Kansas and Penn will play in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15. Find the game time, television and streaming information below.
The Jayhawks are a No. 1 seed in the tournament after winning the Big 12 regular-season title for the 14th straight season. They also won the conference tournament crown by beating West Virginia 81-70 in the Big 12 championship game.
Penn is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. They clinched an automatic bid by beating Harvard 68-65 in the Ivy League championship game on Sunday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Kansas-Penn: Game time, details
No. 1 seed Kansas will match up with No. 16 seed Penn at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15, in Wichita, Kan.
What TV channel is Kansas vs. Penn on?
The Jayhawks will face the Quakers on TBS. Brad Nessler and Steve Lavin will be on the call with Evan Washburn working as the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Kansas vs. Penn online?
You can stream Kansas vs. Penn online using NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Kansas vs. Penn on the radio?
Fans in Kansas City can listen to the game on AM 810 WHB. For a full list of Kansas Jayhawks radio affiliates, go here.
Kansas vs. Penn preview, keys to the game
Kansas enters the tournament on one of its hottest streaks of the year. The Jayhawks have won eight of their last nine games, including three straight double-digit victories on their way to the Big 12 Tournament title.
Senior guard Devonte’ Graham earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press and the league’s coaches over Oklahoma’s Trae Young. He’s averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 assists per game while shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range.
He leads the Jayhawks against a Penn team that could provide more of a challenge than people expect. The Quakers are ranked No. 127 in the KenPom rankings, making them the highest-ranked 16-seed in six years.
Penn also takes a lot of 3-pointers while at the same time limiting its opponents’ 3-point attempts. That’s a formula that could work very well for the Quakers if they happen to get hot from beyond the arc on Thursday. Penn coach Steve Donahue previously coached at Cornell when the Big Red came into Lawrence and nearly pulled off the upset in 2010. Bill Self has said that his team knows it can’t look past the Quakers.
However, Kansas obviously boasts a major talent advantage in this matchup. And with Graham at the helm, they have two things that usually lead to success in March: Experience and great guard play.
If the Jayhawks win as expected, they will face the winner of Seton Hall-N.C. State in the second round on Saturday.
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