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NCAA Tournament: Maryland to play Kansas in Sweet 16

The Terps will face their biggest challenge of the season on Thursday.

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Maryland men's basketball took care of business against Hawaii in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, so the Terps will take on Kansas Thursday in their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003.

There's no other way to put it: the Jayhawks are an absolutely terrifying matchup. The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, they present a challenge for the Terrapins in almost every possible way. Maryland at least has the talent advantage over most of the teams it plays, but this won't necessarily be the case on Thursday. With NBA Draft hopefuls Wayne Seldon and Perry Ellis headlining a deep team, Maryland will be an underdog for the first time in the tournament.

Kansas only lost to four teams in the regular season, and only one of those teams failed to make the tournament. Lets get to know Maryland's next opponent a little better.

Fun facts about Kansas

Best game: Triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma in January. You could make a compelling argument that they should have canceled the rest of the season and had these two just play every game, because, at least before March, this was the most exciting night of the college basketball season.

Maryland connection: Mark Turgeon played point guard for the Jayhawks from 1984 to 1987, then immediately became an assistant coach upon his graduation.

NCAA Tournament history: 45 appearances, including 26 in a row. Kansas has been in every NCAA Tournament since 1989. The Jayhawks are 99-43 in tournament games, have been to 14 Final Fours and have won 3 championships.

Player to know: Perry Ellis and Wayne Seldon. Ellis is the rare Kansas star who stayed all four seasons. He's scary to guard down low, and will be a tough matchup for Robert Carter Jr., Damonte Dodd and whoever else Mark Turgeon chooses to throw at him. Seldon has been the team's second-best player, and led the Jayhawks in points in their second-round victory over UConn. He'll likely draw Rasheed Sulaimon.

Season record: (32-4, 15-3 Big 12)

KenPom ranking: 2nd, only trailing Virginia.

Players averaging double-digit points: four - Ellis, Selden, Frank Mason and  Davonte Graham.

Players on DraftExpress 2016 Mock draft: three - Ellis, Selden and Cheick Diallo.

Coach: Bill Self.

School size: 28,000 students.