The slow-starting Jayhawks climbed out of a 10-point second-half deficit and turned it on late, downing the Big Sky Conference power 94-83 in front of a sparse, pandemic-limited crowd.
Even before being discovered by Twitter and TBS on Saturday, Tanner Groves had a whole file on his various doppelgangers.
David McCormack piled up 22 points and nine rebounds, helping slow-starting Kansas rally from a 10-point second-half deficit and beat No. 14 seed Eastern Washington 93-84 on Saturday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas junior David McCormack's size and presence can alter games, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
The stage is rare, but the task isn't completely foreign for Eastern Washington.
Kansas junior basketball forward David McCormack, who had been in COVID-19 quarantine in Lawrence, Kansas, for more than a week, joined his teammates in Indianapolis on Friday morning, KU coach Bill Self confirmed to The Kansas City Star.
If there's a line between meticulous preparation and obsession, EWU coach Shantay Legans leapt it.
Ali Farokhmanesh wasn't intimidated by Kansas.
The good news for Eastern Washington? Kansas coach Bill Self thinks quite highly of the Eagles.
The "preseason MVP" is a curio of college sports that can be lumped in with your other amusing impossibilities: jumbo shrimp, boxing ring and political correctness.
Before lively Eastern Washington coach Shantay Legans' band of deep-shooting commodities enjoyed the distinction of NCAA Tournament team, just two previous Eagles squads saw their logo flash across the screen on Selection Sunday.
If you're a college basketball fan in the Inland Northwest, it's more than likely you'll have a dog in the fight when the NCAA Tournament begins later this week.