ESPN’s Jay Bilas ranks Kansas No. 3 among Sweet 16 teams

The Kansas Jayhawks are a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but they don’t seem to be earning that same level of respect from national analysts.

Despite being one of only two 1-seeds remaining, most experts are giving the Jayhawks the third or fourth-best odds to win the national title. Add ESPN’s Jay Bilas to that list as well.

Bilas ranked all 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. He placed Kansas at No. 3, behind 2-seed Duke and 1-seed Villanova.

“Kansas is a perimeter-oriented team that can really shoot it,” Bilas wrote. “Although Devonte’ Graham has not been on fire in the NCAA tournament — yet — Malik Newman has been. In his past five games, Newman is averaging 22 points per game, including 19 points per game in the NCAA tournament. Udoka Azubuike is shooting 77.5 percent from the field this season, best in Division I and on pace to be second-highest in Division I history. Kansas was much more efficient offensively in the second round with Azubuike on the floor.”

But Kansas’ path to the national title won’t be easy. Before making it to a potential game against Duke, the Jayhawks have to beat Clemson, which ranks No. 11 in Bilas’ ranking.

“In order to beat Clemson and Duke, Azubuike will have to remain on the floor and be a significant presence,” Bilas wrote. “Where Kansas is vulnerable is on the glass, as the Jayhawks are 293rd in defensive rebounding percentage.”

The Jayhawks will play Clemson in the Sweet 16 at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, March 23.

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