Kansas beats Duke for last spot in Final Four

27 March, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Duke-Kansas the titanic clash March Madness is built for

The showdown between teams representing two storied programs lived up to its billing.

Minutes later, after the Jayhawks' 85-81 victory in overtime, Allen sat wrought with emotion at his locker, staring ahead as he pondered the "abrupt" finish to his four years at the school that began with a national championship in 2015 and closed without another trip past the Elite Eight.

Lagerald Vick added 14 points and Svi Mykhailiuk 11, including a big three that tied the game at 72 near the end of regulation.

He'll forever be synonymous with the Kansas Jayhawks' 2018 Final Four team. "We've come up short each and every year". "I can't really say we can move on from it, because. but I guess we've got to just forget".

The victor of this game plays Villanova next Saturday in the national semifinals in San Antonio.

Duke started another season at No. 1 but ended it before the Final Four.

Trevon Duval scored 20 points to lead Duke.

KU prevailed in overtime without Udoka Azubuike who fouled out with 1:59 left in regulation.

Yet, it's not surprising he shook all that off and made the shot. Allen knocked down all four free throws to put Duke up three. He scored 28 against Seton Hall, 17 against Clemson and all 13 of the Jayhawks' overtime points against the Blue Devils. But Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk drilled a three with 25.7 seconds left in the second half to knot the game at 72.

"Just enjoy it", Self said afterward when asked what his message to his players was in overtime.

I decided to make my own scouting report because I and you don't want to lose again, and Duke has a lot of weaknesses.

I could go on and on about games that fit this narrative, but it would only get boring. Overall, it was an unbelievable, tough, tough team win. There's nothing soft about them.

DUKE: The Blue Devils might see four of their freshman stars bolt for the NBA Draft, an expected exodus led by Bagley, a likely top-five pick.

The Duke-Kansas victor plays top-seeded East Region champion Villanova in the national semifinals Saturday.

This was college basketball at its best, two blue bloods trading blows for 45 minutes in what was arguably the best game of March so far, one that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties. His layup on KU's next possession gave the Jayhawks their first lead since early in the half.

The No. 1 Jayhawks shot 43.5 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from 3-point range to send the No. 2 Blue Devils back to Durham, N.C.

Newman, a 6-3 guard with a soft touch and dazzling handles, began his career with Mississippi State but chose to transfer after one season.

The Blue Devils shot poorly Friday (39.3 percent from the floor, 19.2 percent from three) and didn't do much better Sunday, finishing 30-for-70 (42.9 percent) from the floor, making just seven threes on 24.1 percent 3-point shooting. Big men Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., and guards Duval and Gary Trent Jr. have big decisions to make in the coming weeks. Trent, a backcourt classmate, posted nine points in the first half. Now the Blue Devils await the National Basketball Association draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen with next year's top recruiting class arriving over the summer.


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