OKLAHOMA CITY (Ticker) -- Second-seeded Kansas can cement its third straight trip to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday when it faces No. 10 Arizona State in the second round of the West Region.
Kansas (25-7) had a harder time than anticipated in the first round but survived with a 64-61 victory over Utah State. Keith Langford scored 22 points and Nick Collison added 18 on 9-of-12 shooting to pace the Jayhawks.
Senior guard Kirk Hinrich attempts to bounce back from his surprising struggle in the first round for Kansas. Hinrich had just eight points and three assists in 38 minutes.
Arizona State (20-11) features 6-8 freshman power forward Ike Diogu, one of the nation's best post players. Kansas is without injured power forward Wayne Simien, who would normally draw the assignment of Diogu. Simien, who is being replaced by Jeff Graves in the lineup, is out for the year with a shoulder injury.
The Sun Devils made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1995 a successful one with an 84-71 victory over Memphis. Diogu had an efficient 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting as he turned in a big second half.
Shawn Redhage scored 18 points and Curtis Millage added 17 and 11 rebounds as Arizona State never trailed after taking the lead early in the second half. The Sun Devils shot 52.5 percent, including a sizzling 70 percent in the second half.
A victory would give Arizona State just its second appearance in the regional semifinals since 1975.
Kansas and Arizona State have split eight meetings. The Jayhawks pulled out a 90-88 victory in the last matchup in the semifinals of the 1997 Preseason NIT.
The winner faces Duke or Central Michigan on Thursday in the regional at Anaheim, California.