Seeded Kansas holds off Clemson to advance to Elite Eight

Mar 25, 2018, 01:01
Seeded Kansas holds off Clemson to advance to Elite Eight

"I think about it all the time".

Are we going to get any upsets?

The Tigers are led by junior guard Marcquise Reed's 15.9 points per game. "It came down the wire", Bagley said.

"I think of all the teams that we've had here", Self said, "this would be the team that everyone would have thought would not be in this game". "That was the most physically demanding, mentally draining 40 minutes we've played in a long time". But we did enough.

"So he didn't get to play with us a year ago. Hopefully that will come Sunday".

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As a top seed the last two seasons, Kansas made it through the regional semifinals, only to flop a game shy of the Final Four both times.

Big picture • One of the most encouraging signs for Kansas was that it jumped ahead by 13 at halftime despite a one-for-seven start by Graham, the Big 12 player of the year. The Ramblers have extended the streak in the NCAA Tournament by excelling in the clutch, winning its four NCAA Tournament games by a combined four points, including Thursday night's 69-68 win over Nevada. Azubuike fouled out, while De Sousa committed three fouls. For the second straight year, the Wildcats need just two wins — in a gym its rabid fans can reach in less than half a day's drive — to reach the Final Four. "We've got to make it happen".

"For whatever reason - maybe a little bit of nerves, I don't know - we turned the ball over", Brownell said. Play around Doke, ' because it's hard to guard him inside and he can get angles easily. The Tigers had no answer for a healthy Udoka Azubuike underneath, particularly because they were so preoccupied dealing with attacks on the goal by All-American guard Devonte' Graham and supersonic Lagerald Vick that they left "Doke" alone to grab four offensive rebounds. "Because these guys have overcome more than most of our teams have to get to this point, and certainly did more than most expected out of them". When we're able to throw it in and the defense collapses on him, he is able to kick it out and find an open shooter.

As for my prediction, I have to side with Kansas. The Jayhawks are now 26 for 60 (43 percent) shooting three-pointers in this tournament.

DeVoe had a career-high 31 for Clemson (25-10), which couldn't replicate the magic it showed in beating Auburn by 31 to reach its first Sweet 16 in 21 years.

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Clemson had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 20 at one point.

Clemson trailed 62-42 midway through the first half, but climbed to within six with 2:27 left.

Syracuse pulled within three again and Allen made a pair of free throws, then Trent closed the game out with 6.3 seconds to play, making two more for Duke from the charity stripe when the team was up just 67-65.

"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.

Gabe DeVoe, aka Bobby Buckets, held court on Friday night in what proved to be his final game in a Clemson University men's basketball uniform. "A lot of times teams going into the tournament playing with house money have the best chance". Newman finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. "Everyone feels good and I don't think anyone is too exhausted".

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