Oregon, which starts three freshmen, will play the victor of the UConn-UCLA game Monday night at 7 p.m.
Past year the Jayhawks were the No. 1 overall seed and lost in the regional finals to eventual national champion Villanova in Louisville.
"They definitely have to limit [the Ducks' Dillon] Brooks", Burkdoll added, explaining his keys to the game. "The Ducks, who have six players 6'3" or taller, made Jones work hard on every touch in the post. In the absence of Boucher, Brooks has stepped into his power forward role. It was his eighth straight 20+ point performance.
The loss to OR marks the second straight year their NCAA Tournament run came to a halt at the hands of a Pac-12 conference opponent.
Gonzaga came into the Elite Eight hitting 29 percent of its 3-point shots after making 37 percent during the season.
Upstart Oregon, meanwhile, advanced to the first regional semifinal in program history behind a freshman class rated No. 3 in the country, two spots behind Maryland, last season, according to ESPNw.com ratings. "That was the stuff that killed us".
Lucas is past that phase and now they are the opponent. "Not even a little bit", Auriemma said of Graves" memorable first NCAA Tournament run with the Ducks.
"We've been playing hard since the start of the season, and we don't worry about if people aren't giving us respect", OR senior guard Dylan Ennis said. It puts a chip on our shoulder.More news: Previewing the Essex Vase greyhound racing extravaganza
"When I was a kid I was a huge OR fan". "I think they are playing loose". OR closed with the final eight points to continue a historic season in which it reached its first regional semifinal in program history. The Ducks defeated No. 2 UCLA, blew out a top-10 Arizona team and defeated a Cal team fighting for its tournament hopes. Thursday's win gave the Ducks their record-setting 32nd victory of the season.
There might not be a better opportunity for this team than what they have in front of them this year. "It just shows that we have some great fans and great supporters in Jayhawk Nation".
Hopefully the offensive fun continues and both teams score into the 90s like MI did in its first-round game with Oklahoma State. Against the upset-hungry Wolverines, Tyler Dorsey scored the go-ahead basket with 1:08 remaining to make it a 69-68 ballgame.
Especially when that junior has already hit two buzzer-beating game-winners this year.
Oh, and the Jayhawks get to play No. 3 seed OR at Sprint Center, the glass-enclosed downtown arena that happens to sit about 40 minutes from their campus in Lawrence.
The scorching hot Ducks sent the Lady Terrapins home with a 77-63 loss on Saturday.
Kansas ended what many thought was destined to be a run back to the Final Four with its worst shooting night of the season, finishing 21-of-60 for 35 percent.
Tipoff for Saturday's game against OR is at 7:49 p.m. KU is hosting a pep rally at 5 p.m.in the KC Live area.