INDIANAPOLIS – Kansas basketball forward David McCormack arrived Friday and did about 70 percent of the team’s workout with a heart monitor, which was tracked his response after pausing on COVID-19. p>

“We had a pretty good measure of his tiredness,” said coach Bill Self. “We really didn’t plan to play him that much today”

McCormack March stopped playing after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the Big 12 tournament, was banned for 15-20 minutes in the first-round NCAA tournament game against Eastern Washington, Kansas, and ended up beating projection and his season average of 23 minutes per game to help Kansas overcome a slow start and progress

The Virginia junior scored 22 points at team level and hit nine rebounds in 25 minutes as Kansas overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and beat Eastern Washington 93-84 before there were 961 viewers with limited capacity Indiana Farmers Coliseum The three-seed No Jayhawks are advancing in the Midwest region to join either the No. 6-Seed USC or No. Drake 11-seed on Monday

“I really thought and his doctors thought we could get 15 to 20 minutes out of [McCormack],” Self said. “The way he started the game, I didn’t think he was going to give us much offensively. He was really, really good in the second half, I mean, really good “

McCormack played 11 minutes in the first half but only scored two points as Kansas fell 9-0 and trailed 46-38 at break Final 17:47 scored 51 points to obliterate Eastern Washington’s 52-42 lead McCormack and guards Ochai Agbaji and Marcus Garrett all scored 20 or more points in the win, while Dajuan Harris added 12 points and four assists

“That was definitely amazing,” Garrett said of McCormack. “To know that he hasn’t practiced or done anything in the last 10, 11 days and being so productive on the offensive that was great to see”

Kansas was already without Redshirt newcomer Jalen Wilson, its lead rebounder, who also tested positive for COVID-19 and can return to the team on Monday for the second round game, while reserve wing Tristan Enaruna will be out until the end of next week After testing positive for COVID-19, the surge in positive testing forced Kansas to withdraw from the Big 12 tournament

“It gives me hope that Jalen will come back He can give us some important minutes on Monday, “Self said.” It was pretty impressive how [McCormack] played and how conditioned he was, considering what kind of stuff he came from “

On their own a starting line-up with just one player (striker Mitch Lightfoot) taller than 6-foot-6. The Jayhawks battled east Washington striker Tanner Groves, who was a game high of 11-of-18 shooting Had 35 points, and against Groves’ younger brother Jacob, who had 23 points in 8-of-11

“Eastern Washington, they mostly outperformed us in the first 30 minutes of the game,” Self said. “We had our little runs, the Groves brothers were the top two players of the game in the first half”

Garrett didn’t think rust would be a problem for McCormack and noticed the boost of energy his teammate provided once he got to Indianapolis

“The guys did well, and the guys who signed COVID did well,” Self said. “Their maturity level was really high. It wasn’t a pain, me. It wasn’t great, but it was not as disturbing as you think It wasn’t a glaring distraction at all. Of course, David’s demeanor that came back was enormous, “

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