Remy Martin’s performance in the University of Kansas playoffs turned into what everyone who follows Jayhawks basketball has been waiting for.
The seniors’ performance is a big reason they’re going to the Final Four for the 16th time in program history. Martin was voted the region’s MVP after the Jayhawks’ 76-50 victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday.
“Obviously it feels good,” Martin said after the game. “But it’s really my teammates and my coaches who stick with me through the ups and downs.”
Martin wasn’t exactly a secret weapon for the Jayhawks in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as his transfer from Arizona State as a three-time All-Pac 12 player was one of the biggest moves. media coverage of the country last year.
But after starting the first 10 games this season, Martin was slowed by a bone bruise in his right knee, which slowed his production. He scored in double digits in eight of his first 10 games at KU, but didn’t reach double digits again until the Jayhawks’ semifinal game in the Big 12 Tournament when he scored 10 points against Texas Christian University.
Against Miami in the regional final, Martin scored just nine but provided a spark off the bench. In the NCAA Regional Semifinal against Providence two days earlier on Friday, Martin scored a season-high 23.
“We split the league (regular season Big 12 title) without having the opportunity to play Remy,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “I think Remy, deep down, always knew what he was capable of doing to help us, but we hadn’t really seen it yet because his health didn’t allow it.”
KU (32-6), the tournament’s highest remaining seed, advances to its first men’s Final Four since 2018 and will face Villanova in one of Saturday’s semifinals.