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'Fast and loose' Jayhawks improve to Elite Eight


Kansas is one of just two top seeds remaining in the NCAA Tournament, and they'll put their season on the line Friday night against Clemson. They had heard the thuds of falling big names elsewhere.

All of that is great; however, the Raleigh, North Carolina native is at his peak when he passes out of this action.

Still, it could've ended - in horrifying fashion - after Clemson stormed back from a 20-point deficit.

Devonte Graham was a poor imitation of Mason.

And now, they stand before a most familiar mountain. They can either use their physicality to wear you down or their elite shooting from the outside.

Wright said he never lost faith in his team. The Jayhawks are now 26 for 60 (43 percent) shooting three-pointers in this tournament. The Seminoles are surprisingly on the brink of the second Final Four in school history after extending the momentum from their upset of top-seeded Xavier last week by knocking out Gonzaga. To come so close and miss it - twice - is anguish.

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"This whole year prepared us for these moments in this tournament". Midway through the second half, after Clemson had recorded five unanswered points to cut into what was a 20-point Kansas lead, Azubuike shuffled his feet to contain Tigers guard Marcquise Reed off the dribble before leaping to swat his layup attempt off the backboard, igniting a fast break that led to a transition wing three from Graham.

"This is why you come to Kansas, to experience the best of the best", Newman told SN.

And especially Graham, who still lives with his 0-for-7 against Oregon. "I think about it all the time".

"But we should play free and loose on Sunday".




His coach understands. This is the stage in the bracket that Bill Self has found so vexing. The Jayhawks feature a talented and balanced team, which could see four or five players end up playing in the National Basketball Association next season, based on draft projections.

What Azubuike did to propel Kansas to the regional finals against No. 2 seed Duke was not a total surprise. Like he is now. 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. "We had played nearly three ideal games going into that game and pretty much laid an egg against OR".

The Jayhawks will try again with a team that has had to grind its way here, overcoming lost personnel, lack of size, forced to make do with a four-guard lineup.

"The deeper you go, the better the teams are going to be", Brunson said. "But these guys have figured it out".

Malik Newman, now a scoring star averaging 21.2 points in March elimination games, played 31 minutes in a narrow win over Nebraska and was shut out. Twin Peaks has most, if not all, of its 49 big-screen TVs dedicated to tournament games.

"It's probably one of the biggest situations he's been in", Newman said. "I'm not really out there thinking anymore".

Center Udoka Azubuike is back in the lineup for KU after being unavailable for the Big 12 Tournament.

Friday was not easy. After a flagrant foul on the Tigers, De Sousa converted on a pair of foul shots before Vick swished his second 3-pointer of the half and KU headed to the locker room with a 40-27 lead.

LONG TIME COMING: The Ramblers' lone Final Four appearance came when they won the championship in 1963. "It'd be even more special if I can get over that hump".

As for my prediction, I have to side with Kansas. Those games helped us relax and know what to do in a game like this. "And he opens up shots for us and driving lanes". "I wouldn't rather do it with any other group of guys". These teams are the Clemson Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks.

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