Kansas Holds on to Beat Clemson 80-76

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25 March, 2018

In five of the seven defeats, he was coaching the No. 1 seed.

More than 40 million Americans fill out one or multiple tournament brackets, including 23.7 million employees, according to the American Gaming Association.

He warmed up in the second half and wound up scoring 16 points despite spending most of the second half in foul trouble.

Kansas, for the third straight season, is one win from advancing to the Final Four. Getting to the Final Four has been a different story - and the Jayhawks are on the doorstep once again.

The Tigers (25-10) made a late run, but couldn't get closer than four points. Duke closed the first half with a 10-0 run to lead 34-27 into the locker room and never trailed after that.

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

Something was in the air, something that said it would only take that one decisive spurt of separation to determine things between third-seeded Texas Tech and No.2 seed Purdue.

The top-seeded Jayhawks brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity of this March, withstanding a ferocious rally by fifth-seeded Clemson on Friday for a too-close-for-comfort, 80-76 victory.

The No. 1 seed Jayhawks (30-7) built their lead to 20 points less than 5 minutes into the second half and still were ahead by 18 after Newman, who finished with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 7:28 left. "I'm not really out there thinking anymore, just playing".

Kansas secured a victory against Clemson on Friday, winning by 4 points, 80-76.

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"There was a lot of talk that we weren't going to get in if we didn't win the tournament", Moser said. But thanks to Devonte' Graham's offensive rebound with 1:57 left, the Jayhawks ran nearly a minute off the clock.

Kansas didn't score on the possession, and the Tigers got the next board for a chance to cut it to a one-possession game.

"My greatest moment as a basketball player", Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley, also the star point guard for that Duke team, said in a text to ESPN.

Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe did not come this far to have his college career end like this. Clemson has not been in the Sweet 16 since 1997 and has not reached the Elite Eight since 1980, before the tournament expanded to 64 teams. "And so, hey, we're in this game".

Azubuike and De Sousa combined for 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half as KU blazed to a 13-point halftime advantage.

But in Kansas, Brownell's team was facing a supremely talented group that was dialed in for all of the first half and much of the second half.

Marvin Bagley scored 22 points and Wendell Carter Jr had 14 with 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (29-7), who will face top-seeded Kansas a rare matchup of bluebloods in a tournament defined by chaos on Sunday in Omaha. But the Tigers reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997 even after losing Donte Grantham, perhaps their best player. Clemson has spent money on facilities to become a basketball school - but will it ever get out of the shadow cast by the football team?

Redshirt-sophomore guard Malik Newman led the charge for the guards, scoring a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, continuing his red-hot postseason. Clemson's season ended with a 25-10 record. Despite admitting the mental block it seemed his team had when taking open shots, the change in type of game against Kansas is a welcome change: "We're definitely looking forward to it".

"In an unforgettable NCAA tournament that has delivered unprecedented upsets (UMBC stole our hearts) and unbelievable last-shot drama (Loyola-Chicago has kept them beating), we finally have a main event", Trotter wrote.


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