Rapid Reaction: Auburn dominates Kansas, advances to Sweet 16 for 1st time in 16 years
In a day filled with blowouts in the NCAA Tournament, Auburn provided another one over Kansas Saturday night.
The Tigers thumped the Jayhawks 89-75 to advance to the Sweet 16, and it wasn’t even as close as the score indicated.
Auburn took a commanding 51-25 lead at halftime behind Bryce Brown’s 17 points, and although Kansas came out red hot in the second half, Auburn was even hotter, if you can believe it. The Tigers withstood Kansas’ run to start the second half, and they just kept scoring.
Brown scored a team-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Jared Harper scored 18 points, while Chuma Okeke added 12.
Kansas was led by Dedric Lawson, who scored 25 points.
Auburn’s win over Kansas gave the Tigers a 10-game winning streak, and it was the seventh straight game that Auburn recorded 12-plus three pointers.
For the first time since 2003, the Tigers advance to the Sweet 16 to face the winner of No. 1 North Carolina and No. 9 Washington.