Matchups key as No. 2 Kansas opens vs Detroit


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.

The coach of second-seeded Kansas (27-6) led his team to the top line of the bracket the past two seasons, only to run into mid-major wonders Northern Iowa and VCU.

Well, Kansas appears to have the matchup advantage this time. His name is Thomas Robinson.

The 6-foot-8 forward averages a double-double every time he steps on the floor, and he's averaging nearly 20 points and better than 12 rebounds against ranked opponents.

In short, he's a nightmare for Detroit coach Ray McCallum.

McCallum will try to figure out a way to slow down Robinson when the No. 15 seed Titans (22-13) meet the Jayhawks in the Midwest Region in Omaha, Neb., on Friday night.