On Friday night, Kansas punched its ticket to the Elite Eight after breezing past Richmond in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-57. In doing so, the Jayhawks continue to redeem themselves after last year's shocking early exit.
Brady Morningstar led Kansas with 18 points, while Marcus Morris added 13 points and eight rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor chipped in with a game-high 10 assists.
Richmond was plagued throughout the game by Kansas' stifling defense. The Spiders often resorted to highly-contested three-pointers, and as a result, they were a dismal 4-for-26 from beyond the arc.
Kansas now advances to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under head coach Bill Self. Last year, Kansas' run in the tournament ended with a bitterly disappointing upset loss at the hands of Northern Iowa. The Jayhawks' quest for redemption will continue on Sunday, when they will face the winner of Friday night's VCU-Florida State game with a Final Four berth at stake.
For more on the Jayhawks, check out SB Nation's Kansas blog, Rock Chalk Talk. Here is how the bracket looks after Kansas' win:
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Kentucky, Friday at 9:45 p.m. on CBS
No. 2 UNC def.
No. 11 Marquette, 81-63.
No. 5 Arizona Wildcats def. No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, 99-77
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 2 San Diego State, 74-67
No. 1 Kansas def.
No. 12 Richmond, 77-57
No. 10 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 11 VCU Rams, Friday at 9:57 p.m. on TBS
No. 8 Butler def. No. 4 Wisconsin, 61-54
No. 2 Florida def. No. 3 BYU. Thursday, 84-73