On what could have been a historical upset, No. 1 Kansas beat No. 16 Penn 76-60. Penn was statically the best No. 16 in history, and had one of the best shots at becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed. History was not on their side, but the Ivy League champs were nonetheless determined to defy it.
Within the first half of the game, both Penn and Kansas made runs and fought hard. Penn led 19-11 with 8:32 to go until the Jayhawks went on a 22-5 run in the last seven minutes. At this point in the game, Devonte’ Graham of Kansas had 19 points.
The second half was not as intense, as while Kansas and Penn continued to battle it out for a spot this weekend, Penn was starting to lose gas. A 3-pointer by Caleb Wood drew Penn just 4 points away, but Kansas closed it out. The Quakers gave them a true battle, but Kansas pulled away with the win. Graham led all players across the board with a total of 29 points.
Tune in to the second round of the tournament on Saturday, as Kansas will face the winner of Seton Hall-North Carolina.