SAN JOSE, Calif. (WIBW) -- No. 4 Kansas knows it still has a tough road ahead.
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) drives to the hoop against New Mexico State forward Ivan Aurrecoechea (15) in the second half during a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)
That road's next stop is against No. 5 Auburn, one of the NCAA's hottest and most experienced teams.
The Tigers, like the Northeastern Huskies, are successful from beyond the arc, and will pressure all game to push the pace.
It's a team KU hasn't seen the likes of this season.
"There's nobody in our league that plays like Auburn," said Bill Self, Kansas head coach.
Guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are two big reasons for the team's success. Each averages at least 15 points per game while shooting at least 38 percent from three.
"Just how well they shoot the ball and how fast-paced they like to play," said Quentin Grimes, freshman guard. "They get up and down the court and push the ball extremely well. They can shoot from NBA range."
"The feel for the game that they have, they can shoot it," said They're quick and they're aggressive."
Auburn forced the sixth most turnovers in the nation this year and junior forward Anfernee McLemore said that's a strategy the team plans to exploit against Kansas.
"They're not a very good transition defensive team," McLemore said. "So when we get a defensive rebound, we can definitely run out on them and force them to run a little more than they're supposed to."
That means the Jayhawks have to be hyper aware on the run.
"Make sure we get back on defense," said Devon Dotson, freshman guard. "They run to the three-point line in transition a lot. So just spotting out the shooters and who are the shooters, and making sure we're keeping a hand up at all times."
Kansas and Auburn tip off on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. CT on TBS.