Kansas holds off Clemson to reach Elite Eight

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That foursome of teams alone would have made for an intriguing Final Four. DeVoe is the first Clemson guard with at least 30 points and nine rebounds in the same game since Will Solomon had 43 and nine vs. Virginia on January 15, 2000 ...

From up 20 and rolling two minutes into the second half to clinging to a four-point lead with 14.5 seconds to play, the Jayhawks were everything in Friday's final 18 minutes that they have been all season long - dangerous, dizzying, dramatic and victorious. The Jayhawks of Kansas would go into halftime with a 40-27 lead.

"Everybody is in tune with March Madness", said Carter. For others, Friday night served as notice that college hoop is more than just a novelty in the form of a 68-team tourney bracket. The game swung when Virginia's Mikhal Bridges hit a three-pointer to put Villanova up by three with just over nine minutes to play. "From the Sweet 16 to the Elite Eight, every step you take in this tournament, it's a different vibe, it has a different feel to it and I feel blessed".

Friday night's Sweet Sixteen game featuring the Clemson Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. The same for coach Larry Brown, who together with Manning delivered the Jayhawks a title in '88.

Mykhailiuk assisted on the game's first basket, helping Azubuike get headed in the right direction. "We always say throw the ball inside and play around Doke". "But he got angles today".

"This wild and wacky tournament that's sent so many sports gamblers to debtors' prison deserves the game it's going to get Sunday in Omaha", Forgrave wrote. "I think his passing is underrated".

Clemson relies on its defense and used that for double-digit wins against New Mexico State and Auburn.

"We got a lot of open looks, I myself did too, they just weren't falling", Trent said. They've learned how to play through it, and we've had unbelievable guard play and unbelievable leadership from our vets, and had some guys have some outstanding seasons.

Villanova (33-4) has now made 44 3-pointers for the tournament.


After trailing by 15 points with less than five minutes left, Clemson got to within 4 points with 14 seconds remaining. The Jayhawk defense was active early as well, forcing five Clemson turnovers within the opening eight minutes of the game. Even when both Big 12 player of the year Devonte' Graham and Azubuike had sat down with three fouls each at the 14:15 mark, Kansas kept its polish.

They are Bill Self's worst team.

After the final seconds of Kansas's latest triumph in this NCAA tournament had ticked away, Udoka Azubuike, parked on the bench after picking up his fifth foul with 2:30 left in the second half, stood up, looked out at the jubilant tableau unfolding before him and began clapping.

Kansas coughed up most of a 20-point, second-half lead before holding off No. 5 Clemson, 80-76 in the Midwest Region at Omaha.

"Two great programs, two really big programs", Duke guard Grayson Allen said.

"Bump time spent to two hours", he said, "and the tournament could cost employers almost $5 billion in wages paid to distracted, unproductive workers". "But we pulled it off". The typically smart play of junior Lagerald Vick, with his 13 points and eight rebounds, mattered throughout.

For Kansas, one of the most encouraging things about its takedown of Clemson was that it jumped ahead in the first half despite a 1-for-7 start by Graham, the Big 12 player of the year. The Tigers were 2 of 7 from 3-point range. The Jayhawks led 62-42, but the Tigers pulled within six with 2:27 remaining before Devonte Graham grabbed a huge offensive rebound that allowed Kansas to kill nearly a full minute off the clock. But so much of KU's latest survive-and-advance act also belonged to Self. Kansas will face the victor of Friday's Syracuse-Duke matchup on Sunday. "I honestly believe that". "And to have fun doing it".

Clemson would pull to within four twice, but would fall 80-76.

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