If Kansas, which is trying to get to the Final Four for the first time since 2012, can advance past UC Davis, it will set up an intriguing matchup with the victor between No. 8-seed Miami and No. 9 Michigan State.
Should Les, now the coach of UC Davis, be able to beat Bill Self and the Jayhawks again when they meet Friday, the 11th anniversary of that shocker, there will be many more smiles for the Aggies and their fans.
The first half of night two in the NCAA Tournament did not disappoint as another First Four game came down to wire in Dayton, Ohio.
Whether or not Kansas is a popular pick to work its way through the NCAA Tournament bracket this time around probably doesn't matter to the Jayhawks.
Thanks to Thursday wins by Gonzaga and Villanova, No. 1 seeds are now 130-0 all-time against No. 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
"And we're just proud of how far he came so far throughout his year, and we're just focused on today and we're not really anxious about anything off the court".
"It's going to happen eventually, that's how I look at it", Moneke said of the daunting task ahead. So we're excited for this opportunity. "I want to see those guys do good", Jackson said. "We got some really good practice in". Our whole goal is to win as many games as we could.
The Kansas Jayhawks (28-4) are ranked No. 3 in the nation, but they are no lower than No.1 in their minds. The Jayhawks own 14 Final Four appearances and three national championships in their storied history.
Aggies head coach Jim Les is no stranger to achieving NCAA Tournament success at mid-major programs. Not only did he guide Bradley into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, the Braves upset Kansas in the first round after tying for fifth in the Missouri Valley. And the process is just our possession-by-possession approach and being the best we can be. "If I can give them a snapshot of what they're going to experience and so they can kind of mentally prepare so they're not surprised".
"I think my greater value to them is having been a player and all the things I've experienced just helping them deal with their mindset", he said.
"And when things are going great, they don't necessarily need our staff as much".
They can't afford to overlook their opponent. I think our guys have heard enough and I think it's water off their back in a lot of ways, as far as a distraction goes. "And he found out that it's something that I always wanted to do". I'm not sure that's a huge advantage. "A lot of people have been coming out of nowhere and congratulating me and sending me friend requests on Facebook and stuff like this". So I've got to navigate that. "I think we're focused".
"We have a chip on our shoulder, individually and collectively, " said senior guard Darius Graham. I know what pressure is.
With UC Davis earning its first NCAA bid, support for Moneke crosses the globe, from Northern California to Nigeria to Australia.
"Pressure is walking outside of your home every single day having to make a life and death decision to go back in and pressure is your mother struggling to keep the lights on and having a hot meal on the table".