Cardinal cut down second-seeded Jayhawks

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.March 23, 2014 

— With their second upset win in three days, the Stanford Cardinal are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.

Stanford held Kansas to a season-low tying point total as the 10th-seeded Cardinal toppled the second-seeded Jayhawks 60-57 Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I thought the energy, the effort, especially on the defensive end was about as good as I've seen it all season long," said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, whose team knocked off seventh-seeded New Mexico 58-53 Friday.

Stanford won despite going 0-for-9 from 3-point range, snapping a streak of 422 games dating back to 2001 that the Cardinal have made at least one 3.

"Not making any 3s is a surprise," Dawkins said. "I can't remember the last game where we hadn't made one, but fortunately that's not who we are as a team."

Stanford's identity is more about establishing an inside presence. They pounded the ball inside, outscoring the Jayhawks 30-20 in the paint.

The Cardinal (23-12) advance to face 11th-seeded Dayton on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.

It marks only the second time that a No. 10 seed will meet a No. 11 seed in the Sweet 16. No. 11 VCU beat No. 10 Florida State 72-71 in the Sweet 16 in 2011.

"To beat team like this, a storied program with great coaching, great players always feels amazing," Stanford guard Chasson Randle said. "So as of right now, we're still in the race and we're still playing in March, and it feels great."

The Jayhawks ended their season at 25-10.

"The game was a struggle from the opening tip, it seemed like," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team shot 33 percent for the game. "They did a great job guarding us, and the game had no rhythm."

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, a potential NBA lottery pick playing in what might have been his final college game, had four points after averaging 28 points in his team's four previous games.

Wiggins was 1-for-6 shooting with four turnovers.

"That was Josh Huestis' assignment, and he took it to heart," Dawkins said of defending Wiggins. "I challenged him, and I thought he really responded. Then, he had help, of course. He's a guy that you are not going to guard with one player. I thought the rest of our team was always aware of where he was, and we tried to make it as difficult as we could for him to score."

Tarik Black paced the Jayhawks with 18 points and six rebounds.

Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Stanford. Randle added 13 points and six steals.

The Cardinal went 9-for-12 at the free-throw line in the final 2:04, and they needed all of those points.

The Jayhawks trailed 58-51 with 32 seconds left, but Conner Frankamp hit back-to-back 3s to close the gap to 59-57 with 15 seconds left.

Frankamp was off the mark with a potential game-tying 3-pointer as his attempt banged off the glass at the buzzer.

"I knew when that left my hands that it was off," Frankamp said.

It was the fewest points scored by the Jayhawks in a game since a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Jan. 5. They averaged 81 points per game.

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