Jayhawk Nation still is in ecstasy after Kansas notched a stunning overtime victory over Duke Sunday in the Midwest Regional finals.
But the realization of that wild triumph might come with a cost. Kansas attempts to buck some serious history as it proceeds in NCAA Tournament play.
ESPN Sports and Information reports that the Jayhawks became the 10th team in NCAA history to win an Elite Eight game in overtime.
Seven of those nine previous teams lost in the Final Four. And none of the teams has ever won a national championship.
Since 2005, Kansas is the 10th team to win its Elite 8 game in overtime. 7 of the previous 9 lost their next game and none won the National Championship. pic.twitter.com/mr6Q0OK8Pz
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2018
Of course, Kansas fans probably feel fortunate to still be playing. Even considering Malik Newman’s 13-point overtime eruption, the Jayhawks dodged a huge bullet at the end of regulation.
Kansas would have lost if Grayson Allen’s shot would have dropped
If Grayson Allen’s shot went in the bucket on the final play of regulation, Kansas wouldn’t have advanced.
Because of that, Kansas might be feeling like it is already playing with house money — even before its game Saturday against favored Villanova is played.