Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. UC Davis

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Kansas opens up its NCAA tournament play as one of the last teams to get going tonight when it takes on UC Davis, who has the distinction of being the worst team in the field according to KenPom.

Either UC Davis or North Carolina Central will earn its first NCAA Tournament win on Wednesday night.

While UC Davis isn't the biggest team in the Tournament, the Aggies play a lot bigger than their size indicates.

Number 16th seed has ever beaten a number one seed in the tournament, so let's see if Davis can make history a second time this season.

The first half of night two in the NCAA Tournament did not disappoint as another First Four game came down to wire in Dayton, Ohio. This one decided a frenetic opening game for the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles stormed back with a 16-3 run and led 34-31 at halftime, thanks in part to nine UC Davis turnovers. They grab just 29 percent of their misses, which probably has something to do with being in the 300s in average height.

"He's always competitive to me", Self said. "Tough loss, tough way to end the year, but we're excited to be back in the same position, and we're ready to play". He's trying hard to get here to cheer on, obviously, his Mustangs - he recruited those guys, he and Jank (SMU coach Tim Jankovich) - and, obviously, to watch us play, as well. "We've got to pick up speed and keep building off what we did this year". "We're going out there to win a basketball game". I don't know that they (Jayhawks) have used it as motivation because I don't think it should be motivation, but I also don't think it should be an excuse and a distraction. He was just freshman when the program hired new head coach Jim Les in 2011-12.

"They (Aggies) will be fired up to play", Jackson said.

"Being freshmen, past year we didn't know what to expect coming into the game".

In 2005-05, Les took his alma mater Bradley to the tournament, where it reached the Sweet 16. "I tell them all the time there isn't anything I didn't experience from being a guy that came off the bench the last guy on the bench to being a starter to being the leading scorer to being the guy who scored the least".

The counter to the early Aggie offensive explosion, a switch to a 1-3-1 zone, actually worked in NC Central's favor, as it created turnovers, got out in transition, and changed the game to the Eagles' style of play.

They can't afford to overlook their opponent. So I'm not sure back in the day I would have got into UC Davis, so they're a lot smarter than their coach.

UC Davis turnovers, however, helped the Eagles hang around.

Jackson did explain that he feels like he "made a couple mistakes that could have been avoided, small mistakes" but said there's nothing he can do about it now. "A lot of people have been coming out of nowhere and congratulating me and sending me friend requests on Facebook and stuff like this".

"My wife and I fell in love with the Sacramento region a long time ago and developed some really strong ties with the community, established some really good friends that we consider family", Les said. I know what pressure is. And it was - we gave him his blessing and he never looked back.

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