The tougher team won.
Stanford, not always known for its grit, had more of the stuff Sunday and knocked off No. 2 seed Kansas 60-57 to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.
The 10th-seeded Cardinal (23-12), playing in its first NCAA tournament since 2008, advances to Memphis for a Thursday regional semifinal against Dayton (25-10) of the Atlantic-10 Conference.
Stanford's defense held the Jayhawks (25-10) to a season-low point total and 22 points below their scoring average. Star freshman Andrew Wiggins, projected as perhaps the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, scored a career-low four points.
"We were really aggressive from the tip, we didn't let them bully us around. I really think we were the tougher team tonight and that shows on the score," senior Josh Huestis said.
Junior Anthony Brown said that approach is critical in NCAA tournament play.
"A lot of these games people don't shoot necessarily real well," he said. "If we can make it a grind-it-out game...