No. 1-seeded Kansas matches up against No. 8-seeded North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Sunday. It gets started at 5:15 p.m. ET and it can be seen on CBS. The Jayhawks last played the Tar Heels on Mar. 25, 2012 and won 80-67.
The Jayhawks got past Western Kentucky 64-57 on Mar. 22 with the help of 17 points and six rebounds from Jeff Withey. He contributes a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game and 3.9 blocks per game. For the Tar Heels, P.J. Hairston finished with 23 points and five rebounds in the 78-71 win over Villanova on Mar. 22. His 14.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team.
Kansas has a statistical advantage over North Carolina in one significant category, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Tar Heels, 6.7 per game to 3.3 per game.
StatSmack! Kansas is better than North Carolina
AP voters think more highly of Kansas and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than North Carolina (194 vs. 159).
Kansas has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (85.5 percent to 75.7 percent).
The Kansas assist leader (Elijah Johnson, 149 assists) has more assists than the North Carolina assist leader (Marcus Paige, 137 assists).
Last year the Big 12 had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the ACC.