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Arkansas’ Jordan Walsh: Kansas ‘Not Really Pressured to Make Mistakes’ in Big 12

You can bet this quote will be up on the Kansas Jayhawks’ bulletin board before their NCAA Tournament second round matchup against the eighth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks. Hogs forward Jordan Walsh questioned the defense Kansas faces in the Big 12, highly regarded as the best basketball league in the country.

“My first—I noticed first that when they play and the team that they’re playing against, they’re not really pressured to make mistakes,” Walsh said. “Like every team has kind of like backed off letting them into their motion, letting them into their offense, letting them get set and do all this stuff.

“But I feel it’s different when you come to the SEC. Dudes are going to push up on you full court, like 6’9” wings, 6’9” guards that are going to push up on you and make you turn the ball over. So, I feel like that’s one place we have an advantage to push up full court and cause and uncomfortable feeling for them.”


Kansas, right on the verge of earning the overall No. 1 seed before settling for just the No. 1 seed in the West Region, is the 24th-best team nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, per KenPom. It’s averaging 75.5 points per game.

That offense is led by forward Jalen Wilson, who averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year last week and has also been named a semifinalist for the National Player of the Year.

Wilson and the Jayhawks easily dispatched No. 16 seed Howard 96-68 in the first round. Now they’ll look to do the same to a clearly confident Arkansas team in the second round.

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