Kansas Advances To Elite 8 With 80-76 Win Over Clemson
- Author: Regina Holmes Mar 25, 2018,
Mar 25, 2018, 0:37
The best game of the day was between #7 Nevada Wolfpack and #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. The 44 points matched a season-low for Syracuse.
Self's Kansas team looked like a masterpiece of spacing and ball movement with its four perimeter players and its interior giant, the 7-foot Nigerian Udoka Azubuike, who would stuff the box score with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
RARE AIR: Florida State is in the Elite Eight for just the third time in school history, while MI has made it three times in the last six years alone. Three-straight 3-pointers from Vick, Newman and Graham put the Tigers into an even deeper hole, as KU led 49-29. DeVoe scored 12 points with four rebounds but had four of the Tigers' eight turnovers the first half.
The Tigers are led by junior guard Marcquise Reed's 15.9 points per game. Carsen Edwards poured 30 points for Purdue, which wasn't enough. It wasn't as simple as saying DeVoe's success mirrored Clemson's, but in games DeVoe had at least five made shots, the Tigers were 11-0.
"Two Hall of Fame coaches, two great programs, two sets of great players", said Grant Hill, who coincidentally is Turner's TV analyst in Omaha this weekend and will call Sunday's showdown at the CenturyLink Center.
During that stretch, Azubuike also picked up his fourth foul at the 7:13 mark and sat a little more than a minute before re-entering with 5:57 to play, then exiting for good after picking up his fifth foul with 2:30 to play and KU leading by just six points. "We played not to lose late".
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.
Clemson is trying to get back into its Midwest Region semifinal game against Kansas after falling behind by 20 points.
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But the team is showing signs of promise under Schmid, the club's veteran German-American coach, and has opened the season 1-1-0. It had been rumored for as many as two years that Ibrahimovic was considering a move to Los Angeles.
And they have won the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and are a win away from the Final Four.
"I'm so proud of our team because I think of all the teams that we've had here, this would be the team that everyone would have thought would not be in this game", Self said Friday.
LONG TIME COMING: The Ramblers' lone Final Four appearance came when they won the championship in 1963.
#11 Syracuse 65 #2 Duke 69: The first Elite Eight since 2015 (when they went all the way) for Duke, thanks to terrific offensive rebounding (16 overall, 6 for Marvin Bagley) and forcing 16 turnovers off of the Orange.
Bagley III scored 13 of his 22 points and had all eight of his rebounds in the second half. But Duke, which made just two 3s in that victory, has already knocked down a few from beyond the arc - a key in defeating Syracuse's headache-inducing 2-3 zone. "Fortunately, it never got to one possession".
Purdue extended their lead to five, but Texas Tech went on a 10-point run to end the half (30-25).
Keenan Evans had 16 points for the Red Raiders, who also received 33 points from their bench as opposed to just six for the Boilermakers reserves.
As a top seed the last two seasons, Kansas flopped a game shy of the Final Four.
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.