The 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks defeated 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels to advance to the Final Four in the Midwest Region final on Sunday, 80-67.
The game began with furious back and forth scoring. Neither team took control until Kansas went on a 7-0 run to go up 40-33. UNC answered with an 8-0 run of its own. The score was tied at 47 points at the halftime.
The second half was also close but featured more of a defensive battle. Kansas had a one point lead at 68-67 with 3:41 to go when Kansas went on a 12-0 run to finish the game. The Tar Heels struggled on the offensive end missing their final seven shots in the last three minutes.
A big storyline of this game was the Tar Heels’ point guard Kendall Marshall not dressing out due to an injured wrist. Backup Stilman White had a decent game, recording seven assists and no turnovers, but the Tar Heels struggled to get the ball in the paint in the half-court offense at times.
Tyshawn Taylor led the Jayhawks with 22 points. He also had six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Thomas Robinson had 18 points and nine boards. Center Jeff Withey contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels with 15 points. Harrison Barnes had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Tyler Zeller recorded 12 points, six boards and four blocks. The Tar Heels struggled on the glass, getting outrebounded 39-30.
Kansas’s next game will be on Saturday against 2 seed Ohio State, who defeated Syracuse in the East Region finals.
For more information about the NCAA tournament visit http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness or nextooze.com/college-basketball-in-national/the-2012-ncaa-college-basketball-tournament-bracket-seeds.