You can live with it in the second round, though.

It’s Still Not THAT Bad

  1. It’s Samford

You can talk yourself into liking this matchup pretty fast.

Samford doesn’t guard the post well…or often. Only two teams have seen fewer post-up possessions than the Bulldogs. And Kansas runs one of the best post offenses in the country. That’s a good place to start.

Samford’s struggles down low is largely because its the 349th smallest team in the country, according to Kenpom. Dajuan Harris’ length should really help against Samford’s 5’8” starting PG.

The Bulldogs also give up a ton of offensive rebounds, an area where KU has struggled this year. KU should create second-chance opportunities, which I love seeing. Looking at you, KJ Adams.

And finally, Samford was 21-0 at home this year vs. 8-5 on the road. It also lost to Purdue by 53 in its season opener.

Bring it on.

  1. Turnovers

Samford’s high-pace offense backfires often. The Bulldogs don’t take care of the ball. They give up a ton of steals. And the Jayhawks are gonna like that.

KU is 14-3 this year when coming away with seven or more steals. KU needs to create extra possessions for itself — and forcing turnovers (or grabbing offensive boards) is how it gets done.

  1. Avoided the Ultra-Athleticism

I wrote Sunday that KU needed to avoid the most athletic teams in the country to make a run.

While Purdue and Gonzaga run efficient offense, they aren’t the most athletic teams in the country.

The longer road is about as good as the Jayhawks could ask for.

Liam McNeeley Update Possible 📱

As a heads up, I’m working on a recruiting update for 5-star Liam McNeeley. There’s a chance I have some intel to share later today.. which go out ASAP via Scoops Texts and the Discord.

The same goes for any Hearings about Kevin McCullar or Hunter Dickinson’s status for this weekend.

I’m not sure when and if the info will come, but I’m working on it.

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Watch Bill Self’s Press Conference from Sunday ⬇️

🏀 If you don’t have time to watch entirety of Self’s press conference, here’s the most important note. More to come on this Tuesday or Wednesday.

🏀 The Could Be Wrong podcast record our instant reactions to KU’s draw last night with two special guests. You can listen now on Spotify, and Apple. We’ll have the video up on YouTube this afternoon.

🏀 A friendly reminder that Bill Self is really good with time to prepare in the NCAA Tournament.

🏀 The women’s basketball team’s reaction to making the NCAA Tournament is worth watching. Congrats to the Jayhawks!

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