The University of Kansas’s Successful Basketball Season

Kolbie Christensen, Editor-In-Chief (2020-21)

The University of Kansas has had an incredible regular basketball season this year and has been dominating in this year’s 2018 Men’s NCAA March Madness tournament. The University of Kansas is heading off to San Antonio for the final four game against Villanova on March 31st. Kansas has been to the final four 15 times in school history and this will be head coach Bill Self’s third appearance at the final four game.

But the University of Kansas’s tournament life is not over just yet. Their road to the final four has not been so easy, as they have had to battle past four other teams to make it where they are. In the first round of games Kansas played Penn State and won 76-60, then followed by beating Seton Hall in the second round of the tournament with a score of 83-79. In the sweet sixteen Kansas played Clemson and won 80-76, then in the elite eight they won against Duke 85-81 in overtime.

The team could not have done this well in the tournament without two of their starting seniors, Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. Devonte’ averages about 17.7 points per game while Sviatoslav averages 14.7 points a game. Devonte’ and Sviatoslav are a dynamic duo on the basketball team that use their leadership skills to help guide their younger teammates and help everyone improve themselves on and off the court. This will be both Devonte’ and Sviatoslav’s last NCAA tournament that they will play in during their college basketball career. Another player that has stepped up this season and help the team get to where they are in the tournament is Malik Newman who is a redshirt sophomore. Newman has started to show the team how good of a player he is in the tournament. Newman averages about 14 points per game and most of those points come from the three point shots he always seems to make. In the overtime game between Duke, Newman scored all 13 points for the KU team while the whole Duke team combined only scored 9 points.

If the University of Kansas ends up winning the whole tournament, it will be their fouth win in school history, after their other three tournament wins in the years 1952, 1988 and 2008.