March 24, 2013 in Sports

Jayhawks send Buffaloes packing

12th-seeded Kansas ousts former Big 12 foe Colorado
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Kansas Jayhawks’ Monica Engelman celebrates a victory.
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BOULDER, Colo. – The Kansas Jayhawks still have Colorado’s number.

Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis each scored 14 points and the 12th-seeded Jayhawks upset former conference foe and fifth-seeded Buffaloes 67-52 Saturday night on Colorado’s home floor.

The number the Jayhawks swear they aren’t the least bit concerned with is their seeding.

So, no, they don’t feel slighted that they were made a 12 seed.

After all, they lost five of their last seven coming into the tournament: “We lost a lot of games down the stretch,” Davis said.

When she and Goodrich were asked if they felt snubbed, their coach stepped in and said: “I’ll be honest, we were just excited to have the opportunity to play.

“We were sitting on pins and needles and grateful for the selection committee to give us a chance to play. So, we’re just thrilled with the opportunity. And we’re not going to get caught up in that.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, it doesn’t matter where you play – but it does matter how you play.”

The Jayhawks (19-13) proved that, using a 15-0 spurt spanning halftime to take control and advance to face fourth-seeded South Carolina on Monday at the Coors Events Center.

The Buffaloes (25-7) saw their first trip to the NCAA tournament in nine years come to an unexpected end.

All the more maddening, it came against their former foe from the Big 12 that always seemed to have their number.

The Buffs, ranked 19th, were favored, but they missed Rachel Hargis’ presence in the post. The junior center sprained her right knee in practice a week ago and didn’t play.

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