ST. LOUIS — Kansas-Syracuse, no. Stanford-Dayton, heck yes.
There will be no clash of titans in the Sweet 16 in Memphis, at least not one involving the Midwest No. 2-seeded Jayhawks and the No. 3 seed Orange.
No. 1 Florida could run into UCLA there — that would be a big old deal, for sure — for the other regional semifinal will involve the Cardinal and the Flyers.
Stanford pulled off a huge upset over listless KU, 60-57.
The result will be remembered as another in a fairly long line of strange early exits for KU under coach Bill Self. More than that, it’ll be remembered for superstar freshman Andrew Wiggins’ complete no-show. He had one field goal and finished with four points.
Wiggins may be off to the NBA now. So might seven-foot freshman Joel Embiid, who missed Sunday’s game with a back injury.
If they leave, it’ll bring a shockingly quick end to what could’ve — what was expected to be — a deep run in the tournament.
Stanford guard Chasson Randle, from Rock Island, scored 13 points for Stanford, which improved its record to 23-12.