Jayhawks Withstand Clemson Rally, Cruise into Elite Eight

Silvio De Sousa celebrates with Kansas teammate Devonte Graham during an 80-76 victory Friday night against Clemson in Omaha Nebraska. The top-seeded Jayhawks will play Sunday for a spot in the Final Four

In looking at the big picture, the Jayhawks, who have fallen short of the Final Four the past two seasons, losing Elite Eight contests to Villanova and OR as the Midwest's No. 1 seed, can take solace in the fact that they appear to be whole for the first time in a long time. The Jayhawks advanced to Final Fours in 2012 and 2008 after winning first- and second-round contests in Omaha. Not having Donte Grantham will catch up with this team eventually and I think that will be tonight. I don't think Clemson will be able to match that scoring and I don't believe its defense will be strong enough to hold the Jayhawks in check.

Still, it could've ended Friday - in horrifying fashion - after Clemson stormed back from a 20-point deficit that stunned a crowd filled mostly with fans from Lawrence and surrounding areas, which are only a few hours from Omaha.

"You go through that hump, or whatever it is, just trying to learn the system, learn how Coach wants you to play, and you've got to learn how to pick and choose when you shoot the ball and things like that".

The Tigers (25-10) made a late run, but couldn't get closer than four points. This season, Mykhailiuk became just the 74th player since the 1992-93 season to shoot better than 45 percent on at least 200 attempts from beyond the arc.

Who is added: Clemson's lone commit thus far is small forward John Newman, a sign of how little foundation coach Brad Brownell had under him before this season.

Kansas has reached the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons, but was knocked out by eventual national champion Villanova in 2016 and by OR in 2017.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal.

The Jayhawks (30-7) cruised to a 13-point halftime lead and then canned four 3-pointers to begin the second half, including two by Newman.

Clemson had scored five straight points to cut KU's lead to 35-27 late in the first half when Elijah Thomas, after a review, was called for a flagrant foul. The outside shots helped the Wildcats overcome 16 turnovers. He also grabbed six rebounds.




"What a game, man".

"It set the tone for me", said Coach K, who has two freshmen, Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., who will likely be National Basketball Association lottery picks later this spring.

LONG TIME COMING: The Ramblers' lone Final Four appearance came when they won the championship in 1963. "They are so relentless".

The Mountaineers (26-11) stayed close throughout the night, ramping up the pressure and making Villanova play faster than it wanted to early. 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.

Daxter Miles Jr. scored 16 for the Mountaineers before fouling out with just over two minutes left.

But Villanova heated up again.

Nationwide, the tournament is estimated to cost employers about $2.3 billion per hour while employees are engaged with 12 to 14 games during workday hours, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a global outplacement and executive coaching company.

West Virginia never got closer than 4 points the rest of the way. Seven of those boards were on the offensive end and led to second-chance baskets.

Keenan Evans would put up 12 of his 16 points in the second half.

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